37342 - Medical Clinic of Aging (L-Z)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student: - knows the demographic data of the Italian population and the general international indications in the geriatric field, with an ethical and welfare value; - knows the methodological basis of clinical reasoning to diagnose major geriatric syndromes, slowly evolving systemic diseases and comorbidities; - knows how to apply to the patient the principles of differential diagnostics and prognosis for diseases and syndromes of greater severity and prevalence in the elderly of our country; - knows how to frame the state of health of the old man, understood as a person, as a sick person and as a subject placed in specific contexts (home, hospital, retirement home, nursing home); - knows how to integrate elderly patient management strategies using all available human and technological territorial and hospital resources; - knows how to communicate with the elderly patient, with his relatives and with healthcare professionals, in particular on the topic of death, suffering and decay; - knows the indications and contraindications of the main diagnostic and therapeutic measures, including invasive ones, in adults, the elderly and those over eighty; - knows how to set up therapeutic programs, also oriented towards prevention and rehabilitation, for the most frequent geriatric syndromes according to international guidelines; - knows how to use from a theoretical point of view the main means of e-care, telemedicine, e-health, computerized medical records, etc. that can be used in geriatric medicine.

Course contents

Mechanisms underlying functional decline in the elderly Fragility Sarcopenia Multidimensional assessment of the elderly. The service network The dementias Depression in the elderly Management of drug therapy in the elderly Recognition and management of patients with multiple chronic pathologies


Antonelli Incalzi et al Manuale di geriatria edizioni EDRA.

U. Senin, M.C. Polidori, A. Cherubini, P. Mecocci. Paziente Anziano - Paziente Geriatrico - Medicina della Complessità Fondamenti di Gerontologia e Geriatria Edises

Teaching methods

frontal lessons and clinical case discussions

Assessment methods

oral examination

Office hours

See the website of Marco Domenicali


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.