Drugs, Environment, Seniors

FEELING THE HEAT? MAYBE IT’S YOUR MEDICATION.

Medications can make it harder to stay hydrated and regulate body temperature, including those for allergies and colds, thyroid, depression, heart/blood pressure, and weight loss. Check with your doctor to see if your health conditions or medications make you more sensitive to heat.

A computer-generated illustration of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
Coronavirus, COVID, Seniors

Got Long Covid? Medical Expertise Is Vital, and Seniors Should Prepare to Go Slow

Older adults who have survived covid-19 are more likely than younger patients to have persistent symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, muscle aches, heart palpitations, headaches, joint pain, and difficulty with memory and concentration — problems linked to long covid. But it can be hard to distinguish lingering aftereffects of covid from conditions common in older adults such as lung disease, heart disease, and mild cognitive impairment.

Illustration of a nurse helping an older woman with a cane.
Aging, Palliative Care, Seniors

What is palliative care? How is it different from hospice?

Palliative care was not associated with shortened survival, pushing back against a popular assumption that pursuing palliative care means “giving up” on fighting disease. In fact, one influential study found that patients with advanced lung cancer who receive specialty palliative care in addition to standard oncology care lived almost three months longer than patients who received standard oncology care only.