Syllabus (Geriatric)


Total Lecture: 50 Hrs                    

Exam time: 2 Hrs.                                                                     

 Total marks: 100

Written: 50

Oral / Practical: 30

                                                                                                               Sessional: 20

  1. Normal Aging – Definition, the anatomical, physiological and cognitive changes related to aging.
  2. Epidemiological and socio- economic impact of aging.
  3. The examination & assessment of a geriatric patient.
  4. Musculo skeletal disorders – Etiogenesis, clinical manifestation & principles of management.
  5. Cardio – pulmonary disorders – Etiogenesis, clinical manifestation & principles of management.
  6. Neurological disorders (CNS & PNS) – Etiogenesis, clinical manifestation & principles of management.
  7. Diet & Nutritional requirement of the elderly, Nutritional disorders & their management.
  8. Burns, Injuries & accident as related to the elderly & preventive care.
  9. Dementia – Types and principles of management.
  10. Overview of depressive disorders in the elderly.
  11. Biologic aging theories and longevity: Biologic theories of aging, factors influencing longevity.
  12. The body and its age changes: The integumentary system, the musculo-skeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory, the nervous, the digestive, the endocrine and the reproductive system.
  13. Elder illness and accident: The nature of chronic illness, psychosocial aspect of chronic illness, common condition among elders (acute and chronic), factors increasing accident susceptibility, common types of accident, accident prevention.
  14. Medication use: Factors affecting medication use, pharmacokinetics, drug interaction, over the counter drug commonly used by elders, adverse effects of medications in elders, alternatives to drugs.
  15. Mental health and illness: Mental health and illness for elders, types of treatment, mental health service.
  16. Nutrition: Essential nutrients, malnutrition, obesity, essential dietary components, factor affecting food selection and nutrition programme for elders.
  17. Physical activity: Component of physical fitness, benefit of physical activity, hazards of in activity, physical activity to reduce chronic illness, physical therapy for elder.


  • Examination, subjective and objective assessment of a Geriatric patient.
  • Various physiotherapy modalities and treatment techniques for above-mentioned conditions should be demonstrated and practiced.

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