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Geriatrics

A Debate On The Pros And Cons Of Aging And Death

Allen Frances | Posted 12.24.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

At age 74, I have already experienced many of the indignities of aging and before very long will also confront the inevitability of death. Although ne...

Are You Getting Older - Or Are You Getting Sleep Apnea?

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 11.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

By Brandon R. Peters, MD As my 81-year-old grandma likes to remind me on occasion, "It's hell to get old." More than a nuisance, the cumulative dec...

Human Infrastructure Needed for an Aging America

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Both presidential candidates have called for infrastructure investments. The general idea is that this will create jobs while making America both more...

The Surprising Victims Of Opioid Addiction

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 08.20.2016 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Older adults are not immune to the problems of abuse and addiction, and signs point to a growing problem.

What Matters Most To Seniors? Q&A With Shelley Lyford, CEO Of West Health

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

What matters most to seniors? In my work as a family physician and geriatrician, and especially as an administrative leader and CEO, I sometimes wonde...

What Matters Most to Seniors? Q&A With Shelley Lyford, CEO of West Health

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

What matters most to seniors? In my work as a physician and CEO I sometimes wonder how those of us in "the industry" can continually improve our focu...

Elder Mistreatment: Are You Safe At Home?

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 06.22.2016 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Are you safe at home? It's a simple question that social workers, nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, and indeed all health care providers need to ask their older patients every time they see them. Why? Because that simple question can be a crucial first step toward identifying potential elder mistreatment.

How To Prevent Falls In Older Adults

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 06.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three people age 65 or older falls each year, and more than 700,000 are hospitalized due to a fall injury, most often a head injury or hip fracture.

Why You Should Consider A Geriatrician For Your Elder Loves Ones

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 04.16.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

As specialists go, we have all heard of cardiologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, but how many of us really consider or have even heard of geriatric specialists or geriatricians when we think about care for someone 60 and older?

Alcohol and Aging: What We Can Do to Help

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Older people who struggle with alcohol dependency face particular challenges. Alcohol is a depressant -- producing effects that, for older individuals facing isolation, limitations in mobility, and loss of friends or family, can deepen a downward spiral in health and well-being.

Opening the Front Door to Better Care

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

This article is co-authored with Dr. Bruce Leff, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research at Johns Hopki...

Home Health Aides: Unsung Health Care Heroes

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Home health aides, an often overlooked part of the health system, can make the difference between comfort and dignity vs. suffering and neglect. Aides are lifelines for elders in need and family caregivers who often have extensive caregiving duties on top of their work and other responsibilities.

Dear Baby Boomers, Plan Ahead to Age at Home

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Good health behavior, good medical care, good genes, and good luck may keep you healthier longer, but eventually Father Time catches up. Here are four suggestions for planning ahead:

100-Year-Old Woman Credits Longevity to Daily Pint of Guinness

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

What does it take to survive for a century? Some credit beef stew; others, faith. For Gladys Fielden, it's a pint of stout. "I have a Guinness at 10:...

The Fountain of Youth

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

If you care about aging well, Dan Buettner is your man. For more than a decade, Buettner has been traveling the world in search of the world's longevi...

Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone's Problem

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Clearly, this is an effort that cannot be left to health care professionals alone, but there is more that doctors, nurses and others can do. We can start by including elder abuse in conversations with patients and educating ourselves on the resources available.

Plea for Better Care

Stanley Ely | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Stanley Ely

Losing weight needs application. So does learning French. But not wrinkles. They appear by themselves, no effort required. As they arrive, so does...

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

When to See a Geriatrician

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.20.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If your mom is dealing with a variety of health problems and is taking multiple medications, a visit to a geriatrician may be just the antidote to help get her back on track.

Caregivers: The Unsung (and Quietly Suffering) Heroes

Melissa Thompson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Melissa Thompson

The impending surge in cases of dementia creates an urgent need to take aggressive action now to address the needs of our aging population and their families.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 3 Tips for Restoring Harmony to Your Relationship With Your Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I can't promise following this advice will stop all the fights," she said. "But it'll help. Why don't you try it for a while and see what happens?"

Dare to Be 100: I Am a Geriatrician

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

We geriatricians are eager to find ways to make health pay. It surely is better to be healthy than ill. This is a choice that our society must make. We geriatricians are here to help in that choice.

Happiness Can Be Achieved By Leaving THIS Struggle Behind

Tova Laiter | Posted 05.10.2014 | Fifty
Tova Laiter

An old hippy seeker once told me that after investigating all religions and beliefs, he came to the conclusion that life is about the daily struggle within ourselves to conquer our temptations: i.e. to let our better natures overcome our baser instincts... Since I was too lazy and pre-occupied to check it out myself, I accepted his conclusion and tried to live by it.

We Need to Talk About Urinary Incontinence

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Whether it's leaking urine during exercise, sneezing or laughing, or a sudden uncontrollable need to go that results in wet pads or pants, urinary incontinence is a problem that plagues many older people, most often women.

Getting Physical, Geriatric Style

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 09.07.2013 | Comedy
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

For the past month I've been in Australia where I've had the honor of looking after my darling, aging mum. In an effort to keep her social and supple, I've taken her to a couple of geriatric exercise classes where all walkers are abandoned, best clothes are donned, and comments are rampant.