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Doctor insights on: Psychological Changes In The Elderly

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Had chronic pain since early 20's. I feel mentally older than others, different/not understood. How does pain change a person psychologically?

Had chronic pain since early 20's. I feel mentally older than others, different/not understood. How does pain change a person psychologically?

Great question: Chronic pain can affect the neurological hormones that regulate the transmitters in our brains. It can also influence how we interact with people. There much interaction with pain and our minds. Consider a support group. Also have you heard of mindfulness training? It's a wonderful resource for dealing with chronic pain. ...Read more

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How can I deal with weight changes in an elderly loved one?

How can I deal with weight changes in an elderly loved one?

Consult a doctor: Weight gain in the elderly can signifiy something medically wrong or even a medication side effect. It is important to have medical evaluation to determine correct diagnosis and approach. Hopefully this will provide answers and some steps to take. ...Read more

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What causes a sudden change in mentation in the elderly with a history of stroke?

What causes a sudden change in mentation in the elderly with a history of stroke?

Vascular dementia: It is well known that a series of small strokes, called lacunes can eventually add up and cause vascular dementia, similar to alzheimer's. A sudden change may well correlate with a new stroke, perhaps from a larger vessel. Tough to treat, but use a memory enhancing agent plus a drug to prevent strokes. A neurologist who does hospital work would be ideal. ...Read more

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What changes happen during elderly age?

What changes happen during elderly age?

Deterioration: Vision and hearing deteriorate with age. Bones get weaker. Balance and gait (walking) can worsen. Kidneys might not work as well, the list is extensive! It is important to get regular followup with a doctor especially as you get older. Get your eyes/hearing checked. Make sure you get your immunizations and any age-appropriate cancer screenings. Take calcium and vitamin d to strength bones, etc. ...Read more

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What changes are needed to an elderly person's diet?

What changes are needed to an elderly person's diet?

Less calories: As we age, we typically become less active, although ideally we'd actually strive to maintain our previous activity level. But for the average joe (sephine), our metabolism slows down. As such we don't need as many calories as we once consumed. On the other hand, we still need to consume plenty of water & fiber. Dash diet & mediterranean diet are both excellent choices regardless of age. ...Read more

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What physical changes happen to your organs during elderly age?

What physical changes happen to your organs during elderly age?

Thanks for asking!: Decreased muscle size is what you will be see in physical changes as they age. Each organ has specific signs/symptoms and therefore there may be physical change. ...Read more

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What should I do when psychological disorders changes a loved one?

What should I do when psychological disorders changes a loved one?

Be supportive: Attempt to be supportive and, more importantly, assist the loved one to get some professional help. Most individuals who suffer from some sort of "psychological disorder" return to their old self once the underlying issue is treated. If this is a member of a family, it may be a systemic problem within the family and thus, family therapy would be indicated. ...Read more

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Can a change in diet have major psychological impacts on a person?

Can a change in diet have major psychological impacts on a person?

Oxidative stress: Pissibly yes. Individuals who suffer with mdd display lower serum/plasmatic total antioxidant potentials and reduced brain gsh levels. Ferh et al 2012 showed substantial data support that mdd seems to be accompanied by elevated levels of oxidative stress and that antidepressant treatments may reduce oxidative stress. Antixidants, b'12, deplin, onega3 calcium and d may help in this recovey. ...Read more

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Just curious, but what makes it difficult for the elderly to change their health behavior?

Just curious, but what makes it difficult for the elderly to change their health behavior?

Behavior change: Behavior change is one of the hardest things in medicine. Many reasons.

Patients sometimes have fixed beliefs that are difficult to change.

People get used to doing things a certain way.

Change is just plain scary to some people.

There's a reason why people say "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." but we certainly like to keep trying :-). ...Read more

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What changes can I expect when my elderly parent moves in?

What changes can I expect when my elderly parent moves in?

UH BOY...: Well, there is the good of having him/her close, but there's a lot of factors caring for elderly parents that may drive you to drinking heavily... However remember this, you wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. And there is good and bad about that too, I'm sure. God only knows the sacrifices they made to try and give you a safe upbringing and a good future...Just love him/her, and listen. ...Read more

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Are there unpreventable changes and all elderly people do have to end up with dentures?

Are there unpreventable changes and all elderly people do have to end up with dentures?

A misconception: The concept that everyone ends up with denture teeth when they get older is a misconception. Today, if you brush and floss 2X per day and visit your dentist 2X per year, your teeth will last you forever. A recent study shows that more than 75% of people keep all or some of their teeth. ...Read more

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How does stress change psychological benefits of health-related physical fitness and nutrition?

How does stress change psychological benefits of health-related physical fitness and nutrition?

Stress Attenuates,: At least to some degree, many of the benefits of fitness & clean nutrition. Stress causes hormonal surges that affect the way food is absorbed, utilized and metabolized and diverts mental and physical energy away from the rigorous requirements of physical training. Minimizing stress (the "bad" kind) cannot be overstated! Take care & meditate regularly! ...Read more

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Can a urine infection in an elderly man cause an abrupt personality change?

