Geriatrics Reference: Geriatrics at Your Fingertips

The American Geriatric Society (AGS) has released a number of very useful geriatrics apps over the years, but Geriatrics at Your Fingertips remains the most comprehensive. It has been a standard “read” for all of my residents on their geriatrics rotation. A popular pocket guide since 1998, the mobile version has seen several different versions and publishers, most currently Atmosphere Apps. This latest version is the most aesthetically pleasing and easy to use of any of its mobile predecessors. The app is essentially a miniature geriatrics textbook with chapters on geriatric assessment, appropriate prescribing, dementia and delirium, falls, etc. The appendices contain many handy assessment instruments from the Mini-Cog and Geriatric Depression Scale to an Opioid Risk Tool. Unfortunately, most of these tools are really just page translations and not as useful as some dedicated calculators available. The app is updated annually, but some of the recommendations are not “up to date” with current medical literature or are clearly expert opinion based. Some may also find the AGS’s iGeriatrics app useful for accessing many of their position statements, such as the Beers Criteria, and a bargain at $2.99.

Geriatrics at your fingertips