Healthy Aging: A Simple Path?

We all aspire to a healthy old age, and many of us pursue the fountain of youth through expensive and doubtful measures. But Stanford geriatrician Mehrdad Ayati believes that healthy aging can be a much simpler process. In his book, “Paths to Healthy Aging,” he describes practical ways in which we can achieve a healthier and happier life in later years. Ayati, who has treated geriatric patients at both Stanford Medical Center and Palo Alto’s VA hospital, specializes in preventive care. His book grew out of his belief that healthy lifestyle choices can be as important as the latest medical interventions in preventing or treating everything from high blood pressure to depression. Those lifesty

The Skype Solution: Grandparents Can Reap Benefits

For any grandparent whose grandchild lives in another state or even another country, the joys of grandparenting are often combined with the frustration of not being a regular presence in a loved ones’ life. Being unable to see that first haircut or read a favorite fairy tale are just a few of the lost moments that can be remedied only by face-to-face contact. But modern technology has a solution that allows such contact even when a loved one is thousands of miles away: video chatting. While grandparents may be one of the last “niche” groups to adopt this technology, this solution is making a huge difference in the lives of many. In a recent article in the Mercury News, “Visiting with Grandpa

Awakenings Program a Humane Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

For the over 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a large percentage must also deal with the effects of over-prescription of antipsychotic drugs. One Minnesota care organization has effectively demonstrated an alternative approach that both reduces prescription drug use and improves patient behaviors. Ecumen, a Minnesota-based senior care provider, has used behavioral and other alternative techniques to reduce antipsychotic drug use by a whopping 98 percent. Its Awakenings program has helped more than 1,200 patients in its 16 nursing homes across the state. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, Medicaid and Medicare spending has been reduced by up to $350,0

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