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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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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