Rheumatic Diseases in the Elderly
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Rheumatic Diseases in Older Adults
Submission Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Open) Submit Now
Rossana Scrivo, MD, PhD
Unit of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical Internal, Anesthesiological and Cardiovascular Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06 49974699
Research Interests: Rheumatic diseases; autoimmunity; inflammation; TNF; autoimmune disorders; autoantibodies; immunology of infectious diseases; inflammatory diseases
About This Topic
We are pleased to announce the special issue titled “Rheumatic Diseases in Older Adults" to be developed in the next few months. Rheumatic diseases cause an enormous global burden, which is dramatically increasing worldwide, particularly due to aging populations. In the elderly, rheumatic diseases cover the spectrum of those conditions affecting all age groups to those that are seen more often in the aging population. Most patients with chronic rheumatic diseases experience reduced work capacity and deteriorating quality of life. These outcomes may be even more severe in older adults because of limiting physical and mental capacities and functional ability. Furthermore, premature mortality, often due to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, has been documented in several rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis, gout, vasculitis, and others, that largely affect older people. The focus of this special issue on rheumatic diseases in the elderly will hopefully contribute to raising awareness of these issues beyond the rheumatology community.
Rheumatic Diseases in the Elderly
by Chiara Castellani , Emanuele Molteni , Serena Colafrancesco , Fabrizio Conti , Roberta Priori and Rossana Scrivo
Received: 13 August 2020; Published: 18 November 2020; doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2004139
Musculoskeletal conditions represent one-third to more than one-half of all non-communicable disease multimorbidities in the elderly, worsening their disability because of pain and limited physical function, often concurring with their mental decline. Musculoskeletal conditions significantly contribute to frailty and global disability, second [...]
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