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Are mini strokes common in elderly people?

Are mini strokes common in elderly people?

TIA: TIAs, sometimes called 'mini-strokes' are all too common in the elderly. Estimates range up to 500,00 per year. The sad part is, many of these are followed within weeks or months with a full stroke. TIAs are temporary (transient ischemic attacks), but full strokes are permanent.. ...Read more

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Check your loved one's balance
once
Remove obstructions that could cause falls
once
Organize medications
monthly
Add railings for support
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Rapidly progressive dementia, prognosis in elderly, 83?

Rapidly progressive dementia, prognosis in elderly, 83?

Undetermined: Dementia is a progressive disease. At this point in time medication can only slow it down, not stop it. If you are asking if the dementia will continue, it probably will at the same rate. ...Read more

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Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

More than whom?: Persons over 65 are more susceptible to infections and to sepsis than younger adults, but not necessarily than children. ...Read more

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Aging Gracefully (Checklist)

Stay socially connected
once
Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
once
Get a yearly physical
yearly
Take good care of your physical appearance
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Is ramelteon recommended for elderly people with vascular dementia?

Is ramelteon recommended for elderly people with vascular dementia?

Yes: It is an excellent choice for elderly people with or without vascular dementia who have sleep onset insomnia. It does not have the high fall risks associated with the other sedative hypnotics. It also can strengthen the circaidian rhythm that is weakened in dementia patients. ...Read more

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Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Usually safety issue: Preferable to use restraints than have an elder fall out of bed or chair or go wandering off and find themselves in dangerous situations. Most hospitals and nursing homes do not have enough staff to have one on one caretakers all the time. Restraints are thus often necessary for economic reasons. Abuse would be the use of restraints purely as a punishment. ...Read more

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What is elderly abuse?

What is elderly abuse?

Elder abuse.: Elder abuse is a general term to describe mistreatment of an elderly person. This mistreatment can be physical, emotional, mental, medical or nutritional. The abuser acts purposely to the detriment of the elder. ...Read more

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Are people generally hospitalized for delirium?

Are people generally hospitalized for delirium?

If acute and serious: There are many causes for delirium. Most common would be drug toxicity. This can be very serious and need acute medical care. Withdrawal from alcohol produces delirium that can cause serious medical complications. Infections of the brain can present with delirium and progress to coma. Patients with long standing psychiatric disease or dementia do not need hospitalization. ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
Daily
Dry well between your toes after you bathe
Once
Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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Patient safety in elderly populations; how do nurses communicate with the Alzheimer's folks?

Patient safety in elderly populations; how do nurses communicate with the Alzheimer's folks?

Patience/compassion: It is hard to watch a viable adult dwindle in to memory loss as with alzheimer's. Most people who communicate with them have patience, understanding, and can read body language and facial cues. Caregivers remember what these patients liked and how to help them and communicate that to nurses. Art, music, and old pictures reach the long term memories of these patients and that helps. ...Read more

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How resilient are elderly people after 90?

Depends: On alot of things. Whenever we offer a medical intervention, we review their functional and cognitive status to determine if there ould be a significant benefit for this individaul no matter how old. The very old are susceptible to delirum and a multitude of hospital acquired complications if not monitored closely. Any functional decline will take many times longer to improve then to lose, etc. ...Read more

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
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Improving Mental Health (Checklist)

Do some form of vigorous exercise everyday
Once
Maintain perfect sleep hygiene
Once
Accomplish a task daily, no matter how small
Once
Have contact with a friend daily, even if by text or email
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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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Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Yes: The disease is a result of inhaling droplets or soil contaminated by the legionella bacterium. Not everyone who is exposed will get this. Risk factors include age over 65 years, low immunity, smoking, steroid treatment, chronic lung disease and occupational (air conditioner maintainers). ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
Daily
Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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How common is malnourishment in older people?

How common is malnourishment in older people?

Malnourishment: It is sad that many of our Seniors have not experienced Golden Years! As the journey of life progresses, we get many illnesses which affect appetite, many medications prescribed affect appetite Many seniors lose their suppose, other family members and friends which can cause depression-further loss of appetite and weight. Sadly some are neglected and placed in nursing homes Let us be concerned! ...Read more

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Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Wear & tear: Time takes its toll on our minds & bodies. Not everyone will develop infirmities or impairments but odds are not in your favor unless you eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep & choose your parents wisely. That last bit is my attempt to add luck to list of things that we can't control. ...Read more