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Expert Answers About Senior Care

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Douglas Scharre Douglas Scharre, MD
John M. Greener, CPA John M. Greener, CPA
Richy Agajanian, MD Richy Agajanian, MD
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Gail M. Samaha Joy K. Richardson, RD, CDE
Ethan Kassel, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM Ethan Kassel, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Shana Siegel, Esq., CELA Shana Siegel, Esq., CELA
Vincent Dopulos, MA, LPC, RDT Vincent Dopulos, MA, LPC, RDT
Deborah Quilter Deborah Quilter
Robert A. Murden, MD Robert A. Murden, MD
Emma R. Dickison Emma R. Dickison
Emma R. Dickison Pamela Fishman, LCSW
Connie Hallquist Connie Hallquist
Ross Blair Ross Blair
Tiffany Wise Tiffany Wise
Rashmi Gulati, MD Rashmi Gulati, MD
Brian Christine, MD Brian Christine, MD
Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC
AnnaMarie Barba AnnaMarie Barba
Nick Gutwein Nick Gutwein
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Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM
Martine Ehrenclou, MA Martine Ehrenclou, MA
Archelle Georgiou, MD Archelle Georgiou, MD
Chris Illiades, MD Chris Illiades, MD
May Kay Buysse, MS May Kay Buysse, MS
Recent Questions

I’ve already been diagnosed with hearing loss. What should I do now?


Answered by: Lisa Tseng, MD

How long is it safe to be exposed to loud sounds without the risk of damaging my hearing?


Answered by: Lisa Tseng, MD

Is there an alternative to catheterization for urinary retention?


Answered by: Robert Murden, MD

My father is 94 years of age living in his home in New York State. Two weeks ago he had a Foley catheter placed due to strictures in his urethra. He drinks some water but not enough. This morning his balance was so poor that he was unable to get out of bed without help. I feel that he is severely dehydrated. Should we get him medical attention? Is the catheter causing dehydration? 


Answered by: Robert Murden, MD

My grandmother is 77 and has dementia. I take care of her 5 days a week. My question is why can't my grandmother tell the difference between something feeling cool and something being wet? I will hand her a pair of panties or a jacket that feel cool to the touch and she thinks it's soaking wet. Is this normal? 


Answered by: Douglas Scharre, MD

My stepmom is thinking about doing a few overnight stays with my dad who is getting ready to be moved to assisted living. My dad has dementia and I'm concerned that if these overnight stays have to be stopped it will confuse him even more. Is it best she not even start any overnight stays? 


Answered by: Douglas Scharre, MD

My father has been diagnosed with dementia and Parkinson's. He does not take medication for neither because he has angina and was told by the doctor that they cannot prescribe anything. Surely this is wrong. If only something to stop my father from shaking would he be able to carry out some day-to-day tasks. 


Answered by: Douglas Scharre, MD