Senior Medical Treatment Decisions Articles

  • Evaluating Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.

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  • Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Is Crucial for Effective Planning and Treatment

    Half of all patients with Alzheimer’s are already in the moderate to severe stages of the disease by the time they are diagnosed. Increased attention to the early stages of AD is essential for proper treatment, planning and caregiver support.

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  • Caring for a Senior with Chronic Constipation

    It is normal to be constipated from time to time, but when this condition lasts for a prolonged period or worsens significantly, it can be extremely uncomfortable and even require medical attention.

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  • Caring for a Loved One with Heart Failure

    Understanding what stage of heart failure a senior is in and learning how to help them manage their lifestyle to minimize symptoms can provide you both with added comfort and confidence.

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  • Cataracts: Getting the Big Picture (and a Clearer One, Too)

    Over 20 million Americans age 40 and over are affected by a potentially debilitating condition called cataracts. Most of these people are also candidates for a painless outpatient procedure that could easily improve their eyesight and quality of life.

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  • 9 Nutrition Tips During Cancer Treatment

    Eating is often difficult for a cancer-stricken senior. But the weakness and fatigue associated with not getting enough nutrients can give cancer the upper hand. Learn how to make sure your loved one is getting the food they need.

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  • Cancer Care Q and A: Post-Chemo Concerns

    Chemotherapy is a common form of cancer treatment, but the side-effects of chemo treatments can be very unpleasant. Here is some advice on what to expect and how to help a loved one cope with chemotherapy.

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  • An Overview of Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer kills more people than any other form of cancer. Learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms of lung disease as well as the the types and stages of the disease.

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  • Testing for Diabetes and Treating It

    Does your parent have diabetes? Explore the testing procedures used to diagnose diabetes and the best methods for controlling blood sugar levels once diagnosed.

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  • Treatments for Depression in the Elderly

    Depression is a serious but treatable condition. These are some of the most common and effective treatment options that doctors recommend for seniors who are experiencing mental health issues.

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  • 10 Worst Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

    When fighting cancer, many of the most effective treatments can be accompanied by debilitating side effects. Here's how caregivers can help.

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  • Chemotherapy: What is It and What Are The Side Effects?

    When cancer is the diagnosis, chemotherapy is often the recommended treatment, but the side effects can be severe.

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  • An Overview of Cancer

    Cancer strikes people of all ages, but as people age, they are more likely to get cancer, even if no one in the family has had it. Learn about cancer, symptoms to look for, how cancer is diagnosed and what treatments are used.

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  • Bed Wetting in the Elderly

    Nocturnal enuresis is the medical term for bed wetting. This can be an embarrassing and messy issue for older adults, but there are several techniques that can be used to help remedy this problem.

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  • What Is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?

    Coronary artery bypass grafting is a type of surgery called revascularization, used to improve blood flow to the heart in people with severe coronary artery disease

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  • The Latest Research on Strokes

    The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke sponsors a wide range of research aimed at finding ways to prevent, diagnose and treat strokes in the elderly.

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  • How are Strokes Diagnosed and Treated?

    A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

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  • Hip Replacement: How to Prepare and What to Expect

    Hip replacement surgery can cause a lot of anxiety for both the person having the hip replaced and his or her caregiver. Learn what hip replacement surgery involves and what you can do to aid in recovery and rehabilitation.

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  • Changes to Make in Your Life After a Heart Attack

    When someone has a heart attack, their life, as well as the lives of the people who care for them, changes forever.

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  • How Glaucoma Is Diagnosed and Treated

    Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive eye exam. Treatments, including medication and surgery, delay progression of the disease, but do not restore eyesight that has already been lost.

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