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Depression and Mental Health Amongst Seniors

By Susan Shields, PA-C According to World Health Organization (WHO) reports, approximately 15 percent of adults aged 60 and older suffer from a mental disorder.  The most common mental and neurological disorders in this age group are dementia and depression.  Mental health problems are under-identified by health-care professionals and older people themselves, and the stigma...

Fall Prevention

By Mary Nara, APRN, FNP-C https://youtu.be/vL6sFru31gA Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and death amongst seniors? Over one third of seniors will fall each year. Here are five of the most common factors that lead to falls for seniors. Balance The most common reason for falling is the loss of...

Make the Most Out of Your Provider Visit

By Mailo Brantner, NP-C Whether you’re seeing your provider for the first time, for a regular checkup, or for an acute medical reason, you’ll want to be prepared to provide some information to help make the visit as efficient as possible. A visit to your provider can feel overwhelming, especially when there’s a lot of information...

Adult Vaccinations

By Carolyn Dechaine, PA-C A lot people think vaccines are only for children, but adults should get regularly vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from serious diseases. Below is a list of vaccines every adult is recommended to receive. Influenza:  The influenza virus mutates and changes at a high rate.  These mutations prevent our...

Bone Health and Osteoporosis

By Mary M. Nara, APRN, FNP-C Bone health is of special interest to me as I have a very strong family history dealing with this issue. My mother has severe osteoporosis and has had more than a dozen spine fractures without ever falling. Bone health is important for everyone, but especially for women after menopause and...

Lifestyle Changes and Blood Pressure

By Ashley McDowell, PA-C  High blood pressure is a condition that does not usually cause symptoms, but puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Lifestyle changes have a big effect on your blood pressure. They may decrease the likelihood that you will need blood pressure medication. Some of the lifestyle modifications that...

Sleep Hygiene

By J. Kate Tuttle, FNP-C Sleeping is a critical part of our health. It gives the brain an opportunity to rest and recover. Some research even suggests sleep gives the brain the opportunity to “forget” things that have inundated our brains throughout the day. As we age, many of us believe that we need fewer hours...

Chronic Kidney Disease

By Carolyn Dechaine, PA-C Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – these three words sound frightening.  What is CKD?  Why is CKD so important? The kidneys main job is to filter and remove waste products from the blood stream and send the waste to the bladder for removal with urination. As we age, the kidneys ability to perform...

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

By Roopa Dani, MD Patients think that dementia and Alzheimer’s are 2 different diagnoses, but in fact, Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is a group of brain disorders that start initially with memory problems which get worse as time goes by. Patients have difficulty with cooking, cleaning, driving, paying bills, managing...

Managing Medications

By Roopa Dani, MD Most senior patients, develop multiple health conditions as they get older. Sometimes this requires them to see multiple specialists, which may prescribe multiple different medications. This can lead to several of problems like drug-drug interaction, side effects of medications, organ failure and sometimes death. In 2008, 7.1% of all hospitalizations for...

Seasonal Allergies

By Jennifer Leepard, MD Have you ever been outside on a beautiful Spring morning with the wind blowing and enjoying the flowers and the trees only to find your car covered with a fine yellow powder? When you clean it off your windshield, do you start sneezing? Are your eyes itchy and red? Does your...

Pets and Seniors

By Lindsey Reynolds, PA-C Pets can have an amazing effect on their owners. From unconditional love and support, to completing therapeutic duties, furry and feathered friends benefit their humans’ lives in many ways. Seniors benefit even more from having a pet in their lives. As you age, things such as social interaction, activity and health...

Disposing of Expired or Unused Medications

By Kate Tuttle, NP-C Have you ever gone into the medicine cabinet, picked up that bottle of cough syrup you used for the cold you had several years back and realized the medication expired a year ago? Just like over-the-counter medications, prescribed medications also have a “use by” or expiration date. Although medications do not...

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