Aging

UCLA Health experts offer tips for healthy travel

August 12, 2019

UCLA Health experts offer tips for healthy travel

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

UCLA Health experts are offer health tips, travel vaccines and consultations to ensure your dream vacation does not become a travel health nightmare.

View full entry

Tags: 50 plus program, Dr. Anuradha Seshadri, Dr. Jennifer Yeung, internal medicine, measles, measles vaccination, UCLA Health Brentwood, UCLA Health Century City


A Vein Discussion

August 12, 2019

A Vein Discussion

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

Varicose veins affect about 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men during their lifetime. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat this condition.

View full entry

Tags: 50 plus program, Dr. Cheryl Hoffman, endovenous thermal ablation, mechanochemical ablation, phlebectomy, ucla varicose vein clinic, varicose veins


Doc Talk: Q & A with Robert Ashley, MD

August 12, 2019

Doc Talk: Q & A with Robert Ashley, MD

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

Dr. Robert Ashley is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Advanced Directives Do I really need an advanced directive? Unequivocally, yes. Advance Directives are forms providing direction to both family members and the medical community about your wishes in emergencies.  They specify your medical preferences when you cannot […]

View full entry

Tags: 50 plus program, advance directive, Dr. Robert Ashley


Senior Scholars Stay Connected with Lifelong Learning

May 8, 2019

Senior Scholars Stay Connected with Lifelong Learning

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

UCLA Senior Scholars is a membership program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with UCLA’s academic community. Membership benefits include auditing privileges at more than 100 UCLA undergraduate courses in various subject areas. Members attend lectures and follow along with class readings, but do not take tests, write papers or receive grades. Studies […]

View full entry

Tags: 50 plus program, Senior Scholars


Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

May 8, 2019

Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

March was “Colon Cancer Awareness Month” to help raise awareness of the importance of screening to help prevent one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Are you due for a screening? Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women. It affects 150,000 Americans a year and […]

View full entry

Tags: 50 plus program, colon cancer, colonoscopy, Dr. Fola May, fecal immunochemical test, FIT kit, gastroenterologist, polyps, precancerous polyps


UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit

May 8, 2019

UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

What is the mobile stroke unit? Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the United States will have a stroke and every four minutes, someone will die as a result of the disease. Against that backdrop, UCLA Health launched the first mobile stroke unit on the West Coast, enabling rapid delivery of brain-saving medications to stroke […]

View full entry

Tags: 50 plus program, ambulance, critical-care nurse, CT scanner, CT technologist, stroke, stroke neurologist, UCLA Mobile Stroke Unit


Volunteer, Love People and Share Your Story

May 8, 2019

Volunteer, Love People and Share Your Story

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

Meet John “JJ” Goldrick, who volunteers at the information desk at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. JJ, 72, volunteers three days a week, and has been doing so since 2013. He is also a member of the hospital’s patient-family advisory council, an ambassador for the American Red Cross-Santa Monica Bay chapter and an active member […]

View full entry

Tags: 50 plus program, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

May 7, 2019

Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

By uclahealth uclahealth

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration).  Dementia Genes Linked to Buildup […]

View full entry

Tags: aging, dementia, Dr. Daniel Geschwind, genes, genetic testing, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA


November 8, 2018

Volunteer, keep busy and take naps!

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

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 […]

View full entry

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


Exercise Benefits for Older Adults

November 8, 2018

Exercise Benefits for Older Adults

By UCLA50Plus UCLA50Plus

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 […]

View full entry

Tags: health benefits, insomnia, physical activity, stress