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Gerontologist? Geriatrician? Which One Do I Need?

This question was recently posed to me and it gave me pause.  Not because of the actual question.  But more because it allowed me to see the field of aging through the eyes of someone who does not work in the field daily, and, though highly intelligent and well...

Communicating with Older Adults – Some Tips for Caregivers

Recently, the Gerontological Society of America published a collection of recommendations for communicating with older adults.  Titled “Communicating with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works,” the publication provides recommendations for...

A Little Known, but Highly Aggressive Cancer

Recently, I was contacted by a representative at the Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com.  She was reaching out to bring awareness to a little know cancer, Mesothelioma. This cancer is a highly aggressive form of cancer that is most commonly caused by exposure to...

For Seniors – One Fall Can Change Everything

Today is the first day of Fall, a day also designated as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day by the National Council on Aging.  For seniors, a fall can easily change one’s life, taking a senior from being independent to dependent or worse, overnight.  There...

Take Good Care of Those Eyes

It goes without saying that our vision, and especially the vision of an elderly person is so critical to their overall health and well-being.  Good vision optimizes independence, improves ones safety, and allows one to enjoy the beauty of life.  As we age though, our...

The Heat is On

Recently, as we were experiencing extremely hot conditions and power outages here in the Mid-Atlantic, I jumped into high gear to assure the safety of the older folks I care manage.  Calling regularly, and conducting home visits was vital to assure their safety in the...