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Institutionalizing the Elderly – Reasons, Advantages and Disadvantages

The decision to institutionalize a parent, grandparent or other elderly relative is not an easy undertaking. There should be agreement between the caregiver and senior that it is the right decision for both parties and should be done in consultation with the senior’s doctor and a social worker. Sometimes institutionalization is necessary as is the […]

Scabies in the Elderly – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

The elderly may be in situations that place them at risk of infestation with certain surface parasites as is the case in scabies. It was previously thought to be a skin disease associated with poor hygiene or transferred from close contact with household pets. However, this is not entirely true. Scabies can occur in a […]

Nursing Home-Acquired Pneumonia (NHAP) in the Elderly

Pneumonia is the medical term for lung inflammation which is almost always due to an infection. It can affect any person but due to the way and surroundings in which it develops and spreads, several terms may be used to describe specific types of pneumonia. One of these is nursing home-acquired pneumonia (NHAP) which is […]


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