Communication Matters: Hospitals & Older Adults

Many of us may be convinced that we’ll never be confined to a hospital bed; however, that probably isn’t too realistic. Mark Lachs, MD, author of Treat Me Not My Age: A Doctor’s Guide to Getting The Best Care As You Or A Loved One Gets Older, claims it is almost impossible to live a long life without ending up in the hospital at least once as we age. He also explains that good healthcare communication is an integral part of our ongoing care. Further, he emphasizes that we all have a responsibility to make sure that we get vital…

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Poor Sleep quality Can Lead to Health Problems

The majority of us will shift to daylight saving time this Sunday, March 14th. As a result of this change, we’ll immediately enjoy more natural light later in the day and into the evening. The downside is that this change can disrupt our normal sleep patterns—patterns that may have already become fragmented with age.  As older adults, we are often more sensitive to our sleep environments or may have chronic conditions that interfere with our sleep. Possible Immediate Consequences Some may believe that older people need less sleep. But according to Sleep Education, most older adults need seven to nine…

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Aging, Location, and Available Medical Care

I’ve touted the benefits of living in a relaxed, rural environment on more than one occasion. Living in Southern Oregon for the past 17 years after spending most of my life near Portland, Oregon, has given me a new appreciation for a less complicated life. We don’t have big city traffic. The abundance of recreational opportunities is mind-blowing. The value of our house is about half of what it would be in Portland. And, we have a strong sense of community. But what we don’t necessarily have is the availability of complex medical care. Do You Know Your Risks? My…

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