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Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

Larry went to the doctor because his knee pain was worsening. The doctor ordered x-rays and increased Larry’s dose of anti-inflammatory medication. Larry never mentioned to the doctor that he had been feeling depressed lately, and that he’d been having trouble sleeping … yet both of those things can increase sensations of pain. And in… Read More

Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile

June Is Oral Health Month Our teeth and gums change as we grow older. Years of wear and tear take a toll, often causing thinning enamel and broken or lost teeth. Teeth with repairs such as crowns, fillings and root canals are less hardy. As gums recede, sensitive areas of the teeth not covered by… Read More

Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

This month, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This recognition takes place in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, an event that is symbolic of the ongoing battle for LGBT rights. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event, many members of that… Read More

Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability Hearing loss is often due to changes in our ears as we grow… Read More

When a Loved One Hoards

Many of us get the spring cleaning impulse this time of year. Out go old possessions that don’t “spark joy,” as organizing guru Marie Kondo would say. But for some people, asking if an item “sparks joy” is futile—because they are tied emotionally to all their possessions, even items others would consider useless. For people… Read More

Meet Your Kidneys: Two Little Organs That Do a Big Job

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that damaged kidneys can put extra stress on the heart—and indeed, people with kidney disease are much more likely to die from heart disease than from kidney failure. They’re also at higher risk for hypertension and stroke. Our kidneys aren’t very large; each is about the… Read More

“I Have a Cold … Or Could It Be Those Cherry Blossoms?”

After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here! Who doesn’t enjoy getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs that signal the season? However, those flowers aren’t really growing for our aesthetic pleasure. Their job is to attract bees and other creatures to their pollen — and though the lovely blooms please… Read More

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up at 4 a.m., and lie awake until dawn…. Read More

The Mediterranean Diet Continues to Get High Marks

March is National Nutrition Month—a great time to think about improving our dietary habits. Here’s a great way to start. For years, cardiovascular experts have endorsed the now well-known Mediterranean diet. Speaking for the Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. C. Keith Ozaki notes, “There are components of the Mediterranean diet that are good for the… Read More

Avoiding Glaucoma, the “Sneak Thief of Sight”

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), sponsor of this national event, more than 3 million people in America are living with some form of this disease, which is the second leading cause of blindness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that half of these people are unaware that they have the… Read More