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Covid-19 infection and delirium in older adults

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Delirium may be an early warning sign of Covid-19 infection in older adults, a new study has found. In some cases, it was the only symptom in patients who tested positive for the virus. More than one-fourth of older patients in the study arrived at hospital emergency rooms with delirium, and 37% of these patients had no typical Covid-19 signs, such as fever or shortness or breath. Delirium — confusion, inattention, disorientation, and other cognitive change — is a common sign of any infection in older people, whose immune systems respond differently to viral or bacterial illnesses than younger adults’. Patients hospitalized for Covid-19, especially…

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Mental Health And The Elderly During The Covid 19 Pandemic

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During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the rates of depression and anxiety are high among adults ages 65 and older relative to rates in 2018, with one in four reporting anxiety or depression during most weeks since the onset of the pandemic – an increase from one in ten older adults who reported anxiety or depression in 2018. Cultural, racial, and generational differences in conceptualizing and reporting mental health issues  likely impact the extent to which people of different ages do or do not identify and report depression and anxiety. For older adults in particular, depression is often misconstrued as a normal part of…

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Smoothie Ideas for Your Elderly Loved One

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There are so many healthy options for your elderly loved one when it comes to their diet and the things they eat. If you or elderly care providers are primary caregivers for your elderly loved one, you should encourage them to drink smoothies. Not only are these delicious and healthy, but your elderly loved one shouldn’t get bored with them because there are so many great smoothie ideas. Here are some amazing smoothie ideas for your elderly loved one to start with. Fruit Smoothies Just about everyone loves a good fruit smoothie. These types of smoothies are low in sugar and high…

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Four Things That Cause Older Adults to Fall

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Every year, 2.8 million older adults fall and end up seeking medical care as a result. Some of these falls are preventable. Learn more about these four things that increase the risk of falls in the elderly. Medications Blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and prescription pain relievers are some of the medications that cause side effects like dizziness and sleepiness. Those medications can increase the risk of a fall. Stopping medications isn’t advised. Your parents may need to talk to their doctors about equally effective medications with fewer side effects. Otherwise, they should have someone around to help them when the medication begins to…

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Some Common Concerns with Having Your Parent Live in Her Home

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Maybe you’re just at the beginning of having the conversation with your aging parent about remaining in her home and living out her days there as much as she is able. For many senior citizens, this is one of their top wishes. But as a caregiver, you might have several concerns that you need to address before you can be completely at ease with letting your parent live at home, especially if she will be alone. Is her home safe? You might be worried about stairs, sidewalks, even getting in and out of the tub alone. As a caregiver, you most likely…

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Why Is Malnourishment Suddenly a Concern for Your Senior?

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Malnourishment is something that most people don’t think about in terms of an aging adult’s health. The idea that your senior might not be getting enough nourishment from her food to keep her healthy may be completely foreign, but it’s possible. These are just a few of the possible causes. She’s Not Eating Well If your elderly family member is eating the same foods every day or she’s simply not eating much, that’s a fast track to malnourishment. The beauty of a diverse diet is that the combination of foods also offers a variety of nutrients, including essential vitamins and minerals. But…

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Four Things You Need to Know about Lung Cancer

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a perfect time to double check what you know about lung cancer and to assess how your senior might be at risk herself. Learning the Symptoms Is Important Recognizing the symptoms of lung cancer is a vital part of early detection. Some of the symptoms may not seem related to breathing, so your senior may not connect them. Those are symptoms like losing weight without trying or experiencing a change in appetite. Or she might just feel less energetic and not really know why. Other symptoms are very obviously related to the lungs, like an increase in…

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What Things Can Make the Symptoms of Sundowners Syndrome Worse?

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Does your elderly loved one have sundowners syndrome? If so, they may have a range of symptoms from mild to severe. If you are a family caregiver of someone with sundowners syndrome, it is important to know what could make your loved one’s symptoms worse. The more that you know about this condition, the more you can work with senior care providers to make the symptoms more manageable for your loved one. Too Much Activity Late in the Day One of the things that could make sundowners syndrome worse is for your elderly loved one to have too much activity later in…

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