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Living with Dementia: Buyer beware when it comes to preventative “Brain Games”

April 2, 2015

Living with Dementia: Buyer beware when it comes to preventative “Brain Games”

There is a growing interest in cognitive training as a means to help maintain cognition in healthy adults, and perhaps slow the progression of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease in those at risk. Given that a cure for Alzheimer’s appears years away, and with the record number of adults reaching age 65 each day, there is no surprise that that the growth of the cognitive training industry over the last decade is in the billions of dollars.

8 Tips to Prevent Falls and Fractures in the Snow and Ice

March 5, 2015

NewBridge on the Charles in winter of 2016

There are a number of risks associated with the harsh winter weather—not just the frigid temperatures. One of the most threatening winter hazards is the potential for slipping and falling on patches of ice or snow. These falls can lead to a variety of injuries—from cuts and scrapes to broken bones. In fact, fractured ankles (at any age) and broken hips (especially for those over 50) are two of the most frequent common injuries that can result from falls on ice or snow.

Glaucoma: Early Detection is Key

February 24, 2015

Glaucoma: Early Detection is Key

As you age, you’re at increased risk for eye problems like glaucoma that can affect your lifestyle and independence (see our wellness guide for tips on caring for your eyes).

More than two million people have glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. You’re more likely to develop glaucoma if you are age 60 or older.

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

February 4, 2015

heart health

February is American Heart Health month, which makes it a great time to make changes that can improve the health of your heart. As a geriatrician at Center Communities of Brookline, I’m thrilled when patients want to make changes to positively impact their health, especially the health of the heart. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure) continues to be the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. This amazing organ needs to be protected and properly cared for to remain healthy for years to come. 

Nutrition Advice for Active Seniors

An interview with celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman and HSL researcher Dr. Shivani Sahni

October 22, 2014

Nutrition Advice for Active Seniors

On October 28, Hebrew SeniorLife will host EngAGE, a fundraising event that will cue the conversation on how we think about aging. We’re excited to welcome celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman, ABC News journalist Dan Harris, best-selling author Mitch Albom and humorist and journalist Mo Rocca to speak alongside HSL experts. We invite you to follow our EngAGE conversations through social media on the day of the event by searching on Twitter for #HSLEngAGE.

I had a chance to catch up with Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D. and HSL Institute for Aging Research scientist Shivani Sahni, Ph.D., to get a preview of what they’ll be talking about at EngAGE and learn some tips on seniors and nutrition.

Yom Kippur Fasting Exceptions

Is it safe for seniors to fast on Yom Kippur?

September 25, 2014

Is it safe for seniors to fast on Yom Kippur?

For many Jewish elders, fasting on Yom Kippur is a religious and cultural imperative as well as a life-long tradition. In fact, many seniors who may not be traditional in other ways continue the practice of abstaining from all food on this holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement.

But is it safe for seniors to fast? And what does Judaism have to say for those whose health issues may make fasting dangerous?

Hearing Aid Innovations

Smart Phones, Smart Hearing Aids!

September 9, 2014

Smart Phones, Smart Hearing Aids!

Almost all of my hearing aid patients ask me “what’s new” in the world of hearing aids when they come in for their check ups.

Like all technology, there is almost always something new! I generally tell my patients that each hearing aid manufacturer will roll out a new product 1-2 times a year. Does this make their current product obsolete? No. But, for those who might be in the market for new hearing aids, or, those who always seek the latest products, asking about the new developments is wise.

Understanding Frailty in Older Adults

July 29, 2014

Understanding Frailty in Older Adults

We often associate the term “frail” with older adults, particularly the “oldest old,” defined as individuals 85 and older. Frailty has become a particularly important geriatric topic as the ranks of seniors continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. As someone who has devoted a career to aging research, I have focused a significant amount of my work on understanding frailty— how we define and treat it.

Living with Dementia: 5 Reasons to Seek Early Diagnosis

July 8, 2014

5 Reasons to Seek Early Dementia Diagnosis

Dementia is one of the most feared health conditions, especially in older adults. Adults with early signs of dementia and their families are often reluctant to seek advice. In fact, more than half of adults with dementia go undiagnosed.

HSL Marks Cataract Awareness Month

What you should know about this common age-related eye disorder

June 12, 2014

Cataract Awareness Month

By age 75, about 70% of seniors have cataracts, one of the most commonly diagnosed eye disorders in older adults. June is National Cataract Awareness Month,  which makes it a great time to remind older adults to get their eyes checked, especially if they have vision problems that interfere with daily activities.

Think of cataracts as the late stage of a continuum of age-related eye changes. As we get older, the part of the eye called the crystalline lens starts to harden, making it more difficult to focus. Cataracts take that process a step further — the normally transparent lens gets cloudy or opaque over time, causing vision problems.

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