Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

male doctor examining older adult woman's knee to determine cause of pain

Margaret went to the doctor because her knee pain was worsening. The doctor ordered x-rays and increased Margaret’s dose of anti-inflammatory medication. Margaret never mentioned to the doctor that she had been feeling depressed lately, and that she’d been having trouble sleeping … yet both of those things can increase sensations of pain. And in…

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Telehealth Tips for Older Adults

Close up of a senior couple talking to their doctor on a video call using their computer

The benefits of telehealth Even before the pandemic, the use of telehealth was growing—popular mostly among younger patients. But by the end of 2020, many seniors also had warmed up to telehealth, seeing their doctors online from the comfort and safety of their own home or senior living community. Studies confirm the rapid increase in…

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Wandering Is a Common Challenge When a Loved One Has Dementia

Portrait of modern senior woman walking in the park

It seems that every week we come across a news article about a senior with dementia who goes missing, or receive a Silver Alert asking people to be on the lookout for a lost elder. Most of these incidents have a happy ending; perhaps the person is found at a store they remember, or in…

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Does the Woodstock Generation Have a Drug Problem?

senior couple dressed in hippie attire showing PEACE sign with hands

Timothy Leary’s “turn on, tune in, drop out” … hippies passing around a joint at a music festival … rock bands taking drug-fueled “trips.” That’s the stereotype of the baby boomers, and several studies from 2022 suggest that many members of the generation—people born from 1946 to 1964—have not given up illicit drug use, most…

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Pet Safety for Older Adults

Senior couple sitting on park bench in the fall weather with their pet cat and dog

A February 2022 study from the University of Florida showed that when it comes to your memory health, your dog is indeed a very good boy! For that matter, your feline friends and even fish and turtles provide a brain boost. Sociology doctoral candidate Jennifer Applebaum led the study of 1,300 seniors, which found that…

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When It Comes to Fall Prevention, Plan Ahead!

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We plan for health care during our senior years. We strategize our retirement finances. We make a plan about where to live, and how to remain socially connected. But there’s one other thing we might have forgotten. A new study shows that having a plan for preventing falls is also very important! A SUNY Binghamton…

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Helping a Loved One With Dementia Manage Their Money

Mature Woman Helping Senior Neighbor With Home Finances

When a senior is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, family often worry about their loved one’s safety. Will Dad go to bed, forgetting the tea kettle is boiling on the stove? Will Mom get lost? Will Uncle Chuck keep trying to drive, even though he’s not safe behind the wheel? Their concerns…

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Self-Neglect Is an Underreported Type of Elder Abuse

senior woman sitting alone near window of her house looking sadly outside at winter scenery

When Jane and Kathy came home for the holidays to visit their mother, they were worried about what they saw. Mom’s usually spotless house was dirty and unkempt, and the furnace wasn’t working properly. Though Mom had always taken pride in her wardrobe, she was wearing her bathrobe all day. She seemed painfully thin, and…

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Is It Safe for My Loved One With Dementia to Own a Gun?

open dresser drawer with gun sitting on top of folded clothing

The debate over guns has heated up during the past few years. But one thing most everyone on the firearm ownership opinion spectrum agrees about is that sometimes it is unsafe for an individual with mental illness to have access to guns. What about older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia? Researchers from the…

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How Are Seniors Doing as the Pandemic Continues?

middle age woman and older woman wearing masks sitting on park bench filing out paperwork

From the beginning of the pandemic, much attention has been paid to older adults, who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and who have faced isolation and an interruption to their regular activities as they practiced social distancing. Recent figures show that 75% of people who have died from the virus are…

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