People of all ages have something in common — who wouldn’t want a better memory and a sharper mind? That desire grows stronger in many of us as we grow older and our bodies age. These biological changes include loss of brain mass and a breakdown of neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that send messages between cells. … Continue reading 6 of the best ways to improve your memory and brain health
Sleep in an awkward position or spend a little too much time roughhousing with the kids, and a sore neck is probably in your near future. But it’ll pass. However, there is a common form of neck pain that usually doesn’t pass — in fact, it often gets worse with time. Cervical spondylosis is arthritis … Continue reading Cervical spondylosis: A real pain in the neck
Forgetting why you came into a room, where your keys are or someone’s name are all signs of a busy life — but they can also be signs of dementia. Sometimes, the signs are not as obvious as memory loss. Some people may be unable to find the right words, repeat themselves or get lost … Continue reading Simply aging or something more serious?
Aging has vast effects on our body, and our voice is not immune to that process. A lot of elderly patients come to my clinic seeking voice therapy. Some after operations, some due to general hoarseness and some due to vocal output problems caused by a stroke or Parkinson’s Disease. Many patients who seem to be in … Continue reading Aging Voice: The Art of Voice Therapy
Most of us accept aging as an inevitable consequence in time. Hair gets grayer. Skin is less supple. Posture may be compromised. What is less visible — and less acknowledged — is that the brain ages as well. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a major report on what it called cognitive aging. It … Continue reading How to combat brain changes as you age
As time ticks on, it is certain that we are all getting older. As we age, some of us are resisting the inevitable, fighting to preserve a more youthful appearance. Others are harming their bodies through smoking or lack of sleep, all the while speeding up the biological aging process. The truth is, no one … Continue reading How our lifestyle impacts aging over time
The majority of older adults in the U.S. take one or more prescription medicines. Even more take non-prescription, or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Medicines are useful to treat or manage many health issues. But sometimes they have unwanted side effects, also called adverse drug events (ADEs). Some reasons older adults are at risk for unwanted side … Continue reading Medication and Older Adults: Your Role in Lowering Risk of Adverse Drug Events
Giving and receiving safe care is a goal that is shared by healthcare providers, patients and families. For many people, it can be hard to keep track of all the health information you hear during medical visits including diagnoses, tests, medications, and other instructions. But it’s important to make sure you have the information you … Continue reading Safe Healthcare is as Simple as These Quick Questions
Coping with Alzheimer’s disease can be a gradual and disheartening process. As you watch your loved one slowly lose function, it can take a toll on you emotionally. Alan Stevens, PhD has special emphasis in geriatrics, and says this disease is due to buildup of plaques and tangles in the brain that trigger inflammation and … Continue reading 7 things to remember about your loved one with Alzheimer’s
Skin aging is a slow process that occurs throughout our lives. Aging happens gradually, and sometimes you may not notice what is happening to your appearance over time. Scott & White dermatologist Palak Parekh, MD explains what can happen to our skin as we age. What Happens to Skin as You Age “The top layer of … Continue reading Is aging taking a toll on your skin?