Aging

My parents, who are in their late 70s, are both now using hearing aids. This makes me wonder – when should a hearing test become part of an annual checkup? Our ears connect us to the world [...]

By Ask the Doctors • May 22, 2018

According to the Pew Research Center, older adults face unique barriers to using and adopting new technology. Some 34% of older internet users say they have little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks, while 48% of seniors say they need help [...]

By UCLA50Plus • May 2, 2018

A study by researchers at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior recently found that a healthy diet, regular physical activity and a normal [...]

By UCLA50Plus • May 2, 2018

There is no right age to switch to a geriatric specialist, but Dr. David Reuben, chief of the division of geriatrics at UCLA Health, says there are guidelines that can help determine whether [...]

By UCLA50Plus • May 1, 2018

Dear Doctors: I love to go for long walks and lately have noticed that I’m developing pain in my hip joints. I think that’s just part of aging but my daughter is urging me to try a glucosamine supplement. Can this really be helpful? Dr. [...]

By Ask the Doctors • April 25, 2018

Dear Doctor: Should I take large doses of Vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis? This is an excellent question.  Vitamin D appears to be a wonder vitamin in regard to health.  For whatever ails you, it seems, vitamin D is the cure. [...]

By Ask the Doctors • April 24, 2018

Lots of people have bedroom eyes – a lazy, heavy-lidded gaze that conjures up seduction. But if you’re 50 or older and your lids remain half-closed when you open your eyes, you may be a candidate for surgery to correct ptosis (pron: toe-sis), or droopy upper eyelids. Insurance often [...]

By Elaine Schmidt • December 5, 2017

Look closely at the brain scans above, and one of the first things you notice is how the ventricles – the dark, butterfly shapes in the middle of the brain -- are much larger in the [...]

By Leigh Hopper • August 1, 2017

Are you concerned about a loved one’s memory beginning to slip? The onset of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia can be a scary and emotionally painful point in a person’s life and the lives of his or her friends and family. Catching the early signs of cognitive decline [...]

By uclahealth • May 8, 2017

Americans seem more polarized than ever when it comes to their political beliefs, a division brought into sharp relief during the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. That worries Dr. Mario Mendez, a professor in residence of neurology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA; the level of discord [...]

By Leigh Hopper • March 20, 2017