ElderConsult is a specialty medical practice providing housecalls, training and education in and around the San Francisco Bay Area focused exclusively on the older individual.

Hope. A Plan. And Peace of Mind.
Addressing Complicated Medical and Behavioral Challenges
Maximize the Quality of Life
Minimizing Medications
Dementia Care for Families, Caregivers and Professionals
Focus on Communication Between the Family and Doctors
Addressing Financial Elder Abuse

 

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Music and Dementia: What’s the connection?

July 16, 2014

In my practice, as I see patients with dementia in their homes and in assisted living communities, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, I am often struck by the difference in patients surrounded by silence, and those surrounded by music. I would attest to the power of music. The most joyous time I saw in…  [Read entire post...]

Dementia Myth No. 3: “Just Give Him a Sleeping Pill. Or a Tranquilizer.”

June 30, 2014

Almost nothing in my practice drives me more nuts than the relaxed attitude both our society and our medical establishment have toward prescribing sleeping pills and tranquilizers to elders, especially to elders with dementia. As I travel around the San Francisco Bay Area doing house calls and treating people with complicated dementia cases, I often…  [Read entire post...]

Dementia Myth No. 2: Bad Behavior Results from Unmet Needs

June 25, 2014

I have a bedridden dementia patient who is lucky to be able to remain in her house. She receives 24/7 care from long-suffering, dedicated and kind nurse’s aides. Her family has returned from the East Coast, and renovated the lower floor of the house into an “in-law” apartment so that they can be there for…  [Read entire post...]

Dementia Myth No. 1: You can predict the progress of dementia

June 9, 2014

No, I’m afraid that you can’t. As I stated in my previous post, we as a society cling to the idea that dementia is simply a gradual fading out, a progressive loss of memories and self-awareness. While that’s not exactly comforting, it’s less disturbing than many of the cases that I see every day: Confused…  [Read entire post...]

Can Patients Remember “Sundowning”?

May 19, 2014

Recently, on an eldercare professionals group on LinkedIn, a post about a man in Indonesia who describes his “sundowning” received a lot of attention. If you have a loved one who is suffering from dementia, chances are you have seen this behavior. Often, as the day draws to a close, an elder with dementia will…  [Read entire post...]