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A 35-year-old member asked:

how can an elderly person slide out of recliner and not set off seat alarm?

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Check for weakness: This person may be getting weaker. It could be missed stroke, worsening of memory loss, or bad arthritis. I would consider a physical/occupitonal therapy to see if there may be the right eqiupment for this person to sit so that it can be prevented from falling, sliding or loss of balance.

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How do you help an elderly frail person get out of suv?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Is it more difficult for the elderly to palpate their peripheral pulses?

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Dr. Theresa Redling
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