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How Can I Convince My Loved One to see a Psychiatrist?

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

Convincing someone to see a psychiatrist can be challenging and awkward. Sometimes you need to get creative with how you approach this difficult situation for it to go smoothly and without incident. With his usual wit and humor, Dr. Weiss, a geriatric psychiatrist, will walk you through some ideas for carefully approaching this delicate subject with your loved one. 

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When is it Time to Stop Dementia Medications?

Posted on May 3, 2017

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

When patients are nearing end stage dementia the question often arises "When is it time to stop dementia medications?" This is a really difficult question for many and unfortunately there is not an easy answer. Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Weiss will walk you through this hard decision and give you guidelines and examples of what you should consider when making this onerous decision. 

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How Can I Get My Loved One to STOP Driving?

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

Always a difficult situation - you feel your loved one is no longer safe to operate a vehicle and they insist they are fine.This loss of independence can be devastating to many. How do you insist that your aging loved one stop driving - for their safety as well as the safety of others? Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Weiss gives you samples and real life scenarios for tackling this difficult situation.

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Sleep Problems in the Elderly

Posted on February 6, 2017

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss, Geriatric Psychologist

One-third of our life is spent sleeping - but sleep is much more than simply resting. Sleep is an important and essential element for a person's health and well being. A lack of regular sufficient sleep can create a large spectrum of symptoms and problems with energy levels, immune systems, cellular structures, and memory - all of which are being repaired or restored as you sleep.

Dr. Thomas Weiss will cover the following and more about sleep: 

  • The Functions of Sleep
  • Physiology of Sleep
  • Sleep Stages

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Understanding PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Posted on January 18, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
Caring for someone who is suffering from PTSD is difficult at best. PTSD is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This disorder can have significant impact on functioning and quality of life, and it should be diagnosed and treated according to the best available evidence. In this presentation Navy Reserve Psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas Weiss, discusses the physiology, symptoms, diagnostics and treatments of PTSD and will help you to understand the disorder and allow you to better care for your loved one.

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Clinical Differences Among Four Common Dementia Syndromes

Posted on January 1, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
Ninety percent of all non-reversible cognitive impairment cases can be attributed to four types of clinical dementia syndromes.  In this video, we explore the differences in dementia syndromes, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Body, and Frontotemporal Dementia, and what they mean to patients and caregivers.

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Financial Abuse of the Elderly (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on June 9, 2015
Fraud involves deliberately deceiving victims with the promise of goods, services, or other benefits that are nonexistent, unnecessary, never intended to be provided, or grossly misrepresented. Older adults can be susceptible to frauds that involve gaining their trust or communicating a concern for the elder’s wellbeing, or frauds that encourage their victims to make an immediate decision or commitment to purchase products or services. In this video, Dr. Robert W. Parker examines effective ways to help loved ones avoid elder financial abuse, and shares a personal story of his family’s experience with elder fraud.

*To access the Spanish Subtitles - Please Click Here

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What is a “Geriatrician” and Do I Need One?

Posted on March 5, 2015

As a caregiver to an older adult, you are probably juggling multiple doctors, specialists, prescription drugs, tests and more. The thought of adding another doctor to the mix probably doesn't seem like a good idea. Yet, a geriatrician might be just who you are looking for. Just as a pediatrician tends to the needs of a child, a geriatrician is trained to care for the special needs of seniors. In this video, you’ll learn more about the role of geriatricians and how they can help the senior in your life.

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Family Dynamics and Caregiving

Posted on March 5, 2015

Presenter:  David Smith, M.D., FAAFP, CMD - Geriatric Consultants of Central Texas, PA

Adult sibling relationships are diverse and sometimes complicated. And you may not realize how complicated they are until you are suddenly forced to come together to provide aging parents support. For many, dealing with family members is a major cause of caregiver stress. This video helps people navigate common issues that families face when caring for loved ones and respond to things people often say, such as “"I'm the youngest of five and my siblings still treat me like the baby," and "My sister has always been bossy and she thinks she's in charge.” This video teaches adult children how to best work together and deal with the complicated family dynamics.

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Treatments for Stress Urinary Incontinence in Men

Posted on March 5, 2015

The incidence of stress urinary incontinence in men can increase with age. This video discusses the condition and male incontinence treatment options, including the use of pads, catheters, and clamps and practicing kegel exercises, which involve the contraction and relaxation of perineal muscles. Also discussed are medications, injectable bulking agents, and surgery.

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Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

Posted on March 5, 2015

Male sexual dysfunction can have a significant impact on adult men of all ages. When it comes to erectile dysfunction, elderly patients are no exception. This video discusses how male sexual dysfunction can affect orgasm capacity, ejaculation, libido, and the health and happiness of partners, as well as the many treatment options available.

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Transfer Trauma

Posted on March 5, 2015

Seniors who become sick or injured often are admitted to emergency rooms or hospitals. While these places provide excellent medical care, they often introduce a new risk to patients in the form of transfer trauma, increased infections, bedsores, and other serious conditions. In this video, Dr. Raji provides an informative look at how we can reduce the need for transfers and avoid the infections and other conditions that often accompany them. By watching this video, families and caregivers can learn important information to better care for patients and help take the trauma out of transfers. 

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