Geriatric Therapy and Support Center

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Family Conflicts in Caregiving

Most of us count on assistance from our children as we age. The generation in care today, as the parents of the Baby Boomers, typically have multiple offspring to whom they can turn - but what seems like an advantage can often lead to bad behavior by well (and not so well) meaning adult children. The conflicts that arise can be a major obstacle to both financial planning and delivering care; placing senior serving professionals in uncomfortable situations. There are common patterns to these conflicts. Knowing them can help avoid the land mines. This session will cover common issues, their causes and warning signs and how to handle both conflict resolution and the ethical issues you may encounter.

Debra Turkat, LICSW, MSW, MBA  of the Geriatric Therapy and Supprt Center will address the behavioral issues involved - what causes conflicts and how to cope with them effectively.

After working with Multiple Sclerosis patients, HIV/AIDS patients and trauma rehab patients in the Texas Medical Center, she most recently worked at The Washington Home, with mostly senior patients in the rehab unit.

While at The Washington Home Debra rekindled her affinity for working with seniors that started when she volunteered regularly in a nursing home with her children.  In March she went to Cuba as a delegate with the National Association of Social Workers, to study Cuba's social services for their seniors. She holds a MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK from the University of Houston, a MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION from New York University and a BACHELOR OF ARTS from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her private practice specializing in seniors, their families and their caregivers is Debra's way of being able to spend more one-on-one time with these special people.

Prescription Opioid Abuse in the Elderly an Urgent Concern

Prescription DrugsThe problem of prescription pain medication abuse in the elderly is a rapidly growing concern, new research suggests. An epidemiologic study presented here at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) 23rd Annual Meeting & Symposium shows that approximately 20% of individuals aged 65 years and older take analgesics several times per week and that rates of abuse or addiction in those with chronic pain is 18%. Furthermore, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone were the drugs that were most often involved in up to 40% of opiate misuse–related deaths. The researchers also found that most of the illicit pain-relieving drugs came from a well-meaning friend or relative.


New Videos about Hip Replacement Available on

Four videos about hip replacement have been added to, the health ' -- Built with you in mind'and wellness website for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Most people who have hip replacement surgery are between 60 and 80 years old, but more and more people under 60 are turning to hip replacement as a way to maintain function and quality of life. Watch these videos to see hip replacement patients and medical specialists talk about reasons for surgery, avoiding complications, physical therapy, and arrangements for recovery.
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A study on a handful of people with suspected mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) suggests that a device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific "memory" regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity. Results of the study using deep brain stimulation, a therapy already used in some patients with Parkinson's disease and depression, may offer hope for at least some with AD, an intractable disease with no cure.
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