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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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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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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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Intergenerational Housing and the Loner

Intergenerational Housing and the Loner

Posted Dec 3rd, 2019 in Caring for Others

There is a lot of research going on about housing for seniors and how we can provide optimal care.

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How to be a Geriatrician

How to be a Geriatrician

Posted Nov 19th, 2019 in Caring for Yourself, Caring for Others

A geriatrician can gather and synthesize relevant data to develop a diagnosis and treatment or discharge plan.

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Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis

Posted Nov 14th, 2019

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis are 2 common conditions affecting older adults, but how are they different?

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How to get help for the Holidays with Dementia

How to get help for the Holidays with Dementia

Posted Nov 14th, 2019

Here are 3 tips for getting others to help make the holidays easier for your family member with dementia.

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Pressure Ulcers - Prevention is Key

Pressure Ulcers - Prevention is Key

Posted Nov 9th, 2019

Pressure ulcers (also referred to as "bedsores") cause the breakdown of skin and underlying tissues and are an unfortunate consequence of immobility.  These ulcers are caused by constant pressure against the skin and are the result of shearing forces, which is basically friction of skin against a surface. Bony parts of the body like a heel or tailbone are the most common places for ulcers to happen. The management of pressure ulcers includes treatment after an ulcer has occurred as well as p...

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