Older Patients, Wiser Care Archive 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 12 Advantages of Old Age
- Better Ways to Make Your Wishes Known
- Why Your Older Loved One May Want to Skip That Cancer Screening
- How to Avoid the Perils of a Too-Soon Hospital Discharge
- There's More Than One Way to Cure Constipation
- 11 Ways We All Can Counter the "Disadvantages of Old Age"
- When to Worry About Weight Loss and Poor Nutrition
- Why the Doctor Sometimes Talks to the Caregiver Instead of the Patient
- How Can I Convince Seniors to Get a Flu Shot?
- To Pull or Not to Pull? Deciding Whether to Get Late-Life Dentures