There’s no denying that as we age, our bodies can change and weaken. After many years of wear and tear, our joints, bones, and muscles aren’t what they used to be. Fortunately, with proper care you can manage health concerns so you can keep up with the things you love.
Geriatricians are physicians who specialize in taking care of older adults. Their unique training helps them manage multiple conditions that may be present and provide care that allows their patients to live fuller, more independent lives.
Here you’ll learn about common health conditions that geriatricians see in older adults and how to recognize, prevent and treat them. Topics include:
Recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s disease
Determining if a hearing aid is right for you
Age-related vision changes
Addressing signs of dementia
Understanding the shingles virus and knowing your risk
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that causes brain cells to deteriorate and die, leaving the affected person unable to perform daily tasks or care for themselves in general. The disease is the leading cause of dementia, and is present in 5 to 10 percent of seniors today. While there are treatments available to help improve symptoms and enhance quality of life in some people, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s. Read More
Hearing loss can happen for a variety of reasons - ranging from general aging and exposure to loud sounds throughout your lifetime. If you often feel that people are mumbling or have trouble following conversations, you may benefit from a hearing aid. Read more to discover the symptoms of hearing loss and how a hearing aid can help improve your quality of life. Read More
Age-related loss of vision is fairly common. Some people have difficulty with reading small print while others need brighter light or bifocal glasses to see the words printed on the page. While you should certainly make an appointment with your eye doctor to monitor changes in your vision over time, read more to better understand many common age-related vision problems and your treatment options. Read More
In 2012, around 2.4 million falls were treated in emergency departments throughout the nation and more than 722,000 of these patients were hospitalized. In fact, falls are so common that they are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more to discover six tips for preventing falls and what to do if a fall occurs. Read More
There’s no denying that as we age, our bodies can change and weaken. After many years of wear and tear, our joints, bones, and muscles aren’t what they used to be. Many health issues are minor, but can still cause difficulty doing daily activities. Read more to discover how to manage various health concerns as you age. Read More
We all forget things at one time or another. From where we put the keys to the name of that restaurant you went to on vacation – it’s a normal part of aging. But while forgetfulness may be common, memory loss that worsens and affects your daily life is a sign of a much more severe problem called dementia. Read more to discover the types , diagnosis, and treatment options for this condition. Read More
As a child, you stayed home from school if you caught chickenpox. As you get older, you become more susceptible to a shingles outbreak. Both are caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which remains dormant in your body until a trigger reawakens it. Read more to discover the symptoms, treatment, and how to prevent passing the virus to your loved ones. Read More
Hoarding disorder is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM V) as persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of the value others may attribute to these possessions. The behavior usually has harmful effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for the person suffering from the disorder and family members. Read more to discover the details of the disorder and what you can do to help. Read More