Category Archives: Health

Why Doctors Shouldn’t Treat All Older People the Same

Doctor meets with senior man in a medical office.

A New York Times op-ed makes the case for recognizing ‘oldhood’ in health care. Photo credit: Adobe Stock

By Grace Birnstengel for Next Avenue

Health care systems have very distinct doctors and procedures for treating children vs. adults — but the division often stops there. People ages 65 and older are largely lumped into the category of geriatric, without READ MORE

The Top Drugs for Older Adults to Avoid

Here are 6 classes of medications you may want to avoid. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Learn which medications are on pharmacists’ ‘black list’

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

You fill a prescription, a medication you’ve relied on before. A few days later, you experience a troubling side effect. You read online that no one your age should take this medication.

What happened?

Drug Side Effects and Older Adults

Two pharmacists say the aging process is to blame, READ MORE

11 Ways to Increase Your Energy

Vitality doesn’t come in pills. You have to change your daily habits.

By Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. for Next Avenue

In the commencement address he gave to graduates of Kenyon College in 2005, award-winning novelist David Foster Wallace talked about fish:

Two young fish are swimming along when they happen to meet an older fish swimming in the opposite direction. The READ MORE

Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer

“By the time a CT scan was ordered, the cancer had progressed to an advanced stage that is treatable, but not curable. I was furious at myself and upset with my doctor.” (Photo credit: Thinkstock)

Abdominal bloating and a persistent ‘full’ feeling are common symptoms

By Sheryl Kraft for Next Avenue

(Editor’s note: September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.)

Ricki Lewis ignored her belly fat for months, attributing the extra weight and bloat around her middle to aging and menopause.

“I should have paid more attention when a well-meaning READ MORE

Why You Need the Shingles, Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines

Close up view of a healthcare professional injecting another person's shoulder with a vaccine

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane? (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

The diseases can be a serious threat to older adults’ health

By Leah Ingram for Next Avenue

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane?

So says Dr. Dana Hawkinson, infectious disease specialist at READ MORE

How to Mentally Handle Financially Tough Times

Senior man holds fingers to his temples, indicating stress

Why reducing stress and getting better sleep and nutrition can help. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Stephen L. Antczak for Next Avenue

Stress caused by financial difficulties can become chronic, especially if the financial difficulties are ongoing. So how do you deal with it?

Many people don’t. Money is one of the most difficult subjects for people to talk about. It is also one of READ MORE

7 Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care as You Age

Senior couple hikes along trail out in nature

Try these things for a healthier mind and body — and to just feel good. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

How do you cope with aging?

I’ve been thinking about that question since first exploring it two years ago on Next Avenue. This time, I was prompted to add to my list after a rather unusual conversation with my doctor.

Below are seven of my self-care READ MORE

Breaking Down Walls Between Medicine and Personal Care

Lack of communication results in waste and health risks, but other models show promise

By Howard Gleckman for Next Avenue

Scene of a busy nurses station and hallway in a modern hospital

“For the sake of the older adults who need both medical and personal care, and their families, we must do better.” [Photo credit: Getty Images]

(Next Avenue invited all our 2016 Influencers in Aging to write essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America. This is one of the essays.)

Imagine an 85-year-old woman who suffers from heart failure, arthritis and READ MORE

Caffeinated or Not, Coffee May Help You Live Longer

New research provides more good news for those who love their java

By Rita Rubin for Next Avenue

Man satisfyingly sips coffee from a mug while sitting outside with an open laptop

Two new, large studies found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day lived longer than people who didn’t drink any coffee. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Two recent large studies suggest it might have been coffee that bubbled from the fountain of youth.

Both studies, one conducted in the United States, one across 10 European countries, found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day READ MORE

What’s Better for You: Butter or Margarine? Red Wine or White?

Here’s the latest research on smart food choices as we age

By Maureen Callahan for Next Avenue

A bit of butter or margarine in the shape of a heart, melting in a teflon-coated pan

Take a deeper look at the current line of thinking on 4 popular food duels. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

In the world of nutrition, certain debates seem to ping pong back and forth. Like the issue of butter vs. margarine. Or the battle between coffee and tea. It all starts when a new study comes along that seems READ MORE