Dr. Theresa Redling

Geriatrics
west orange, NJ
36 years experience

Locations

the geriatric health Center

west orange

Address

101 old short hills rd suite302, 302, west orange
Directions

Practice website

Fax

9733226466

About

Bio

Fellowship trained in Geriatric medicine Mt Sinai Medical School NY, NY. Triply board certified Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. interests include successful aging, Dementia, EOL care

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Geriatrics

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260 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Proxy: Do you mean health cae "proxy" ? Generally the patient is the one to designate the proxy- or the person that will make health decisions for a person i... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Many: Some people with an acute change in the salt level may have seizures. Sedation and confusion are other common symptoms.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Dependent all ADLs: End stage dementia is characterized by needing assistance with all activities of daily living including eating, toiletting, etc. End of life in dement... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Years more training: A geriatrician(md or do), has completed a 3 year residency in internal medicine or family medicine then has done either a 1, 2 or 3 year specialized ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Depends on what it is used for. In patient with dementia, there are no drugs in this class considered safer then another. However, for other problems,... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Often genetic: Familial ad(fad) is often a result of presenilin genes that are passed on via our genetics. It is uncommon, but you will see large amount of family me... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Genetics: Our hair is generally preprogrammed by our genes to stop making pigment that gives it color. Rarely, a medical illness, stressors or medical treatment... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
NO: Even correcting for other factors like diet, etc, blacks and other darker skinned races start with a higher bone density. Caucasians and asians are at... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Yes: If you removed the entire pad of your fingertip, then yes, your fingerprint is gone. The wound will heal over with new tissue(scar tissue) that lacks ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Varied: Infections may present very subtly in the elderly. At times the only symptom maybe poor oral intake or confusion. The typical sinusitis symptoms of fa... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Financial decision: If a doctor accepts medicare and medicaid there is a set fee that one needs to accept.Medicarepays 80 percent of what is considered acceptable payment... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Kyphoplasty: A compression fracture that does not improve after 3 months or more with conservative measures may respond to this procedure. A neurosurgeon inserts a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Conservative : Most osteoporotic compression fracture s will heal within 3 months. Treatment focuses on pain management and re building bone with calcium vitamin d a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Neuropsych eval: There are different characteristics for each type of dementia that maybe very clear to a doc or may need further eval by a neuropsychologist. A clinic... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Old fashion term: Senile demenia is now most likely alzheimers disease; as senile meaning old age, means dementia of old age. The most common form of dementia is ad, bu... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
65 or older: A geriatrician is a physician with additional training in caring for the elderly. An internist or family doctor; a geriatrician generally sees individ... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Repetitive questions: Every person with ad has different needs and responds to behavioral interactions differently. For those that always ask when are they going home (and ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Cognitive loss: We now know that mild cogntive impairment(mci) amnestic type is a precursor to ad- about 10-15 % of people will convert form mci to early ad.Both are ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Make sure fully evaluated for potentially reversible causes of confusion.Id treatment should be directed toward the correct diagnosis. The commonly us... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: On alot of things. Whenever we offer a medical intervention, we review their functional and cognitive status to determine if there ould be a significa... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Who pays?: Medicare does not pay for long term care, assisted living, home care, transportation. So , yes, unless you financially qualify for medicaide, you will... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
All are bad: Lewy body dementiaa, frontotemporal dementia and supranuclear palsy are less coomin causes of dementia but are associated with more rapid decline, fun... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
No: The fastest growing population is over 85yo. There are many more centenarians then there were 50 yrs ago as well. People are not just living longer, ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Adequate calories: Adults in the very old population(>85) often eat less large meals and do better with small frequent meals("grazing"). It is common to observe the larg... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Assisted living: One need not "qualify". However, most people going into assistive living need assistance with instrumental activities of daily living(iadls) like shop... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Depends on a lot of things, like how rapidly is the blood loss and if the person has other health problems. If the loss is slow, the body may have tim... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Most causes of death after a major stroke are due to complications from the immobility a stroke causes. People that are no longer ambulatory are at ri... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Gently: As we age the skin gets thinner with less cushion underneath. It is more susceptible to infection, tears, irritation and pressure ulcers(bed sores). K... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
High: As our immune system ages it less effectively fights infection. Clostrium difficile is a bacteria that often lives uneventfully in our GI tract. With ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
YES: As much as many people think hospitals are "safe" and it is okay for prolonged stays, this is not the case for the elderly. Usually , the focus of ca... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Very common: In some studies, up to 45% of the elderly are vti B12 deficient(depends on ethnicity). B12 deficiency maybe due to a problem with taking the B12 off o... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Genetics: Our hair is generally preprogrammed by our genes to stop making pigment that gives it color. Rarely, a medical illness, stressors or medical treatment... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Genetics: Both graying and baldness are mostly genetic- ask your older relatives when they lost their hair or started graying. Sometimes, medical illness or cer... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Depends on what type of stroke you had. If it was ischemic(form hardening of the arteries) then Aspirin is generally recomended. If it is embolic( fro... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Yes: Both graying and baldness are mostly genetic- ask your older relatives when they lost their hair or started graying. Sometimes, medical illness or cer... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Genetics: Our hair is generally preprogrammed by our genes to stop making pigment that gives it color. Rarely, a medical illness, stressors or medical treatment... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Our genes are unchanged as we age, however, the gene expression may change. Actions caused by the genetic material may vary as we age. This may includ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Yes: As we age we are less able to respond to changes in temperature. Certain meds can also alter our thermoregulatory system- like anti-psychotics, someti... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
YEs: A living will is made to direct care givers and your health care providers on what kind of care you would want in certain health circumstances. One ca... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Genetics: Our hair is generally preprogrammed by our genes to stop making pigment that gives it color. Rarely, a medical illness, stressors or medical treatment... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Takes time: I deal with loss frequently in my field. It never gets easy, but you can develop the skills to cope with the losses. First, it is okay to feel sad and... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Lewy body Dementia: Lbd is a type of dementia characterised by Parkinson's like features (gait problems, sensitivity to anti-psychotic meds) with dementia. One important ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Not FDA approved: Donepizil and other drugs in that class are not fda approved for other dementias(except ad). The exception is Exelon (rivastigmine) approved for pd de... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Not FDA approved: There are no drugs fda approved for vascular dementia(vad). However, the same drugs used for alzheimers disease are also generally used fpr vad.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Ask for help: Most care givers in this country are "unskilled" unpaid (family). It is often a fulltime job and can wreak havoc on your health. "me" time is imperati... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Cirrhosis is an end stage result of liver disease caused by a number of things(alcohol, autoimmune, virus)in later stages one may experience yellowing... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Red eyes in the elderly may have many causes : they include dry eyes, allergies and other more serious problems like glaucoma and iritis. See an optha... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Yes: However, it depends on type of dementia the person has. In lewy body dementia, key features include realistic visual hallucinations; there are other s... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Yes !: Sticking cotton swabs into the ear canal can push wax further into the canal against the ear drum and make it more difficult to remove. Nothing should... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
Dementia med: Memantine(namenda) works in the brain by blocking excess glutamine in the brain which is found in alzheimers disease. Excess glutamine has been shown ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Apr 9, 2013
Excellent physician, indispensable in taking care of the elderly.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Redling is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Redling is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank You so much!! He did have a heart attack :( get well soon Joel!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! thank you but no doctors in this area to do surgery
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Okay, thank you. I appreciate your help.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine, NJ
Graduated 1987MD

Awards

Gerontologist of year NJ Aging Assoc
Geriatrician of the year HealthCare foundation of NJ
Top Doctor 2007, 2008 NJ Monthly

Affiliations

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