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Caring for an “Old” Young Person in a Geriatric Rehabilitation Setting

A Case Report

Klein, Jennifer, PhD, OT (C); Huang, James, MD, CCFP

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 160–163
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000228
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We report a case of a 29-year-old man with a rare condition, Coats plus syndrome, who was admitted to the geriatric rehabilitation unit due to his frailty and complex health issues. This case illustrates the potential benefit of admitting younger patients onto geriatric rehabilitation units, as this team has specialized skills that can engage young frail patients with complex care needs as partners in their own care decisions, helping them live in the present, adjust to changing circumstances, maximize their quality of life, and optimize positive experiences in the health care setting.

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Dr Klein); and Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Dr Huang).

Correspondence: Jennifer Klein, PhD, OT (C), Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 11515 77 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4, Canada (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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