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what to do if i know corn syrup isn't good for any age, but is it worse for elderly people?

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Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Corn syrup: Con syrup has a lot of calories it is not particularly dangerous to elderly.

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Is a streptococcal infection more serious in the elderly?

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Yes: In general elderly people may not recover as well from even routine bacterial infections because their organs have less reserve in that they are usually being treated for several chronic illnesses.
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Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

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Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

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Sometimes: Rotavirus is a cause of gastroenteritis, (stomach flu). It can produce protracted diarrhea that may cause severe dehydration if not treated this can even cause life threatening problems, like kidney failure. In most cases with proper and simple treatment, especially fluids this can be avoided. People most at risk would be the especially frail, such as nursing home residents.
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How must I discuss difficult news like needing a nursing home with my elderly parent?

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It is difficult: If possible, i would try and get your siblings (if you have some) as well as other family members involved in the entire process. It is very difficult for parents as well as for the children involved when it comes to needing nursing home placement. Perhaps there is a therapist, like a social worker in your area who can give you some ongoing assistance. Most nursing homes employ such an individual.

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