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Elderly Person Prone
Barrier: Think about how much sun damage and how much thinner the skin is on an elderly person. Your skin is your barrier. As you age, the barrier weakens, it is thinner - your infection risk goes up because the barrier is weaker and has less defense against the outside. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fragile skin: As people age, the skin becomes more fragile. Outer layer of skin (epidermis) becomes thinner. Underlying protective fat layer also thins. Fragile skin leads to more skin injuries (e.g. Skin tears and breaks in skin) and increased risk of bacterial infection. It is important to keep skin well moisturized as dry skin is more prone to injury and infection. ...Read more
Yes: As we age our immune system does decline a little in function and that could explain an increase in infections. However, other things can also cause this and you should see your doctor for referral to an immunologist who can evaluate the immune system more carefully. ...Read more
Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension & clot in the leg prone to cough? How can cough be avoided?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Teaching an elderly: Tough call.Get a more detailed answer ›
A Wheelchair-lift: Beyond the obvious direct assistance to the person slowly getting in-out, up-down the car/suv, something to consider is a power wheelchair lift installed as pictured here. It will cost some money, but a very hepful tool to help those needing it, especially if the person is large and cannot be safely assisted by another person. Best of luck to you. ...Read more
Taking 20 mg.: Mg of what? Need more info. Discuss with your medical team. ...Read more
Epiphora: Consistent nasal infections, or narrowing of the drainage system from the inner aspect of eye to the nose with age (nasolacrimal duct) may cause excessive tearing . It may be treatable. ...Read more
Sterile saline: There should be no issues with a sterile saline eyewash. ...Read more
Many reasons: Living in a group care environment requires that the individual not be a threat or cause disrupted care to the others. Other less common reasons maybe a communicable disease, like tb. Is this individual agitated, abusive and non- cooperative? Are there psychiatric issues thaty should be addressed? Is this person demented and needs a higher level of care then the home can provide? ...Read more
Compassionately: I know what a burden being a caretaker can be. Common sense dictates disposable gloves and good old soap & water. A touch of bleach will render you safe. Unless this elderly person has something unusually nasty that is passed. Chat with the doctor of your elderly person. ...Read more
So they do not get..: So they do not develope bed sores, which are really ulcers of the skin. Ca be difficult and costly to heal. Very painful.N. ...Read more
Reminiscence: Remininiscing has been shown to be an efffective way to reach older frail patients. This can be done with music, dancing, movies, reading, phot review- individually or in group. Even those with significant cognitive impairment will often respond . One needs to identify who the person was before they became infirmed- this will direct you to their interests. ...Read more
Probably not: My general rule of thumb is ' if you can not get down to the floor and get back up on your own safely, then you should not be doing floor exercises... ...Read more
I'm an elderly person (17) and my vision keeps going blurry, last for a few seconds, and returns to normal. What could cause this?
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