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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Confusion In The Elderly

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Confusion (Definition)

Confusion = bewilderment. Term is ...Read more


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What can cause sudden onset of short and long term memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

What can cause sudden onset of short and long term memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Small blood clots: As we get older we notice that we tend to forget things and it gets more difficult to do some of the things that we used to do. Much of this is a natural aging process but is caused by the lack of blood and oxygen to various parts of the brain. Very small blood clots and pieces of cholesterol plaques make their way to the brain and cut off the blood supply in very small vessels. More.... ...Read more

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Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

No: Remeron (mirtazapine) actually calms down the anxiety that usually is associated with dementia (memory loss) and increases the appetite. Usually we have to tell the elderly to eat more protein and this medication usually make people get the munchies. ...Read more

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Why might confusion occur in an elderly person taking a hot bath?

Only when bathing?: I'm not aware of anything medical to explain why anyone, regardless of age, would become confused only when taking a hot bath, assuming that they don't become confused using more tepid water or when not bathing. My guess is that there's an underlying condition, perhaps dementia, that's exacerbated by misunderstanding or fear of bathing. Try a bird bath instead. You know, sponge bath. Or shower. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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What are the negative affects of taking tramadol in my elderly mother. Confusion? No recollection of the day. Odd behavior. No answer from drs.

What are the negative affects of taking tramadol in my elderly mother. Confusion? No recollection of the day. Odd behavior. No answer from drs.

Possible: One cannot predict the effect of a particular drug with certainty and older people are more vulnerable if you stop the medication and the side effects stop and restart with resumption of the drug they must be related!? ...Read more

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Can anything be done to help an elderly person who's wetting the bed profusely at night? She is very confused?

Can anything be done to help an elderly person who's wetting the bed profusely at night? She is very confused?

Provide diapers: Check if she does not have an urinary tract infection and decrease fluid intake at night. However, most likely you will need to get to wear adult diapers. ...Read more

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How can one spend good, quality time with an elderly parent who is confused and not communicating?

How can one spend good, quality time with an elderly parent who is confused and not communicating?

Just be there: Quality is in the eye of the beholder (or recipient), not giver. Just sitting with them, or watching tv together or helping with their daily activities as they will allow you, can be very positive for them, even if they lack the ability to communicate that to you. ...Read more

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What to consider when planning discharge for elderly person with repaired hip and maybe confused?

Post acute care: Get the proper support for the elder- physical therapy (home of post acute facility), home health aide? . It all depends on the extent of the confusion and prior functionality. Your doctor shoudl help with the care plan. Assistance with a geriatic car manager may also help you find the resources you need ...Read more

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What does it mean if an elderly parent is clammy, cold, unsettled, confused and pale?

What does it mean if an elderly parent is clammy, cold, unsettled, confused and pale?

Emergency evaluation: These symptoms sound very worrisome to me -- like someone ill and delirious, possibly toxic, infected, or having a medication side effect of some kind. Please don't wait until the next primary care doctor appointment time on this one -- get your parent to the er. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Suddenly, my elderly mother is confused, cannot manage toileting, no short term memory, sleeps excessively. Why?

Sudden confusion: The symptoms you describe could represent delirium due to an acute medical problem. It is also possible that there is an underlying dementia or other brain illness. It sounds like an evaluation by your mom's doctor is in order. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

No: It's never normal for a person to be confused and talking gibberish. The question is why, and it usually takes a medical examination to find out. Kidney failure or fever from infection can cause delirium, but there are many other possible causes too. If it's a new problem, the person should see a doctor right away. If it's not new, it may be due to a permanent disability such as stroke. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm so sick of this mental confusion?

See details: Have the issue evaluated. There be an underlying medical issue causing this problem. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about confusion and headache?

How much should I worry about confusion and headache?

Worry much: Confusion and headaches are very bothersome neurologically.
You need to see your dr. Quickly or go to the er for evaluation.
These are serious symptoms and urgency is important.
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Could it be something bad if I have confusion and headache?

Could it be something bad if I have confusion and headache?

Yes: Get to an emergency room for evaluation right away. There are many potential causes for your symptoms and some are very serious and should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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