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The Shocking Truth about Geriatricians

Here’s the reality most people find shocking: Working with a geriatrician might be the best thing you can do to feel as young as possible for as long as possible. If you’re resisting the thought of replacing your regular doctor with a geriatric physician, consider the statistics. Older adults who work with geriatric care professionals … Read more

Kaiser Health News Report Spotlights Age Bias in Medicine: “They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid,” Patients Say

When an older patient goes to see his or her doctor, or when they find themselves in need of urgent or long-term care, these seniors have a right to expect to be treated with dignity and empathy. Yet for millions, that’s not the case, according to this recent Kaiser Health News report.  Written by Judith … Read more

Is It Really Alzheimer’s Disease? Other Forms of Dementia May Be Less Common but They Are Still Devastating

We just discovered a provocative news article from National Public Radio that sheds some important light on the increasing problem of cognitive decline. “In the U.S.,” NPR reports, “older people with dementia are usually told they have Alzheimer’s disease. But a range of other brain diseases can also impair thinking and memory and judgment.” That’s … Read more

NPR Report: Doctors Routinely Test Patients for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – so Why So Little Screening for Dementia?

We were surprised just a few days ago by a news story on National Public Radio revealing a disturbing statistic: barely one in every seven seniors is getting routine, regular screening for cognitive impairment. This is in spite of the fact that almost every primary care physician surveyed – and a huge majority of patients … Read more

One-Third of Knee Replacement Surgeries Leave Patients in Chronic Pain, Says Kaiser Health News Report

Knee-replacement surgery is becoming more and more commonplace. A decade ago, surgeons operated on more than 600,000 people in the U.S. alone, a number that is projected to increase six-fold by 2030. But does the procedure result in the pain-free, active life that marketers suggest? For many the answer appears to be no. Knee Replacement … Read more

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