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Dying Elderly Symptoms
Many: Firstly, any abuse should be reported. Obvious signs of bruises in many stages of healing, genital or rectal trauma. A patient that seems fearful of their caretaker, or a patient that the caretaker refuses to have you interview them alone maybe a sign. Under nutrition, poor hygiene and other signs of neglect maybe noticeable. Less obvious signs may include financial abuse. ...Read more
Many: There are changes in energy, sleep, and appetite. Could have loss of interest in family and things previously enjoyed; may become more isolated and irritable. Sometimes they become agitated, anxious, and pacing. Concentration may be poor. Such a person needs to see his/her physician for an evaluation -- also a psychiatrist can help differentiate causes & treat effectively. Care is needed w/this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long can an elderly person live after first getting symptoms of dlb? Do they die with it or from dementia like that?
Are there different sorts of infections that elderly people may suffer for 2 wks without an acute decline in physical symptoms? If so, examples please
Almost anything: Vitamin d is responsible for many things in all our body cells. It is now regarded as the commonest vitamin deficiency and is really a hormone made in the skin from sunlight exposure. We are seeing many diseases related to it. It is no longer "just a bone nutrient" and the blood level of d3 should be between 60 and 80. ...Read more
Are crying and wanting to die symptoms normal for depression in the elderly or it was something else?
Many causes: Crying and wanting to die are symptoms that are common in those suffering from depression. However, it is important to make sure all causes of depression have been evaluated. Many things can cause depression, not just old age and vague chemical imbalance of the brain. It is not normal to be depressed, regardless of age. It is important to not jump to conclusions about what is causing depression. ...Read more
Weak bone&mscules: Vitamin d deficiency in are likely to be losses in bone, strength, and function and the development of pain. Muscle weakness reduction in muscle mass and muscle strength results in functional impairment cognitive decline osteoporosis osteomalacia more susceptible to falling fracture risk to diseases, abnormal sleep cycles and moods swings. ...Read more
This question is asked so as to provide me with some guidelines in caring for an elderly person. (1) Generally speaking, what differences in symptoms are there between dementia and delirium? (2) Is it easy to confuse one with the other? Advice please
Similar: Both can appear confused. Dementia is constant and the may have some aspect of awareness it is more constant and persists. Delirium is in general an acute thing and can wax and wane with decreased level of consciousness. In general there is a potentially fixable cause of delirium but not dementia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you have to treat every bladder infection in elderly person if all are from e coli and without symptoms?
Good question...: In fact, I have intended not to treat the elderly with asymptomatic bacteriuria, but not without a price in medical practice for declining referral because many medical professionals intensely treat the number not the patients, and they do not like it so to serve high demand of political correctness - "I would be rather safe than sorry." More? Ask your doc or contact me, and I can help. Best wish. ...Read more
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