Cinzia Maraldi, MD, Department of Clinicial and Experimental Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, Gerontology, and Geriatrics, University of Ferrara, Ferrrara, Italy; Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, College of Medicine, Institute on Aging, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.
Marco Pahor, MD, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, College of Medicine, Institute on Aging, University of Florida; Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Malcolm Randall Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, USA.
Maintaining independence is one of the major goals in geriatric care, and identification of modifiable conditions that may promote the onset and progression of disability is of paramount importance in the clinical approach to the older patient. Anemia is key among those factors that may affect physical function in older adults. It is a common condition that appears to predict the onset of functional decline and disability in older adults. Early diagnosis of anemia and identification of its underlying causes is important not only in order to prevent the condition from worsening but also to prevent its associated poor health outcomes.
Key words: anemia, aging, disability, hemoglobin, functional decline.