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Doctor insights on: At What Age Is Someone Considered Elderly

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Who is considered elderly or old age?

Who is considered elderly or old age?

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

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What changes happen during elderly age?

What changes happen during elderly age?

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

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What physical changes happen to your organs during elderly age?

What physical changes happen to your organs during elderly age?

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

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Why do children and the elderly get sick more often than teenagers and middle-aged adults?

Why do children and the elderly get sick more often than teenagers and middle-aged adults?

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

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Hi docs, do you think it's advisable to have ileocolonoscopy at an elderly age?

Hi docs, do you think it's advisable to have ileocolonoscopy at an elderly age?

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

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Are middle aged and elderly more likely to get ischemic colitis?

Are middle aged and elderly more likely to get ischemic colitis?

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 more

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Does extreme weight lifting causes increased loss of height in elderly age?

Does extreme weight lifting causes increased loss of height in elderly age?

NO: Height is genetically preset, very little alteration one can do with diet, exercise, and environment ...Read more

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Elderly relative with breathing difficulties. Do lungs get tighter or smaller as people age?

Elderly relative with breathing difficulties. Do lungs get tighter or smaller as people age?

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

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Help please! When someone has a heart transplant can they live with the new heart to an elderly age?

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

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How does a child develop aortic stenosis at such an early age, isn't this a disease for the elderly?

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 more

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Can you tell me what is the most common restrictive pulmonary disorder for an aging adult/ elderly?

Can you tell me what is the most common restrictive pulmonary disorder for an aging adult/ elderly?

Cannot fill lungswit: Common cause pulmonary fibrosis, auto immune disease, obesity, neuromuscular disease- see pcp or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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 more

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Elderly parent with memory loss, what is normal aging and what is not?

Elderly parent with memory loss, what is normal aging and what is not?

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

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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?

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

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How do you know if someone is abusing your elderly loved one?

How do you know if someone is abusing your elderly loved one?

Watch: Signs of abuse include pressure sores (neglect) bruises, and broken bones. Set up a hidden camera. ...Read more