Tag: elderly

Living longer; how long can humans live and would you want to?

Living longer; how long can humans live and would you want to? The NY Times recently published an article questioning how long we could live.  If you could live well over a hundred years, would you want to? Would you be healthy or dependent on others to function and be kept alive with drugs and doctor visits as seems to be quite common in states like Florida with older residents? Would you outlive your savings? The article references someone who lived to 122 years old and was independent until the age of 110.  Very few of us ever live that Read More »

Complex surgeries on the elderly often result in poor outcomes, but a surgeons group believes this can be improved.

Complex surgeries on the elderly often result in poor outcomes, but a surgeons group believes this can be improved. If you have elderly parents who may be frail, the idea of a complex surgery should have you concerned.   While surgeons often suggest that surgery may be needed to prolong the life of an older person, most of these surgeries result in poor outcomes, and worse, unneeded suffering for both the person who had the procedures and their families. For too long, our health system has emphasized the quantity of life over the quality of life.   Too many of our elderly Read More »

Overprescribing drugs for the elderly; an alarming problem you need to know about.

Overprescribing drugs for the elderly; an alarming problem you need to know about. If you have elderly parents, you are aware of their health problems and the many doctors they visit for those problems. Our healthcare system is expensive partly because elderly patients require greater resources than most younger patients require. The problems begin at their primary doctors office who may be a geriatrician.   Elderly patients are time consuming to treat and are often referred out to specialists.   Once they leave their primary doctors office, the costs begin to rise dramatically as they go from specialist to specialist. Years ago, Read More »

Older Americans are at a higher risk of falling says the NY Times, yet there are things you can do about the growing risk.

Older Americans are at a higher risk of falling says the NY Times, yet there are things you can do about the growing risk. Falls in the elderly is a risk that most older folks are scared of or in danger of. A broken hip can be the end for someone in their 80’s and the solution in most doctors’ offices is usually walkers and canes, which are most likely to prevent on older person from having a devastating injury. It is true that older people who have an injury like this may never recover, depending on their overall condition, Read More »

Acceptance of lower back pain in older populations; is there a better way?

Acceptance of lower back pain in older populations; is there a better way? Back pain in the older population is often accepted as normal, or perhaps arthritis or a part of the aging process. Medicare does cover treatment for lower back problems however, due to the limited coverage for chiropractic in both regular Medicare as well as many Medicare plus choice (part C) plans, often seniors may due to affordability or just their own value system may just stick with traditional physical rehabilitation which does not enjoy the high satisfaction that chiropractic care has due to its overall effectiveness. After Read More »