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Doctor insights on: Activities For Elderly People

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Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Wear & tear: Time takes its toll on our minds & bodies. Not everyone will develop infirmities or impairments but odds are not in your favor unless you eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep & choose your parents wisely. That last bit is my attempt to add luck to list of things that we can't control. ...Read more

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How resilient are elderly people after 90?

How resilient are elderly people after 90?

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 significant benefit for this individaul no matter how old. The very old are susceptible to delirum and a multitude of hospital acquired complications if not monitored closely. Any functional decline will take many times longer to improve then to lose, etc. ...Read more

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Can people with epilepsy continue driving?

Can people with epilepsy continue driving?

Yes: Assuming they're epilepsy is well controlled and the haven't had a seizure for 6 months. Each state or country is different with their own laws. ...Read more

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Exercises for those who are elderly and have limited mobility (use walker)?

Exercises for those who are elderly and have limited mobility (use walker)?

Walking: If there are no pressing medical issues, and no significant pain, then they should simply walk as much as they can. Studies have shown that bedrest can result in daily loss of muscle mass. This is why hospitalized patients can be so debilitated after lengthy stays, in addition to whatever medical condition they were being treated for. For the elderly, simply staying mobile can be beneficial. ...Read more

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Can there be assistant living homes for non-elderly adults?

Can there be assistant living homes for non-elderly adults?

Yes.: Yes, you don't have to be elderly to stay in assisted living facilities. Some people with illnesses that require some help and supervision can go there especially if they do not have anyone that can help them. It does require some ability to help themselves to some extent ...Read more

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Are people generally hospitalized for delirium?

If acute and serious: There are many causes for delirium. Most common would be drug toxicity. This can be very serious and need acute medical care. Withdrawal from alcohol produces delirium that can cause serious medical complications. Infections of the brain can present with delirium and progress to coma. Patients with long standing psychiatric disease or dementia do not need hospitalization. ...Read more

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Are there group homes for mci retired people?

Are there group homes for mci retired people?

Not specifically: However many who live in assisted living have cognitive deficits. It can be helpful to look at places that have multiple levels of care as many who have mci will develop dementia in the future. ...Read more

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What are some good physical exercises for older people in wheelchairs?

What are some good physical exercises for older people in wheelchairs?

Sitting exercises: Traditional yoga encourages positive physical and mental health, according to the national center on physical activity and disability (ncpad). Hatha yoga, the most popular yoga form in western cultures, emphasizes physical poses called asanas that stretch, tone and strengthen muscles, along with focused breathing that can help alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. This can be done sitting. ...Read more

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People who care for people with hydrocephalus are saints. How can I thank our son's caregiver?

People who care for people with hydrocephalus are saints. How can I thank our son's caregiver?

Gratitude: Gratitude is expressed in many ways for caregivers. They receive a lot of satisfaction in that they are helping people on a daily basis- and your verbalizing that to the caregiver would be greatly appreciated. If you are compelled, you may choose some small token of gratitude such as a massage, a gift certificate, or other similar inexpensive gift as an external expression of inner affection. ...Read more

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Is ramelteon recommended for elderly people with vascular dementia?

Is ramelteon recommended for elderly people with vascular dementia?

Yes: It is an excellent choice for elderly people with or without vascular dementia who have sleep onset insomnia. It does not have the high fall risks associated with the other sedative hypnotics. It also can strengthen the circaidian rhythm that is weakened in dementia patients. ...Read more

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Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Usually safety issue: Preferable to use restraints than have an elder fall out of bed or chair or go wandering off and find themselves in dangerous situations. Most hospitals and nursing homes do not have enough staff to have one on one caretakers all the time. Restraints are thus often necessary for economic reasons. Abuse would be the use of restraints purely as a punishment. ...Read more

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Patient safety in elderly populations; how do nurses communicate with the Alzheimer's folks?

Patient safety in elderly populations; how do nurses communicate with the Alzheimer's folks?

Patience/compassion: It is hard to watch a viable adult dwindle in to memory loss as with alzheimer's. Most people who communicate with them have patience, understanding, and can read body language and facial cues. Caregivers remember what these patients liked and how to help them and communicate that to nurses. Art, music, and old pictures reach the long term memories of these patients and that helps. ...Read more

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Are people who work two jobs less or more healthy in this economy?

Are people who work two jobs less or more healthy in this economy?

Recession: Hey, i like this one--has political undertones. Am not a shrink, but find my chronic ms patients who are stable work more hours to afford meds, treatments, insurance, and enjoyable activities. With more income, they are exhibiting less stress, and seem emotionally more stable and hopeful. Hope one of my psychiatric colleagues can chime in on this one! ...Read more

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What are some activities for adults that improve social skills?

Therapy: Is a start. You could also check out dale carnegie courses or toastmasters in your area. ...Read more

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Is exercise recommended for people who have arthritis?

Is exercise recommended for people who have arthritis?

Absolutely!: You know how muscles get warmer and looser when you use them? So do joints. Not all exercises are perfect for arthritis, but almost any movement is better than no movement. Walking and swimming are great starts. If you choose walking, make sure you have well fitted walking shoes (try the new balance store). Yoga and tai chi are amazing for your flexibility. But always check with your provider. ...Read more

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Do all elderly people need drugs for their weight, blood pressure, etc?

Do all elderly people need drugs for their weight, blood pressure, etc?

All? No: We're all individuals so there's no blanket need for drugs for everyone, although it might seem as if every elderly person is taking aspirin & statin. But there are no drugs per se for weight, unless you're thinking of weight loss drugs or appetite stimulants (which we don't recommend). There's a greater tendency to higher blood pressure w/age but not everyone needs drugs. In fact, we've raised BP ...Read more

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Are glucosamine & chondroitin supplements effective for elderly people who suffers from spinal stenosis? And for runners?

Are glucosamine & chondroitin supplements effective for elderly people who suffers from spinal stenosis? And for runners?

Minimal benefits!: Do not expect a miracle. Minor benefits may occur, but go with conventional therapy. But the only downside is a modest increase in blood sugar with these supplements! the spinal stenosis is mechanical and will not be improved! ...Read more

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Are there good jobs for people with narcolepsy and cataplexy?

Are there good jobs for people with narcolepsy and cataplexy?

Great Question!: What a great query. Patients with narcolepsy/cataplexy usually have to seek jobs with very flexible schedules. Many of these patients require naps or rest during the day and an understanding employer. This really means that narcolepsy patients can do any job but must have flexibility! ...Read more

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Anyone have good experience with residential facilities for people with vascular dementia?

Anyone have good experience with residential facilities for people with vascular dementia?

See below: When choosing a residential care facility, you have to make an informed decision. Visit facilities that specialize in memory care or have separate units that specialize in dementia care. You have to visit the facility and see for yourself if the facility suits your needs and the needs of the family member. You also can do online search to start. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why are individuals who have severe physical disabilities (non weight bearing) more prone to osteoporosis or osteopenia?

Why are individuals who have severe physical disabilities (non weight bearing) more prone to osteoporosis or osteopenia?

If don't use it ....: Lack of force applied to bone over time causes loss of mass and strength: simular to muscle. ...Read more