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still syndrome 

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still syndrome

GERIATRICS

A jocular term that may be used when interacting with older elders and the so-called “oldest old”–those above 85, who often accept their physical and mental decline with resignation and are still carrying out many of their prior activities. 

The syndrome’s name comes from the “still” questions:

• Are you still interested in politics?

• Are you still writing?

• Do you still nudge, nudge, wink, wink?

Many geezers find the still questions offensive. Geezers also find the word geezer offensive.

Synonym “Still” syndrome 

Reference NEJM 1994; 331:484

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