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Geriatrics

Plea for Better Care

Stanley Ely | Posted 11.03.2014 | 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.

Making a Difference by Making Mental Health and Geriatrics Care a National Priority

Robyn Stone | Posted 08.25.2013 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Aging Americans who have mental health needs are indeed an invisible group -- and they can use all the help we can give them.

The Big Question That Comes With Getting Older

John Feather, PhD | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

Who will care for you when you get old? If that's a scary or uncomfortable question, you are in good company. Most people don't want to think about their long-term care needs and when they do, they tend to have major misperceptions of what it costs and what the government will pay for.

Why Everyone Deserves Palliative Care

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

The first principle of palliative medicine is to relieve the pain and other symptoms that burden people living with serious illness -- in short, to help people feel better.

Advice for Those Caring for Aging Relatives

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It may be a personal calling, a debt to pay or an act of profound love, but caring for an elderly parent or loved one can be a difficult juggling act. Here is some practical advice on the medical front to the 50 million Americans who are the unpaid caretakers.

Mushroom-Barley Soup and Other Red Flags

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

Mushroom-barley soup, a staple of my childhood, lovingly prepared by Grandma Mollie, was the most delicious soup I'd ever tasted. Grandma Mollie always got it just right, but this time, something was awry.

Do You Worry You're Getting Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 10.06.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Most of us have had moments of concern after being unable to remember someone's name. How are we to know whether it's a normal sign of aging or whether it may be something far more ominous?

GPS: Geriatric Positioning System

Stacey Gordon | Posted 08.26.2012 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

Older people are getting lost. And I DO NOT mean lost in a moral sense, or lost in the system. I mean they are actually leaving their homes, losing their way and becoming lost.

What You Don't Know About Strokes

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Contrary to popular wisdom, what you don't know can sometimes hurt you, and badly. For older adults in particular, this is true when it comes to stroke.

Geriatric Care Managers - Could One Help You With Your Elderly Loved One?

Marie Marley | Posted 07.31.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Geriatric care management is a relatively new profession. It's rapidly growing, especially given the aging of the baby boomers.

How I Got My Beloved, Demented Romanian Soul Mate to Move to a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

So there I was with this 92-year old man who desperately needed to be in an Alzheimer's care facility. He adamantly refused to go. He said he'd die first. He always said he'd die first. Always.

When Alzheimer's Patients Make Perfect Sense: Those Stunning Moments of Total Lucidity

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

As a person's illness progresses, these episodes tend to occur less often, and so when they do occur, it's all the more striking and precious.

Fear of Falling

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

A month ago, I almost became the subject of one of my own medical school lectures, after an episode that illustrated one of the most serious health problems facing older adults and their doctors: falling.

The Elder Care Blues: Waking Up Dead

Janice Taylor | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

I do my best to keep things in perspective, acknowledging that Harriet is not in pain, that we are not talking about a major illness here -- no heart problems, no cancer, so much to be grateful for at 95. But even this -- a simple cataract operation -- is unbelievably stressful and complicated.

The Elder Care Blues: Waking Up 'Down'

Janice Taylor | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Many of the thoughts that float before me belong to my mother. I tentatively hand them back to her, further creating a space for me to explore my thoughts and my feelings.

Aging Population Casts Light On Geriatrics Shortage

AP | By MATT SEDENSKY | Posted 01.05.2012 | Fifty

PALATKA, Fla. -- In this sleepy, riverside town in northeast Florida, 86-year-old Betty Wills sees the advertisements of obstetricians and gynecologis...

The Stigma Around Chronic Pain

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

When you're in pain, nothing else seems to matter. And if you're an older adult, you are not only more likely to have pain, but also to get less help for it than younger people are.