Helping Your Elder Avoid Falls

Helping Your Elder Avoid Falls

Taking a tumble is no trivial matter for older adults, but falling is by no means an inevitable part of aging. The sheer numbers related to falling – which happens to more than one-third of Americans over age 65 each year – are terrifying: According to the U.S....
Bladder Infections in Elders: What to Know

Bladder Infections in Elders: What to Know

People often have no clue about what might be important when an older individual, especially if they have dementia, develops a bladder infection. I often hear that the key indication is that the patient’s urine is “smelly” or “darker” and that a checking a urine...
I Know You Love Me, Now Let Me Die

I Know You Love Me, Now Let Me Die

Dr. Louis M. Profeta, and emergency physician practicing in Indianapolis has written a compelling article “I Know You Love Me- Now Let Me Die”   This is a great blog post about end of life.  I totally agree that we have “medicalized” end of life—it gets death out of...
The Cost of Being an Elder

The Cost of Being an Elder

In a time when American pharmaceutical companies are buying the rights to old medications such as morphine, colchicine (for gout- renamed Colcrys and charging $7 for a pill instead of 50 cents), or doxycycline and charging much higher prices, or developing peanut...
The Power of  Music

The Power of Music

Many of you have heard of the iPod Music & Memory Project through the documentary Alive Inside about the amazing ways beloved music can positively affect folks with dementia. Music is proving to be extremely helpful in other areas of medicine as well. Can music...