Assessing and decreasing your fall risk
Dear Doctors: Our grandmother, who is 91, fell and broke her left hip. She wound up needing a partial hip replacement. I’ve read that hip fractures are dangerous for older adults. Can you explain why? Is she still at risk, even though the surgery went well? Dear Reader: A hip fracture [...]
Dear Doctor: Would you please write about the risks of falls for the elderly, which can be fatal? The colonial houses in my area are dangerous and lead to many serious injuries and deaths. Now that so many of us are home alone more than ever, calling attention to this [...]
Psychologists know a human’s need for interaction is fundamental, so it’s no surprise that feeling lonely also has significant health consequences.
Dear Doctors: My father passed away six months ago and ever since, my elderly mother has withdrawn from all social activity. I can’t help wondering -- does this pose a problem for her mental health? The loss [...]
“All of our patients are really memorable,” says Hitomi Kalemkarian, pictured far left, a nurse in the geriatrics unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, for three years. Pictured left to right: Hitomi Kalemkarian, Anna Navarro, Valerie Yeo, Brena Aco, Rosia Villalpando, and Gines Bagar. Hitomi continues, “They’re elderly [...]
Most of us enjoy the time we spend with friends and family over the holidays. But for many older adults, get-togethers can be especially stressful, confusing or even perilous when they are out of their regular environment and routines. Raising awareness of issues and situations that may [...]