Health

The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss


There are many reasons why older Americans should be tested and treated for hearing loss – some less apparent while other are more serious. According to a study released by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), untreated hearing loss has been linked to depression and social isolation in older adults. NCOA published the results of...
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The Difference Between Mental Illness and Aging


It’s important to be aware of differences between age and elderly mental illness. It's possible that some symptoms of mental illness and aging can overlap. Seniors are at high risk for severe anxiety and depression, so it is crucial to detect symptoms early. All age groups face challenges speaking with their primary care physicians about...
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Dad (or Mom) Has Had a Heart Attack: What Do We Do Now?


By Dr. Michael Almaleh Take a sip of coffee. Too hot? Let it cool for half a minute, then try it. Done? Ok. In that time someone in the United States died from cardiovascular disease.  Every 33 seconds, heart disease takes a life in the United States – about 600,000 people annually – making it the leading...
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A Brush with Periodontal Disease


Periodontal (or gum) disease is an inflammation of the gums that, if left untreated, can lead to permanent damage of the bones and fibers that protect your teeth. Seniors should be aware of the three stages of gum disease. Gingivitis: In this stage, the gums become inflamed due to a buildup of plaque along the gum...
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Are You Experiencing Dizziness?


Dizziness is one of the most common symptoms reported to healthcare providers but 40-80% do not receive a diagnosis (Neuhauser et al, 2008). The most common treatment for dizziness is medicine, yet it has been found only 31% of patients thought it was helpful (Burke, 1995). Dizziness is a symptom – not a normal part...
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What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Mind!


By Barbara Fitzpatrick, MBA, Certified Personal Trainer When I’m not training clients or working out myself, one of my favorite things to do is read up-to-date articles about exercise and its many amazing health benefits. As I was nearing the end of a trip to HEB a few months ago, my cart full of vibrantly-colored fruits...
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Movement Really is Medicine


One of my most requested clinical presentations is 9 Steps to Successful Aging. In this talk I share the nine common lifestyle characteristics identified by scientists from the renowned Blue Zone study. The Blue Zone regions, scattered around the world, have some of the highest concentrations of centenarians. One of the characteristics I talk about is...
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The Intersection of Senior Health and Technology


By Dr. Mark Carlson, Be Well MD Geriatrician Aging with purpose and independence is the goal of most seniors. Fortunately, technology available to us today makes this goal more likely to achieve than ever before. For example, remote monitoring, medication reminders and virtual medical visits are allowing seniors to live safely and securely in their own...
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Muscling Through Inactivity


By Dr. Mark Carlson, Be Well MD Geriatrician One of the biggest obstacles seniors have to maintaining health is learning how to overcome inertia. As we know, getting off the couch can be a real challenge. Our bodies are designed to move, and without movement we are much more susceptible to disease. Starting at about the age...
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Age of Disruption Tour


On November 17th, Dr. Bill Thomas, Harvard-trained geriatrician and performer brought his 30-city Age of Disruption Tour to Austin. A diverse group of local leaders attended a luncheon and presentation at Westminster Manor made possible by support from AARP. Dr. Thomas shared about how we can transform the experience of age and aging as well...
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