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The aging kidney - Part One - Dialysis

The aging kidney - Part One - Dialysis

Posted Dec 16th, 2019

Chronic kidney disease is more common in older adults and can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, or medications. A nephrologist is a doctor who looks after persons with kidney disease and is also responsible for caring for those on dialysis. Dialysis can be a bridge to kidney transplant and even older adults can undergo transplant as a way to cure their chronic kidney disease.

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Holidays with Dementia

Holidays with Dementia

By Dr. Nicole Didyk

Posted Oct 23rd, 2019 in Caring for Others, GERI-Minute, Planning Ahead

Holiday time can present a challenge when you have a family member living with dementia. Here a re a few tips.

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To Sleep: Perchance to harm?

To Sleep: Perchance to harm?

Posted Jan 14th, 2020 in Caring for Yourself, Aging Successfully

As we age, many of our core beliefs about sleep and rest are simply not true and can be harmful.

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Who needs a Geriatrician?

Who needs a Geriatrician?

Posted Jan 7th, 2020

Geriatricians are specialists in the care of older adults, but they see people of various ages who need a comprehensive review.

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Myths about Geriatrics

Myths about Geriatrics

Posted Jan 7th, 2020

Geriatrics is not just medical care of older people. It involves the care of older adults with syndromes like confusion, incontinence, or falls.

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Should I Stay or Go?

Should I Stay or Go?

Posted Dec 31st, 2019 in Caring for Others, Legal

It may be selfish of a care partner to continue pushing their limits. Taking a break gives people the energy to keep going for the long haul that is dementia care.

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Driving While Royal

Driving While Royal

Posted Dec 17th, 2019 in Caring for Others, Legal

Losing driving privileges can result in anger, depression, interpersonal conflict, and lifestyle change.  It can disrupt the doctor-patient relationship and can strain family bonds. 

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When should you ask your Mom if she remembers?

When should you ask your Mom if she remembers?

Posted Dec 16th, 2019

It can be tempting to try to quiz your family member with dementia in an attempt to stimulate the brain or gauge how much memory loss is present, but that's not always the way to go. Take a minute to find out more!

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Myths about Memory Tests

Myths about Memory Tests

Posted Dec 16th, 2019

Memory tests like the MoCA can be used to screen for dementia but they have their limitations. Memory tests often have to be adjusted to account for person's language, education, age and cultural factors. They can also be adapted for use with people who are visually impaired.

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Never make your family promise not to place you in long-term care!

By Dr. Nicole Didyk

Posted Dec 15th, 2019 in Caring for Others, Legal, Planning Ahead

It is natural to want to extract a promise from a family member who may be making decisions for you in the future, such as never placing you in long-term care. But is that fair, or realistic? How does the family member feel if they have to leave a promise unfulfilled?

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