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Too Embarrassing to Discuss?

 
Dealing with Urinary Incontinence

iStock 000015721619SmallMany women live with a problem that they believe to be untreatable and embarrassing. Too embarrassing, in fact, to even tell their doctors! This problem is urinary incontinence. Even with the television commercials which attempt to put a human face on this problem, many women are not only ashamed of it, but also do not think that there is any useful treatment. This is simply not true!

   

Understanding Advanced Practice Clinicians

 
There’s no mistaking it: every day, technology is changing our lives in ways that we probably never imagined. We’ve seen some astounding technological advances which have dramatically improved safety and patient outcomes. When medical interventions are required today, they are generally safer and less painful; patients get better more quickly and stay better longer.
Let’s follow the story of Henry, a typical 65-year-old man, from his first chest pains through heart surgery--all the way to his full recovery at home.
 

iStock 000017967353XSmallIf you're like many Americans, you have seen a Physician Assistant ("PA"), like me, or a Nurse Practitioner ("NP") at some point for medical care, yet perhaps you're not exactly sure what we're all about. You may have heard of us collectively called midlevel providers, non-physician providers, or physician extenders. For our purposes in this article, we'll refer to PAs and NPs together as "Advanced Practice Clinicians," or "APCs."

   

Understanding Urinary Tract Infections

 
A Physician Answers Your Questions About This Common Condition

iStock 000026447250SmallWhat is a UTI? A Urinary Tract Infection or “UTI” is an overall term used to describe an infection that occurs anywhere in the body’s urinary system. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra—organs used to filter, process, store, and eliminate waste from the body in the form of urine. UTIs are often caused by bacteria that live on the outside of the body making their way into the internal organs of the urinary system (although there can be other, more complicated, reasons for UTIs, as well). There are different types of UTIs but bladder infections are, by far, the most common. People of both genders can get UTIs, although they occur more frequently in women due to the structure of their anatomy

   

Voices of Health Care Reform: Geriatrics

WassermanPBSThis slide show, an interview with one of the original founders of the Senior Care of Colorado practice, Michael Wasserman, MD, appears on the PBS News Hour website series, "Voices of Health Care Reform: Geriatrics."

Watch and listen as Dr. Wasserman talks about geriatric medicine, working within the Medicare system, and how physicians talking to patients could lower the cost of healthcare in the United States.

 

   

When More Is Not Better

 
Are You on Too Many Prescription Medicaitons?
by Jeannae Dergance, MD

iStock 000023824820SmallI see it in my practice every day: polypharmacy (prescription/and or use of multiple medications) is an epidemic problem among senior patients. In fact, the average American over the age of 65 takes 7-9 different prescriptions every day. Many drugs can have dangerous or unexpected side effects when they’re combined with other medications. And, patients often continue to take drugs they no longer need after symptoms have changed or resolved. What’s more, the cost of medications, especially unnecessary ones, can put a heavy financial burden on seniors with fixed incomes.

   

Where's the Beef?

 
Cholesterol After Age 65

For the past two decades, the public has been bombarded with information about cholesterol. Everywhere we turn, there are messages telling us to lower our cholesterol level.

The American Heart Association has issued the following classifications:

Total Cholesterol Classification
Less than 200 Desirable
200-239 Borderline
More than 240 High
   

Whole Person Wellness

 
The Top Ten Things You Can Do to Keep Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Tip Top Shape
 

iStock 000036881824SmallAs a doctor, I am sometimes saddened and frustrated to see patients suffering with diseases and conditions that might have been prevented if they’d made different lifestyle choices in the past—if they’d had the information and the determination to make healthy choices for themselves, to put themselves first, and to take good care of themselves. It’s never too late to create good new habits. Here are the top ten things you can do to be the most healthy, vital person you can be.

   

Why Nursing Homes Are a Good Place to Live

 
The New Paradigm in Nursing Homes


iStock 000026033848SmallIt’s an exciting time to be a part of the evolution of healthcare in our country. While it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen in healthcare reform in the upcoming years, the signs are clear about the direction in which we’re moving: patient-centered care, more sophisticated and better-informed healthcare consumers, complimentary medicine, less invasive treatments and procedures, emphasis on wellness and preventive care, “green” technologies and facilities, healing environments—all evidence of a new attitude, a new paradigm, a new way of thinking. And, as our population ages, seniors and their caregivers and families are an important part of this shift. Therefore, nursing homes must change, as well. And, in fact, many of them are doing just that.

   

Will Denial Be Your Downfall?

 
Take steps to prevent falls now!
There’s no mistaking it: every day, technology is changing our lives in ways that we probably never imagined. We’ve seen some astounding technological advances which have dramatically improved safety and patient outcomes. When medical interventions are required today, they are generally safer and less painful; patients get better more quickly and stay better longer.
Let’s follow the story of Henry, a typical 65-year-old man, from his first chest pains through heart surgery--all the way to his full recovery at home.
Woman-Boot-WebOkay, Boomers. As a geriatric healthcare provider, it’s my job to break this news to you: some things truly do change as we age. Don’t get me wrong—a youthful attitude and an energetic, vigorous approach to life are fantastic and will actually help you stay happy and healthy as the years go on.  I would never want to discourage that. However, I do have to point out that it is important to pay careful attention to the changes in physical and cognitive abilities that may be taking place in your body. 
   

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