November 202228
Preparatory Grief
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Preparatory Grief. Nearly 2 million older adults die each year in the United States. Many of the most common causes of death for older adults are life-limiting chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, chronic…

November 202227
Ambiguous Loss in Dementia Caregiving
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Professional and informal caregivers of persons with dementia face numerous challenges in their roles, frequently resulting in stress and burden. At times, caregiver stress and burden may be misunderstood. Perhaps the real culprit responsible for…

November 202227
Delirium in Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Delirium is an acute confusional state that occurs in response to physiologic stress, most commonly from a medical illness. It is a clinical syndrome seen frequently in older adults, particularly in hospital settings, presenting in…

November 202226
Urinary Incontinence – Treatment
Posted By : Melissa Ford

A previous issue of Elder Care discussed the diagnosis of urinary incontinence, including indications for further evaluation or referral prior to initiating treatment. This issue reviews treatment. TIPS FOR TREATING INCONTINENCE IN THE ELDERLY Prescribe behavioral…

November 202226
Pain in Patients Who Have Heart Failure
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalization of older adults in the US. Clinicians providing care for patients who have heart failure typically focus on the patients' cardiac symptoms, like dyspnea and edema. There…

November 202225
Ageism and People
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Definition Ageism is a form of discrimination defined by the World Health Organization as "stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age." Ageism is a widespread and insidious practice that can…

November 202225
Recognizing Dehydration in Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Dehydration in older adults is common. Two national studies, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) and the Established Populations for Epidemiological Studies of the Elderly (EPESE) estimated that 40% of community-dwelling older…

November 202224
ABCDs of Medicare
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Medicare is a US government-sponsored program that provides health insurance coverage for adults over 65 and qualified individuals with disabilities. This issue of Elder Care will focus on Medicare for older adults. TIPS ABOUT MEDICARE…