Baby Boomers’ Guide to Heart Health

For baby boomers, exercising, eating right and seeing a doctor regularly couldn’t be more important. They are entering the years when health risks rise – when heart disease, heart attacks and strokes become more of a concern. Leslie Cho, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center, says people need to see their primary care … Read More

‘Snowbirds': Coordinate Medical Care Before Traveling

If you follow the example of the birds, and fly south for the winter, it’s critical that you coordinate your medical care – especially cancer treatment. “For cancer patients, coordination of care for the time away is a process that should begin before you travel,” says Steven Roshon, MD, Department Chair for Hematology and Medical … Read More

Stay Healthy as a Senior Athlete

Aging affects multiple organ systems, from the heart and lungs to your bones and metabolism. Of all the changes, musculoskeletal issues have the most impact on the aging senior’s sport. These changes include: An overall decrease in muscle and bone mass Stiffening of muscles Weakening of tendons and cartilage The good news is that staying … Read More

A Dangerous Road: Elderly and Winter Falls

Icy sidewalks. Slippery driveways. Boots that bring melting snow onto floors. These all can cause falls. These are minor hazards for most of us, but for an elderly person, they can be devastating. A spill that gives a 20-year-old a bruised knee could send an elderly person to the hospital. “If you are over the … Read More

Too Old to Drive?

In the next 20 years, the number of elderly drivers — age 70 and older — is predicted to triple in the United States. Although many older motorists become more careful on the road, statistics show that they are more likely than younger drivers to be involved in multi-vehicle crashes. “The majority of elderly individuals … Read More

Stomach Flu Outbreaks in Nursing Homes

The norovirus, commonly called the stomach flu, is no fun for anyone, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and cramps. But it’s of special concern to people in nursing homes, who tend to have more severe symptoms that hang on longer. A new study finds that stomach flu outbreaks may cause an increased risk of hospitalization … Read More

Epilepsy Risks Increase With Age

The incidence of epilepsy is on the rise among baby boomers, the fastest-growing segment of society. Epilepsy is most common after age 65 as we become increasingly susceptible to conditions that trigger seizures. Strokes: Most common trigger In 80 percent of cases, strokes are the cause of adult-onset seizures. Brain tumors, head injuries and Alzheimer’s … Read More

Elderly and the Heat (Video)

When summertime heat kicks in, the elderly are more at risk than others. Ronan Factora, MD, a geriatrician at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Geriatric Medicine, says elderly people are simply more susceptible to dehydrating when it gets hot.  “What happens with normal aging is that you actually have less water in your body and you’re … Read More