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What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

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

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What is the symptoms of kidney problem in elderly?

What is the symptoms of kidney problem in elderly?

Needs lab: Kidney failure is difficult to diagnose without laboratory test. The main clinical symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, swelling, and sometimes itching. If you suspect that you have kidney disease, i suggest you see your physician when possible. ...Read more

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Is there a symptom of "failure to thrive" in the elderly?

Is there a symptom of "failure to thrive" in the elderly?

That's for kids: That diagnosis is usually used in children. Saying that about an adult is an opinion, not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of depression in elderly people?

What are the symptoms of depression in elderly people?

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 more

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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

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

Elderly patients: rarely present with typical disease symptoms presentations and this is why we use a high index of suspicion, since they may "appear fine", or somewhat slowed, but not flagrantly ill. A medical exam is necessary. ...Read more

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Could the drug clonidine cause tia-like symptoms in an elderly person?

Could the drug clonidine cause tia-like symptoms in an elderly person?

Potentially: Can cause a significant drop in blood pressure or a drop in heart rate which cam mimic symptoms of a tia. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion in an elderly person?

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion in an elderly person?

Heat related illness: They can range from mild symptoms such as fatigue and lightheadedness to heat cramps. More serious is heat stroke which can be fatal. It is characterized by a fever of 105 degrees, convulsions, stupor, stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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What are symptoms and signs of vitamin d nutrition in the elderly?

What are symptoms and signs of  vitamin d nutrition in the elderly?

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

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Could my pvd symptoms be from helping my elderly mother stand (using belt)?

Could my pvd symptoms be from helping my elderly mother stand (using belt)?

No: Pvd is inadequate blood flow to the lower extremities. There are several risk factors, e.g. High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, elevated cholesterol, family history, elevated uric acid levels in the blood. ...Read more

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Are crying and wanting to die symptoms normal for depression in the elderly or it was something else?

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

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What are some of the symptoms of kidney failure in elderly?

What are some of the symptoms of kidney failure in elderly?

Nocturia or none: May not be any. If severe poor appetite, nausea, tiredness, shortness of breath, others. Check with your doctor if in doubt. ...Read more

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I was just disagnosed with a uti. Is urinary leakage a symptom in elderly?

I was just disagnosed with a uti. Is urinary leakage a symptom in elderly?

It can be: Sometimes urinary incontinence is a symptom in the elderly; especially if incontinence was not an issue prior to the infection. Infection may irritate the lining of the bladder causing spasm and the subsequent leakage. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vitamin d deficiency in elderly adults?

What are the symptoms of vitamin d deficiency in elderly adults?

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

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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

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 more

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Can a thyroid condition result in dementia-like symptoms in the elderly?

Can a thyroid condition result in dementia-like symptoms in the elderly?

Yes, possible: Both hyper and hypothyroidism can cause confusion in an elderly person. The only way to know is to get a blood draw. ...Read more

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Do you have to treat every bladder infection in elderly person if all are from e coli and without symptoms?

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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Can find nobody who knows anything about delirium in this area. Very concerned about elderly mother. Symptoms came on suddenly. ?

Can find nobody who knows anything about delirium in this area. Very concerned about elderly mother. Symptoms came on suddenly. ?

Delirium: Delirium in elderly is most commonly due to medication. It can be due to substance use. Also, unfamiliar places can bring it on. Review this with their family doctor. Delirium is temporary...Dementia is chronic. ...Read more

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Hi when a elderly is diagnosed with mds and has no symptoms besides mild to moderate anemia .could the anemia remain stable or will it get worse.

Hi when a elderly is diagnosed with mds and has no symptoms besides mild  to moderate anemia .could the anemia remain stable or will it get worse.

Already Answered!: Send us his Lab results of CBC(Hemoglobin(Hb) level). Anemia(is low level of Hb) is likely to keep getting worse. No, it does not stay stable for more than a few months at best. So tabulate the results of last several values as well as the future values.....then you will have answer to your question. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual for an elderly man with dementia (not very advanced) & an underlying infection to have persistent sleeplessness as a symptom?

Very possible: Given the gentleman has dementia, it is very likely that a minor infection can cause delirium or even insomnia. Treating the underlying infection should sort the sleep disturbances out. Dementia by itself can cause sleep disturbance as part of the pathological process. ...Read more

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What must I do if my elderly parent has heat stroke symptoms?

What must I do if my elderly parent has heat stroke symptoms?

Immediate Evaluation: Heatstroke in the elderly is a serious medical issue. If you have concerns about this it is important to seek out an emergency evaluation. ...Read more

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My grandmother is talking like a child and but knows everything that is going on she but doesn't no she is talking weird she also is very fidgety she has a UTI could that cause the symptoms and elderly and if so what should we do?

My grandmother is talking like a child and but knows everything that is going on she but doesn't no she is talking weird she also is very fidgety she has a UTI could that cause the symptoms and elderly and if so what should we do?

Possibly: sometimes the elderly can exhibit symptoms of dementia when they have a UTI and when it clears they may not completely recover for some time. She needs to be watched closely till she recovers ...Read more

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Can hypothermia in an elderly pt be a symptom of an acute transformation of overlap myeloproliferative/myelodysplacticty disorder? Pt has hi WBC & CRP

Can hypothermia in an elderly pt be a symptom of an acute transformation of overlap myeloproliferative/myelodysplacticty disorder? Pt has hi WBC & CRP

Hypothermia/mds: Elderly often feel cooler than younger individuals. Hypothermia ( how low?) may be a sign of infection /sepsis just like high fever. If one has myelodysplastic syndrome , would check for UTI, a common cause of infection,subtle pneumonia.Also check thyroid, adrenal function. Elevated WBC is a concern for sepsis and transformation. Go to the ER for blood cultures and evaluation. ...Read more

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How can one tell what level of sepsis a Alzheimer's elderly has? What are the symptoms

How can one tell what level of sepsis a Alzheimer's  elderly has?  What are the symptoms

Sepsis is serious.: Sepsis means a generalized infection. Usually gives fever, chills general malaise and it's is seriously dangerous. Common sources are intestinal, skin, urinary track, pneumonia but any infection may cause it. We order pancultures ( blood, urine, sputum others) to find which germ is causing it. Requires serious tx in a hospital. Pt requires intravenous antibiotics. Sepsis causes shock and death ...Read more

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How long does it take UTI symptoms of dementia like state in elderly to go away she is on ic cephalexin since Saturday ?

How long does it take UTI symptoms of dementia like state in elderly to go away she is on ic cephalexin since Saturday ?

Here are some ...: The relevance of the contents in this Q is unclear, but my sifting through it suggests concerning her mental alteration possibly related with symptomatic UTI. If so, the duration of optimal recovery may widely vary in part because many elderlies are taking tranquilizers / antidepresents. Besides they have multiple concomitant medical issues. So, it's hard to blame UTI as sole cause of such change ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)

Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)

Absolutely: Yes, it's dangerous. If it's that bad, you must see a doctor to get it treated. Hallucinations aren't just fun and games. They can cause you to do dangerous things. Lack of sleep is quite unhealthy and can cause severe problems if it goes on for too long. ...Read more

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What blood tests , to verify the heart functioning , can be performed to an elderly man (95 years old) with vascular dementia. Vasovagal syntoms.

What blood tests , to verify the heart functioning , can be performed to an elderly man (95 years old) with vascular dementia. Vasovagal syntoms.

Why do you ask?: Apart from labs to look for a recent heart attack, and natriuretic peptide to evaluate for pump failure, blood work isn't that helpful in this situation. ...Read more