Elderly Journal of Nursing

Eating Disorder among Elderly Causing Heart Attack in Post Retirement Life

Eating Disorder among Elderly Causing Heart Attack in Post Retirement Life

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In the era of globalization growing elderly faces multifaceted problems range from absence of ensured and sufficient income to support themselves and their dependents, to ill-health, absence of social security, loss of social role and recognition, and non-availability of opportunities for creative use of free time in all societies of India in their post-retirement. In developed countries population ageing substantially shifted in social programmes.

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Receiving another patient helped save my other patient...

Receiving another patient helped save my other patient...

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I started my day in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). I work the 7a-7p shift. It was just another routine day. I received an 84yr old female patient Mrs. R from the Main Operating Room (OR) who had undergone a Left Shoulder Replacement. Mrs. R received an interscalene block for pain in the OR and had general anesthesia. Since she was elderly and was not having good tidal volumes at the end of the case anesthesia decided to keep her on the ventilator a bit longer until she woke up more...

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Making a Difference: Recognizing the Risk of Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Women 

Making a Difference: Recognizing the Risk of Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Women 

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Substance abuse in the elderly, specifically abuse of alcohol and benzodiazepines, is much higher than most people may think. According to a recent article published by CNN, of the 25.6 million women over the age of 59, seven percent abuse alcohol and eleven percent abuse psychoactive drugs such as benzodiazepines (CNN, 1998).

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Malnutrition in the Elderly: An Unrecognized Health Issue 

Malnutrition in the Elderly: An Unrecognized Health Issue 

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Malnutrition is defined as an imbalance of nutrients caused by either an excess intake of nutrients or a nutritional deficit. Malnutrition is becoming increasingly more common among the elderly population. This is a cause for concern considering malnutrition negatively affects the health of the older adult. An estimated 5-10% of elderly people living in the community setting are malnourished (Furman, 2006). About 60% of hospitalized older adults (age 65 or older) and 35-85% in long-term care facilities are experiencing malnutrition (Furman, 2006). From these statistics, malnutrition seems to be even more prevalent in hospitals and long-term care facilities, as compared to community-dwelling older adults.

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Preventing Falls in the Elderly Long Term Care Facilities 

Preventing Falls in the Elderly Long Term Care Facilities 

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The elderly long-term care population is at increase risk for falls and fall related injuries. The implementation of a fall prevention program is important for ensuring resident safety. Systematically assessing residents’ risk for falls and implementing appropriate fall prevention interventions can reduce the number of falls in the elderly long-term care residents.

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Relationships among the Elderly: The Effects on One’s Health and Psychosocial Well Being

Relationships among the Elderly: The Effects on One’s Health and Psychosocial Well Being

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Advances in medicine are allowing many adults to live longer lives than previous generations. In fact, the elderly population is becoming one of the largest growing sectors of the present population. Recently, researchers have begun studying what factors contribute to successful aging. These studies are showing that the impact of family and social relationships plays an important part in one’s health and psychosocial well being. People can get lonely, so dating for seniors could be a great boost for their psychological well being.

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Smoking Cessation Education in the Elderly 

Smoking Cessation Education in the Elderly 

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The role of the professional nurse as direct care provider and educator is pivitol in providing clients with the information and support necessary to facilitate smoking cessation and improve client health outcomes.

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The Significance of the Missed Assessment: HIV/AIDS in the Older Adult 

The Significance of the Missed Assessment: HIV/AIDS in the Older Adult 

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The health care system has faced many struggles related to the understanding the HIV virus and in caring for those affected and likely to be affected by this life threatening communicable disease.

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