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Episode 149

Encore Episode #2, Rayna Neises, your host, speaks with Elizabeth Landsverk, MD.  Dr. Liz trained at Harvard and has been a geriatrician for over 20 years.  She served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at USC and was a consultant to the Elder Abuse Forensic Center in San Francisco. She shares her experiences in a new book released at the end of May, ‘Living in the Moment: A Guide to Overcoming Challenges and Finding Moments of Joy in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias’.  Dr. Liz shares the following insights:

  • (2:00) First challenges are when someone’s behaviors start to change regardless of their age.
  • 3:04) Quick tests to determine if more evaluation is needed:
    • Draw a clock showing 10 minutes after 11:00
    • Calculate 25% of $22.50
  • (4:15) Every county will have a Division on Aging and can direct you to resources.
  • (8:00) Find a place where the staff is doing activities with them and they look like they enjoy being there.
  • (9:16) You should not use medication for someone bored or not sleeping, but there are cases when it is needed to take the angry edge off.
  • (11:05) The top two treatments for agitation are Tylenol and ice cream.
  • (14:53) To find a geriatric doctor, look for medical schools with memory/geriatrics clinic or the VA.
  • (17:08) Liz’s book provides a step-by-step guide from diagnosis to the end and is available on Amazon.com.
  • (19:10) We need to help families figure out how they are going to pay for support.
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*Transcript is an actual recount of the live conversation
Dr. Liz Landsverk

Dr. Liz Landsverk

Founder of Dr. Liz Geriatrics & Author

Elizabeth (Dr. Liz) has over twenty years of experience in providing medical care to the elders. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Palliative Care Medicine. Dr. Landsverk founded ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine, a house calls practice, to address the challenging medical and behavioral issues often facing older patients and their families.

Dr Landsverk was an assistant professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, an adjunct professor of Medicine at Stanford University, as well as a consultant to the San Francisco Elder Abuse Forensics Center and Hospice Medical Director. She is currently the Medical Director for Silverado and Kensington Dementia Care Communities, as well as on the Scientific Panel for the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Landsverk graduated from Stanford University and trained at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University, and Mt Sinai Medical School.

As a House Calls Geriatrician, she collaborates with local physicians to address the needs of complicated vulnerable elders to alleviate pain, agitation, and discomfort through the utilization of geriatric and palliative care techniques.




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Rayna Neises

Rayna Neises, ACC

Author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, ICF Certified Coach, Speaker, Podcast Host, & Positive Approach to Care® Independent Trainer offering encouragement, support, and resources to those who are in a Season of Caring for Aging Parents.

Her passion is for those caring and their parents, that they might be seen, not forgotten & cared for, not neglected

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