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7 Steps To Healthy, Happy Aging

Posted 10/24/2017 by UHBlog

7 Steps to Healthy, Happy Aging

Your golden years can be some of the best of your life if you take steps to stay healthy and active.

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Trivial Pursuits?

Posted 8/22/2017 by UHBlog

Trivial Pursuits?

Playing games may be beneficial for brain health.

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Dont Get Derailed by Kidney Stones

Posted 8/18/2017 by UHBlog

Don’t Get Derailed By Kidney Stones

What causes kidney stones, and how can you reduce your risk?

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I Have the Shakes

Posted 8/11/2017 by UHBlog

I Have the Shakes

Know these nine early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease.

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Give the New Flu Vaccine a Shot

Posted 7/17/2017 by UHBlog

Give the New Flu Vaccine a Shot

Get vaccinated now, before flu season begins.

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Can You Be Too Thin?

Posted 6/22/2017 by UHBlog

Can You Be Too Thin?

A geriatric medicine specialist weighs in on the recent study that being underweight can put you at greater risk for dementia.

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My Doctor Is Out

Posted 5/26/2017 by UHBlog

My Doctor Is Out

Your doctor’s visit may not include a doctor. Find out how the role of CNPs and PAs has expanded.

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Top 8 Summer Health Tips

Posted 5/18/2017 by UHBlog

Top 8 Summer Health Tips

With rising temperatures comes an increased risk of heat-related illness for seniors. Learn the signs of heat stroke and how to stay safe this summer.

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To Do or Dialysis

Posted 5/17/2017 by UHBlog

To Do or Dialysis

Learn the warning signs of kidney disease and steps you can take to prevent it.

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6 Tips for Morning Stiffness Relief

Posted 4/19/2017 by UHBlog

6 Tips for Morning Stiffness Relief

These simple lifestyle tips can help relieve and minimize morning joint pain.

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Vaccinations Aren’t Just for Kids

Posted 3/21/2017 by UHBlog

Vaccinations Aren't Just for Kids

It is important for older adults to get vaccines that can prevent them from developing serious illnesses..

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What You Need to Know About Pneumonia

Posted 2/16/2017 by UHBlog

What You Need to Know About Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a potentially deadly infection of the lungs, and certain populations are more at risk.

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What Your Skin Reveals about Your Health as You Age

Posted 1/23/2017 by UHBlog

What Your Skin Reveals about Your Health as You Age

Learn what underlying health conditions can be revealed through the skin, and how to care for your skin as you age.

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To Shovel or Not to Shovel: When to Check with a Doctor Before a Strenuous Activity

Posted 1/16/2017 by UHBlog

To Shovel or Not to Shovel: When to Check with a Doctor Before a Strenuous Activity

The cold weather, ice and snow becomes more of a health and safety issue as we age.

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What? 6 Signs You Need a Hearing Test

Posted 12/23/2016 by UHBlog

What? 6 Signs You Need a Hearing Test

Hearing loss is a common experience for many aging boomers and seniors. Learn to recognize the signs.

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Do Not Resuscitate Does Not Mean End of Care

Posted 11/28/2016 by UHBlog

Do Not Resuscitate Does Not Mean End of Care

What is a DNR order and how does it affect care? A geriatric specialist answers these and other questions about this medical document.

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Frequent Forgetfulness? Should I Tell My Doctor?

Posted 11/25/2016 by UHBlog

Frequent Forgetfulness? Should I Tell My Doctor?

Worried about memory loss? Know what signs to look for and ways you can help delay the onset of dementia.

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Help Me Help You

Posted 11/23/2016 by UHBlog

Help Me Help You: What You Can Do to Make Your Doctor Visit Successful

Get the most out of your doctor’s appointment by preparing ahead of time and making each minute of the visit count.

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The Aging Eye

Posted 10/13/2016 by UHBlog

The Aging Eye

As we age, not only may our vision be affected, but we become more susceptible to other eye-related conditions.

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Medicare Recipients: Are You Taking Advantage of This Free Benefit?

Posted 10/6/2016 by UHBlog

Medicare Recipients: Are You Taking Advantage of This Free Benefit?

