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I think hoarding is killing my father-in-law

Question: My in-laws are hoarders. They will never admit it but their house, garage, two sheds, two vehicles, 18 wheeler trailer and second family home are stuffed. My father in-law has battled cancer, had a hip replacement, pacemaker and most recently a medical grade staph infection. After being hospitalized for several months with the staph…

Driving with Alzheimer's

Question: Does the Alzheimer patient keep insisting that he or she can drive safely and that nothing is wrong? Dr. Amy: For many people, cars are an expression of our identity. They tell the world a little about who we are and what we value. They are also a powerful symbol of independence. They let us…

Finding it hard to get the right mix of medication for my husband

Question: I am caregiver for husband who had strokes 15 years ago. He recently had mild seizures caused by scar tissue in his brain. We're trying to find a balance with his new meds. He says he feels better but has dizzy spells and  his restless leg syndrome is worse. He is taking 13 different…

Is this PTSD?

Question: My son has a chronic skull condition that has required six skull operations. During his last one, he obtained a bacterial infection while in the intensive care unit. It almost killed him. We also learned that, in his second operation, the surgeon cut through the dura—the material that covers the brain— and caused a…

Can a schedule in a nursing home hinder the recovery of a patient?

Question: Can a schedule or routine in a nursing home hinder the recovery of a patient? My mom is in her fourth week in a nursing home after having an out patient surgery procedure. She is woken up at 5:30 in the morning but breakfast is not until 8:00. She then has physical therapy for…

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