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Pets and animal assisted therapy in the elderly

Pets and animal assisted therapy in the elderly Nearly half of elderly individuals in the United States own pets, usually cats and dogs but other pets as well such as birds and fish.  Studies have shown that individuals with pets feel more companionship, less...

Care for the Caregivers

Care for caregivers Are you helping a loved one through a long term illness?  Then you are a caregiver.   This can be a difficult thing.  It can rob you of your autonomy.  You may feel a tremendous responsibility for your loved one.  This can bring stress, anxiety and...

What to do when your loved one needs a hip fracture repaired

What to do when your loved one needs a hip fracture repaired.  So you have an elderly loved one who does not want anything extraordinary done at the end of their life.  They have chosen not to be resuscitated.   However, they accidentally fall and unfortunately break...

Insomnia

Insomnia Insomnia is a common condition in all age groups.  There is no medication that is effective in reproducing natural sleep with its 5 stages including REM sleep.   Insomnia occurs when there is a hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system.  This does not...

Heartburn in the elderly

GERD  GERD is short for gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn.  This affects approximately 8% of the American population and sometimes it can be severe, affecting the ability to sleep or do daily life without pain.   The common over the counter medications can...

Communication and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive disease that affects a person’s memory and ability to do tasks.  Communication and language is difficult at all stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.  People with Alzheimer’s may find it difficult to remember words but they also have...

Todd’s Paralysis

Todd’s paralysis can happen after a seizure.  It can mimic a stroke with paralysis of the body on the side opposite of the seizure.  It can also induce aphasia or lack of speaking and confusion.  The difference between Todd’s paralysis and a stroke is that Todd’s...

Undiagnosed Diabetes

Decreasing vitality is a problem as we age. One of the reasons could be undiagnosed diabetes or unregulated control of the bodies use of sugar. About 26% of older adults, greater than the age of 65, have diabetes. 1/3 of them don’t know it. The usual causes of...

Changes in the Elderly

As we age our ability to respond to changes in our environment decreases. For example, we do not always respond to infections with fever, instead we may present with confusion or decreased mental ability. So it is sometimes difficult to know what is normal aging and...