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Richard Besdine

Is It Alzheimer's?

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Many worried people can take comfort from the fact that a certain amount of age-related memory loss, especially of people's names -- that aggravating "it's on the tip of my tongue" feeling -- is normal and is not a warning sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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.

Alzheimer's Disease: You Can Reduce Your Risk

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Most physicians now believe that the damage done by Alzheimer's is irreversible and that the best hope lies in preventing it. This is particularly true for people at higher risk. I believe passionately that we should all know what those risks factors are and work to turn them in our favor.

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.

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 Medications Seniors Can't Live With -- Or Without

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

For many older Americans, their relationship with the most important drugs in their medicine cabinets can be described as "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em."

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.