For many years there has been a dichotomy among experts about what is better for seniors: to quit driving and risk losing independence or to surrender their ability to do things alone while decreasing real potential risks. One of the problems is that this issue is not even brought to the table, by loved ones….

Although seniors might not be affected by the flow of the school year, they are certainly affected by the great weather summer brings. When warm weather arrives the words ‘summer vacation’ often pop into our consciousness, biting us with the desire to go places and do things out of the ordinary routine. Visiting one or…

Discrepancies in medication dispensation is a problem that can lead to severe issues and even fatalities. Solutions have to be found and this issue is especially prevalent with the elderly. One possible solution that has been proposed is systematic education and reminders. This is because they can decrease the amount of prescriptions required in emergency…

Today, people who reach age 65 can expect to live an additional 20 years. Knowing what to expect from the last two decades of life can help you stay as healthy as possible to enjoy those golden years. It is eminently obvious that living well means making healthy choices such as not to smoke, to…

Unfortunately, statistics attest to the fact that close to 5.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s caretakers such as children or siblings, understandably, have a very difficult time. In Waukesha, Wisconsin, there is now a care center that is providing a much-needed break to those caretakers. A place is being provided for seniors with Alzheimer’s to…

Columnist Phil Burgess has been writing about aging for the past several years, and has just reached his 151st edition of his column “Bonus Years,” in which he expresses his thoughts on the subject of aging in America. Looking back over the past 150 stories, Burgess reflected on the remarkably diverse themes that have emerged…

Any kind of errors in medication prescriptions can not only cause severe safety issues, but can actually be fatal. Further, when medication is not used accurately, according to Hanlon, J., K. Schmader, and M. Kornkowski, there is an increased chance of the following conditions occurring: confusion, depression, Incorrect use of medications in the elderly can…

A new study shows that the baby boomer generation can expect to be categorized as middle-aged longer than previously, not arriving to “old age” until the ripe young age of 74. That is a nine-year extension of middle age compared with people who turned old at the age of 65 during the 1950s. The British…

Despite the fact that the senior demographic in America has been on the rise for many years, the number of geriatricians is in no way coming near to meeting this demand. Indeed, according to an article in The New York Times by Katie Hafner, the subject of geriatrics in medical school “now ranks right at…

According to Wikipedia, the ICD-10 is the “10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or diseases.” In addition, it provides for 14,400+ codes,…

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