Ross H. Greenberg, DO
Location and Office HoursWalden M Holl Jr. MD & Associates LLE
256 Kings Hwy E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
What happens to my cells as I age?
From birth to adulthood new cells are constantly forming. Once adulthood has been reached your cells divide to replace those that have died or become damaged. However this happens differently depending upon the organ involved.
How can I help reduce my aging parent's confusion during a hospital stay?
Shelley Webb, Nursing, answeredIf your aging parent is in the hospital, you can help lessen confusion by stating one fact or simple task at a time when giving them instructions or information. Do not overwhelm or over stimulate the patient. Try to stay with the hospitalized patient as much as possible. During an acute episode of confusion, relatives or perhaps friends should try to arrange shifts so someone can be present around the clock. If family is not close, and it is affordable, ask about having a sitter present. If you detect new signs that could indicate delirium — confusion, memory problems, personality changes — it is important to discuss these with the nurses or physicians as soon as you can. Family members are often the first to notice subtle changes.
Are all old people alike?
Discovery Health answered
One commonly held stereotype about senior citizens is that once we turn 60, we turn into part of a ubiquitous army of little blue-haired grannies and grandpas who fumble slowly along with canes, walkers or wheelchairs, unable to feed, bathe or relieve ourselves without help.
The stereotype holds that we all think alike, act alike, crave prune juice, mainline Geritol and drool on ourselves as we wait to die.
But the reality is quite different.
First of all, age affects different people differently, depending, of course, on lifestyle, genetics and economics. Take Jack LaLane, for instance. Even in his 90s, the health nut who became famous on TV showing people how to exercise with chairs to cheesy music can kick your butt.
There are many other stereotype busters. Ever see Raquel Welch lately? She may be a senior citizen, but does she look like a shriveled up husk to you?
Then there are those Tarahumaras. How many of you 20-somethings out there can run one mile, let alone hundreds?
Sure, age does slow us down, both mentally and physically. We tire more easily, get confused more quickly. But check out any golf course in Florida. Even on the hottest of days, you will see spry senior citizens walking around, swatting little white balls into little holes on fast greens.
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