Have you been worried about an older person’s memory or thinking abilities? Maybe your parent has seemed more confused recently. Or you may have noticed that your aging spouse is repeating herself, or struggling to do things that didn’t use to pose much of a problem. These are very common concerns, and they often lead […]
Many commonly-used medications affect memory brain function in the short-term and in the long-term. These can make Alzheimer’s symptoms worse, and have been linked to developing dementia. Here are the four types of medications to avoid, or use with caution.
Learn what type of medical information is most useful to keep copies of. This post lists the pros and cons of going low-tech versus high-tech with personal health records. I also cover three key questions to ask yourself, before choosing a method of keeping copies of medical information.
Wondering how to know if an aging parent needs help? Or trying to find out what to do when they need help? Dr. K explains exactly what warning signs to check for and what to say (and not say!) when you talk to your parent about your concerns. Use this approach to be more effective, next time you visit your aging parent.
Here’s how to know if you should be worried about hypertension treatment. Learn to make sure BP is measured accurately, what BP to aim for, & what to ask the doctor.
Updated Dec 2022 with the latest on the Omicron BQ.1 COVID variant and how to stay safe from COVID (and flu!) during the winter holidays. This page is where I’ll be posting COVID updates specifically for older adults and their families. This update includes information on the efficacy of the newer bivalent booster, how to select a HEPA air purifier, and more. Plus, my top general principles for navigating COVID (I don’t expect these to change throughout the year, even though the COVID situation will be evolving).
Learn to prevent falls in older adults by making sure you get the right evaluation after a fall happens. Here are eight things that should be checked at the doctor’s office.
Delirium is a state of worse-than-usual mental confusion, which affects up to 30% of older adults during hospitalization and has been linked with acceleration of cognitive decline. It’s even more common after major surgery and in the intensive care unit. Learn to take steps to prevent this dangerous complication, and to get help quickly if you think your older relative has been affected.
Here are the steps to take if you’ve noticed worrisome problems and think your aging parent might need help. Learn how to respectfully engage them and move towards needed changes, even if they’re refusing or won’t accept that there’s a safety issue at hand.