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Pulmonary Diseases in Older Patients: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges

HumanInsight Pulmonary Diseases in Older Patients: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges

Geriatrics (Basel). 2024 Mar 7;9(2):34. doi: 10.3390/geriatrics9020034.


As the global population ages, pulmonary diseases among older people have emerged as a significant and growing public health concern. The increasing incidence of these conditions has led to higher rates of morbidity and mortality among older adults. This perspective study offers a thorough overview of the prevalent pulmonary diseases affecting the elderly demographic. It delves into the challenges encountered during the diagnosis and management of these conditions in older individuals, considering factors such as comorbidities, functional limitations, and medication complexities. Furthermore, innovative strategies and personalized interventions such as precision medicine, advanced therapies, telemedicine solutions, and patient-centered support systems aimed at enhancing the care provided to older individuals grappling with pulmonary disorders are thoroughly explored. By addressing the unique needs and complexities of this vulnerable population, healthcare systems can strive towards improving outcomes and enhancing the quality of life for elderly individuals affected by pulmonary diseases.

PMID:38525751 | DOI:10.3390/geriatrics9020034

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