We bought a new house four years ago in an older Chicago neighborhood. After a couple of months, our children, all of whom are under 7 years, made the acquaintance of an elderly gentleman three doors down. At age 88, the fellow was very spry, and outgoing and friendly with the children. A widower for many years who had no close relatives, he cared for himself, drove a car, and managed his own financial affairs. Last year he had a bad fall in one of the early snows. As it turned out, this was secondary to diplopia accompanying the onset of myasthenia gravis. He experienced a difficult acute phase that required a long hospitalization, yet was subsequently stabilized on medication and he remained totally independent.
A few months later he fell in his basement. He got a bad cut on his head and hurt his hand as well, but was
Cooper R. The Elderly Neighbor. JAMA. 1984;252(11):1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350110020021
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: