Category Archive for: ‘Elderly Patients’

Fear of Falling

  By HARLEY A. ROTBART, M.D.   Courtesy of Harley A. Rotbart, M.D.The keeper of the “flog” (fall log) and his subject. My 84-year-old father-in-law is a “flogger.” That’s the moniker his son gave him because Dad keeps a written record of every fall my 83-year-old mother-in-law takes. She has Parkinson’s disease, and the “flog” (fall log) of her spills has …

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Chronic Pain Guidelines Suggest Opioids

May 12, 2009By RONI CARYN RABINThe New York Times Few people think twice about taking aspirin or ibuprofen. But for those 75 and older, the high doses needed to treat chronic pain may be so dangerous that patients may be better off taking opioids instead, an expert panel has found. New pain management guidelines issued by the American Geriatrics Society …

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