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Emotional Needs Of The Elderly
Fast Life: Remember that our culture has changed dramatically over the course of your elderly loved one's life. The internet did not exist during most of the life of the elderly person. Even freeways didn't exist for the most part. Life is just lived at a much faster pace that it was decades ago. Remember to slow down and have a conversation, and do a lot of patient, interested listening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is emotional benefit of an elderly person seeing a beloved grandchild far away on skype? Has anyone done studies? What are your thoughts?
Probably a lot.: When distance is a barrier a face and a voice do very well at making a good connection emotionally. After all, what is the first thing we have access to as we are introduced into this world? Yes! a voice and a face! i would guess that common sense says the benefits are great. If there are studies I am unaware of them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My elderly mother is constantly reading religious / political material and hearing news on tv and radio. She gets very emotional over her views and beliefs and it leads to arguments. What should I do?
Broader view: It occurred to me to try to see another side. Certainly arguments need to be softened into discussion, but it might be possible to turn this into a means of broadening views. Can you imagine a gentle probe - like this? "i'd like to hear what you think, but first calm down so that i can understand you better. Then maybe i can explain my point of view too." it may be a + that she cares about issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Elderly grandma has hbp and CHF & has trouble sleeping. She has become very emotional and doesn't make sense. What would calm her safely?
Delirium?: Your grandma needs an urgent assessment with her primary care physician. The mental status changes you describe (sleep disturbance, very emotional, and "doesn't make sense") are consistent with delirium, a confusional state caused by many kinds of medical problems including medication reactions -- but you list no meds. Treatment requires correcting the underlying cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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