At S+AGE we specialize in dementia issues and balance problems for your senior loved ones. We manage the problems of the elderly including early memory loss, gait instability that can result in falls, dementia disorders including Alzheimer's disease, urinary incontinence and other complex chronic conditions.
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
The confusion and impairment of memory often associated with aging are manifestations of dementia, a group of conditions characterized by progressive decline in all forms of mental functioning caused by destruction of brain cells. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, affects 4.5 million Americans, 10 percent of all Americans over 65 and nearly half of those over 85; a rare, inherited form of the disease can strike as early as 30 or 40.
Early identification and treatment can delay progress of dementia and modify its symptoms. The S+AGE team specializes in the diagnosis and care of patients with dementia. Our geriatric care center employs the most current treatments to maintain the patients' ability to be as normal as possible for as long as possible. The doctors and the staff provide sympathetic support for the patients and for their caregivers.
Falls, Gait and Balance Problems
Muscle weakness, gait and balance disorders, visual impairment, memory impairment, depression, and multiple medications are all associated with aging and they are all associated with falling. Moreover, in the elderly, initial injury may develop into permanent impairment of function; many with fall-related hip fractures never recover their pre-fracture level of function. S+AGE Geriatricians help sort out these risk factors and initiate programs designed to decrease the incidence of falling and injury.
Maintaining adequate nutrition is essential for maintaining good health. Aging, often accompanied by loss of appetite, may decrease eating, leading to weight loss, and a variety of adverse effects on health. Medical factors that range from poor dentition, ill-fitting dentures, dry mouth, alcoholism, and acute or chronic disease can lead to weight loss. S+AGE geriatricians will work to determine the cause and help reverse the weight loss.
Older adults with depression rarely complain about feeling sad. Symptoms common to older adults with depression include insomnia, loss of appetite, weight loss, irritability, difficulty with concentration, and fatigue. Since these symptoms of depression are similar to and mimic symptoms of other illnesses the depression is often misinterpreted. S+AGE psychologists and physicians make the diagnosis and appropriately treat depression.
Loss of Bladder Control
Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine sufficient to be a problem, is common in older persons. Approximately 15% to 30% of older persons, most of them women, are affected.
The social and psychological impacts of UI include significant changes in social activities outside of the home, depression, social isolation, anxiety about potential disclosure to friends, and embarrassment about accidents in public. We treat incontinence at our geriatric care center; offering complete care for your senior loved one.
Excessive Use of Medications
Polypharmacy is generally defined as the use of more medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, than are clinically necessary. The selection of a medication to use in the elderly should take into consideration therapeutic value, side effects, ease of administration, cost, and potential interactions with other medications. S+AGE geriatricians will review the medications taken to make certain that they are appropriate.