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What is best residential care for an elderly person with vascular dementia and difficulty walking?

What is best residential care for an elderly person with vascular dementia and difficulty walking?

It really depends: Safety is often a key issue-does the person have good awareness of hazards and good judgement. It is quite difficult for an older adult to live alone. The location and deficits from the stroke are important. An occupational therapist is the best person to actually asses functioning which is often more important than cognition. Asst living offers socialization and easy access to help if needed.

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What is best place for elderly to practice walking? Sidewalk, grocery store, mall?

What is best place for elderly to practice walking? Sidewalk, grocery store, mall?

Depends: If they are steady on their feet any of these will work - if not then you need to have some assistance in case they fall. It might be better to start in the home or nearby so that assistance is available.

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Elderly dementia male now sleeps 12+ hrs/day. What could this signify? Not walking around as much.

Elderly dementia male now sleeps 12+ hrs/day. What could this signify? Not walking around as much.

Responses: Presume you are 60 and the "elderly male" is much older. The sleep is in part OK if it is at nite, but not so good if during day. You need to assess if this is due to his medications or even ingestion of alcohol. Dementia progression can result in apathy, withdrawal, loss of mobility, and incontinence. Have your doctor reassess.

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Does elderly woman benefit from calcium or mineral with unsteady walking?

Does elderly woman benefit from calcium or mineral with unsteady walking?

No: Calcium and mineral supplementation won't help with unsteady walking. Calcium and mineral supplementation may help prevent fracture when a fall occurs.

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Elderly dementia pt had broken knee cap surgery 3 weeks ago. Found walking a little w/no walk aid. Is it possible? Would there still be pain? Aware?

Elderly dementia pt had broken knee cap surgery 3 weeks ago. Found walking a little w/no walk aid. Is it possible? Would there still be pain? Aware?

Possible: The knee cap is not load bearing. If you really want to make sure everything is ok, call he surgeon and ask about weight bearing status. Hope this helps!

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My daughter is 11 months and she takes a few steps...How can I get her to walk more?

My daughter is 11 months and she takes a few steps...How can I get her to walk more?

See below: Be patient. She will walk and progress at her own pace and forcing children without their choice can cause problems. Just let her go and enjoy!

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I've been walking/ 4 +miles a day to get to 10, 000 steps as far as weight loss if I eat will & walk will I lose weight quickly.?

I've been walking/ 4 +miles a day to get to 10, 000 steps as far as weight loss if I eat will & walk will I lose weight quickly.?

Loosing weight too: Fast can be dangerous. See your doc first, and then consider lower carb and higher protein intake. Exercise daily if possible, even brisk walking 20-30 minutes is helpful. Above all, like yourself and others no matter what the scale says. Peace and good health. "Disease Proof" by David Katz provides a healthy blueprint for life.

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Ankle sparin grade 2. it has become 4 weeks. I have started walking few steps with support but I get heel pain now. Should I continue walk?

Ankle sparin grade 2. it has become 4 weeks. I have started walking few steps with support but I get heel pain now. Should I continue walk?

Call the doctor.: Stop walking until you can an opinion from your doctor. You may need some more physical therapy and/or semi weight bearing (crutch assistance). Without knowing the post sprain treatment, it is hard to determine how to proceed without becoming redundant.

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I fell down 5 steps from the top landing my lower back. I can walk properly but my left arm get numb?

I fell down 5 steps from the top landing my lower back. I can walk properly but my left arm get numb?

Monitor closely: Montior these symptoms closely. Perhaps during your tumble you injured your neck or shoulder, which could contribute to numbness in your left arm. If the numbness doesn't resolve or worsens, see your physician. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003206.htm, http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001418.htm

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I get sob walking up steps or slight hill and now I also get a headache. I also have been getting awakened by fast heart rate.

I get sob walking up steps or slight hill and now I also get a headache. I also have been getting awakened by fast heart rate.

See a doctor: New shortness of breath with mild exertion and awakening with rapid pulse are not normal and need evaluation. Possibilities include anemia, heart failure, heart rhythm disturbance. Please see a doctor.

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My heart races and I get out of breath when I walk a few steps or stand or really anything. It doesn't happen all the time. What could it be?

My heart races and I get out of breath when I walk a few steps or stand or really anything. It doesn't happen all the time. What could it be?

Difficult diagnosis.: Difficult to diagnose on this forum without knowing more about you. Weight? Other systemic illnesses? Medications? Please see a physician asap to have this completely checked out.

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My nipples are very sore and hurt when walking down steps or when they get touched. Why is this? My period starts on monday. Should I be worried?

My nipples are very sore and hurt when walking down steps or when they get touched. Why is this? My period starts on monday. Should I be worried?

Hormones: Premenstrual symptoms can cause nipple soreness as well as pregnancy does. If your period got delayed in 1 week and your sexually active, I suggest testing for pregnancy. Otherwise if this is pms, it should resolve.

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When I walk a few steps my heart pounds fast I get tired dizzy my body temperature goes up, my breathing is tight my throat burning out of breath?

When I walk a few steps my heart pounds fast I get tired dizzy my body temperature goes up, my breathing is tight my throat burning out of breath?

Go to doctor: That is obviously not right. You should try to be seen by your doctor today. It catches my eye that you're on coumadin, (warfarin) which makes me worry that maybe you are anemic from a slow, unseen blood loss from somewhere. You need some tests asap.

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Is it ok to walk 10000 steps for 50 yr to stay fit?

Is it ok to walk 10000 steps for 50 yr to stay fit?

Absolutely: There is no sense guessing without a lot more information. Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you.

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I am getting difficult in breathing even walk four steps?

I am getting difficult in breathing even walk four steps?

Get help now.: Dear cat, I don't know if this is a chronic problem or something acute & new. Please seek medical care. If this is acute please be seen at an emergency room now.

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I have a pain on my tailbone when walk up the steps. What to do?

I have a pain on my tailbone when walk up the steps. What to do?

Sacroiliac: Sounds like sacroiliac pain. I would suggest seeing a pain specialist or a chiropractor.

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Hi! I'm a 44yr old male, and I'm 15st 11lb. I walk on average 10K steps a day. My diet is largely ok. How long through walking to lose 20 pounds? Thx

Hi! I'm a 44yr old male, and I'm 15st 11lb. I walk on average 10K steps a day. My diet is largely ok. How long through walking to lose 20 pounds? Thx

Effective loss=: nutrition= 80% diet= 20% Eat: fresh: meat, fish, poultry, fruit and vegetables with lots of cereals and grains, Drink 8-10 glasses of water/day. I recommend burst high/low interval aerobics plus free weights. I f you don't have access to a gym check out cable/dvd Gilad total Body Sculpt/Plus. Hint: post a photo of yourself naked or in a underwear on your mirror and check it AM/PM. Walking alone-no.