This large bruise developed after the patient had an accident in her yard. Post-traumatic subcutaneous hematomas are common in elderly women, especially those who are anticoagulated. Untreated, the hematoma can eventuate into an abscess and even sepsis.
More than half of adults 65 years and older have at least 3 chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes mellitus, arthritis, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer disease, according to the American Geriatrics Society.
High-dose vitamin D supplementation was somewhat favorable in preventing hip fracture and any nonvertebral fracture in persons aged 65 years and older in a Swiss study that appeared recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In a newly developed self-reported fitness survey intended to estimate fitness in adults aged 40 years and older, survey items in 4 fitness domains are correlated with analogous Senior Fitness Test items, indicating that participants can use the survey to self-report physical fitness accurately.