Keeping Nursing Homes Safe During A Pandemic

Keeping Nursing Homes Safe During A Pandemic

Adults aged 65 and older account for 16 percent of American adults, but 80 percent of deaths from COVID-19 and 40 percent of all COVID-related deaths have occurred in nursing homes. These statistics are not only a tragedy; they are a travesty. We must do better to...
What Ails You? It Might be the Meds

What Ails You? It Might be the Meds

Anyone who’s become suddenly drowsy from too much cold medicine knows that medications sometimes have unwanted effects. About 6 percent of hospital admissions can be traced to what we doctors call “adverse drug events” (ADE). That is, prescribed...
Preventing Dementia, the Basics

Preventing Dementia, the Basics

The good news: We’re living longer. The bad news: By the time we’re in our 80s, about half of us will have some form of dementia. For most people, dementia is one of our greatest fears as we face old age.  If you listen to the salesmen, there’s a...
New Study: Obesity Increases Risk of Dementia

New Study: Obesity Increases Risk of Dementia

In my career and personal life, I find myself repeating this message endlessly, “If you want to stay healthy—physically and mentally—make sure to keep your weight under control.” You don’t have to be skinny. You don’t have to turn into an...