A Geriatrician reviews the pros and cons of taking a family member out of a senior's home, like an assisted living facility, during an infection pandemic.
Acetylcholine is a chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter in the body. It has multiple actions, and many medications can block acetylcholine activity. A medication with this property is called "anticholinergic" . It's important to know if you are taking one or more anticholinergic medications if you are an older adult.
When a person's brain has undergone changes from dementia, stroke, injury, or other processes, it can be vulnerable to even seemingly minor disruptions in health, like a urinary tract infection or an extra dose of a pain pill. This video defines the "vulnerable brain" and the related concept of frailty, which is more common in older adults, and is frequently seen by the Geriatrician.
When a person develops dementia it can change sexual expression. but what doesn't change is the person's need for affection and comfort. We talk to a sex therapist about how sex can change when the brain changes, and how to create understanding and support for the person and their family.