Interview with Dr. Susan Lowry, MD, a Family Medicine Specialist in Martin Medical Center

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Interview with Dr. Susan Lowry of Martin Medical

In this interview with Dr. Lowry, you will learn about the different types of Dementia and the common issues she sees in our community.

Dr. Lowry gives highly recommended and practical tips on caring for patients with Dementia.

You can visit their website https://www.martinmedicalctr.com/ or schedule an appointment, call 731-587-9511

In this episode of Misunderstanding Dementia show:
01:00 – Introduction of Dr. Susan Lowry
02:00 – One of the first things we look for Dementia
03:00 – Several mini-mental status tests done to check for Dementia
03:20 – Number one indication of dementia is someone drives and gets lost
04:20 – Donepezil (Aricept) delays progression of regression but doesn’t stop it. Dementia is irreversible
05:05 – Dr. Lowry recommends vitamin D supplements 5,000 units/day
06:00 – Crossword puzzle, word search, luminosity
06:30 – The brain is a muscle that needs to be exercised.
06:50 – Have a good lunch and nap
07:30 - Practical tip: make it brighter in the house until it is time to go to bed.
08:00 – Keeping Dementia patients in a routine
09:05 – Don’t argue with patients when they have episodes of hallucination just redirect their attention
10:30 – Self-help groups and resources like doctors and medicines are available. Home health, PT, nursing homes
11:50 – Keep on doing the same routine again and again in order for the brain the remember.
12:10 – When do you ask someone with Dementia to stop driving? Are there special test and techniques or words and phrases to tell the patient?
12:45 – Watching income and beware of scammers
16:00 – When to get a POA and make bank arrangements in behalf of demented patients?
17:30 – Best medical insurance for patients with Dementia?
18:00 - Medicare Advantage vs. traditional Medicare.
22:30 – Parting advice from Dr. Mike Chua – FAST. Find, take Action, Shoot for the moon, Teach.

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Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

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