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Substitute Decision-Makers:

When the role of Substitute Decision-Maker (SDM) is accepted, the most important step is to talk with the person asking you to take that responsibility.

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Doctor’s Notes

Falls are serious and there is no question that prevention is far more important than the follow-up treatment.

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A “Touch of Arthritis”?

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that literally means inflammation of a joint (from the Greek arthro, meaning joint, plus itis meaning inflammation).

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Doctor’s Notes

I met with a couple I have known for years. They had requested the meeting to discuss their “living will,” also known as an advance directive.

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Old Age isn’t for Sissies

When geriatricians and other specialists are asked to identify the common reasons for decline in older adults, we tend to agree that age alone is not a sufficient explanation.

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Drug Interactions

A miracle of modern medicine is the development of medications that can alter
the natural history of once-fatal or disabling illnesses.

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A Family Meeting

You would think it would be easy to agree on what to do when an older family member shows signs of failing mental function.

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