As the human body ages, it behaves in an entirely different manner. Common diseases manifest in varied ways. For example, diabetes may manifest as lethargy, chronic pain, incontinence or even falls! Rather than as a single entity, diseases occur in combination. As a consequence, their diagnosis and management becomes challenging.
It is important to diagnose diseases early, prevent disability and help the elderly live an independent life. What is even more important is to differentiate disease from normal ageing- as not all problems in the elderly are due to diseases- geriatric medicine specialists can help identify the difference between disease and ageing.