A geriatrics specialist meeting with a patient.

When the practice of medicine began in ancient times, doctors were, for the most part, generalists. Since then, specialization has become a common trend, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the role of the primary care doctor.

Primary care 

Senior mother and her daughter looking through a family photo album.

Living with memory loss is becoming more common as the U.S. population ages. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common memory-robbing illness.

Variety of nuts

Years of medical research have shown us that certain types of fats are not good for our health, and other types are.

Photo of a man using his hands to form a heart image.

Since 1921, heart disease has been the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today, heart disease kills one in four (about 610,000) people every year. The most common heart problem is coronary heart disease (CHD), and there have been many advancements to treat it, so the prevalence is trending down.

Man trying to sleep.

A persistent misconception is that seniors need less sleep. Not true. According to the National Institute on Aging, your sleep needs stay constant throughout your life, and almost all adults need seven to nine hours of good rest to remain healthy. 

Young pair of hands holding pair of hands of an elderly woman

Daily life as a caregiver can be taxing physically and emotionally. Complicating matters, if a loved one has a dementia-related illness, he or she may behave in ways that are confusing and frustrating for you. 

Anger and agitation are two of these behaviors that can be especially frustrating for caregivers. 

Reasons behind it

Different hearing aids.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about 30% of seniors ages 65 to 74 have impaired hearing, and almost half over age 74 do. “Adults typically notice a change in their hearing starting in their 50s,” says Annette Mazevski, Au.D, Ph.D., C.C,C,-A., F.-A.A.A. Dr.

Man with shingles.

If you ever had chickenpox, the virus that causes it—varicella zoster virus, or VZV—is still in your system. Specifically, VZV has been hiding out in your nerve cells. If you are lucky, it will stay there. 

Image of two feet with ten toes.

“Aging is a gradual process that affects all parts of our body, including our feet,” says Sophia Deben, M.D., a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center in Doral, Fla. “A podiatrist can be a valuable member of your health care team.” 

Foot problems, minor and major