Exercising has proven benefits in diseases prevention, quality of life and lower mortality risk. Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, advises talking with the physician when a patient can start an exercise program. "We have to know exactly what kind of exercises we may do," he says.
Sleeping is a very important and essential process necessary for the brain function, the body repairs cells and recharges for the next day, says Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital. The lack of sleep increases the risk of mortality and influences all the life aspects, he explains.
The way to know that someone has dementia is based on medical and family history, risk factors and some questionnaires to know cognitive status of the patient and his memory, says Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Although there are several medications approved for treating dementia, they do not stop the progression of the disease, the doctor explains.
Dementia is a disorder that can affect not only the patients, but also their relatives. Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, explains the first symptom of dementia is decreasing memory. “Most of the time is not noticed by the patient self, but someone in the family," he says. Age, type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression are risk factors, the specialist affirms.
Making arrangements for care before becoming sick, living will and durable power of attorney for healthcare are the most advance directives that elderly people should have. Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, considers if aged patients have all of these topics into account, they will promote their autonomy. “A patient has all the right to decide what kind of care to receive according to his preferences, goals, values and religion. This is the way he expresses his decision," the doctor says.