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My name is Gayle and I am an adult nurse practitioner (APRN)whose practice has focused on geriatrics in long term care facilities, evaluating and prescribing medications for medical and psychiatric conditions. I presently perform geriatric home assessments and physical exams in patients' homes. I can answer questions related to assisting adult children in keeping their parents at home, advising when a specialist should be consulted, advising if medications may be causing certain new problems that have arisen. Having cared for my dad with Alzheimer's for 14 years I am quite knowledgeable about what is normal and abnormal when it comes to this disease. I can help direct individuals to resources and support services that they may be unaware of. Lastly, I can make recommendations that can be brought back to the patient's doctor if he/she is willing to consider alternatives to the current treatment plan regarding a particular issue or medical problem.

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I am an adult nurse practitioner with nearly 5 years experience in primary care, focusing on geriatric clients. I cared for my parents in the final 15 years of their lives interacting with healthcare providers, home nursing agencies, state agencies, Medicare and Medicaid representatives, palliative care and home hospice agencies. Prior to becoming an APRN I worked as an emergency dept. nurse for 15 years and 12 years for a large health insurance company providing medical reviews for underwriting, educating underwriters on medical conditions, utilization review and case management, requesting exceptions from medical directors to allow patients to receive medications or treatments not normally covered under their insurance plan, and I assisted in the area of reviewing complex medical claims for payment.


CT APRN American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Sigma Theta Tau International (SITT) AARP


"Walk A Corridor in My Shoes" published in November, 2004, Nursing Spectrum.


Associate Degree in Nursing from Greater Harford Community College BSN from CCSU MSN in Nursing Management from the University of Hartford MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute MSN with Adult APRN from Quinnipiac University Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida Reiki Master Legal Nurse Consultant

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2016-08-10 unexplained unexpected weight loss:

Hi Chris,    Thank you for your kind words.    With the new information I did some research to find a website that would compute your body mass index (BMI). In checking different sites I found that some

2016-08-09 unexplained unexpected weight loss:

Dear Chris,    Based upon the limited information provided my gut instinct would be to say no because it appears to be a gradual weight loss over time and sometimes when individuals get older, their appetite

2016-07-07 Friend's Elderly Mother:

Hi Alicia,    Thank you for your concern and your question regarding your friend's elderly mother.    Yes, I have heard of this before, in fact, it is fairly common among the elderly as the brain begins

2016-06-11 Canker sore in mouth.:

Dear Randy:    Thank you for your question. Canker sores are quite common but please be sure that you are not confusing them with cold sores or fever blisters which are caused by a virus and are very contagious

2015-10-31 unable to walk after hitting head:

Hi Lee,    You're correct in your assumption that I do not have much experience in neurology. However, the reason I didn't just decline the question is because I think I can get you started in finding


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