Woman in discussion with physician

“The biggest mistake people make when planning elective surgery is not finding out if they need it in the first place,” says Dennis Deruelle, M.D., author of Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine (Simon & Shuster, 2017). 

The dry desert.

Research shows that seniors are a dry bunch. One study showed that about 30% of residents in a long-term care facility were dehydrated. Another study showed that almost half of older adults admitted to the hospital after being treated in the emergency room had evidence of dehydration. 

Individuals with Parkinson’s have experienced an impressive decrease in speech problems when working on vocal exercises with speech-language pathologists to strengthen muscles in the larynx.

Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. By age 80, 1 in 20 people will have the disease. 

Senior brushing his teeth.

When it comes to the health of your mouth, dentists are concerned with more than your teeth. Their knowledge base encompasses your entire mouth. “We evaluate for gum disease, oral cancers, and other lesions,” says Corbin Brady, D.D.S., of Brady Dental Care, a 30-year-old practice nationally recognized for its focus on patient comfort.

You will need support for everyday tasks when you come home after rehab following joint replacement surgery.


According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, one million Americans have a knee or hip joint replaced every year, and that number is on the rise. If you are one of them, you may face a stay in a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility for a few weeks before you go home.

Sugar cubes.

Sugar in various forms is a naturally occurring part of many foods. After all, sugar is a basic building block of energy. As humans, we certainly have a taste for it. Thus, manufacturers have added extra sugar to many foods to make them more palatable to Americans.

Container of salt.

Almost all Americans (90%) consume too much dietary sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Far too much, in fact. “The average American eats 20 times more sodium than is recommended,” says Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D., assistant professor in public health at the University of South Florida and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

An assortment of fresh vegetables

Woman with a urinary tract infection.

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body (behind respiratory infections). These infections of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra cause more than eight million visits to health care providers in the U.S.