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Is there a medical yes for elderly to detect dehydration? Thank you

Is there a medical yes for elderly to detect dehydration? Thank you

Yes: Simply lack of urine, dry mouth are good signs of dehydration. This is a short and simple answer. ...Read more

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What are the top ten phone/ipad apps (other than health tap of course!) that would benefit an elderly person taken care of by a non-medical health aide? Apps that could connect family members to stay up to date on (1) medications schedule and (2) weight/b

What are the top ten phone/ipad apps (other than health tap of course!) that would benefit an elderly person taken care of by a non-medical health aide? Apps that could connect family members to stay up to date on (1) medications schedule and (2) weight/b

Try these. ..: Not sure about "top 10", but I do like: Elder 411 (for caretaker role), Elder 911 (for caretaker emergencies), WebMD Mobile (RX & other info) & iPharmacy Pro (RX info), iBiomed (track medical & RX info; can share data), Pain Care (track pain episodes, & care team-doctors, therapists, family), Kindle (read novel at doctor appts, Pocket First Aid & CPR ($3.99), Balance ($0.99; Alzheimer resource) ...Read more

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What kind of medical supplies do ailing elderly patients usally need?

What kind of medical supplies do ailing elderly patients usally need?

Depends: Depends on the level of disability and kind of disease. For someone requiring assitance with dressing, bathing and mobility supplies may include adult incontinence products, a hospital bed, a walker/wheelchair, a tub bench. Disease specific products may include oxygen, a nebulizer, etc. ...Read more

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What medical problem does dark gray discharge in an elderly woman indicate?

What medical problem does dark gray discharge in an elderly woman indicate?

Bacteria: I assume you are referring to vaginal discharge. If the woman is not sexually active, it is most likely bacterial vaginosis. Caused by changes in the acidity of the vagina and possibly bacteria introduced by aging changes poor hygiene, incontinence etc. If there is blood in the discharge it may look grayish as well. Either way, this should be checked by a medical practitioner. ...Read more

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Why must someone go to medical appointments with elderly parents?

This is important: It is important to go to appointments with elderly parents. Many times elderly parents do not communicate well with doctors. They may not tell the doctor everything that is going on. They are of the generation that does not ask questions. Many of their problems are complicated and elderly parents don't understand, or don't tell their families what is going on. If you can't go then call doctor. ...Read more

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If there is a raised jugular venous pressure (jvp) in an elderly person then what, typically, should be done about? Is it a particularly serious medical condition in an elderly person?

If there is a raised jugular venous pressure (jvp) in an elderly person then what, typically, should be done about? Is it a particularly serious medical condition in an elderly person?

Elder with jvp.: Order person with multiple comirbidities and found to have jvp. Jvp signifies a volume status and in this patient may mean water retention specially in the setting of chf. However, one has to see if there is shortness of breath and or wt gain etc. Because this can dictate treatment or not. ...Read more

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Are antipsychotics the only medical treatment for delusions in the elderly? Is there anything more natural I could try first?

Are antipsychotics the only medical treatment for delusions in the elderly? Is there anything more natural I could try first?

Elderly delusions: Delusions in the elderly come from many sources -- including medical problems like dehydration, constipation, and urinary tract infections. Medications can also cause this. Treatment is to find & address these causes. The only "antipsychotic" herb I know -- rauwolfia serpentina -- can also cause low bp. Not safe in elderly people! Very low-dose antipsychotic meds may help safely, though. ...Read more

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If an elderly person has agitated delirium for several hours then can this cause a stroke or any other adverse medical events?

If an elderly person has agitated delirium for several hours then can this cause a stroke or any other adverse medical events?

Unlikely: It is unlikely this could cause a stroke, but getting very agitated could cause heart problems, and it is possible they could hurt themselves or someone else during an episode. There are medicines that may help reduce the agitation. Also, it's important to know what is causing the episodes. Do they have dementia? Are they on a new medication.? Acute illnesses can bring this on. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for an elderly nonambulant pt to have multiple ulcers on his tongue Is there any potential medical significance e.g. route for infection?

Is it unusual for an elderly nonambulant pt to have multiple ulcers on his tongue Is there any potential medical significance e.g. route for infection?

Ulcers: I think you need to have it examined to see what the source of the ulcers are. They range from poor diet, teeth related, medication side effects to autoimmune problems. They may need to be cultured or biopsied. You are correct in that they may uncommonly be a route fro infection ...Read more

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Should elderly patients be tested for cvid, if they have never-ending lung and sinus infections? Even if they have other medical issues, like ra?

Should elderly patients be tested for cvid, if they have never-ending lung and sinus infections? Even if they have other medical issues, like ra?

Yes: There is some correlation with autoimmunity and cvid so yes elderly patients with frequent hard to control infections should be screened for cvid. ...Read more

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Does medical marijuana, with high cannabidiol and low THC content, have negative interactions with lisinopril, hydrochlorothiazide, and a pacemaker that performs 87% of an elderly person's heart beat?

Does medical marijuana, with high cannabidiol and low THC content, have negative interactions with lisinopril, hydrochlorothiazide, and a pacemaker that performs 87% of an elderly person's heart beat?

2 difficulties with: This question. Pacemakers do not "perform" heart beats. They only emit tiny electrical shocks to heart muscle when heart contraction not electrically detected within time limit set in pacemaker programming. Electronic pacemaker initiated heart beats are always weaker because less well coordinated. No clinical research trial data exists to answer 1st questions; though zero basis to believe healthy. ...Read more

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How to get elderly in suv?

