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.
Many commonly-used medications affect memory brain function in the short-term and in the long-term. These can make Alzheimer’s symptoms worse, and have been linked to developing dementia. Here are the four types of medications to avoid, or use with caution.
Dr. K provides advice to a person who thinks her mom has dementia, and whose question starts with “My loving, Jewish mother is 92 and has turned into a rude, abusive foul-mouthed woman who I no longer recognize.”
Learn to prevent falls in older adults by making sure you get the right evaluation after a fall happens. Here are eight things that should be checked at the doctor’s office.
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.
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.
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.
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.