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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
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
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
Same as non-elderly: It's doubtful that e-cigs & vaporizers are any safer for elderly than non-elderly. If anything, smoking in general is worse, because lung function deteriorates w/age. So it's always best to quit smoking rather than substitute one form for another. Currently we don't have much info on e-cigs & vaporizers. ...Read more
Normal/health: A way of thinking about normalcy is a range of behaviors for instance if you were to wash your hands one or two times a day, typically that would not be considered abnormal. However, if you were to wash your hands dozens of times per day, that quite likely would be considered abnormal. In this context normalcy should not be thought of in simple terms of yes or no, black or white. ...Read more
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
What's eating you?: If you're using food to resolve emotional distress or conflict, keep in mind that emotional eating is a symptom of the problem, not "the" problem. It's important to identify what's eating "at" you, rather than focusing on food. Identify the emotional triggers to the behavior and find new ways to respond to yourself. Therapy can be extremely helpful in this regard. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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