How to Keep Your Gut Healthy

How to Keep Your Gut Healthy

Who knew that gut health could be such a hot topic? Constipation is perhaps the problem I see most often as I’m doing house calls for elders around the San Francisco Bay Area. I often say, “If your gut isn’t healthy, nothing else matters.”...
Elder Agitation Not Always UTI

Elder Agitation Not Always UTI

Your Elder is Anxious and Upset. A UTI Might Be to Blame As I emphasize daily, when an elder is agitated, the first thing to do is look for practical reasons. Very often, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is to blame when an elder is upset. A UTI results when bacteria...
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...
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...
Elder Falls: Tips for Staying on Your Feet

Elder Falls: Tips for Staying on Your Feet

When you’re a kid, you can take a big tumble every day. You jump back up and dust yourself off. As we age, it gets more complicated. Balance and strength may falter as we get older. Our bones may get more brittle. And serious falls can lead to life-threatening...