Aging

November 8, 2018

Volunteer, keep busy and take naps!

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

With 25 years of volunteering under his belt, 93-year-old Norm Serra calls himself a “professional volunteer” – and understandably so.  Two days a week, he volunteers for different UCLA Health departments, including its Spiritual Care office and UCLA Health 50-Plus program.  On other days, you will find him delivering for Meals-on-Wheels or at the Corpus […]

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Tags: spiritual care, UCLA Health 50-Plus, volunteer


Exercise Benefits for Older Adults

November 8, 2018

Exercise Benefits for Older Adults

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

Older adults can benefit from regular physical activity. Fortunately, the activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits. Even a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or a nearby park can benefit both body and mind. While activities such as hobbies can contribute to maintaining independent, healthy living, exercise has been shown to […]

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Tags: health benefits, insomnia, physical activity, stress


Solutions for Overcoming Sleepless Nights

November 8, 2018

Solutions for Overcoming Sleepless Nights

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

Everybody has an occasional sleepless night, but sleep disturbances among older adults are especially common, as part of the aging process. In fact, an estimated 50 percent of people age 55 or older suffer from a sleep problem, including not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep, compared with when they were younger. Poor sleep can […]

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Tags: meditation, mindful meditation, sleep, sleepless night, Tai Chi, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center


How to make your golden years truly golden

November 8, 2018

How to make your golden years truly golden

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

As we age, we all experience some decline in our abilities, but there are ways seniors can maintain their quality of life and maximize their independence. What are some tips? Staying active both physically and mentally is essential. The best way to stay fit at any age is to keep moving. Incorporate physical activity for […]

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Tags: Dr. Maija Sanna, physical activity, quality of life


What's the best type of exercise?

October 17, 2018

What’s the best type of exercise?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: What’s the best type of exercise? I’ve been reading that high-intensity interval training can actually slow down the aging process. Really? Why? I’m not too keen on this approach but I do walk at least a mile every day. First, congratulations on exercising regularly. Last year 81 million Americans didn’t take part in […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, high-intensity interval training, HIIT, mitochondria


Ask the Doctors - Should I take a bone-building drug for osteoporosis?

October 12, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I take a bone-building drug for osteoporosis?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m 71 and, after a recent bone scan, my doctors are insisting I take a bone-building medication. I couldn’t tolerate Fosomax, so they want me to take Prolia. I’m worried about it, but my mother had severe osteoporosis, so I’m worried about that too. How can I choose what to do? Your worry […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bisphosphonates, bone density, Boniva, Dr. Robert Ashley, Fosamax, osteoporosis, Prolia, Reclast


Ask the Doctors - Can MSM crystals ease my arthritis pain?

October 10, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can MSM crystals ease my arthritis pain?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: A friend suggested I try MSM crystals for arthritis. What are they, and do they work? If they do, where can I find them? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing compound naturally found in plants such as Brussels sprouts, garlic, asparagus, kale, beans and wheat germ.  It can also be found in horsetail, […]

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Tags: arthritis, Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, Methylsulfonylmethane, MSM


Ask the Doctors - How is osteoporosis treated in men?

October 5, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How is osteoporosis treated in men?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I am a 74-year-old man and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Is this common in men? I thought this was a disease that women get. What will the treatment be? Will it help? Your diagnosis puts you among the estimated 2 to 5 million men in the U.S. who have osteoporosis. Another 12 […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bone loss, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, fracture risk, low testosterone, osteoporosis


Ask the Doctors - How dangerous is a meningioma?

October 4, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How dangerous is a meningioma?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve recently been diagnosed with meningioma, but my doctor tells me not to worry about it. That can’t be right. What should I know? Meningiomas are the most common brain tumors within the central nervous system and, let me state this at the beginning: Most are considered benign.  As the name implies, meningiomas […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, brain tumor, Dr. Robert Ashley, meningioma


Ask the Doctors - How can I reduce the bruising on my hands?

September 26, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How can I reduce the bruising on my hands?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m 75 years old and have bruising on my hands, seemingly when anything touches them. I do not take blood thinners or aspirin. Occasionally I take an Aleve, which seems to make it worse. Such bruising is an annoying, yet common, problem as our bodies age.  Many of my patients are flummoxed by […]

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Tags: Aleve, Ask the Doctors, blood thinners, blood vessels, bruising, collagen, Dr. Robert Ashley, naproxen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, skin, sun exposure