Posts Categorized: Geriatric Care

Testosterone Replacement Therapy
and Heart Attack Risk

Testosterone replacement therapy, designed to address decreasing levels of the male hormone in aging men, has become more common. Men with low testosterone (called “low T” by pharmaceutical marketers) typically complain of symptoms like more fatigue, less interest in sex (libido) and an overall low or depressed mood. Chronic low levels of the hormone can… posted in: Geriatric Care, Heart Health, Men's Health tags:


Are the New Blood Pressure Guidelines for You?

People older than 60 should strive for blood pressure 149/90, according to new hypertension guidelines recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The previous goal for the “top” (systolic) number was 140 (the “bottom” [diastolic] number hasn’t changed). Furthermore, the committee increased the threshold for treatment for diabetic and kidney-disease patients to… Read more »

Stay Warm in the Polar Vortex–
and Avoid Hypothermia

As the polar vortex causes temperatures to drop dramatically, make sure to stay warm and keep hypothermia at bay. Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) affects the brain, disrupting the ability to think clearly or move well. Severely low body temperature can even lead to heart failure and death. Hypothermia often looks different from one person… posted in: Children's Health, Geriatric Care, News, Wellness tags:


Know the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, a time to remember this neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. In addition to memory loss, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may include: inability to follow a plan or work with numbers; difficulty completing familiar tasks; confusion about time or place; vision problems; difficulty speaking or writing;… Read more »

Free Screening: Alive Inside

Alive Inside is a moving documentary that shows how music therapy can awaken patients with memory disorders. Come to a free screening this Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. Following Alive Inside, Dan Cohen, MSW, founder of Music and Memory, will have a meaningful discussion with Maria Carney, MD,… posted in: Geriatric Care, News, Research, Wellness tags:


Dementia Patients Awaken with Music Therapy

Every Monday morning, a group of spousal caregivers meet to share, compare and vent about the challenges of caring for someone with a progressive dementia. One husband, Joe, talks about his wife emptying the dishwasher and putting things away in the wrong place and how he tries to locate his cooking utensils. Joe also complains… Read more »

The Toll of Caregiving

I recently saw a patient whose husband urgently brought her into the office. The husband, her caregiver, made an appointment because he was very concerned about a change in his wife’s appetite, behavior and breathing. I examined her and found her to be stable with her dementia, clean and comfortable. But after spending some time… Read more »