Category Archives: aging/geriatrics

7 ways to care for aging skin

BY AMBER SMITH What causes our skin to look old? You can blame intrinsic processes, such as changes in lipid content and shortening of the capillaries, which are universal and inevitable. But the most visible signs of aging — including … Continue reading

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8-story institute, laughing gas, model village, concussion marker: news about Upstate you may have missed:

The Nappi Longevity Institute at Upstate Medical University — an eight-floor, 360,000-square-foot health and wellness complex — will be built at East Adams and Almond streets, across from the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse.   It will house services related … Continue reading

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Advanced imaging, clot-retrieval help save stroke patients during holiday at Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Christmas feast was about to begin. Twenty-three of Judy Klein’s loved ones were gathered in her Syracuse home. Her grandson had prepared a plate for her mother, Fannie Barber, 101. Klein’s daughter was talking with the matriarch, who was … Continue reading

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So you’re looking to hire a caregiver …

You’ve posted an ad, received responses and invited your top candidates to interview for the position of caring for you at home. What should you ask of them? — How long have you been doing this kind of work? — … Continue reading

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Are you age 52 to 72? Three health conditions to check

  BY JIM HOWE  Baby boomers can save their health, their lives and lots of money and trouble by getting themselves checked for three major but often neglected health problems, says New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. The … Continue reading

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Sleep trouble leads to depression, which leads to medication, which leads to sleep trouble

BY AMBER SMITH When patients begin taking antidepressants, their health care providers typically warn that the medication may reduce sexual desire and performance and may increase appetite and weight gain. Often missing is a discussion about how the medication may … Continue reading

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Have you seen the new ‘Upstate Health’ magazine?

As a mother, I cannot select one child as my favorite. As an editor, I don’t have one favorite magazine issue. I love them all. That said, this summer issue of Upstate Health is a particularly good one, for a … Continue reading

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Social worker explains 5 behaviors common in dementia and how to deal with them

Five classic behaviors that typically arise in someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can be confusing and frustrating to caregivers. Understanding what drives those behaviors may help. “Most of the behaviors that become common when someone … Continue reading

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Screening recommendations change for prostate cancer — here’s why

BY JIM HOWE Whether to screen a man for prostate cancer should involve a discussion with his doctor and, possibly, a simple blood test, a federal advisory panel says. Draft guidelines released this spring from the influential U.S. Preventive Services … Continue reading

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When good drugs have bad effects: Seniors are susceptible to medication interactions

BY AMBER SMITH An 83-year-old woman arrived at the hospital emergency department with a loss of energy, low blood pressure and slowed heart rate. While a myriad of medical problems could cause such symptoms, ultimately hers came from an adverse … Continue reading

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