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Doctor insights on: Social Needs Of The Elderly

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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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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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What is adequate peri care in elderly?

What is adequate peri care in elderly?

Perineum: Care of the perineal area should focus on maintaining a clean and dry skin with prompt attention to fecal and urine contamination. Usually soap and water should suffice for cleaning. Application of a barrier ontment is sometimes necessary in elders with incontinence. Incontinence pads or diapers are not a good answer. ...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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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 resilient are elderly people after 90?

How resilient are elderly people after 90?

Depends: On alot of things. Whenever we offer a medical intervention, we review their functional and cognitive status to determine if there ould be a significant benefit for this individaul no matter how old. The very old are susceptible to delirum and a multitude of hospital acquired complications if not monitored closely. Any functional decline will take many times longer to improve then to lose, etc. ...Read more

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What most influences the health of the elderly?

What most influences the health of the elderly?

A few things: The ability to and attention to eating healthy, successful digestion, exercise, social activity and family. ...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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Is long term omeperazol in the elderly dangerous.

Is long term omeperazol in the elderly dangerous.

Definitions?: Define "long-term", "elderly", & "dangerous". W/o knowing specifics, like what Omeprazole was prescribed for, what symptoms you're having, & your past medical history, it's hard to advise you. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to go over the benefits it brings. Theoretically, it can have effects 10-20 yrs after starting, but it's a newer drug so many risks not known. Could increase risk of infx & other ...Read more

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What mental exams can be performed on the elderly?

What mental exams can be performed on the elderly?

MMSE, MoCA, CDT etc: There are many mental exams available for use in elderly. Much depends upon available time as well as familiarity. Alzheimer's drugs are often approved based upon CIBIC-Plus & ADAS-cog but these are not used in regular practice b/c too time consuming. MMSE is copywritten. MoCA & SLUMS are freely available. Clock Drawing Test is useful even if illiterate though maybe not in future generations! ...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 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 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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How can I help an elderly loved one remain productive?

How can I help an elderly loved one remain productive?

Interests: Continuing to be a productive person that contributes to society is important for successful aging. Encourage the senior to continue with their interests or develop new ones. It is never too late to learn something new- take up an instrument, take college classes on line, volunteer in your community. There is always a way for one to give back and feel involved in a meaningful way. ...Read more

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Do elderly people always die soon if they decline fast?

Do elderly people always die soon if they decline fast?

Definitely NO!: This depends entirely on the cause of decline. For example, my 83 yo mother experienced a sudden dramatic decline in health in january. She was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica & with appropriate treatment is now doing quite well. Not all causes are as readily treated. A thorough medical evaluation needs to be done to find the cause- it could be as simple as B12 deficiency or be irreversible. ...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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Does it help elderly to have pet in their living center?

Does it help elderly to have pet in their living center?

Generally yes: So that it will prevent depression and loss of independence as well as development of worsening of dementia. ...Read more

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Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Wear & tear: Time takes its toll on our minds & bodies. Not everyone will develop infirmities or impairments but odds are not in your favor unless you eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep & choose your parents wisely. That last bit is my attempt to add luck to list of things that we can't control. ...Read more

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Elderly people complaining and cranky - is it a syndrome?

Early dementia?!: In some cases patients with early stages of dementia show a change in personality : irritable, impatient. .. Are they still able to manage finances, drive or work? If there is a decline in daily function an evaluation for cognitive deficits is warranted. ...Read more

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Can there be assistant living homes for non-elderly adults?

Can there be assistant living homes for non-elderly adults?

Yes.: Yes, you don't have to be elderly to stay in assisted living facilities. Some people with illnesses that require some help and supervision can go there especially if they do not have anyone that can help them. It does require some ability to help themselves to some extent ...Read more

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What can be done about religious compulsions in the elderly?

What can be done about religious compulsions in the elderly?

Professional help: Compulsive behavior can be problematic to some people regardless of age. If an elderly person is behaving in a repetitive way (compulsively) and these behaviors are excessive and causing marked distress, professional help may be indicated. A medical specialist will take into consideration the patient's medical history and current status when considering treatment options, such as with medications. ...Read more

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What social health issues are experienced by elderly people?

What social health issues are experienced by elderly people?

ElderlySocialHealth: Check out http://www. Yourdictionary. Com/social-health. Transportation can be a major social health issue for elderly as they lose their independence by giving up their car keys, which makes them dependent upon a city that's not prepared to take them to places of worship, to supermarkets, to healthcare institutions, and to various areas to socialize & recreate. ...Read more

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Which health problems are most commonly faced by the elderly?

Which health problems are most commonly faced by the elderly?

Fraility: As the person ages, the level of frailty increases, along with greater disability and possible self neglect. ...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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How can the elderly continue to have agency over their health?

How can the elderly continue to have agency over their health?

Decision making capa: Great question. As long as someone retains decision making capacity, they retain agency over their health. Your Family Doc can assess decision making capacity while courts decide competency. Patients can retain lower levels of capacity (what to eat & wear) while losing high level eg agency over health. This is common w/mild-to-moderate dementia. ...Read more