The age/gender interface in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

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Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

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Age Distribution; Age Factors; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Drug Prescriptions; Drug Therapy; Female; Homes for the Aged; Humans; Male; Nursing Homes; Pharmaceutical Preparations; Population Dynamics; Sex Distribution; Sex Factors; United States


Health Services Research | Medicine and Health Sciences


Women substantially outnumber men among older Americans. Among the noninstitutionalized U.S. population age 65-74, for every 100 men there are 120 women. Among those age 75-84, for every 100 men there are nearly 150 women, and among those age >/=85, for every 100 men there are nearly 220 women. Among the population of nursing home residents, the sex ratios are even more dramatic. For those age 65-74 who reside in U.S. nursing homes, for every 100 men there are 132 women. Among residents of nursing homes age 75-84, for every 100 men there are 246 women, and among those age >/=85, for every 100 men there are 425 women. Unless gender-based differences in mortality narrow, the age-related demographic shifts that are occurring in the United States will remain overwhelmingly female. In considering any health-related issue in the geriatric patient population, a special focus on women is absolutely required. This is especially true with regard to pharmacotherapy in the geriatric population.


Jerry H. Gurwitz. Journal of Women's Health. January/February 2005, 14(1): 68-72.

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Journal of women's health (2002)

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