RSSCategory: Seniors

What we know and don’t know about memory loss after surgery

What we know and don’t know about memory loss after surgery

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a little-known condition that affects a substantial number of older adults after surgery. Some patients experience memory problems; others have difficulty multitasking, learning new things, following multistep procedures or setting priorities. Most of the time, POCD is transient and patients get better in several months. But sometimes — how often hasn’t been determined — this condition lasts up to a year or longer.

April 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Is there such a thing as normal aging?

Is there such a thing as normal aging?

Drawing on their decades of practice along with the latest medical data, four geriatric experts have drawn up what can often be — but not always – considered to be signposts of normal aging for folks who practice good health habits and get recommended preventive care.

April 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

For years, confusion has surrounded the conditions under which older adults can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy covered by Medicare. Services have been terminated for some seniors because therapists said they weren’t making sufficient progress. Others have been told that they reached an annual limit on services and didn’t qualify for further care.

March 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
As Trump targets immigrants, elderly brace to lose caregivers

As Trump targets immigrants, elderly brace to lose caregivers

Nationwide, 1 million immigrants work in direct care — as personal care attendants or home health aides. Immigrants make up 1 in 4 workers. Turnover is high, he said, because the work is difficult and wages are low

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone

New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone

Voice-assistive technologies like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and HomePod are likely to play a bigger role in helping seniors age in place, especially when paired with apps geared specifically for senior living.

March 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Mind over body: A psychiatrist tells how to tap into wisdom and grow with age

Mind over body: A psychiatrist tells how to tap into wisdom and grow with age

As we get older and experience a great variety of things, including adversity and loss, we continue to develop and mature in terms of how we view the world. We tend to be better able to weigh competing points of view and find ways to understand and accept them.

March 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
A tale of love, family conflict and battles over care for an aging mother

A tale of love, family conflict and battles over care for an aging mother

“Edith + Eddie,” a short documentary vying for an Academy Award Sunday, is a gripping look at a couple in their 90s caught up in an intense family conflict over caring for an aging parent. But their real life story proves to be more complicated than in the movies.

March 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Surgery like this has become all too common among those near the end of life, experts say. Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in the year before they die, even though the evidence shows that many are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from it.

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s perfect score on brain test spawns DIY cognitive exam

Trump’s perfect score on brain test spawns DIY cognitive exam

When Donald Trump aced a cognitive test in January, scores of people tried to take it, too, based mostly on media reports that invited them to match wits with the president. Casual users puzzled over line drawings of animals, while others wondered what it meant if they were bad at subtracting by sevens.

February 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

The population of seniors, or people age 65 or over, in the US neared 48 million last year and is steadily growing. Consequently, millions of adult children find themselves taking care of their parents’ medical needs. What can you do to try to help your parents manage their health? The answer is: Learn to ask questions and become your parents’ advocate.

February 21, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More