Don’t Discount the Value of Exercise!

Don’t Discount the Value of Exercise!

Painting by Richard Bonomo Earlier this month, a large study cast doubt on whether exercise can help nursing home residents with depression. The study, published in BMC Medicine, followed more than 1,000 residents in 78 “care homes” in the United Kingdom. It found...
What Makes Life Worth Living?

What Makes Life Worth Living?

This is the first question I ask of the patients I see as a geriatrician doing house calls in the San Francisco Bay Area. So often, I consult with the children of patients who are incredibly worried about their parents. They want their parents to be safe. They don’t...

Can Reading and Writing Slow Dementia?

A recent article in the Journal of Neurology added evidence that reading and writing can slow dementia adding more options to the important area of maintaining brain fitness. While certain computer programs can also augment brain power, most anything that challenges...