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Pearls

Valuable bits of wisdom learned by experience and observation

Clinical pearls are best defined as small bits of free standing, clinically relevant information based on experience or observation. They are part of the vast domain of experience-based medicine, and can be helpful in dealing with clinical problems for which controlled data do not exist. We offer this section as relevant information across professionals working with older adults.

  • Listen to how you feel.
  • Feelings are a terrible thing to waste.
  • Look at how you’re thinking.
  • Start low and go slow when prescribing and monitoring medications in older adults.
  • It’s about finding meaning.
  • The strengths of weak ties provide valuable insights.
  • Modulate your ego in interest of better outcomes.
  • Listen with your eyes and ears.
  • Work from a strengths perspective with your patients and clients.
  • Validation and recognition are essential in working with older adults.
  • It’s about inter-dependence not only independence.
  • Clinical wisdom resides not in designated individuals, but in a dedicated network.
  • Try to stay in the frame of mind called: Open-Closure.
  • One person with dementia is one person with dementia.

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