Older Women

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Women’s experiences with PD differ from men’s and may include more non-motor symptoms. Women are more likely to be single or widowed, while men are more likely to rely on a spouse as their primary caregiver. Women can face longer times between symptom onset and diagnosis, and between symptom appearance and visiting a movement disorders specialist.

Regardless of age, there are precautions all of us should take: frequent, thorough handwashing, avoiding nonessential travel and large groups of people, and disinfecting frequently touched objects. One of the most crucial steps those over 60 can take, though, is to avoid visiting with grandchildren and other young people.

Applying lessons from the RJ movement to the right-to-die movement might mean understanding that “choice” at the end of life includes not only the choice to hasten death but also the choice to live and die according to one’s values and with better medical, social, financial, and environmental supports for the ill or frail elderly and their caregivers.

Some dementia symptoms in older women such as delirium or confusion may actually be caused by the cumulative effect of taking certain over-the-counter drugs, or even by urinary tract infections.

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Women’s experiences with PD differ from men’s and may include more non-motor symptoms. Women are more likely to be single or widowed, while men are more likely to rely on a spouse as their primary caregiver. Women can face longer...

Regardless of age, there are precautions all of us should take: frequent, thorough handwashing, avoiding nonessential travel and large groups of people, and disinfecting frequently touched objects. One of the most crucial steps those over 60 can take, though, is...

Applying lessons from the RJ movement to the right-to-die movement might mean understanding that “choice” at the end of life includes not only the choice to hasten death but also the choice to live and die according to one’s values...

Some dementia symptoms in older women such as delirium or confusion may actually be caused by the cumulative effect of taking certain over-the-counter drugs, or even by urinary tract infections.

UTI: an infection in the urinary system (your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Most infections involve the lower urinary tract (the bladder and the urethra). Urinary tract infections are more common in women.

An 83-year- old woman dies on a ventilator in the ICU. She’s been hospitalized for five of the last six months of her life. A 57-year-old woman with recurrent metastatic breast cancer develops cancer-related fluid inside her chest cavity. She...

Lichen sclerosus is an immunological disease that causes irritated skin around external genitalia, usually in the form of white patches where the skin becomes thin, wrinkled, and extremely sensitive.

Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end?

Advances in health care have made it possible to increase the quantity, if not always the quality, of many people’s lives. There is a growing right-to-die movement in the United States. I have been working on exploring whether, and how,...

Medical aid in dying is a safe and trusted practice. Laws such as EOLOA are an important component of end-of-life care, and these carefully crafted processes can have positive results.