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

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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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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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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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Should April Fool’s Day Be a Health Holiday?

Health Holiday

We could all use a laugh these days, couldn’t we? We sure could, and science backs up how good that could be for our all-around well-being. Up until recently, few researchers paid much scholarly attention to humor as part of the human experience. But now, scientists from various disciplines are analyzing the workings of humor…

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Remodeling the “Food Pyramid” for Seniors

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March is National Nutrition Month. Many people assume the nutritional requirements that you see in the Food Pyramid for younger adults is the same for seniors. But a report released by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) revealed that it’s not that simple. The researchers warned, “Nutrition recommendations are usually…

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