Managing Pain in Elders

Managing Pain in Elders

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD Older adults are more likely to experience pain than the general population but they may be less likely to be treated for it. The most common reason that pain in elders is...

Elders and Intimacy: Who Chooses?

Elders and Intimacy: Who Chooses?

We focus a lot on care for older individuals; Are they eating? Are they moving their bowels? Do they walk? Are they agitated? But what about intimacy? What about romance? When is there risk for an...

Helping Your Elder Avoid Falls

Helping Your Elder Avoid Falls

Taking a tumble is no trivial matter for older adults, but falling is by no means an inevitable part of aging. The sheer numbers related to falling – which happens to more than one-third of...

I Know You Love Me, Now Let Me Die

I Know You Love Me, Now Let Me Die

Dr. Louis M. Profeta, and emergency physician practicing in Indianapolis has written a compelling article “I Know You Love Me- Now Let Me Die”   This is a great blog post about end of life.  I...

The Cost of Being an Elder

The Cost of Being an Elder

In a time when American pharmaceutical companies are buying the rights to old medications such as morphine, colchicine (for gout- renamed Colcrys and charging $7 for a pill instead of 50 cents), or...

The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Many of you have heard of the iPod Music & Memory Project through the documentary Alive Inside about the amazing ways beloved music can positively affect folks with dementia. Music is proving to be...

Choosing the Right Care Community

Choosing the Right Care Community

The care landscape is changing rapidly. For years, policymakers have been pointing out that we don’t have nearly adequate resources to care for our growing number of elderly. There aren’t enough...

Should Elders with Dementia Have Sex?

Should Elders with Dementia Have Sex?

Recently, there’s been a lot of news about a 78-year-old Iowa legislator who’s now standing trial for a third-degree felony, accused of having “inappropriate” sexual relations with his wife, who had...