A very important issue that
caregivers are dealing with is
age-related macular degeneration as
it is the leading cause of blindness
in people over 60. Can you
tell me what it is exactly?
DR. PULIAFITO: Macular
degeneration is a major public
health issue for us now with so many
seniors that are out there.
There are two forms of macular
degeneration – the dry form and the
more serious wet form of AMD.
What happens is the central part of
your vision can be affected, the
part of vision that you use to read,
to recognize faces, to drive a car.
And if you have the symptoms of
blurry vision or wavy vision and
you’re a senior, it may not be a
cataract, it may not be glaucoma, it
may be new wet AMD. You need to see
your ophthalmologist because we have
some great new treatments for wet
AMD that can preserve or even
improve your vision. It’s also very
important to have a routine eye
examination to know that you have
the early signs of AMD and Betty
will tell you about the great way to
We’re having a whole campaign – a
“My Eye Health Campaign”— for that
very reason because so many don’t
know what age-related macular
degeneration is. They know about
glaucoma, they know about other
problems, but this is a mystery to
them and we’re trying to spread the
word that it’s something that’s the
leading cause of blindness in people
over 65...read more
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A Different Vow
By Kate Arnold
"Do you know where my husband
is? Because he's a good one and I'd hate to lose
him." This is her third husband, so Holly, my
80-something-year-old patient, has room to judge. I tell
her he's reading his book downstairs and she says, "He's
such a patient husband." She asks this question every
five minutes of her two-hour-long visit. She
doesn't know what city she's in, but she know she's in
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We are entering the time of year that some of us find hard to bear–and that is late winter.
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My 92-year-old mother recently broke her
hip. She’s also been diagnosed with third stage
Alzheimer’s and atrial fibrillation, a long-standing
problem. She is completely noncompliant when it comes
to doctors, meds, rehab, etc. As a result of her
condition, I have been granted guardianship of her person
through the court in Florida (Palm Beach County). She
is at home now with a 24/7 aide, but the nurses and
physicians she saw during her rehabilitation feel that she
would be much better in an assisted living situation that
also deals with patients with dementia.
My plan is to move her to a
facility in my state that can cater to her medical and
neurological needs. When I mentioned my plans to her, she
went ballistic and said she would commit suicide and/or kill
me before I ever got her out the door. She becomes
abusive and extremely hostile at the talk of her move and
says that she is in complete control of her life and that
nobody is going to tell her what to do. This has been her
modus operandi for years.
I know she’s not the first person with
Alzheimer’s to be hostile or to need long-distance
transportation. What is the best way to do this and what
professional help will I need to get the job done?
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