Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Scenario

April 11, 2024

Bill Novelli, a certified medical assistant (CMA) who has met the requirements of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), works at Walden-Martin Family Medical (WMFM) Clinic. Although patients of all ages are seen in the practice, many patients are age 65 or older. Through his work with Dr. Angela Perez, Bill has learned to recognize the unique communication needs of aging individuals and the importance of using family and community resources to maintain optimum health in this special population.
While studying this chapter, think about the following questions:
                • Do myths about aging and stereotypes about aging people negatively affect older individuals?
                • What are the most common changes that occur in the aging body, and what recommendations can be made to promote health in this age group?
                • What suggestions can be made to aging patients and their families to optimize older adults’ health and protect them from injury and disease?
                • How is Alzheimer disease diagnosed, and what are the stages of its development?
                • Why is depression so common in aging individuals, and how is it diagnosed and treated?
                • How can the medical assistant most effectively communicate with an older person?
                • Why is the use of community resources such an important factor in the care of aging people?