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Doctor insights on: Signs An Elderly Person Is Dying

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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 signs of sinus infection in elderly?

What are signs of sinus infection in elderly?

Varied: Infections may present very subtly in the elderly. At times the only symptom maybe poor oral intake or confusion. The typical sinusitis symptoms of facial pain, fever and purulent nasal drainage maybe less or absent; there usually will be nasal congestion and drainage; there maybe a cough. If there was a nasogastric tube for feeding, the incidence of sinusitis is higher ...Read more

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What are symptoms and signs of vitamin d nutrition in the elderly?

What are symptoms and signs of vitamin d nutrition in the elderly?

Almost anything: Vitamin d is responsible for many things in all our body cells. It is now regarded as the commonest vitamin deficiency and is really a hormone made in the skin from sunlight exposure. We are seeing many diseases related to it. It is no longer "just a bone nutrient" and the blood level of d3 should be between 60 and 80. ...Read more

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What is a good book or resource to help an elderly mother who shows signs of dementia?

What is a good book or resource to help an elderly mother who shows signs of dementia?

Let me help you: I have web site for to read I believe will very helpful.
http://www. Caring. Com/articles/early-mild-dementia. ...Read more

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An elderly relative in hospital had a result of "Vacuolated Neutrophils +". I understand that this can be an early sign of sepsis. He's only had this test once but 6 days later he doesn't seem to be any worse. He hasn't been on Abx. I'm at a loss..

An elderly relative in hospital had a result of "Vacuolated Neutrophils +". I understand that this can be an early sign of sepsis. He's only had this test once but 6 days later he doesn't seem to be any worse. He hasn't been on Abx. I'm at a loss..

DiscussWithDoctors: While it is true that Vacuolated Neutrophils is an early sign of sepsis and due to massive bacterial growth and when these cells persist for more than 36 hours, the disease may be considered beyond control. And you are correct in saying that these patients are treated with Antibiotics. But we can not comment on this elderly relative of yours. You have to ask his treating doctors about his case ...Read more

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How long to get elderly person off trach.

How long to get elderly person off trach.

Variable.: Quite frankly, a good number of older people never come off dependence on a tracheostomy and/or a ventilator, depending on any active or chronic medical conditions that may hinder the process of weaning. Even in those who do wean off, it usually takes quite a while. ...Read more

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How would you move an elderly person up in bed?

How would you move an elderly person up in bed?

Carefully: Lower the head of the bed. Have the patient bend both knees to help you slide them up. Then finally raise the head of the bed up. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly person to wet their pants?

What causes an elderly person to wet their pants?

Incontinence: There are several types of incontinence: stress, urge & overflow come to mind. Stress is more common in women while overflow is in men (think big prostate). Infection is common cause as is dementia (they don't know better or can't find toilet). Functional incontinence is someone who can't get to toilet in time. This is not same as urge. Think of someone who just had joint replacement. ...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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How do you help an elderly frail person get out of suv?

How do you help an elderly frail person get out of suv?

A Wheelchair-lift: Beyond the obvious direct assistance to the person slowly getting in-out, up-down the car/suv, something to consider is a power wheelchair lift installed as pictured here. It will cost some money, but a very hepful tool to help those needing it, especially if the person is large and cannot be safely assisted by another person. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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What can be done for an elderly person who excessively tears?

What can be done for an elderly person who excessively tears?

Epiphora: Consistent nasal infections, or narrowing of the drainage system from the inner aspect of eye to the nose with age (nasolacrimal duct) may cause excessive tearing. It may be treatable. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of crutches for an elderly person?

What are the different kinds of crutches for an elderly person?

A few choices: Crutches for elderly patients may be challenging. A walker may be a better choice. The types of crutches include axillary or under arm-pit, platform, forearm, and strudder. ...Read more

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Why would an elderly person ever be kicked out of a group home?

Why would an elderly person ever be kicked out of a group home?

Many reasons: Living in a group care environment requires that the individual not be a threat or cause disrupted care to the others. Other less common reasons maybe a communicable disease, like tb. Is this individual agitated, abusive and non- cooperative? Are there psychiatric issues thaty should be addressed? Is this person demented and needs a higher level of care then the home can provide? ...Read more

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What's the best way to help an elderly person clean up after bm?

What's the best way to help an elderly person clean up after bm?

Compassionately: I know what a burden being a caretaker can be.
Common sense dictates disposable gloves and good old soap & water. A touch of bleach will render you safe.
Unless this elderly person has something unusually nasty that is passed. Chat with the doctor of your elderly person. ...Read more

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Why is it important to move a frail elderly person in bed correctly?

Why is it important to move a frail elderly person in bed correctly?

So they do not get..: So they do not develope bed sores, which are really ulcers of the skin. Ca be difficult and costly to heal. Very painful. N. ...Read more

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What should I do for leisure activities for an elderly and frail person?

What should I do for leisure activities for an elderly and frail person?

Reminiscence: Remininiscing has been shown to be an efffective way to reach older frail patients. This can be done with music, dancing, movies, reading, phot review- individually or in group. Even those with significant cognitive impairment will often respond. One needs to identify who the person was before they became infirmed- this will direct you to their interests. ...Read more

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Are floor exercises for pt acceptable for elderly person who cannot get up easily?

Are floor exercises for pt acceptable for elderly person who cannot get up easily?

Probably not: My general rule of thumb is ' if you can not get down to the floor and get back up on your own safely, then you should not be doing floor exercises... ...Read more

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What is it that causes an elderly person's hands to shake?

What is it that causes an elderly person's hands to shake?

Hand tremble: The most common reason is "benign essential tremor". It usually happens as you get older and can worsen as you get older. There is a strong genetic disposition. It occurs most when a person is "intentionally" doing something like writing or pointing. It can be helped by medicines such as "b-blockers". Of course, always talk to your doctor about your symptoms to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can copper affect an elderly person's health?

How can copper affect an elderly person's health?

See below: There are two types of copper - inorganic copper such as metal pipe and organic copper from what we eat food. Indigestion or industrial exposure of inorganic copper is result of dementia which is similar presentation of Alzheimer's disease. I enclosed a great article about copper and dementia. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC4030141/ ...Read more

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How could mercury affect an elderly person's health?

How could mercury affect an elderly person's health?

Mercury: Elemental mercury-the shinny silvery stuff called quicksilver is harmless unless it is boiled at 600 then causes pneumonia. Many of us played with it as chlldren put on dimes to make shiny. If you work around it it breathing the vapors causes Mad Hatter's disease. Organic mercury of many types can cause severe neurological problems. I would google for mercury poisoning, view images ...Read more

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How many cups a day should elderly person be forced to drink?

How many cups a day should elderly person be forced to drink?

FORCED?: Forced?
A healthy person of any age without kidney or heart failure problems should have a minimum of 48 ounces a day. ...Read more

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How do a young child's diet to an elderly person's diet differ?

A Diet is simply: Food and drink regularly provided or consumed. A wholesome healthy diet is important for everyone regardless of age. Special diet adjustments may be necessary for infants, food allergies or sensitivities, or medical conditions. Otherwise eating should include fresh colorful fruits and vegetables, and socialization. Speak with a nutritionist if there are questions re special needs. ...Read more

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What is the best way to define "informed consent" for an elderly person?

What is the best way to define "informed consent" for an elderly person?

Informed Consent: Hello! This is a form that explains what procedure you are having, why it is being done, the risks, benefits, and allows you to ask the doctor any questions you may have prior to saying you will allow them to perform anything on you. If you don't agree with what is in the informed consent, you don't sign and the doctor cannot perform the procedure.. ...Read more