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Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk is on the show to discuss overcoming medication-induced challenges. This challenge is one area of focus in her new book, Living In the Moment - Overcoming Challengees & Finding Moments of Joy.
In addition to learning how to overcome specific challenges, I also learned that there are only 3500 geriatricians in the country. Unfortunately, few geriatricians can be found in suburban and rural areas. Dr. Liz is trying to provide information and training to help alleviate this.
The focus of Liz's book is to help guide family caregivers to understand what doctors should be thinking, and looking for, medications that may work, others that may cause other problems, and more. Essentially, this book is "what to expect when you have dementia."
Most of us know that correctly treating pain can significantly reduce agitation. Did you know that older adults are at higher risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, edema, and kidney failure if their pain is treated with Motrin? However, Motrin is suggested regularly.
To get the most out of our doctor visits, explain what's been happening in the past week or so, what was happening when the symptoms started, what you have tried, and what has worked. Sometimes you need to find the right doctor for your needs.
This episode is chock full of great advice, tips, and chunks of knowledge that pair well with her book. If you only have time to read one book, this is one I highly recommend.
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