From the monthly archives:

February 2011

Tweet Q. My 82-year-old mother refuses to address her end-of-life wishes.  I don’t like to think about her passing either, but I’d much rather know what she would want.  Do you have any suggestions? I’m afraid she will get to the point where she will be unable to make these decisions for herself. Your concerns [...]

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Tweet While clutter is not a problem unique to seniors, conditions of aging including arthritis can lead to disorder and chaos. After all, too much clutter is a safety risk such as slipping on loose papers, threat of fire or the health effects of mold and mildew.  Clutter might also make you uncomfortable to have [...]

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Tweet Question:  My husband is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and I am his primary caregiver.  The strain is very difficult and some days it doesn’t seem like I make a difference. On the contrary, you are making a big difference and here’s proof:  A recent study led by Johns Hopkins and Utah State University researchers [...]

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Tweet It appears that staying home could be the best, with the right resources, that is.  A study that was published in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, found that at-home care may be a practical alternative for some patients with suddenly worsening chronic heart failure. What’s more, [...]

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Tweet Here’s an interesting fact from a recent study: About 20 to 25 percent of patients with diabetes also have depression – nearly twice as many as those without diabetes. What’s more, older women suffering with diabetes and depression have a significantly increased risk of death from heart disease, as well as an increased death [...]

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Tweet Question: As a 78-year-old man, I’ve heard that the incidence of prostate cancer goes up as men grow older.  What can you tell me about preventing this disease? Western diets that are high in fat and red meat have been found to increase the risk of prostate cancer, experts have noted.  In addition, the [...]

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Tweet Even ground-level falls pose deadly risks for seniors, a new study finds. And caregivers are among those who can help seniors avoid serious spills. “There is the potential to minimize what people see as a relatively trivial issue, such as slipping and falling on a wet tile floor,” said Julius Cheng, associate professor in [...]

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Tweet My 82-year-old father has such an unhealthy lifestyle and I can’t seem to convince him that making an attempt to change it would make a difference in his overall health and his risk of heart problems.  What advice could I give him? Let your father read the following information, which will be difficult to [...]

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Tweet Q.    I like to think that I am a senior with a sunny outlook on life. Does this matter when it comes to overall health? Existing research does indicate a direct correlation between attitude and feeling good. Positive emotions do, in fact, influence healthy outcomes for older people. “We all age. It is how [...]

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Tweet Q.    My husband has been suffering from macular degeneration for the past five years. Is there any positive news on the horizon about this disease? What are ways that he can cope with this dreaded condition? There is some good news just out. The percentage of people with age-related macular degeneration has dropped by [...]

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