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Exercise Management for Older Adults

Don’t let chronic illness get in the way of practicing healthy behaviors

March 4, 2014

Exercise Management for Older Adults

Making time for exercise is no easy matter.  We’re all occupied with our daily routines, countless activities, and projects that force us to put exercise on the back burner. 

But like anything else, those things that take hard work and commitment show the greatest results.  Yes, I’m talking about exercise. 

It’s one of the things you just have to make a commitment to doing and stick with it.  For individuals with a chronic medical condition, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.  Just like taking your prescribed medications or sticking to a diet, exercise requires the same degree of commitment.

Improve Hearing This Year

January 14, 2014

Improve Hearing This Year

Last year I wrote about resolutions and perhaps choosing better hearing as one of yours! This year, I’m writing about some lower tech interventions for hearing loss that might be useful for any person with hearing concerns.

Shining a Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

December 17, 2013

Shining a Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and colder.  It is also the time of year when a condition known as fall-onset seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, becomes a problem for some older adults. I have blogged about this in the past, but with the shortest days of the upon us, I thought it would be helpful to revisit, and expand on the topic.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Winter may be near, but there’s still plenty you can do for a healthy heart

December 5, 2013

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Gone is the belief that growing older means inevitable and irreversible physical decline. Thanks to aging research, including that conducted in the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, we now know that not only is physical activity possible at any age, but it is beneficial— from staying heart healthy, to helping prevent falls, to slowing the onslaught of dementia.

How Often Should You Have a Bone Density Test?

Research reveals that four-year repeat of bone density test in seniors offers limited value

October 29, 2013

How Often Should You Have a Bone Density Test?

Physicians rely on bone mineral density testing as an important tool in assessing the risks for, and management of, the bone disease called osteoporosis. Although there are no guidelines for the frequency of repeating bone density tests, Medicare pays for screening every two years —without limiting the number of repeat tests, and regardless of the results of the patient's initial (or baseline) bone density scan.

Healthy Aging Tips

50 health tips to improve body and mind

October 17, 2013

Healthy Aging Tips

As part of our commitment to improve the lives of older adults, we like to cull our resources and ask our senior care experts to share their expertise or advice on a number of senior health concerns by regularly contributing articles for our website and blog.

We recently pulled 50 of these articles together into a downloadable ebook, “ReAge Your Personal Health: A wellness guide for older adults,” which contains many of the articles featured on our main site and blog.

Benefits of Hearing Aids

October 15, 2013

I've been at HSL 18 years and in that time, technology has grown in leaps and bounds! Think back....How many cell phones have you had in the past few years? How have they changed since the first phone you owned? Hearing aids have changed in similar ways.

In the past several years, hearing aid technology has gone through a radical transformation. Today’s hearing aids are state-of-the-art, highly effective, sleek, and sophisticated wearable electronics that can help people stay actively engaged on the job and in life. They are digital, wireless, can connect directly to smartphones and other electronic devices, and can be as discreet or as visible as the user likes. Today’s hearing aids are all about active lifestyles—they’re ageless.

Health Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors

August 27, 2013

Health Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors

Have you noticed that acupuncture has been appearing in the media more and more over the past couple of years?  Articles have graced the black and white pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and color spreads appeared in Time and Newsweek magazines.  Television talk shows abound with info on how acupuncture is good for back pain, knee pain, and the nausea of chemotherapy.

Acupuncture – which is one part of Chinese Medicine, has been used around the world for the past 2000 years.  Originating in China, the use of very fine stainless steel needles inserted into specific points over the entire body has become a treatment choice for millions of people. 

How to Prevent Lyme Disease

August 13, 2013

Prevent Lyme Disease

Getting outside and moving is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any age. When exploring all that New England has to offer in the summer, it’s important to take steps to avoid Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is commonly spread through the bite of infected ticks that can be found in places like your backyard or outdoor recreational areas. Whether you have been out walking in tall dune grass at the beach, or the grassy area by the playing field at a grandchild’s soccer game, it’s important to check for ticks.

What Vaccines do Seniors Need?

August 1, 2013

Senior Vaccines

We all know that vaccines are an important piece of preventive health care for children. But did you know that immunizations are equally important as we get older?

The Centers for Disease Control reports that each year, about 42,000 adults in the U.S. die from illnesses that could have been prevented by vaccines. Chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease can put seniors at greater risk for becoming seriously ill. As a geriatrician with HSL Medical Group, my primary goal is to help seniors avoid health complications that can happen as we get older – and vaccines are one important tool.

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