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Help with Hypertension in later life.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which blood pressure (BP) is consistently above the normal range. Untreated it can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Hypertension it often easy to treat.

Find out more about Hypertension

How will it affect me?

The problem with hypertension is that most people have no symptoms. Because of this it can be untreated over many years leading to a high risk of complications.

Occasionally people may experience:

  • headaches when it’s extremely high
  • light-headedness, particularly after standing up quickly when it’s low

What causes it?

For most people there is no single underlying cause – a few diseases can cause extremely high blood pressure but for most people there is no obvious cause. It is more common in people who are overweight or inactive, or who have a family history of high blood pressure. However, it can happen to anybody.

How common is it?

Very common and it gets more likely as you get older. In the very old, or people with frailty, treating high blood pressure may cause more problems than it solves. But for most people lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of other problems like heart attacks and strokes.

How is it diagnosed?

One-off readings of blood pressure in a clinic or hospital can be misleading, so in general it’s best to get more than one reading. Ideally this would be done either by a week of home blood pressure checks (twice a day at similar times) or, even better, by wearing a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor.

How is it treated?

Treatment depends on how high the blood pressure is. For mild hypertension without other associated problems, it’s usually best to try reducing salt, taking regular exercise and gradual weight loss first before using medications.

We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
health experts for later life.

At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

Meet some of our consultants.

Dr Colin Mitchell

Consultant Geriatrician

Geriatrics

How we can help

Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

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Home visit supplements starting from £100.

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    Anxiety Disorders

    Help with anxiety in later life.

    If a fully grown tiger leapt out on you as you walked down the road, your feelings would be intense: you’d feel a sense of dread, your heart would beat faster, your mouth would go dry, you’d shake and have ‘butterflies’ in your stomach. This is natural – it’s part of your “fight or flight” response.

    But what if you were to feel like this all the time? That is what people with Anxiety Disorder experience. It can be long-lasting or come in short, intense bursts (panic). It can be a result of outside factors like spiders or thunder (phobia) or have no apparent cause.

    There are effective treatments available and most people with Anxiety Order can make a full recovery.

    Find out more about anxiety

    What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms of Anxiety will vary from person to person, but may include:

    • feelings of dread or terror
    • irritability
    • problems concentrating
    • dizziness
    • tiredness
    • fluttering (or palpitations) in your chest
    • shaking
    • dry mouth
    • shortness of breath

    Some of the symptoms also occur in other conditions, like depression, heart disease or thyroid disease, so it is important to be diagnosed by a doctor with the appropriate skills.

    What causes Anxiety?

    It is thought to result from an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. It may occur for no reason, start after a traumatic experience or be triggered by something specific, like spiders or thunderstorms.

    Key facts about Anxiety 

    • About 1 in 20 will experience in any month
    • Twice as many women are affected as men
    • Anxiety can often be a symptom of another mental illness
    • Longstanding anxiety may be associated with increased risk of physical illness 

    How will it affect me

    You may lose confidence, have problems at work or with hobbies and stop social activities like meeting friends. People with Anxiety often feel tense, nervous and physically unwell. You may feel you can’t get better, but that is far from the truth.

    How is it diagnosed?

    There is no simple test to diagnose anxiety. A doctor who is skilled in assessing, diagnosing and treating it will first exclude other conditions that mimic the symptoms, then take into account your full background, symptoms and medical history, together with your current situation, to confirm a diagnosis.

    How is it treated?

    A lot can be done to help people with Anxiety. The mainstays of treatment are psychological therapies, such as relaxation and cognitive behavioural therapy. This will involve meeting with a therapist weekly for a few weeks, learning about your symptoms, where they come from and how to control or combat them. With an experienced therapist, this is a very effective treatment.

    Sometimes medication can help, too. There are a lot of different treatments available including antidepressants, which are also effective against Anxiety, and medication that directly combats the physical symptoms.

    Symptoms of Anxiety are often part of other conditions, including Depression, Dementia, Heart Disease and Lung Disease, so it is important to look after these illnesses as well. For this reason, treatment by a team that can look after all medical and psychological symptoms is important. The majority of people will get better with the right treatment.

    We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
    health experts for later life.

    At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

    Meet some of our consultants.

    Dr James Warner

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Psychiatry

    Dr Hema Ananth

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Psychiatry

    Dr Brian Parsons

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Psychiatry

    How we can help

    Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

    We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

    Clear and simple pricing.


    First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

    Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

    Home visit supplements starting from £100.

    Get started now

    Smarter, faster, easier and
    more thorough healthcare.

    Expert

    We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

    Fast

    We aim for our specialists to see you within a matter of days, and within 24 hours for urgent appointments.

