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Age Of Elderly People
Malnourishment: It is sad that many of our Seniors have not experienced Golden Years! As the journey of life progresses, we get many illnesses which affect appetite, many medications prescribed affect appetite Many seniors lose their suppose, other family members and friends which can cause depression-further loss of appetite and weight. Sadly some are neglected and placed in nursing homes Let us be concerned! ...Read more
Yes, in some ways: Young patients are more likely to develop inconsistent symptom relief ("on" vs "off" states) & dyskinesia (writhing, twisting, jerking movements). This is because they live longer with pd & have a longer period over which their brain degenerates & makes mal-adaptive changes to compensate, causing these problems. They may also develop pd younger because they have a more severe form to begin with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very rare, but yes: Early-onset dementia can strike in the thirties and perhaps late twenties. This is especially true for adults with down's syndrome. It is quite rare in any case. Chemically induced brain damage from illicit drug/substance abuse can also present as dementia in young people. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes but rare: Alzheimer's disease can present in young adults, but usually in patients with down's syndrome or some other genetic abnormality. The likelihood is extremely low, likely less than 1 in a million. Any young adult with alzheimer-like symptoms should undergo a full evaluation to rule out other causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not typically: 1) There are several types of dementia, so it is hard to generalize. 2) Neither schizophrenia nor Alzheimer's (a common dementia) are well understood as to mechanism and are quite different. 3) Predicting who will get dementia is the subject of research, with little clinical evidence. 4) A single patient can get an MRI or PET scan, but even these tests confirm or exclude and do not predict well. ...Read more
High percentage: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no symptoms and are usually unnoticed. Many are small enough that they can only be seen with a medical microscope. Almost all young adults have some degree of pinguecula even if not obvious in a mirror. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moderate: I am not sure that there is any published data on the incidence of restrictive lung disease. With rising obesity rates in the us there has been an increase in the prevalence of airflow restriction. Obesity limits the ability of the diaphragm to contract and keeps the total lung capacity low. ...Read more
Common: Older adults have the accumulated changes in refraction acquired through the years. To this is added any diseases they might have acquired which might cause vision problems such as diabetes, glaucoma, etc. And finally the additional vision issue related to middle age after age 40 (presbyopia) when near correction is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ability and desire: Decreased mobility (ability or desire to get fluids) and decreased thirst mechanism. Because of decreased physiologic reserves they are more easily injured by dehydration. That is, an elderly person may become mildly dehydrated then become more demented or wobbly or suffer kidney damage whereas a young person might have no symptoms at all. ...Read more
Drug abuse: All age groups are at risk. Older folks are less likely to misuse/abuse but they are not totally immune. ...Read more
Heart failure and CHF occurs in 1-2% of population under age 55. Even less for age 20-30. Is uncommon in the young (age 20-30), correct?
HF in young adults: Yes uncommon but heart failure remains a significant medical problem as this is the age where genetic causes can first manifest. In many cases the hf diagnosis is missed at first because the young patients symptoms are attributed to asthma or a respiratory infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can anyone at any age develop spondylosis? Can spondylosis develop in anybody regardless of their age?
Yes: As you drive a car, you expect that your tires will be more worn 9 months after driving on it, when compared to 3 months of driving it. You expect skin to start wrinkling more and more as we get older. Spondylosis implies degenerative arthritis of the spine joints. It is expected that as you go from age 10 to 20 to 40 to 60 to 80, amount of spondylosis increases. It is normal aging, and expected. ...Read more
AIDS symptoms: There are no specific symptoms typical of aids. Outside of acute HIV syndrome, which has several ways of presenting, some of which are like infectious mononucleosis, the disease remains silent until the immune system has been damaged enough so that opportunistic infections appear. The same thing applies to children and adults. ...Read more
The exposed ones: Malaria is known as tropical disease as it is more prevalent in the tropical climate. People who are exposed to the anopheles mosquitos, known to transport the pathogen of malaria will be more at risk. It's recently been published that people who were born in malaria endemic areas but moved out of those later and now visiting them again, are, in fact, at the highest risk for malaria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go to...Ygoy.com: Year 2008 -59.5 % of women above 16 years were either working or looking for work in the US. 46.5 % of the total labor force of the US are women. Will go up to 47 % in the year 2016. Working women will increase of 49 % in the total labor force between the year 2006-2016. In USA 61% (8th in the world) 1950-1998. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deterioration : Vision and hearing deteriorate with age. Bones get weaker. Balance and gait (walking) can worsen. Kidneys might not work as well, the list is extensive! it is important to get regular followup with a doctor especially as you get older. Get your eyes/hearing checked. Make sure you get your immunizations and any age-appropriate cancer screenings. Take calcium and vitamin d to strength bones, etc. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: Decreased muscle size is what you will be see in physical changes as they age. Each organ has specific signs/symptoms and therefore there may be physical change. ...Read more
