Q: My family doctor (who I ve been seeing for 20 years) is retiring. I am 76 years old and have high blood pressure and arthritis. Should I look for a geriatrician?

A:A geriatrician is an excellent choice, especially if you have multiple health conditions and are taking several medications.

You ve just been given a diagnosis of diabetes at the age of 72. You think, "That s not so bad all I have to do is take my medication, watch what I eat, and check my blood sugar." [caption id="attachment_6405" align="alignright" width="200" caption="(File photo)"]


Dr. Matthew Narrett is the chief medical officer of Erickson Retirement Communities, heading up America s leading group of experts in geriatric health care.


Most people don't know it, but alcohol or drugs play a part in 70% of all hospital admissions for older adults. [caption id="attachment_3888" align="alignright" width="280" caption="The body s tolerance to alcohol changes over time, which can cause a person to become more intoxicated from fewer drinks.


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If you see a doctor with a D.O. instead of an M.D. behind his or her name, what does that mean? D.O. stands for doctor of osteopathy. A doctor of osteopathy is a licensed physician who has trained at an osteopathic medical school, where, along with traditional medical training, he or she learns about the effects of body mechanics on health and disease processes.


Health care is one of the most difficult issues facing the nation today. While most of the focus is on universal access to health insurance, many already insured Americans are having issues with access as well. A new study indicates that depending on where you live, it could take months to see a doctor.

You probably know your individual health history and you might know your family s health history, but do you know your ethnic group s history?


Who:People with origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Acupuncture And Health
"Acupuncture is very much an art," says Mark Samuelson, M.D. "Anyone can stick a needle in, but it s an art to figure out what s going on with a patient and how to place those needles."

While the technique may be an art, the practice of acupuncture has been scientifically proven to improve various health conditions.