Hot flashes linked to increased risk of hip fracture

Women, take note: moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats during menopause likely means lower bone mineral density and a greater chance of hip fracture than your peers without these symptoms, according to a new study. “Our findings suggest women who exhibit moderate or severe menopausal symptoms are more likely to have issues with bone health […]

Our Aging Eyes

excerpted from my post at Covering Health, the blog of Association of Health Care Journalists Sitting in the waiting room of my opthalmologist’s office was an an elderly man, who I later learned was 100 years old, perhaps 102, no one was sure. He could walk with the help of his aide and a sturdy…Read more Our Aging Eyes

Sedentary Older Women Face Greater Risk of Premature Death

We all know that exercise is crucial to better health. For older women however, that can often be challenging, particularly during the winter. But getting up and moving around for even 10 minutes at a time, several times a day, has a positive effect on all-cause mortality, according to a new study in the American…

Seniors are not a lost generation

I attended the Aging in America conference in Washington DC last week, as part of my fellowship with the Center for Health, Media and Policy. This was my first time attending this particular conference, and I was so pleased to see that the senior population still represents an important constituency to so many. Hundreds of […]

No Known Cure for “Boomeritis”

I realized something the other day. I just don’t bounce as well as I used to. Last weekend I took a tumble down the stairs in my house. I suppose it could have been much worse than just a hairline rib fracture. The doctor said it would take 6 weeks to completely heal. In the […]