Older Patients, Wiser Care Archive 2010

  1. 11 Ways We All Can Counter the "Disadvantages of Old Age" December 27, 2010

    Find out eleven ways to counter the disadvantages of old age. Ways to help the elderly feel not so disadvantaged at Caring.com....  Read more

  2. When to Worry About Weight Loss and Poor Nutrition November 22, 2010

    Learn when to worry about senior weight loss and poor nutrition in the elderly. "I'm worried about nutrition for my 84-year-old aunt, who lives alone. What should I do?"...  Read more

  3. Why the Doctor Sometimes Talks to the Caregiver Instead of the Patient November 08, 2010

    Get the facts about communication during doctor appointments and caregiving at Caring.com. Sometime doctors talk to the caregiver instead of the patient, learn why....  Read more

  4. How Can I Convince Seniors to Get a Flu Shot? October 25, 2010

    Get the facts about flu shots and flu season at Caring.com. Here are some of the common reasons I hear for resisting vaccination, along with my usual responses: You can get the flu from the flu shot....  Read more

  5. To Pull or Not to Pull? Deciding Whether to Get Late-Life Dentures September 27, 2010

    Your father's situation is relatively common, and an important issue for caregivers to pay attention to. Being able to eat comfortably is a vital aspect of one's quality of life...  Read more

  6. Heart Attacks at 65 and Older: The Symptoms Aren't Always What You'd Think September 13, 2010

    Over the past few decades, medical research has shown that women, as well as older people of either gender, often have heart attack symptoms that are very different from the so-called "classic" chest pain and/or pressure that middle-aged men tend...  Read more

  7. Are Bed Rails Killers or Safety Nets? August 16, 2010

    Using bed rails isn't considered 100 percent safe- but then again, neither are the alternatives! Bed rails are now viewed with much more suspicion (and some facilities have even removed them), for these reasons. ...  Read more

  8. Why We Can't Predict the Final Stage of Heart Valve Problems July 19, 2010

    How long does it take for a valve to close and what will happen during this process? What will it be like for a person suffering from severe aortic stenosis? ...  Read more

  9. Should You Tell Someone He or She Has Alzheimer's? June 21, 2010

    Should you tell someone he or she has Alzheimer's?.......Get the answer to this and other related alzheimer's questions at Caring.com...  Read more

  10. He had advanced cancer and was DNR. Why did I send him to the ICU? April 26, 2010

    A personal story about one elderly patient in ICU, and the challenges presented by an aging patient's DNR request. It's not always easy to turn goals and care plans into actions....  Read more

  11. 5 Reasons a Very Common Hospital Problem Is Often Overlooked April 20, 2010

    Nearly a third of elderly people experience hospital delirium, a new or worsened mental confusion during a hospital stay. Find out what you can do to help your loved one....  Read more

  12. He said he felt fine, but he was talking nonsense April 05, 2010

    Find out which steps to take when you notice signs of delirium in an elderly person. Delirium is very common, and studies have shown the dangers of leaving delirium untreated....  Read more

  13. Five Things to Know About a Possible Option for Really Bad COPD March 29, 2010

    A helpful article on end stage COPD lists the five things about opiates every COPD caregiver should know. If standard treatments are insufficient, it might be time to try opiate drugs such as morphine and oxycodone....  Read more

  14. He'd Been Hospitalized Six Times for Bad COPD -- But He Still Didn't Know What to Expect March 11, 2010

    Get the facts about COPD and what to expect. More than 12 million Americans suffer from COPD (sometimes called emphysema), a chronic condition in which the lungs slowly lose their ability to effectively move oxygen into the blood....  Read more

  15. He Chose "Do Not Resuscitate." So Why Did He Wind Up With Intubation, Something He Didn't Want? February 26, 2010

    Even though a patient may have specified "Do Not Resuscitate" or DNR requests, they may not apply to certain procedures such as intubation. Get the facts about DNR rules and how to work with doctors to carry out a patients' ultimate wishes....  Read more