Geriatrician- Palo Alto

Choosing the Right Facility

Choosing the Right Facility

Here’s a recent horror story that may make the point: I had a patient with complicated medical issues who had a hip replacement operation. To my dismay, the hospital discharged this man to “assisted living.”

Just Walk!

Just Walk!

Even if you walk slowly, even if you walk uncertainly, even if your joints are a little sore, even if you’re a little afraid of falling, even if walking makes you tired, just walk! 

Denial and the Patient: “It’s not intentional. It’s brain damage.”

Denial and the Patient: “It’s not intentional. It’s brain damage.”

Every time you feel at the end of your rope. Every time you feel hurt, or out of patience, whisper this to yourself: “It’s not intentional, it’s brain damage.”

Denial and the Family

Denial and the Family

Adult children and other family members often struggle to accept that an elder has dementia. Sometimes they believe that the elder is doing things 'on purpose'. Sharing experiences and listening to others' experiences can help understand the disease and the behaviors and realize that it is the 'disease' that is causing the behaviors.

Hey Doc, I Just Heard About This New Miracle Pill/Supplement/Treatment…

Hey Doc, I Just Heard About This New Miracle Pill/Supplement/Treatment…

There really isn't a 'miracle cure' for dementia. Not yet. Will a supplement help? Probably not. Exercise, good nutrition and an active and happy life may make even more of an impact.