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Authors

  1. Graf, Carla MS, RN, APRN, BC

Abstract

OVERVIEW: In older adults who are hospitalized, functional decline can occur in a matter of days. This devastating outcome is a common result of the older adult's "cascade to dependency," in which normal aging changes-combined with bed rest or immobility-result in irreversible physiologic changes, poor outcomes at discharge, and for many, placement in a nursing home. Routine walking schedules, activities to prevent sensory deprivation, and timely hospital discharge are among the interventions that can help prevent functional decline.