Can a urine infection in an elderly man cause an abrupt personality change?

Possibly: Urine infections can result in sepsis -- urosepsis. This can result in very serious complications, including personality changes, changes in mentation, altered mental status, or even a coma. Urosepsis in old patients is a serious disease. ...Read more

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What's the PHYSIOlogical cause of panic attacks? What hormones/chemical changes in body cause the attacks in conjunction with psychological aspect of it

What's the PHYSIOlogical cause of panic attacks? What hormones/chemical changes in body cause the attacks in conjunction with psychological aspect of it

Some foods can: Contribute to panic attacks. Caffeine and processed sugars can increase the likelihood of panic attacks. The psychological factors tend to be important to understand as well, so start by speaking with a psychologist and also cut back on coffee, tea, chocolate and processed sugars. ...Read more

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Elderly grandma takes quetiapine 12.5 mg at night. She has uncontrolled facial movements, early morning waking and increased anxiety. Change meds?

Elderly grandma takes quetiapine 12.5 mg at night. She has uncontrolled facial movements, early morning waking and increased anxiety. Change meds?

Facial tics: Your grand mother should be re evaluated as her condition may be secondary to medications or may be a new illness. She should be examined by her doctor and medication changed if necessary. ...Read more

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Are psychological changes and mood disorders related to brain tumor?

Are psychological changes and mood disorders related to brain tumor?

Depends: Depends on location of tumor, treatment side effects etc. Check with treating m.D for clarification regarding location. ...Read more

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Will a heart transplant survivor have psychological changes in relation to his donor?

Will a heart transplant survivor have psychological changes in relation to his donor?

Unlikely: From a strictly science point of view no. I would certainly not worry about this is someone needed or had a heart transplant. However, so much of life is a mystery. There is so much we don't understand and science is still a baby itself when it comes to explaining everything we experience. It would be hard to study your question and I suspect it has never been scientifically looked at. ...Read more

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Will a heart transplant survivor have a psychological change in relation to his donor?

Will a heart transplant survivor have a psychological change in relation to his donor?

Probably not: Usualky not however patients should get psychological orientation before going to transplant. Patients at risk should continue to see a psych specialist after transplant ...Read more

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I am experiencing appetite changes (quality: increased appetite), trouble sleeping (quality: difficult to wake) (worsened by: psychological stress), decreased energy level, sudden attacks of crying, fatigue and feeling depressed (quality: feelings of w

I am experiencing appetite changes (quality: increased appetite), trouble sleeping (quality: difficult to wake) (worsened by: psychological stress), decreased energy level, sudden attacks of crying, fatigue and feeling depressed (quality: feelings of w

Depression symptoms: Please start by seeing your doctor to rule out or identify any underlying medical conditions. Then consult w/a clinical psychologist to diagnose the cause of your symptoms, which MAY be depression. Lots or reason to hope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite), sleep deprivation, paranoid behavior, feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), mood swings and feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair). The following also describe me

I am experiencing appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite), sleep deprivation, paranoid behavior, feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), mood swings and feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair). The following also describe me

Thyroid problem?: A likely suspect would be a thyroid problem, probably you should get
TSH & thyroid evaluation.
If there is a family history of mood disorder or depression, a psychiatric evaluation with a trial of antidepressant & low dose anti-
psychotic medication might be indicated.
FJP MD ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), balance problems, behavior problems, difficulty focusing, difficulty concentrating, sleepiness, loss of temper, impulsive or reckless behavior, personality changes, paranoid delusion

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), balance problems, behavior problems, difficulty focusing, difficulty concentrating, sleepiness, loss of temper, impulsive or reckless behavior, personality changes, paranoid delusion

Mental health sx's: If you have not had a comprehensive medical evaluation for these symptoms - that is imperative. Medical causes need to be ruled out. These symptoms are serious & of significant concern. Treatment will stem from an accurate diagnosis. Take care and have hope. ...Read more

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How common is cvd in the elderly?

How common is cvd in the elderly?

Extremely common: Cardiovascular disease, which means diseases of the heart and blood vessels, is the most frequent cause of death among elderly people. This includes disease of the coronary arteries, heart failure, strokes, blood clots, etc. ...Read more

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What is the best spa for elderly?

What is the best spa for elderly?

By spa do: You mean fancy bath tub. A walk in tub is best- if u mean a resort ck with travel agent. ...Read more

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Is psychological 'help' really effective?

Is psychological 'help' really effective?

Yes: I am a huge fan of psychological treatment. I often find people in very intense and stressful personal circumstances expect a magic cure from anti-depressants, but a pill can't cure a bad boss, friendship, maritial problems, etc. The benefit of augmenting any medical treatment with a caring advocate who can help you see clearly through solutions depression itself often clouds can be key! ...Read more