Dr. Maureen Nash

Geriatric Psychiatry
Portland, OR
26 years experience female

Locations

Office

Portland, OR

Address

Portland, OR
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Fax

(503) 278-5380

About

Bio

Maureen C. Nash, M.D., F.A.P.A. is board certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. She has worked with older adults on psychiatric and neurological problems since 2002. Education and knowledge in addition to specific treatments are essential to help people deal with chronic behavioral and mental health conditions. She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She went on to complete her residency at the combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where she also served as Chief Resident. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is on the clinical faculty of Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine. She has served on the Board of Directors, Clinical Practice, Research, and Education committees of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Currently she is on the American Psychiatric Association's Council on Geriatric Psychiatry.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatrics

Internal Medicine

Palliative Care

Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: Oregon

Doctor Q&A

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
History and testing: Dementia by definition impairs a number of different brain areas. A diagnosis is made by taking a history of what problems you are having, ruling out ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Unclear: But likely it is related to the blood brain barrier being permeable when one has an infection.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Multiple deficits : Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places tha... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
A measure: Standardized uptake value. There are a normal range of suvs for various organs and too low of a range and too high of a range.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Memory is first: By definition, if you have dementia you have a problem with memory. Other symptoms include problems with language, trouble using objects like tools, t... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Nortriptyline: Nortriptyline which is a tricyclic antidepressant has been shown to be helpful for depression in those with parkinson's disease. Also paroxetine has s... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some types, yes: Yes, head injuries including those that cause concussions increase the risk of demenita. Dementia pugilistica is even named for this type of dementia.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many many types of dementia. Some of them are gene... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depends: There are many different systems used for different purposes: researchers or placement needs or hospice qualification.... Clinically, it can be helpfu... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
People live longer: By far, the largest risk factor for alzheimers is age. Roughly 1 out of 100 of those aged 65 have it, 1 out of 20 of those aged 70 have it, 1 out of 1... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
They aren't the same: Mci involves impairment in one area of brain functioning more than one would expect for your age and previous level of functioning. The impairment can... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depends on context: In general this refers to a place for people with significant memory problems to live where the staff have special training. There are no national or ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
It's personal: Every person should consider the risks and benefits of any procedure or surgery. When one is 87, one way to look at it is, what cause of death does on... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: So far there is no definitive evidence showing how to delay the onset of dementia. Exercise has the most robust support but it is not definitive. Ther... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not a diagnosis.: There is no medical term exhaustion delirium but perhaps this is referring to dehydration from heat exhaustion causing confusion.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not really: There is no rash or other obvious signs of dementia that are visible. Dementia involves memory, verbal and functional changes.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Dementia is general.: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgemen... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Cluster of symptoms: Alzheimers involves problemms forming memories, getting lost in familiar places and word finding problems earrly on. If symptoms are interfering with ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Take a history: Screening for any illness involves getting an accurate history and looking for particular symptoms. In the case of dementia, one is looking for memory... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
It is serious: And it can lead to temporary or permanent loss of functioning and dementia if not recognized and treated. One study shows that if symptoms do not reso... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Generally no: There are many different types of dementia but currently the only types that are preventable are illnesses due to head injuries/repeated concussions (... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Functioning changes: The severity of dementia cannot be changed currently but by changing a person's environment you can help a person be more functional. In early illness... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
We live longer: Age is the biggest risk factor for alzheimer's disease so as the number of people who are older increases, the number of people with ad increases. As ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Unlikely: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. There are no medications-scientific or alternative-that have been shown to modify the course ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: There are support groups for family members and caregivers of those with dementia. Some groups are free support groups and others are run by professi... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Many things: A large number of things including illnesses, medications (including nonprescription medications) and other things can cause this. Anyone who experien... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Less well known: Lewy body dementia often starts with visual hallucinations and as it progresses a person develops some of movement problems seen in parkinsons disease... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: The simple difference is the number of symptoms that you have. The practical difference is that there are far more studies out there about treating ma... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Less well known: Lewy body dementia often starts with visual hallucinations and as it progresses a person develops some of movement problems seen in parkinsons disease... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Days: Days to 2 weeks but it can be fatal if not treated and monitored.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depends: Early onset illness is inherited at a high rate but the more common late onset alzheimers has a number of genes taht increase risk a small amount each... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Extremely unusual: Nearly everyone with dementia is older and a key part of the diagnosis is loss of abilities that one used to have. 19 is pretty young to diagnose some... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
A broad question: All medicines including "natural" substances have risks and benefits. When considering a course of action you also need to consider the risks and bene... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Usually unrelated: Dementia by itself does not cause hearing loss. However, hearing loss can lead to some symptoms that are similar to dementia caused symtoms.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Have awake care.: This is both common and difficult. The answer for any one person may be unique to them. The safest thing is to have 24/7 awake care. This can be impos... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: There are twin studies as well as other studies that show alzheimers risk is partly hereditary. Early onset alzheimers disease with onset in 40's or 5... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Patience!: Being a caregiver for anyone can be quite challenging and caregiving for those with alzheimers is no exception. There are support groups both locally ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Unknown: There is no known answer to this question. We do know that there are people over the age of 100 who do not have alzheimers disease. We also know that ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
They can be related: Paranoia involves being suspicious and this often leads to being fearful. Delusions are defined as fixed false beliefs. Often if you are paranoid and ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Through an exam: Ocd or obsessive compulsive disorder is diagnosed by taking a thorough history, completing a mental status examination, a neurological exam and review... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
History and tests: Taking a thorough history of functioning, changes in abilities and doing cognitive screens. It is also important to rule out other issues that could c... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Mild autism: Asperger's syndrome has symptoms including decreased ability to socialize, getting stuck on one or a few topics and possibly clumsiness. It is though... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: Bipolar disorder is in the mood disorder spectrum of illnesses. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive complulsive disorder, post traumat... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Usually not: The most likely cause of hallucinations involves brain activity without an actual real stimulus. Since we use our brain to understand what we see, hea... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Mediterranean diet: Is advocated. Coconut milk and fishes are advocated. A nutritionist can do a thorough evaluation and give some specific advice. Exercise is really imp... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
It can be good: If someone works with a psychiatrist, manages stress and takes medicines when needed a person can have a family, work regularly, and have those things... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Possibly: The best current evidence suggests exercise may delay or possibly prevent dementia. Eating a good diet may help. If you have diabetes or high blood pr... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not usually: Alzheimer's disease occurs in a few patients starting in their 40's or 50's though it is most common in older adults. Far less then 1% of people young... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Both psychotherapy and medications can help people with anxiety disorders. Some people benefit from one or both of these types of treatment more than ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: In fact, COPD also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is more common in older adults. It is often seen in people who have smoked many year... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 11, 2013
Reliable, helpful answers from a very knowledgeable physician. Dr. Nash is a real asset to HealthTap, and I recommend her.
Jun 17, 2014
Gerontology is a rapidly growing area of medicine with a tremendous need for experts like Dr. Nash.
Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! I have forgetfulness hardly after depraition.please help me.Unfortunately our in iran little good physiocharist and aften doctors just work for money and not matter t...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much! She's really depressed right now with the loss of my grandpa and has been going through so much!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! My mom has alzheimer and I wonder if the genes play a definite role in this condition. Thanks for the info.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University
Graduated 1991MD

Medical/Graduate school

Wheeling College
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital

Awards

Top Doctors, Portland Monthly Magazine
Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Community Bridgebuilder, Tuality Healthcare

Affiliations

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Psychiatric Association
American College of Physicians
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