a doctor shines a line into a patient's eyes

If you are over age 80 and haven’t had a cataract, you are an exception to the rule. Cataracts, or clouding of the lens in the eye, occur in more than half of Americans by the time they have reached their 80th birthday, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. 

An annotated drawing of a Thyroid Gland

Your thyroid gland is a two-inch long organ that can become underactive and result in a disease called hypothyroidism. This condition becomes more common with age, especially among women. It can be caused by a number of reasons, including removal or atrophy of the gland, radiation, or treatment for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Erickson Living Health Medical Group providers support and practice patient-centered care.

With a few exceptions, the basic philosophies and methods by which doctors care for patients haven’t changed much in the past few decades. But on Erickson Living campuses, there are several crucial differences practiced by Erickson Health Medical Group (EHMG) providers that have been shown to be beneficial to peoples’ health.


Did you know? Your skin sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells daily. That’s about 9 pounds yearly.

Your skin is your largest organ and a great protector throughout your life. But as you age, dry skin may be harder to treat at home and new growths may develop. Maybe you’ve never been to a dermatologist in your life, but now is the time to see one. 

Persistent dry skin

Water, of course, is usually the number one choice. But if you don’t particularly like water, there are some other effective choices.

Being dehydrated means more than feeling thirsty, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. Dehydration can lead to too-low blood pressure, a fast heartbeat, and a reduced flow of oxygenated blood to your vital organs and extremities.

Just like our bodies, our teeth change over time.

The American Dental Association recommends that most people see a dentist every six months—not only to have cleanings, but because your dentist can spot problems before they progress too far. As you get older, these dental visits become especially important.

Age matters

Neti pots are devices for using water to clear out sinuses, one of many home cold remedies

It may be springtime, but according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the most common viruses that cause colds (human rhinoviruses) thrive in spring, summer, and early fall.

People use a variety of home-based treatments for symptoms of the common cold, but which of them have science on their side?

Irrigating your nose

A smiling woman reads on an iPad while sitting a couch. Behind her sits a man reading a newspaper.

Older adults are often faced with a difficult decision: what type of living situation will best meet their needs for their retirement years?

You may want to stay at the home where you’ve lived your entire adult life. Perhaps you’ve put a lot of work into your house and property and being there evokes warm memories about raising your children.

various nuts and seeds arranged neatly in squares

It wasn’t all that long ago that people with heart disease were cautioned to steer clear of nuts because they are high in fat and calories. Since then, studies have shown that most people, including people with heart disease, could improve their health by including these crunchy snacks as part of a healthy eating plan.