AgingOptions Life Plan: Health

For many people, an accident or diagnosis are what triggers consideration of a long term health and life plan.

For others, who are more proactive, steps for disease prevention coincide with their housing, financial and legal plans.

In either case, wise counsel from geriatric doctors, therapists, care managers and nutritionists can be big game changers in outcomes and longevity. Browse some of our articles and discussions below relating to health and your over-all life plan.

What Has Four Legs, a Cold Nose, and Helps You Stay Healthier Longer?

Here’s something we doubt that your regular doctor will prescribe for what ails you – but it might not be such a bad idea. If you’re looking for a way to get more exercise, lower your blood pressure and improve your outlook as you age, maybe you should consider getting a dog. This recent article […]

New Law Addresses Medicare Hospital Admission Controversy, but Questions & Confusion Remain

It’s an all too common scenario: a senior citizen is admitted to the hospital. The patient spends a few days getting tests and care, but when it’s time for discharge he or she is not well enough to go home, so the patient is sent to a rehabilitation facility. Imagine the shock for the patient […]

New Website Helps Seniors Plan for Late-in-Life Challenges

We just discovered this very recent article on the website of Kaiser Health News, one that really captured our notice. The article is called “A Playbook for Managing Problems in the Last Chapter of Your Life,” and it calls attention to two themes we emphasize repeatedly in our seminars and on the radio – the […]

Eating Disorders among Seniors Often Go Undetected or Misdiagnosed

Your mom is getting older and she’s really starting to lose weight. At first you think it’s merely the side effects of aging, but then you begin to wonder – could something else be going on? The answer could surprise you: Mom may be suffering from an eating disorder. In spite of the fact that […]

Lewy Body Dementia: Less Common than Alzheimer’s, Still Devastating

Almost everyone who reads the AgingOptions blog or listens to our radio program knows something about Alzheimer’s disease, and many of us have had personal experience with a loved one suffering from it. Experts estimate that nearly five and a half million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to rise dramatically in […]

Frequent Brisk Walks May Help with Effects of Early Alzheimer’s Disease

If someone you love has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, one of the best things he or she can do may be to get outside for a frequent brisk walk. This is according to this recent article in the New York Times, which we found encouraging. Hopefully it will encourage you as well. The […]

Kaiser Report: Geriatricians Best at Helping Manage Multiple Ailments

As you know if you’ve listened to our radio programs or attended our seminars, here at AgingOptions we are passionate advocates for the vital role of geriatricians in senior health. Our observation over the years is that no medical expert is better qualified than a geriatric physician to care for the needs of aging men […]

New AMA Study Appears to Link Sleep Apnea with Alzheimer’s Disease

A common sleep disorder which experts say may affect up to half of all seniors has been linked to memory decline and dementia, according to a study just released by the American Medical Association. This newly discovered apparent linkage between sleep apnea and dementia is extremely important for seniors and their loved ones because it […]

Caring for Elders While Holding a Job: the Prescription for Stress

Some months ago we read a report on the blog of the AARP that revealed a problem too often overlooked, but one that will sound familiar to a significant number of Americans. The problem is the growing number of people, estimated at nearly 24 million workers, who are holding down paying jobs while at the […]

Some UK Seniors Wait a Year for Home Care – Could That Happen Here?

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new administration in Washington, D.C., and the Republican Party is now in firm control not only of the Oval Office but also of both branches of Congress. Because some of the policies now being advocated by the new political leadership – particularly concerning Medicaid – are of special […]
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