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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 more
How long can an elderly person live after first getting symptoms of dlb? Do they die with it or from dementia like that?
A number of years: It depends on many things including what other health problems a perso has. ...Read more
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
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
Vitamin d deficiency in are
likely to be losses in bone, strength, and function and the development of pain.
reduction in muscle mass and muscle strength
results in functional impairment
more susceptible to falling
to diseases, abnormal sleep cycles and moods swings. ...Read more
No symptoms: Usually no symptoms may be nocturia.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Can find nobody who knows anything about delirium in this area. Very concerned about elderly mother. Symptoms came on suddenly. ?
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
Would it be unusual for an elderly man with dementia (not very advanced) & an underlying infection to have persistent sleeplessness as a symptom?
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
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?
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
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
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
Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)
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