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Doctor insights on: Emotional Needs Of The Elderly

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Emotional need for 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 more

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How does community dwelling affect the mental and emotional health of the elderly?

How does community dwelling affect the mental and emotional health of the elderly?

Social isolation is: not good for anyone, elderly as well as younger people benefit from having a social community and supports. Often elderly people have less frequent contact with other people, so living in a community dwelling situation can be beneficial. ...Read more

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How do you cure emotional numbness in elderly perosn?

How do you cure emotional numbness in elderly perosn?

???: I'm not sure you do. It depends on what's causing the "numbness" -- or if it's truly numbness at all. Depression, stroke, and dementia, etc are all possible reasons for "numbness", and they have different treatments. Please consult your doctor for an evaluation and suggestions. ...Read more

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What is emotional benefit of an elderly person seeing a beloved grandchild far away on skype? Has anyone done studies? What are your thoughts?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Elderly grandma has hbp and CHF & has trouble sleeping. She has become very emotional and doesn't make sense. What would calm her safely?

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 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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What is emotional disorder?

What is emotional disorder?

Depression/anxiety: Emotional disorders are things like depression and anxiety. People with these disorders tend to have problems feeling good and may need help with either medication or counseling to feel happiness in joy in life. ...Read more

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How are emotional wellness and wellness related?

Wellness: They are unseparable as total wellness refers to the health of the body mind and spirit when viewed from the holistic point of view. ...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 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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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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What is emotional detachment?

Numbing: Emotional detachment is an inability to connect with others on an emotional level, or a type of mental assertiveness that allows people to maintain their boundaries. ...Read more

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Are e-cigs safe for the elderly?

Are e-cigs safe for the elderly?

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

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Why is emotional health important?

Why is emotional health important?

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

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What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

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

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Why is caffeine bad for the elderly?

Why is caffeine bad for the elderly?

Incr HR & diuresis: Caffeine isn't necessarily bad for all elderly although it may increase heart rate and act as a diuretic, both of which may not be ideal in any given individual. ...Read more

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What to do to stop emotional eating?

What to do to stop emotional eating?

A great first step: Would be over eater's anonymous. It can help you to understand your unhealthy relationship with food ; to learn other ways to cope. It is free and confidential. ...Read more

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How can I deal with emotional eating?

How can I deal with emotional eating?

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 more

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