Original Research

Symptoms, side-effects and senility (or, the health professional as a cause of dependency in old age)

G. S. Watermeyer
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 38, No 4 | a907 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v38i4.907 | © 2018 G. S. Watermeyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 October 2018 | Published: 31 December 1982

About the author(s)

G. S. Watermeyer, University of Cape Town, Department of Community Health., South Africa

Full Text:

PDF (91KB)


Many elderly people develop a multiplicity of physical and psychological problems in association with advancing age. It has become possible for the health professions to do a great deal to limit the extent of disability and improve the symptomatology, thus improving quality of life. Massive advances have taken place in the field of pharmacology and therapeutics. Many of the medicines utilised have untoward side-effects in the elderly; side-effects which are frequently not recognised timeously. A few of the side-effects are discussed in some detail and pleas are made for the judicious application of therapeutic schedules to problems in the elderly, recognising the dangers inherent in multiple prescribing.


No keywords available


Total abstract views: 1074
Total article views: 503

Crossref Citations

No related citations found.