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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 110-117

Thyroid disease in older people: Nursing perspectives

College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Prof. Suresh K Sharma
College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/trp.trp_25_20

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Old age refers to ages nearing or surpassing the life expectancy of human beings. Older people are an important and distinct yet sometimes the heterogeneous group of persons living with thyroid diseases. They have a unique biomedical, psychological, and social constitution. Their needs are different from those who are young adults. This implies that special care must be taken while planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care for them. Management of different thyroid diseases in the elderly should provide attention on limitation of geriatric syndromes (medical conditions encountered in elderly persons) and neurocognitive dysfunction (impairment in the functioning of the brain and nervous system). This review takes a practical approach to the assessment, medical intervention along with nursing care for the elderly with thyroid diseases. It highlights major challenges and suggests solutions to these commonly encountered clinical nursing problems.

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