Screening for Geriatric Syndromes: Falls, Urinary/Fecal Incontinence, and Osteoporosis

Erin M. Smith, Amit A. Shah

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The geriatric syndromes of falls, incontinence, and osteoporosis are concerns in older adults because of their potential impact on quality of life. Asking about history of falls or a fear of falling should prompt a multifactorial assessment of fall risk and targeted interventions to reduce falls. Urinary and fecal incontinence should be screened because they are common conditions that are underreported due to embarrassment and general perception that incontinence is a normal part of aging. Women over age 65, men over age 70, and younger patients with high-risk characteristics should be screened with bone mineral density testing with dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Falls
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Geriatric syndromes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Screening
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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