A “Welcome to Medicare” visit offers recipients a baseline assessment and can help them develop a plan for remaining healthy and independent.

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Osteoporosis Is Not Just a Woman’s Disease

Posted 9/7/2016 by UHBlog

Osteoporosis Is Not Just a Woman’s Disease

As we age, the risk of developing osteoporosis increases. Find out more about prevention and treatment of this disease.

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Dealing with a Loss of Appetite: Why You Need to Eat

Posted 8/19/2016 by UHBlog

Dealing with a Loss of Appetite: Why You Need to Eat

Loss of appetite is a problem among seniors.

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Top 8 Health Concerns for Seniors

Posted 7/21/2016 by UHBlog

Top 8 Health Concerns for Seniors

Influence just how golden your retirement years are.

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Guarding Against Falls

Posted 9/18/2015 by UBlog

Although preventing an injury is always better than treating one, University Hospitals Center for Rehabilitation Services is there to help patients regain independence after an accident. Twenty-six years after “Mrs. Fletcher” first cried out the immortal words on TV, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” remains one of the most parodied catch phrases in American pop culture. But it isn’t so funny when it really happens. Falls are the leading cause of fatal a...

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The Screening Every Older Adult Should Get

Posted 7/30/2015 by UHBlog

Life expectancy is increasing. We can help you address the health care, mental and social issues that are relevant to older adults. Advances in medicine and nutrition have made it commonplace for people to live to be 80, 90 or even more than 100 years old. While longevity is cause for celebration, it can also present significant challenges for your elderly loved ones. As you age, you face a variety of health issues, says geriatric medicine specialist Parisa Khatibi, MD. Some of these are the in...

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Grandma, Your Breath Smells Funny

Posted 4/10/2015 by UHBlog

Is your bad breath a symptom of an underlying health problem? Ask us about your halitosis. For most of us, bad breath is a sign that we need to brush or floss regularly or more often. However, for many elderly people, that may be easier said than done. Not only are seniors more vulnerable to dry mouth – one of the leading causes of halitosis – they may find it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene as they age. “They may not be able to take care of their dentures or brush ...

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Watch Your Step

Posted 2/28/2015 by UHBlog

If you feel dizzy, unsteady or have problems with balance talk to us. We can help. When you feel unsure on your feet, it can have a negative impact on your life. Without your balance, you can't participate in sports, put on your shoes or get out of a chair. Older people are especially worried about losing their balance and suffering a fall-related injury, which might make it impossible for them to live independently. Balance problems aren't just an older person's ailment either, says physical t...

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How In-Home Education Helps Medicare Patients

Posted 8/21/2014 by UHBlog

A little goes a long way when it comes to educating patients one-on-one. A recent study by University Hospitals physician Stefan Gravenstein, MD, revealed that Medicare patients who received an hour of educational coaching and two or three follow-up phone calls after hospitalization were significantly less likely to be readmitted – and their overall health care costs were lower, too. Patients who received the coaching and calls reduced their readmission odds by 39 percent and their average...

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The 2 Vaccines Seniors Need

Posted 8/11/2014 by UHBlog

Vaccinations aren’t only for newborns and schoolchildren. There are many safe inoculations that people need to get throughout their lives – including the golden years. “If seniors want to be proactive and stay as healthy as possible, vaccinations are the right idea,” says geriatrician Taryn Lee, MD. “You don’t want to have to treat a disease after the fact – you want to prevent it from occurring in the first place.” The two vaccines that matter mos...

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When You’re Unsteady on Your Feet: Balance Disorders

Posted 7/25/2014 by UHBlog

Life is all about balance – seriously. When you don’t feel strong and steady while standing, walking or sitting, your quality of life is negatively affected. If you struggle to stay upright or feel dizziness, lightheadedness or vertigo when trying to move, you may be suffering from a balance disorder. The ability to stay balanced and upright comes from multiple sources. The eyes allow you to see the area where you’re moving. The nervous system allows your feet and joints to pe...

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Is it Dementia – or a UTI?

