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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Hey Doc, I Just Heard About This New Miracle Pill/Supplement/Treatment…

December 16, 2014

‘Hey Doc, I just heard about this new miracle pill/supplement/treatment’… I hear this all the time as I travel around the San Francisco Bay Area doing house calls for elderly patients and for patients with dementia. There’s a lot of talk these days about how the beginning of the 21st century is going to be…  [Read entire post…]

Be Ready for the Worst

December 11, 2014

By that headline, I don’t mean, “Be ready for the dementia to progress.” Nor do I mean, “Wait until ‘Disease X’ gets worse.” I mean, “Be ready for disasters: earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, heat waves, blizzards, wildfires.” As most of us realize, we are living in an era in which we can expect increasingly severe…  [Read entire post…]

Denial and the Family

November 25, 2014

As I do geriatric house calls around the Bay Area, adult children and other relatives of my patients often say, “He’s just not the way he used to be. Why can’t he be the way he used to be?” Children and other family members often struggle to accept that an elder has dementia. • Sometimes…  [Read entire post…]

Always Check the Meds First

November 19, 2014

Often, people forget that there are several kinds of dementia. It’s not just Alzheimer’s. After Alzheimer’s, the next most common type of dementia is vascular dementia. This is caused by tiny strokes in the brain that damage neural connections. Patients with vascular dementia tend to act normal in many areas, but have “blind spots” as…  [Read entire post…]

Things Really Become Different As You Age

November 4, 2014

  Elders sometimes tell me that they feel younger on the inside than they do on the outside. I get that. I think most of us form a mental picture of ourselves somewhere between 25 and 35. Our mental image doesn’t change, even as our bodies keep getting older and older. That’s why it can…  [Read entire post…]