Waxing & waning: In children, their immune system is still developing, such that they haven't reached their peak potential yet and thus are at increase risk for infections. That's why we also have more vaccinations scheduled in early childhood. As we get past middle-age, our immune system wanes and increases similar risk for infections. ...Read more
No strict definition: Clinically. Some studies used to have an age limit, but it was considered discriminatory. Some people are old at 40 others remain young at 80...As the song goes, young at heart. The consideration should be more "hale" or "frail" when medical decisions are involved. A lot depends on how many illnesses, medications, and organs no longer function well. Elderly sounds polite; old seems inconsiderate. ...Read more
Many factors here: in the US the test is simply a colonoscopy. It can be now down with a radiologist called a "virtual colonoscopy" or by a gastroenterologist/colorectal specialist which is the more well known colonoscopy. There are suggestions in the literature that over age 50 individuals might consider a colonoscopy. If no polyps or other pathology is found you can often wait 5 or more years ro another one. ...Read more
Corn syrup: Con syrup has a lot of calories it is not particularly dangerous to elderly. ...Read more
Yes: Ischemic colitis is generally analogous to a heart attack or stroke of the intestines, and many of the same risk factors, including age, high cholesterol, high bp, apply. While exceptional cases occur, in general older patients are at higher risk than young patients for ic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The lungs do get "smaller" with age and lose some of their elastic recoil (ability to deflate with exhalation) but age alone should not result in breathing difficulties. It would be advisable to determine smoking history, other medical problems and evaluate with chest xray, breathing tests oxygen level and work to regain their breathing capacity when cause is determined. ...Read more
How does a child develop aortic stenosis at such an early age, isn't this a disease for the elderly?
Not Only Elderly: You are correct in that as is common in the elderly. But children are not little adults, and the process is different. In children with, the aortic valve itself usually did not develop normally. Or, they contracted a disease like rheumatic fever which affects heart valves (quite rare in the west). Please discuss your specific issues with your cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would doctors falsely diagnose age-related COPD in elderly, insured patients to be able to justify expensive diagnostics?
Why eyes sight suddenly blackout in vision for few seconds/ minutes and resume fine afterwards for an elderly age 76? Please advise what should we do?
See eye doctor now : When someone had sudden black out and then vision resumes, it's important to rule out whether there may be a tiny clot present, or due uncontrolled hypertension, whether it's inflammatory (optic neuritis) or if it's infectious in nature (tiny parasites/worms). The only way this can be done this by seeing your eye doctor, who can do a dilated funduscopic exam, and refer you to an internal medicine specialist if needed. ...Read more
Could you give me the median survival for the elderly , over 65 , with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ?Also, what was it 30 yrs.Ago? I lost a loved one in 1982, wondering if life expectancy improving in this age group?I'm not sure what the life expectancy w
Not too good...: Age older than 60 years is one of the adverse prognostic indicators for adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The presence of the philadelphia chromosome, mll gene rearrangement, WBC over 100, 000/microliter, and failure to achieve remission after 4 weeks of therapy are other poor prognostic factors. Overall, only 20-40% of adults are cured and these are usually the ones without adverse factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: With aging, it's normal to see some less recall with recent memories and slower recollection of names/details. There are some screens and more detailed tests, which a professional can do to figure out where in the age group your parent's score falls. This is a difficult question to answer without talking and assessing your parent directly as well as without a collateral from a family member. ...Read more
The sexual perfomance of male (erectil function) at what "age" begin to decrease and need viagra (sildenafil)...All elderly need viagra (sildenafil) for sexual intercourse ?
No specific age: Ed is a vascular problem that can affect a male at any age but it's frequency increases as we get older, as does the frequency of vascular disease. To delay or avoid ed, stay active and healthy and screen early for risk factors of vascular disease such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high lipids, and smoking. ...Read more
Help please! when someone has a heart transplant can they live with the new heart to an elderly age?
Yes: However, before deciding on a heart transplant (i assume for a very weak heart), that is a very serious surgery, the transplant specialist will offer several other treatments and procedures to improve heart failure. Please, pay attention to what they are offering and follow their advise very closely to improve your chances. ...Read more
Perineum: Care of the perineal area should focus on maintaining a clean and dry skin with prompt attention to fecal and urine contamination. Usually soap and water should suffice for cleaning. Application of a barrier ontment is sometimes necessary in elders with incontinence. Incontinence pads or diapers are not a good answer. ...Read more
Variable.: Quite frankly, a good number of older people never come off dependence on a tracheostomy and/or a ventilator, depending on any active or chronic medical conditions that may hinder the process of weaning. Even in those who do wean off, it usually takes quite a while. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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