Articles on "Healthy Living"

August 21, 2012 9:09 pm

Study Ties Dental Health to Alzheimer’s

People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study.               Researchers who followed close to 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year period, found those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.               “Not only does the state of your mind predict what kind of […]

August 6, 2012 6:45 pm

Seniors with Serious Illness Find Smoking, Drinking Tough Habits to Break – Study

A recent study of adults age 50 to 85 found that only 19 percent of those diagnosed with lung disease quit smoking within two years. Furthermore, the research showed that the vast majority of older adults who learn they have a chronic condition do not adopt healthier behaviors, according to data presented in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. The statistics come from the Health and Retirement Study, an ongoing survey of over 11,000 Americans […]

July 25, 2012 6:05 pm

Are U.S. News & World Report Hospital Rankings Accurate?

Readers of challenged the announcement that Mary Washington Hospital and its new ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The Fredericksburg hospital as the sixth-best hospital in Virginia with eight “high performing” specialties one of which is Geriatrics. “Over the last several years, Mary Washington has dropped most of its geriatrics services. However, it remains a minority partner with Dantra Healthcare in the Senior Care Geriatric Medical Center in Spotsylvania. The private practice opened in 2011. Dr. Samuel Umesegha, […]

July 25, 2012 5:56 pm

Doctor teaches elderly how to navigate their health in new guide

In “Aging, Health Care and You!: A Doctor’s Personal Prescription for Understanding and Improving Your Health Care” (ISBN 1470061945), Dr. Martin S. Finkelstein has penned an informative book that helps seniors adjust to the medical realities of aging in America. “In today’s health care system, office or clinic visits may allow patients only 10-15 minutes of face-time with the doctor,” says Finkelstein. “This is far too little time to address the multiple complex medical problems that confound the elderly.” Finkelstein […]

July 17, 2012 8:13 pm

Study Investigates Six Geriatric Service Models

It’s well-known that a relatively small percentage of chronically ill patients accounts for a disproportionate amount of health care spending. Now, a multicenter study led by Johns Hopkins researcher Bruce Leff might provide insights into how to cut Medicare costs while improving health care for older adults suffering from chronic health conditions. Results of the study, published in the June issue of the journal Health Affairs, highlight the early efforts of the Medicare Innovations Collaborative, a program involving six health […]

July 17, 2012 7:46 pm

Baby Boomers Likely to Face Inadequate Care for Mental Health, Substance Abuse;

Millions of baby boomers will likely face difficulties getting diagnoses and treatment for mental health conditions and substance abuse problems unless there is a major effort to significantly boost the number of health professionals and other service providers able to supply this care as the population ages, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  The magnitude of the problem is so great that no single approach or isolated changes in a few federal agencies or programs will address […]

June 12, 2012 3:53 pm

Quitting Smoking at an Older Age Proves to Reduce Risks

The review of data involved findings from 17 studies from seven countries  (Australia, China, England, Japan, France, Spain and the United States)  published between 1987 and 2011. People in the study were followed for between  three and 50 years. Compared to nonsmokers aged 60 and older, smokers had an 83 percent increased  risk of death from all causes during the study period, said researchers led by  Carolin Gellert of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. Proving that it’s always […]

Senior Bullying
April 23, 2012 8:27 pm

Senior Bullying

The word bullying usually conjures images of mean-spirited adolescents cornering another child in the school corridor, but bullying is not limited to children. It can be a concern for seniors as well, especially those living in senior communities. According to a researcher who studies issues related to aging, senior-to-senior bullying tends to take place in senior centers, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. These are places where seniors spend a lot of time together and need to share resources, whether […]

April 16, 2012 3:39 pm

Better Care for Some Elderly Patients Means Less Intervention, Says Geriatrics Specialist

To provide elderly, hospitalized patients with the best care possible, the medical community needs to reevaluate its reliance on medical technologies, says Bruce J. Naughton, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo and a specialist in geriatrics, which deals specifically with the problems of aging. Naughton teaches geriatrics at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and is head of geriatrics at Buffalo General Hospital. In 2004, he established a Geriatric Center of Excellence at UB […]

April 2, 2012 5:00 pm

Age 50+ divorcing at a record rate

Divorce rates are higher for baby boomers than for any previous generation, while rates are declining, slightly, for society as a whole. New research and census data reveal an unprecedented trend of Americans splitting apart as they turn grayer: In 2009, people ages 50 and older were twice as likely to divorce as their counterparts in 1990. Researchers have just begun to explore why. They know that, for many boomer couples, the kids are out of the house and it’s […]