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    Restless Leg Syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome is a condition in which your legs feel very uncomfortable when you’re sitting or lying down. It… both men and women and occur at any age (including during childhood). It often worsens with age and becomes a problem for older adults. RLS…

  • RSV

    Our RSV health hub offers important information and resources to help you understand and manage your condition… children under 2. However, people of all ages can get it. It is more serious for young and premature babies and for older adults with poor health. Adults…

  • A woman lying in bed stares at clock in the middle of the night. Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. It’s more common in older adults and women.

    Insomnia

    Insomnia is a sleep disorder that happens when you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. It’s more common… several nights a week and lasts for more than a few months. Many people have insomnia. However, it’s more common in older adults, and more…

  • Pneumococcal Vaccines for Seniors

    Pneumococcal vaccines help to prevent pneumonia. Adults 65 and older, for whom pneumonia can be fatal, should get two different… of the infection. PCV20 (conjugate) and PCV15 (conjugate) are recommended. The numbers represent the number of bacterial strains they protect against. The older vaccines are…

  • Unsure About the COVID-19 Vaccine? Talk to Your Family Doctor

    Dr. Jennifer Hanna

    Your family doctor can provide trustworthy information about the COVID-19 vaccine and other recommended immunizations… groups. It also includes international travelers and patients diagnosed with certain health conditions. Recently, I had the pleasure of caring for an older adult named Lisa (not her real name)…

  • sweaty girl drinking water from a bottle outside

    Dehydration

    Dehydration is when your body doesn’t have enough fluids to work properly. It happens when you lose more fluids than… a medical emergency. It could be fatal if not treated. Dehydration can happen to anyone at any age. Infants, young children, and older adults are…

  • Eaten watermelon slice and seeds on a plate

    Nutrient Shortfall Questionnaire

    It is common for people to be lacking in nutrients. This can happen if your body doesn’t get enough of… that contains iron and at least 400 mcg of folate. Vitamin B12 is mainly found in fish, shellfish, meat, and dairy products. Older adults may…

  • doctor and senior female patient look at a model of a spine

    Vertebroplasty for Spine Fracture Pain

    Vertebroplasty treats compression spine fractures. In these fractures, the bone collapses and breaks. The procedure injects cement into the… other issues that cause thinning of the bones. Thinning of the bones can occur at any age. It’s most common in older adults. If bone in…

  • Pruritus (Itchy Skin)

    Pruritus is a medical term for itchy skin that can be caused by a number of issues including dry skin,… It may ooze fluid. You may need antibiotics to get rid of this kind of infection. Severe itching or pain, especially in older adults, sometimes…

  • Doctor talking to patient in office

    Anal Fissure

    An anal fissure is a small crack or tear in the thin, moist lining of the lower rectum. It’s a… What are anal fissures? An anal fissure is a small crack or tear in the thin, moist lining of the lower rectum. It’s a…

  • Hoarder room packed with stored boxes, electronics, files, business equipment and household items.

    Hoarding

    Hoarding is an anxiety disorder that makes a person with this disorder unable to get rid of things, even things… Hoarding is an anxiety disorder. A person with this disorder is unable to get rid of things, even things of no value. These could include…

  • Plate of salad, tomatoes, olives, and olive oil sitting on table

    Mediterranean Diet

    The Mediterranean diet can help you to lose or maintain weight and also helps to manage blood pressure, blood sugar,… The Mediterranean diet is inspired by foods eaten in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. This includes Greece, Spain, France, and southern Italy. In some…

  • illustration of red blood cells in the bloodstream and Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)

    Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

    Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome is a condition that results from a digestive system infection… What is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)? Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a condition involving red blood cells and your kidneys. HUS happens after you get an infection in your digestive system…

  • A senior couple taking a “selfie” in front of a Ferris wheel

    The Importance of Staying Active and Involved

    Your lifestyle choices will determine how quickly or slowly you age. Making healthy choices and staying socially active can help… As you age, your body changes. Joints become stiffer. You begin to lose muscle and gain fat. You don’t feel as strong or as nimble…

  • Closeup of elderly woman’s hands sorting several prescriptions

    Prescription Drug Abuse in the Elderly

    Prescription abuse happens when people abuse medicines prescribed by a doctor. In the elderly, it can be hard to spot… Prescription drug abuse is when people misuse prescribed medicines. They may abuse their own medicine in a way that is not instructed by the doctor…

  • Two women sitting in grass stretching before exercising

    The Exercise Habit

    Daily exercise is a good habit and important for a healthy mind and body… Daily exercise is a good habit and important for a healthy mind and body. Forming healthy habits is easier said than done. Most people want to be healthy. We know the…

  • female doctor checking for Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, means your thyroid gland makes too much hormone. This can cause weight loss, tremors, and… What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism is known as overactive thyroid. It occurs when your thyroid gland makes and releases too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland…

  • Blood pressure cuff and meter with a small, red heart positioned in front

    Lifestyle Changes to Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

    Lowing high blood pressure is possible with small lifestyle changes… If you have high blood pressure, you can lower it with small lifestyle changes. Work with your doctor to develop a plan for lowering your blood pressure. Part of the plan may also include taking…