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Impairment Of Vision Due To Old Age
Depends: Approximately 90% of people only have the dry form of age-related macular degeneration where the vision loss is slower and usually less significant. However, approximately 10% of people have the wet form where bleeding, swelling, and scarring cause more rapid and more drastic vision loss. There is no treatment that has been shown to be effective for the dry form, but the wet form can be controlled. ...Read more
How to treat memory loss due to old age or brain impairment or Alzheimer's early symptoms. Suggest remedy or medicine or tonic not bla bla go to doc etc?
Proper diagnosis: Is important first. Aricept and / or Namenda (memantine) are common. Supplements suggested are bcomplex vitamins, exercise, and mentally challenging games like sudoku, crossword and memory exercises. Important to find out if this due to a neurodegenerative disease or just age-related decline ...Read more
Not possible: Binocular vision can only develop in small children. If it does not develop by age 4 or 5, it will never develop. It cannot be trained or cured if it is not present in an adult. In children, it will develop automatically if there is good vision in both eyes and the eyes are pointing in the same direction. ...Read more
Why eyes sight suddenly blackout in vision for few seconds/ minutes and resume fine afterwards for an elderly age 76? Please advise what should we do?
See eye doctor now: When someone had sudden black out and then vision resumes, it's important to rule out whether there may be a tiny clot present, or due uncontrolled hypertension, whether it's inflammatory (optic neuritis) or if it's infectious in nature (tiny parasites/worms). The only way this can be done this by seeing your eye doctor, who can do a dilated funduscopic exam, and refer you to an internal medicine specialist if needed. ...Read more
Gradual, high tones: It takes place gradually over several years. It begins with the high tones and progressively extends to the lower frequencies. ...Read more
My mum is having cough lately. Is it because due to old age? Any way to prevent her cough to become worst?
Chronic Cough: Cough which is chronic (long standing), could be due to many causes. Old age by itself should not cause cough. Smoking is one big cause and so is reflux disease., old age by itself should not cause cough. Infections some serious like tuberculosis could cause cough. There are some structural disorders like pulmonary fibrosis that are more serious. She needs to be check out and get an xray. ...Read more
Can the bladder of a man prolapse? Can the prolapse of the bladder due to old age cause hermaturia?
Depends on type: Systolic heart failure means the pump cant squeeze adequately to pump blood forward (low contractility).Diastolic heart failure usually means the heart gets thickened and cant relax to fill properly. The contractility can be high or low. ...Read more
I hv hearing problem due to old age &fact that I taught in airforce planes flew each 5 mins. Docs say u ll hear wind etc if u use instruments solution?
Hearing aids: Sounds like you have a nerve hearing loss. There is currently no surgery or medicine to correct that so hearing aids are your best option if you or your family/ friends are bothered by the amount of hearing loss you have. Get them fit by someone experienced and that will minimize some of the problems of hearing wind etc. ...Read more
How do you know when memory loss and progressive hearing loss are due to old age, and when it might be a more concerning problem?
By having an exam: An thorough exam should provide information that you can discuss with the doctor to form an opinion on the appropriateness of living with it or finding a way to reverse or slow these loss processes. Quality of life is very valuable and unnecessary decreases are tragic. Find out it there's reason to make improvements. Best! ...Read more
Does sharp informed 90yo have right to fire one doctor and find another? Gp said health problems were due to "old age" and gave no explanation.
Of course: Sound mind, can fire doc for any reason. Doc can fire patient under certain circumstances, with certain rules. ...Read more
Naturally: Getting shorter occurs among all races and both sexes. Height loss is related to changes in the bones, muscles, and joints, especially the spine. People typically lose about 1 cm every 10 years after age 40. Height loss is even more rapid after age 70. You may lose a total of 1 to 3 inches in height as you age. You can help prevent loss of height by following a healthy diet and staying active. ...Read more
No strict definition: Clinically. Some studies used to have an age limit, but it was considered discriminatory. Some people are old at 40 others remain young at 80...As the song goes, young at heart. The consideration should be more "hale" or "frail" when medical decisions are involved. A lot depends on how many illnesses, medications, and organs no longer function well. Elderly sounds polite; old seems inconsiderate. ...Read more
Organ failure: Typically speaking patients advanced ages but die of a specific organ failure. Before the days of advanced diagnostic testing specific cause of death may not have been known but now it is typically either heart failure, heart attack, respiratory failure or kidney failure. ...Read more
Prevention is best: By 'ivdp' I assume you mean intervertebral disc prolapse, or a slipped vertebral disc. Are you talking about prevention, or to treating existing pain, even disability. Prevention includes plenty water, healthy diet, regular exercise, & (esp. RE lumbar) avoiding prolonged sitting. Treating symptoms, depending on severity, may well require visit to clinician or physical therapist. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Yes: Statistically speaking, both non-smokers and ex smokers are likely to live to a healthier old-age than smokers. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. George burns lived to be 100. He smoked 18 cigars a day and drank. At 92 he was asked what his doctors had to say about his lifestyle. "what can they say? They are all dead! ". ...Read more
Depends: "old age" is a relative term. What was considered very old 40 years ago is very different then now. Genetics play an important role; but life style is equally important. If you live beyond 65, you can expect to live another 10-15 years, and the longer you live, the longer you can expect to live...Avg life expectancy is now over 79 for women- ethnicity and gender also play a role in longevity. ...Read more
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Many possible causes: See: http://www. Cdc. Gov/injury/images/lc-charts/10lc---by-age-group-2006-7_6_09-a.pdf This graph will provide top causes of death for age 65 and above. ...Read more
About 5%: This is just this pathologist's estimate. The diseases of extreme old age include a poorly-understood failure of the heart muscle, loss of physical strength required to breathe and protect / maintain the airway, and a mysterious unwillingness to eat that a wise caregiver respects. This is far higher than in the old days, when few people made it to age 60. ...Read more
WHAT'S OLD TO YOU?:
10-13% of the population is in that age group, last time I checked. And the numbers are growing.
I believe as physicians we have been able to use technology and medical advances to keep people alive longer. However, please remember that it is up to you to have quality living.
Excesses of youth will always come back to get us... ...Read more
Senescence: Senescence refers to growing old. We're still trying to figure out what's happening as we age but it may have something to do w/telomeres & genetics. Perhaps, DNA replication errors start adding up over time. Check out http://www. Theguardian. Com/science/2008/apr/29/genetics. You can do your best to delay death by eating healthy, exercising regularly & getting enough sleep. But there's no avoiding ...Read more