Why It’s Important to Continue Exercising as You Age

There’s mounting evidence that being active as you age has health benefits. A new study shows older people may preserve their mobility and brain function by having a more active lifestyle. Stay active for brain health “Use it, or lose it,” geriatric specialist Ronan Factora, MD says. “The more activity you do, the better off your brain function.” Researchers from Rush … Read More

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High-Dose Flu Vaccine Offers Better Protection If You’re Over 65 (Video)

The high-dose flu vaccine provides more protection for people 65 and older than a standard flu shot. “A large study showed that there is about 25 percent additional protection for people who get the high-dose influenza vaccine,” says Susan Rehm, MD, an infectious diseases specialist at Cleveland Clinic. Research details In the study of 32,000 people, researchers at … Read More

Whatever Your Age — You Can Keep Moving

Elderly women may spend as much as two-thirds of their waking hours in sedentary behavior, a new Harvard study has found. But an expert says the findings still show an opportunity for even sedentary older people to exercise and stay healthier. Ronan Factora, MD, did not take part in the study but is a geriatrician … Read More

More Elderly Falls, More Brain Injuries

A growing number of elderly people are falling and suffering traumatic brain injuries as a result, a new study says. Alarming rise in number of traumatic brain injuries Researchers at the Injury and Osteoporosis Research Center followed a group of Finnish people over 40 years. They found the number of older Finnish adults with a … Read More

Exercise: Do’s and Don’ts Beyond Age 50

For seniors, even a small amount of exercise can have health benefits. And if you’re already healthy, staying active in your golden years helps you build extra muscle reserve and flexibility to recover more quickly if you do get sick. Exercise is not only for your body, says Ronan Factora, MD, who specializes in geriatrics. … Read More

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Encourage Mom to See a Doctor (Video)

As your mom gets up in years, Holly L. Thacker, MD, asks that you encourage her to see her doctor regularly for preventive health care. Women should see their physician every year, even when they’re long past the child-bearing stage, for regular screenings, tests and bloodwork. And if your mom suffers from memory loss, please consider going with her to the doctor to help her process the information.

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