Dr. Paul Takahashi
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Dr. Paul Takahashi
Can older people safely take opioids, such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Percocet), to manage arthritis pain? In brief: An opioid isn't the first choice for treating chronic conditions such as arthritisARTHRITIS HYDROCODONE HYDROCODONE AND ACETAMINOPHEN OXYCODONE OXYCODONE AND ACETAMINOPHEN OXYIR PAINFUL JOINTS PERCOCET ROXICODONE VICODIN
Aside from cancer pain, opioids more commonly are reserved for short-term pain relief, such as after injuries or surgeries.
I've heard that folic acid supplements can improve cognitive function in older adults. Could those with Alzheimer's disease also benefit from folic acid? In brief: There's no conclusive evidence that folic acid supplements improve cognitive function in older adults or in people with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementiaALZHEIMER'S DISEASE FEMALE HEALTH FOLATE FOLIC ACID FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTS FOLVITE SUPPLEMENTS YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH
Blood levels of folate are classified as either low or normal in the general population.
I am considering finding an elder care center for a loved one with Alzheimer's. What should I look for when considering a provider? In brief: Elder care, or adult care, can provide an opportunity for your loved one with Alzheimer's to receive assistance and therapeutic activities in a group settingALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ELDER CARE
Being a full-time caregiver can be tiring and time-consuming.
Is loss of taste and smell normal with aging — or could loss of taste and smell have other causes? In brief: Some loss of taste and smell is natural with aging, especially after age 60LOSS OF TASTE
Various other factors also can contribute to loss of taste and smell, however, including: Nasal and sinus problems, such as allergies, sinusitis or nasal polyps, Certain medications, including beta blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, Dental problems, Cigarette smoking, Head or facial injury, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease.
Why is low blood sodium a health concern for older adults? How is it treated? In brief: Low blood sodium (hyponatremia) occurs when you have an abnormally low amount of sodium in your blood or when you have too much water in your bloodSODIUM YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH
Low blood sodium is common in older adults, especially those who are hospitalized or living in long-term care facilities.
Years ago, I was diagnosed with high-frequency hearing loss and told that hearing aids probably wouldn't help. With all the new technology in hearing aids, am I a candidate now? In brief: YesAIDS HEARING AIDS HEARING LOSS
Hearing aid manufacturers continue to make improvements by developing hearing aids that are more effective for all types of hearing loss, including high-frequency hearing loss.