    Flexible

    We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

    Comprehensive

    We are committed to giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

    Request an appointment today.


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      Alzheimer’s disease


      Alzheimer’s disease

      As we get older we all get a bit forgetful. We might know someone well, but forget their name when we meet them. If these lapses become more serious – for example we forget not just the person’s name but who they are – then this may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

      Alzheimer’s disease tends to develop very slowly, starting with problems over recent memory, language use and perhaps a change in personality. It will then progress, but many people with Alzheimer’s can lead good and fulfilling lives for years after diagnosis, and there are now treatments to help with the condition.

       

      Find out more about Alzheimer’s

      What are the symptoms?

      At first you may not even realise anything is wrong. The disease usually starts slowly, progressing over many years. Each case is unique, but among the symptoms are:

      • memory loss, particularly of recent events
      • less interest in hobbies and pastimes
      • difficulty with thinking flexibly and solving problems
      • difficulty finding the right words and following conversations
      • trouble with recognising people or places
      • changes in personality and behaviour

      What causes it?

      Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be caused by the accumulation of a naturally occurring protein – Amyloid – in the brain. Amyloid appears to damage nerve cells in the brain. Why this happens isn’t yet known, but it is thought to happen many years before symptoms develop.

      Key facts about Alzheimer’s disease

      • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60% of cases. There are around 500,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer’s
      • Although many people think Alzheimer’s disease is primarily a memory problem, most people will also experience behavioural or psychological symptoms.
      • The risk increases as we get older, and the average age of diagnosis is around 75 years
      • The time between onset of symptoms and getting a diagnosis can be over 3 years.

      How will the disease affect me?

      You may not be aware of any problems and may not want help. It is others around you who notice changes. You may have problems carrying out daily tasks such as reading, cooking or driving or may do things that put you at risk. Eventually, as the disease progresses, you may become more dependent on others for help. Eventually everyone with Alzheimer’s disease will need regular help.

      How is it diagnosed?

      Some of the symptoms also occur in other conditions (like depression, anxiety or stroke), so it is important to be diagnosed by a doctor with the appropriate skills.

      Doctors will want to speak to you and also someone close to you so they can get a full picture of your problems. This includes how your symptoms developed over time, your background and current activities and support. The doctor will also do some brain-function tests that help identify what strengths you have and where you may need help. Sometimes the doctor will organise a brain scan or an assessment with a psychologist or occupational therapist although this is not necessary for everybody.

      When all the results are back the doctor will sit down with you and explain the diagnosis and what help you can be offered.

      How is it treated?

      There are drug treatments available for Alzheimer’s disease. These may help improve memory and reduce confusion. These medicines do not stop the illness but do help to reduce the effects. They do not work for everyone but for some people the effects are very good. The doctor will want to monitor how you are responding to the treatment. In addition cognitive stimulation therapy, either alone or in groups, has been shown to be as helpful as the medicines.

      Most people with Alzheimer’s disease will have additional symptoms such as feelings of depression or anxiety. Some people will have hallucinations or notice a change in behaviour. Many of these symptoms can be helped with appropriate treatment.

      People with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and friends need a lot of support, counselling and education to help them understand the diagnosis, how the illness will progress, how to plan for the future and how to get help now. A specialist should be able to put you in touch with people that can help.

      Many people with Alzheimer’s disease will eventually need help with daily activities such as cooking and dressing. An occupational therapist or physiotherapist will be able to provide advice about this.

      We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
      health experts for later life.

      At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

      Meet some of our consultants.

      Dr James Warner

      Consultant Psychiatrist

      Psychiatry

      Dr Hema Ananth

      Consultant Psychiatrist

      Psychiatry

      Dr Brian Parsons

      Consultant Psychiatrist

      Psychiatry

      Dr Giovanna Zamboni

      Consultant Neurologist

      Neurology

      Dr Colin Mitchell

      Consultant Geriatrician

      Geriatrics

      How we can help

      Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

      We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

      Clear and simple pricing.


      First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

      Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

      Home visit supplements starting from £100.

      Get started now

      Smarter, faster, easier and
      more thorough healthcare.

      Expert

      We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

      Fast

      We aim for our specialists to see you within a matter of days, and within 24 hours for urgent appointments.

      Flexible

      We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

      Comprehensive

      We are committed to giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

      Request an appointment today.

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      What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

      Dementia is the term for all illnesses that cause progressive loss of brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia, the commonest of many.

      Will it get worse?

      It will, but only over the course of a number of years.

      Is it possible to enjoy a good life with dementia?

      It is.  Red and Yellow Care  produced an influential report in 2014, written for people  living with dementia, emphasized as much.

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