Spring 2002
Geriatric Assessment: Helping the Whole Family
Feature Story
Hyunsook Kim's husband of nearly half a century was beginning to show signs of memory loss and confusion. Wook Kim's personality changed; he became anxious, argumentative, and angry. He would get lost; he would forget things. Mrs. Kim didn't know what to do. And the person she normally would have turned to for advice—her husband—was the source of her worries.

Fortunately, the staff at the Baldwin Senior Center in Stratford did know what to do...

In this issue...
Women: Here's a reminder from Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers: dieting alone is not as effective as diet combined with exercise. You need to not only consume fewer calories, but work off some of the calories you do take in. And when you do lose weight, you want your new body to be fit and trim, right?

I've been reading many articles lately about a new breast cancer study. It seems to show that routine mammograms do not prevent women from dying of breast cancer, or from having mastectomies. Can you please clarify: Are yearly mammograms useful?

Sally Cascella, RN, Clinical Coordinator at The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital, responds...

If you tire easily, become short of breath, or have dizzy spells, you may have congestive heart failure, or CHF. (If you haven't spoken to your doctor about these symptoms, you should do so right away.)