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?
A recent study in Britain followed 5400 men and women for 24 years, and studied the type of diet they ate and how “well they aged.” The study defined ideal aging as being free of chronic disease and having high scores on both mental and physical tests at about age 75. The study provided further … Continue reading How the Western Diet Impacts Aging
By exercising three times a week, 70-year-old grandmother Mary Margaret Floyd lost 40 pounds in a year. The long-time avoider of exercise thought she could slide by as a “fluffy grandmother” and no one would notice. But her doctor did and prescribed the “Exercise is Medicine” program. Exercise is Medicine is a national initiative introduced … Continue reading Fluffy grandmother no more
If you’ve ever gotten a manicure just to chip your polish a few minutes later, you know how frustrating the short-lifespan of manicures can be. Most women can relate, which is why the new gel manicures are all the rage right now. Gel manicures claim that polish will last for two weeks. The drawback to these … Continue reading Could Your Manicure Cause Cancer?
Mary Lou loved a good deal. And she found a great one for her husband George at an estate sale: an ebony cane with a sterling silver head. She thought it was just perfect. But after using the cane a week, George thought his knee pain was even worse. Was it possible that the cane … Continue reading Walk This Way: Canes & Walkers
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” These are words we never want our elderly parents or grandparents to say. Yet the likelihood of their falling is high. One-third of adults age 65 and older falls each year. For our elderly population, falls result in moderate and severe injuries, including: Lacerations Hip, spine, leg or … Continue reading “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!”—Tips to Avoid Falls
George walked into the dimly lit room, bumped into the coffee table, tripped over the lamp cord, and fell to the floor. Sadly, George is in good company. A third of adults age 65 and older falls each year. More than 2 million are treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal fall injuries annually. Almost $30 … Continue reading Don’t Fall for It!: A List of Fall Risks