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Coping With Loss & Grief

Introduction Every one of us has experienced losing someone we love in our lives. It may be one of the worst experiences that we had to face. You may go through various unpleasant emotions and sensations. This response to loss is termed grief, and is normal and healthy response to …

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Delirium

Introduction Delirium is drowsiness and disorientation which is acute and sudden (within hours or days). Delirium itself is not a disease, but rather, a clinical syndrome (set of symptoms) which can result from an underlying disease process or problems. Delirium is the single most common acute condition among the hospitalized …

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Sexual Disorder

Introduction Sexual problems arise when someone does not feel satisfied with his/her sex life. The risk increases with age and in people with multiple medical problems. Causes: Physical/ medical illness-diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure, pelvic diseases, injury. Psychological/ psychiatric disturbance-depression, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, stress. Alcohol/ drug abuse, …

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Methadone Replacement Therapy

Introduction Methadone is a synthetic opiod, used medically as a painkiller and treatment in narcotic addiction. It is meant to be used as a harm reduction subtance to reduce the risk of infectious disease. Because it is an opiod, it can also be abused. Hence methadone replacement therapy has to …

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Kratom

Introduction Kratom is a tree native to the South East Asia region. It belongs to the same family as the coffee plant. Its leaves have been used commonly as a stimulant, sedative, relaxant, as pain killer, for diarrhea and as a treatment for heroin addiction. It can be chewed, as …

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Cannabis

Introduction Cannabis is the most common drug abused. It is usually used for relaxation, and gives a sense of well being. It does have some medicinal properties, example, for pain relief and the palliative care of terminal cancer patients. It is derived from the plant cannabis sativa or hemp. The …

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Opiods

Introduction Opiods or narcotics are powerful pain relievers. They mimic the properties of endorphins, a naturally occurring chemical in the brain that gives a ‘feel good’ effect. These drugs elevate mood and produce a tranquil and relaxed state. Tolerance and dependence develop quickly if used regularly. If the drugs are …

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Support Groups

NASCOM (National Council of Senior Citizens Organisations Malaysia) ADFM (Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation of Malaysia)  Persatuan Pesara Kerajaan Majlis Pusat Kebajikan Malaysia Gerontology Association of Malaysia  Persatuan Pesakit Alzheimer Johor Bahru (JOBADA) BEFRIENDERS Last Reviewed : 20 April 2012 Writer : Dr. Suraya binti Yusoff   : Dr. Susy Mathew   …

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Symptom Of Dementia Screener

Memory Problem Checklist (Answered by caregiver) Name of Caregiver :_____________________________ Date:______________________ Name of patient______________________________________ Sex : Male/Female Your relationship (caregiver) with patient: Partner/Adult child/Grandchildren/Friends/Other(specify):___________________ Answer the questions below to help decide whether the memory problems of the person you are looking after has early signs of dementia. See the box …

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Dementia

Introduction Dementia is a regressive disease of the brain. It can result in restriction of daily activities and can lead to the need of long term care for its sufferers. How common is dementia The frequency of dementia range from 2% to 20%. It doubles with every 5 years increase …

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