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  • Involuntary Chewing Motion in Elderly Adults As a caregiver for an elderly adult, especially for one with cognitive or neurological changes, you might observe them constantly chewing even if there's nothing in their mouth. This unintentional chewing motion in older adults is known as phantom chewing or geriatric ... Continue Reading
  • CPR on Elderly: Long-term Side Effects of Resuscitation You often see Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR, on TV and in movies. It’s almost impossible to watch an episode of a medical drama without seeing at least one instance of a patient receiving CPR. In these scenes, the patient is given CPR, possibly shocks from ... Continue Reading
  • Kyphosis: Why Do Some Elderly Adults Walk Bent Over? Have you ever seen an elderly person that almost appeared to have a hunchback and thought to yourself, “I wonder why the elderly walk bent over?” It turns out there is an official name for this condition: kyphosis. What is Kyphosis? Kyphosis is an exaggerated, forward ... Continue Reading
  • What Causes Dry Heaves in Elderly Adults? If you have never experienced the discomfort and fear caused by dry heaves, consider yourself lucky. The retching, gagging, and excessive saliva production is an unpleasant and sometimes scary feeling. Then there’s the anticipation of the condition returning without warning ... Continue Reading
  • Sudden Voice Change in Elderly Adults Our voices naturally change over the course of our lives, and these types of changes are often nothing to worry about. But when it comes to seniors, voice problems can take on entirely new characteristics, and it can be important to distinguish between changes that occur ... Continue Reading
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