How to get elderly in suv?

My knowledge: Indicates it's not a disease, but a measurement doctors use when interpreting pet scans. ...Read more

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How common is cvd in the elderly?

How common is cvd in the elderly?

Extremely common: Cardiovascular disease, which means diseases of the heart and blood vessels, is the most frequent cause of death among elderly people. This includes disease of the coronary arteries, heart failure, strokes, blood clots, etc. ...Read more

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What is the best spa for elderly?

What is the best spa for elderly?

By spa do: You mean fancy bath tub. A walk in tub is best- if u mean a resort ck with travel agent. ...Read more

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What is adequate peri care in elderly?

What is adequate peri care in elderly?

Perineum: Care of the perineal area should focus on maintaining a clean and dry skin with prompt attention to fecal and urine contamination. Usually soap and water should suffice for cleaning. Application of a barrier ontment is sometimes necessary in elders with incontinence. Incontinence pads or diapers are not a good answer. ...Read more

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What changes happen during elderly age?

What changes happen during elderly age?

Deterioration: Vision and hearing deteriorate with age. Bones get weaker. Balance and gait (walking) can worsen. Kidneys might not work as well, the list is extensive! It is important to get regular followup with a doctor especially as you get older. Get your eyes/hearing checked. Make sure you get your immunizations and any age-appropriate cancer screenings. Take calcium and vitamin d to strength bones, etc. ...Read more

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How long to get elderly person off trach.

How long to get elderly person off trach.

Variable.: Quite frankly, a good number of older people never come off dependence on a tracheostomy and/or a ventilator, depending on any active or chronic medical conditions that may hinder the process of weaning. Even in those who do wean off, it usually takes quite a while. ...Read more

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How resilient are elderly people after 90?

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

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What most influences the health of the elderly?

What most influences the health of the elderly?

A few things: The ability to and attention to eating healthy, successful digestion, exercise, social activity and family. ...Read more

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How would you move an elderly person up in bed?

How would you move an elderly person up in bed?

Carefully: Lower the head of the bed. Have the patient bend both knees to help you slide them up. Then finally raise the head of the bed up. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly person to wet their pants?

What causes an elderly person to wet their pants?

Incontinence: There are several types of incontinence: stress, urge & overflow come to mind. Stress is more common in women while overflow is in men (think big prostate). Infection is common cause as is dementia (they don't know better or can't find toilet). Functional incontinence is someone who can't get to toilet in time. This is not same as urge. Think of someone who just had joint replacement. ...Read more

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Is long term omeperazol in the elderly dangerous.

Is long term omeperazol in the elderly dangerous.

Definitions?: Define "long-term", "elderly", & "dangerous". W/o knowing specifics, like what Omeprazole was prescribed for, what symptoms you're having, & your past medical history, it's hard to advise you. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to go over the benefits it brings. Theoretically, it can have effects 10-20 yrs after starting, but it's a newer drug so many risks not known. Could increase risk of infx & other ...Read more

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What mental exams can be performed on the elderly?

What mental exams can be performed on the elderly?

MMSE, MoCA, CDT etc: There are many mental exams available for use in elderly. Much depends upon available time as well as familiarity. Alzheimer's drugs are often approved based upon CIBIC-Plus & ADAS-cog but these are not used in regular practice b/c too time consuming. MMSE is copywritten. MoCA & SLUMS are freely available. Clock Drawing Test is useful even if illiterate though maybe not in future generations! ...Read more

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What are signs of approaching death in the elderly?

What are signs of approaching death in the elderly?

Varies. . .: I'm sorry that you have to ask this question b/c presumably you're about to lose someone close to you. Hopefully, hospice care has been engaged. Answer depends upon time frame, eg days to weeks to months. Check out https://www. Caring. Com/articles/signs-of-death & http://hospicefoundation. Org/End-of-Life-Support-and-Resources/Coping-with-Terminal-Illness/Signs-of-Approaching-Death for 10 signs. ...Read more

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What changes are needed to an elderly person's diet?

What changes are needed to an elderly person's diet?

Less calories: As we age, we typically become less active, although ideally we'd actually strive to maintain our previous activity level. But for the average joe (sephine), our metabolism slows down. As such we don't need as many calories as we once consumed. On the other hand, we still need to consume plenty of water & fiber. Dash diet & mediterranean diet are both excellent choices regardless of age. ...Read more

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What are the biggest health risks facing the elderly?

What are the biggest health risks facing the elderly?

Falls, infn dementia: Biggest health risks for elderly are falls which can lead to disability and functional dependence, infections which can present atypically and lead to severe illness if not diagnosed early, dementia which leads to functional dependence, caregiver burden and co-morbidities such as diabetes and heart disease which can lead to complications if not appropriately managed. ...Read more

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How can I help an elderly loved one remain productive?

How can I help an elderly loved one remain productive?

Interests: Continuing to be a productive person that contributes to society is important for successful aging. Encourage the senior to continue with their interests or develop new ones. It is never too late to learn something new- take up an instrument, take college classes on line, volunteer in your community. There is always a way for one to give back and feel involved in a meaningful way. ...Read more

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Do elderly people always die soon if they decline fast?

Do elderly people always die soon if they decline fast?

Definitely NO!: This depends entirely on the cause of decline. For example, my 83 yo mother experienced a sudden dramatic decline in health in january. She was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica & with appropriate treatment is now doing quite well. Not all causes are as readily treated. A thorough medical evaluation needs to be done to find the cause- it could be as simple as B12 deficiency or be irreversible. ...Read more