The growing recognition of the older inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patient is heightened by the entry of the 77.2 million baby boomers who will turn 65 beginning of 2011. It is anticipated that this will occur at a rate of 10,000 per day or 4 million per year for the next 19 years. The management of IBD in this population is complex because of problems with co-morbidities, polypharmacy, impaired mobility, and cognition, as well as difficult social and financial issues. This review focuses on the older IBD patient's unique concerns and provides guidance in their diagnosis and management.
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