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“I was ready for to deal with mom’s physical aging...I was never ready for this.” --words spoken by a Caregiver Daughter in my Dementia and Delirium talk today...
Deep emotion charged her words as she shared her struggles to reason with Mom and make Mom happy. Themes resonated through the room as others told of being accused of stealing misplaced items and of stories being created to cover for missing…Continue
Posted on May 7, 2011 at 3:30pm
Driving the hour south from mom's house to mine, thoughts on Easter, Passover, and their relationship to Aging flooded my heart, mind, and eyes...
Bette Davis said, “Old age is no place for sissies.” The challenges my patients face daily--the loss of loved ones, function, freedom, etc--take great doses of courage to…
Posted on April 20, 2011 at 5:00pm
As I’ve said, pain management is one of the most challenging yet most rewarding tasks I tackle as a Nurse Practitioner. Last week I provided a tool for the assessment of pain. Today I want to talk about why pain management is important and why treatment isn’t always adequate.
First, why is pain management essential in the elderly? Well, you may say, no one wants to hurt. True. Quality of life is essential. And most people with pain report depression, insomnia, and anxiety. In turn,…Continue
Posted on March 22, 2011 at 4:30pm
As I said last week, pain management is one of the most challenging yet most rewarding tasks I tackle as a Nurse Practitioner. The absolute must behind improved pain control, no matter the patient: Assess thoroughly!
Today I’m going to share how I assess pain so when you--or a little or an aging loved one--experience pain, you can make some notes that will help your Health Care Provider (HCP) treat you successfully!
The system I learned many years ago from a forgotten…
Posted on March 19, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments