Posts Tagged ‘ seniors ask questions ’

THE THREAT OF SIDE EFFECTS ON SENIORS

Apr 30th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Drug side effects can be common with seniors. They come, often because a well intentioned physician believes that the particular medication will address a peculiar medical need. This happened not long ago when a patient was prescribed a med that was supposed to offer relief and control of behaviors related to dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms.

She went bazooka, off the wall, antagonistic. It was not a pleasant moment for her, her caretakers, her family or any one caught in the experience. The lesson, both for physicians and caretakers, move cautiously toward agreeing to the use of a prescription which may have very troubling reactions. If unusual behaviors ensue, be ready to discontinue the med as quickly as possible. Listen to the patient and caretakers. Be aware of behaviors that are unusual and threatening.



Seniors: Staying Intellectually Curious

Aug 5th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging excuses noone from seeking out answers, asking questions, probing the issues that are peculiar to our times. Intellectual curiosity is a healthy habit, which allows for persons to wonder at the obvious. Seeking credible evidence that there are major concerns out there requiring an intgelligent assessment, a ready willingness to ask questions are worthy undertakings. This is no ordinary time, though some would treat it as such. The really old fashioned folk of this era are those who are non progressive, who refuse to see that the rules have changed, the dynamics are in flux, the circumstances of our time are in a constant boil. Our children and grandchildren need us to be more intensely alert, more willing to push for answers, more committed to challenge leaders in every venue to do something about what will surely make a difference in the immediate decades ahead.

But, as some demonstrate, they are both too lazy, too frightened, and too lacking in intellectual curiosity and courage themselves. They refuse to ask the probing questions because they are too caught up in protecting