Most people don’t think about end-of-life care until they reach a point where the issue can no longer be ignored. Many times, this takes place very late in life — often in a hospital setting during a health crisis. Find out why you need to plan now.
Hot summer days can be dangerous for older adults. If this is you, you’re at higher risk than others for dehydration and heat exhaustion when heat and humidity climb.
Think you know what sunscreen is and what it’s supposed to do? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t. A new study finds the majority of consumers don’t completely understand the information on a sunscreen label. Northwestern University researchers surveyed 114 patients at a dermatology clinic to determine what they knew and understood about sunscreen. Researchers gave the patients … Read More
One in three women can involuntarily leak urine. This is not normal, and it’s not a normal part of aging. The good news is that this problem can be treated. Recently, new medical guidelines published by the American College of Physicians state that medical management should be a first-line treatment for leaky bladders. Some women … Read More
Do you need dentures? Deciding on and getting dentures can be a complicated, long process. Much depends on the current state of your teeth, so it’s a decision best made in consultation with your dentist. But, there are things you should know about opting for dentures before you make your choice. “Getting and caring for … Read More
If you are a baby boomer nearing age 70, you may want to make some important decisions about your finances and future medical care decisions. No one likes to think about the possibility of losing control of the ability to make these decisions, but it’s important to plan ahead. When you are prepared, you can … Read More
If a stroke, orthopedic injury or other cause has made a loved one dependent on an assistive device such as a wheelchair, walker or cane, it’s important to know the best way to help him with his mobility and safety. And safety — yours and his — is always first. “When providing care, keep in … Read More
One of the common changes for women as they grow older is to lose a small amount of height — most women will lose up to an inch. This happens because you lose the space in the discs that support the bones in your spine. To keep your bones healthy as you get older, make … Read More
If you find yourself saying, “Huh?” a lot, you’re probably aware that your senses are declining with age. While that’s normal, there are things you can do to help yourself. As you age, you may notice that your eyes aren’t quite as good as they used to be or that you’re often asking people to … Read More
With age come wisdom, experience and, unfortunately, a higher risk of bladder cancer. Certainly, bladder cancer can occur at any age, but it’s more common in older men and much less frequently an issue in younger men and women. Time gives you more chances to become exposed to harmful chemicals that get processed through your … Read More