New Year, New Name: Introducing Better Health While Aging

Hello 2016Dear Readers,

Welcome to our new and improved website! I’m very pleased to announce that the Geriatrics For Caregivers website has been renamed Better Health While Aging.

But don’t worry, all of our practical geriatrics health information for family caregivers is still here. [Read More…]

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Personal health information to bring to a new doctor

Tools for caregivers: Keeping & Organizing Medical Information

Learn what type of medical information is most useful to keep copies of. This post lists the pros and cons of going low-tech versus high-tech with personal health records. I also cover three key questions to ask yourself, before choosing a method of keeping copies of medical information.

Choosing & using a home blood pressure monitor, & what to ask the doctor

A home blood pressure (BP) monitor is a very useful tool to have, since it helps manage many chronic conditions and can help you assess falls or sudden illness. Learn what types of features to consider when choosing a monitor, how to use it correctly, and useful questions to ask your doctors.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D: the Healthy Aging Dose to Prevent Deficiency & FAQs

The one vitamin I believe every older adult should take is vitamin D. In this post I explain the “healthy aging dose” that I recommend, as well as the science and guidelines behind this recommendation. I also answer many frequently asked questions, including when to get a vitamin D level checked.

Balancing Scale

Choosing Wisely: 5 Treatments You Should Question

Here are 5 common healthcare treatments that the American Geriatrics Society says older adults & caregivers should question, and probably avoid. Choosing Wisely is a health education campaign meant to help patients — and their doctors — avoid healthcare that is likely to be low-value, or even harmful.

Dementia concept

Hospital Delirium: What to know & do

Delirium is a state of worse-than-usual mental confusion, which affects up to 30% of older adults during hospitalization and has been linked with acceleration of cognitive decline. It’s even more common after major surgery and in the intensive care unit. Learn to take steps to prevent this dangerous complication, and to get help quickly if you think your older relative has been affected.