Posted 7/21/2014 by UHBlog

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common infections among older adults – but they can be surprisingly difficult to recognize. Most people will experience a UTI at some point in their life, but the symptoms associated with the infection – a burning sensation during urination and pelvic pain in women or rectal pain in men – usually don’t occur once they enter the senior population. According to geriatric nurse practitioner Denise Brown, APRN, the most common sym...

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Sun, Seniors and Safety

Posted 7/8/2014 by UHBlog

The heat of summer can present some unwelcome hazards to seniors’ health. With soaring temperatures and blazing sunrays, it’s important to take extra precautions to stay safe. Geriatric nurse practitioner Denise Brown, APRN, suggests that seniors and their caregivers make some smart, simple lifestyle changes during the hottest months of the year. Water, Water, Every Hour Seniors lose the ability to sweat and regulate body temperature, making them more vulnerable to dehydration and o...

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Keep Your Cool – How to Prevent Senior Heat Stroke

Posted 6/23/2014 by UHBlog

The summer sun may make for pleasant outdoor strolls or family picnics, but these activities can become dangerous when the temperature soars. What’s the risk? Heat stroke. “Heat stroke is an abnormal increase in body temperature with symptoms that affect the central nerve system or brain,” says geriatric nurse practitioner Kimberly Kinder CNP, CNS. “These are extreme confusion, irrational behavior, seizures and unconsciousness – which can eventually be fatal if no...

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How Many Meds Are You On? Beware the Dangers of Polypharmacy

Posted 6/17/2014 by UHBlog

Poly-what? One health danger you may not recognize is polypharmacy, or the use of multiple medications by one person. Polypharmacy is particularly common among seniors, who are often prescribed multiple medications to treat several different conditions. “There is not a set number of drugs that classify as polypharmacy,” says geriatric nurse practitioner Kimberly Kinder CNP, CNS. And taking multiple medications isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some patients have several health c...

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Sex After 60: Intimacy Can Last a Lifetime

Posted 5/28/2014 by UHBlog

Shuffleboard, bingo, needlepoint – and steamy sexual encounters? Disregard every stereotype you may have heard about senior citizens. These days, older adults are working second careers, training for marathons and, yes, engaging in healthy sexual relationships. “You are never too old to have a sexual relationship,” says nurse practitioner Kimberly Kinder, CNP, CNS, who points out that sex is a good form of exercise and helps to improve overall physical health. Emotionally, a ...

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When – and When Not – to Go to the Senior ER

Posted 5/21/2014 by UHBlog

“The senior population has some special needs that are different from the general population,” says internal medicine specialist David Kosnosky, DO. This is why University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center opened the first Senior Emergency Room in the region – to focus on the unique needs of older adults. The Senior ER includes features like safety rails, visual and auditory aids and skid-resistant floors. Most significantly, the facility is staffed by a team of physicians and ...

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How to Live Independently – Longer!

Posted 4/14/2014 by UHBlog

“I always ask seniors and their family, ‘Would you choose to live unsafely?’” says Anne O’Neill, LSW, manager of the Center for Healthy Aging at University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center. She says the answer is always “no,” but the irony is that many of the seniors she works with are living unsafely – they just don’t know it. O’Neill, who oversees the Senior Adult Assessment Program at the center, has worked with older adults in the c...

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How to Safeguard Your Home Against Falls

Posted 3/6/2014 by UHBlog

Make no mistake about it: Falls are serious. “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to adults 65 and over,” says occupational therapist Brian Adams, MOT, OTR/L. Even when they don’t result in death, falls can dramatically decrease quality of life. “Debilitating injuries can put people in nursing homes or make them unable to live on their own.” Adams explains that there are two main factors in falls: environmental and health-related. You can p...

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6 Small Changes for Aging Gracefully

Posted 2/20/2014 by UHBlog

1. Embrace your age… There’s no point in lying to others – or yourself – about your real age. Accept your body as it is now. There are some inevitable and sometimes unwelcome signs of aging, like gray hair or wrinkles. Let your gray hair remind you of your hard-earned wisdom. When you notice a wrinkle, consider it a symbol of a lifetime of smiles. Celebrate your past and take pride in your age. 2. …but ignore age stereotypes It may seem like society expects senior...

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