Some changes occur in the efficiency of our memory as you age but occasionally it may indicate more significant problems. There are over 200 causes of memory and other cognitive problems some of which are entirely curable and many are modifiable. An accurate assessment and diagnosis is therefore essential.
Changes in your balance system occur normally with advancing years but some causes are life- threatening and treatable while others are benign but troublesome. A thorough assessment is crucial to differentiate between the various conditions.
Once we start taking 4 medications or more our chances of adverse reactions increase significantly. Most medicines are appropriate and safe but some combinations are troublesome and simplification of regimens will reduce the chances of harm occurring. Different preparations and modes of treatment (often non-pharmacological) can maximise benefit and improve outcomes.
Older people have a higher incidence of chronic health problems. Some conditions are the same as in younger patients but a smaller number of conditions are unique to older people. Symptoms are frequently different in aged patients and a holistic approach maximising physical, social and psychological health produces great benefits in most despite advancing years.
Younger patients are able to decide on their care and treatment options as their decision making capacity is usually normal. As we age some diseases can interfere with our capacity to make decisions we may impact on our health and wellbeing. Some legal documents such as Wills and Enduring Power of Attorney can only be made or altered if this capacity is intact. Assessment of this ability is thus vital.
Planning for our later years can be a daunting prospect with little advice easily available. There are many possible options but there are pitfalls which can be costly or even dangerous if entered into lightly. Tailoring plans is therefore a service which is invaluable to many people and their families.