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

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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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Does the Woodstock Generation Have a Drug Problem?

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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

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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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How Are Seniors Doing as the Pandemic Continues?

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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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Police Need Training Issues of Older Adults

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Leah’s father has Alzheimer’s disease and lives with her. Leah is usually careful that Dad doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Then the police called. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before, this morning he had gone into a…

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Are You Feeling Mental Fuzziness As Pandemic Wanes?

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Do you ever feel like you’re experiencing mental fuzziness? Experts from Northwestern University Medicine (NU) recently reported that many people are suffering from “brain haze” or “brain fog”—which can even be seen in MRI imaging!

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