Aging and Mental Health
Friday's Progress Notes - November 17, 2000
Mental Health Information - Vol. 4 Issue 34
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1. Adult children lack knowledge about how to help elderly parents
2. Use of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes
3. Evaluating an elderly patient's fitness to drive
4. Practice guideline for treatment of dementia
5. Medications for mental illness
7. Alcohol use in older women
8. Older adults and sensitive subjects
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- Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease Management
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Family Caregivers' Month. Over 25 million Americans provide unpaid,
long-term, care to loved ones. Care-giving is more than a one-person
job, yet one family member most often carries the responsibility
alone, says the National Family Caregivers Association. Today's
newsletter focuses on issues related to aging.
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John L. Miller, MD
1. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION
National Survey on Health Care and Other Elder Care Issues
A recent survey finds that many adult children with elderly
parents lack basic information on how to help these seniors
with their health and financial decisions.
2. AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN
Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes
The authors outline the HCFA guidelines and the clinical use of
psychotropic drugs with the elderly.
3. CANADIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN
Evaluation of Fitness To Drive
The authors discuss how to assess and counsel patients -
particularly the elderly and those with dementia - and their
families about a patient's ability to drive safely.
4. ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES
Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease Management
The guideline is intended to serve as a general guide for the ongoing management of people with Alzheimer's.
5. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
Medications for Mental Illness
This booklet is designed to help mental health patients and their families understand how and why medications can be used as part of the treatment of mental health problems.
6. NATIONAL HOSPICE and PALLIATIVE CARE ORGANIZATION
As the population of older citizens grows dramatically — by the year 2030 there will be 5.3 million aging baby boomers who need long-term care — many caregivers put their own lives on hold to meet the needs of ill loved ones.
7. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
Use and Misuse of Alcohol Among Older Women
Many of the acute and chronic medical and psychiatric conditions that lead to high rates of health care use by older people are influenced by the consumption of alcohol.
8. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
Working with Older Patients: Talking About Sensitive Subjects
Many older people have a “don’t ask/don’t tell” relationship with doctors about health care problems, especially about sensitive subjects, such as urinary incontinence or sexuality.
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