Revisiting geriatric failure to thrive: a complex and compelling clinical condition.

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  • Sanford J
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Geriatric failure to thrive (GFTT) poses a complex clinical issue in gerontological nursing practice. GFTT is not a normal part of aging, nor is it an outcome of chronic illness. Rather, GFTT describes a lack of vitality and diminished capacity for life and outlines a process of functional decline that is often difficult to explain. The purpose of this article is to review GFTT, examine the literature on GFTT, and suggest strategies for the identification, assessment, and creative management of this complex condition that affects millions of older adults.

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  • 80 and over
  • Aged
  • Cognition Disorders
  • Cognition Disorders: diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders: therapy
  • Depression
  • Depression: diagnosis
  • Depression: therapy
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Failure to Thrive: diagnosis
  • Failure to Thrive: therapy
  • Female
  • Frail Elderly
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Humans
  • Malnutrition
  • Malnutrition: diagnosis
  • Malnutrition: therapy
  • Syndrome

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  • Judith Townsend Rocchiccioli

  • Julie Tanner Sanford

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