One very positive development in medicine has been the shift to whole-person care. Primary care providers now address wellness from a holistic perspective rather than solely focusing on physical symptoms or just one organ system such as the heart or lungs.

More of us are becoming aware of the need to stay engaged and connected with others as we age in order to stay as healthy and independent as possible. Increasingly, scientific evidence is reinforcing the association between social engagement and good health. Research is also revealing that social isolation and loneliness can lead to a decline in health.

Recently, new guidelines for the detection, evaluation, and management of high blood pressure in adults were released by a number of medical associations in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Spirituality represents a core domain of well-being and is central to the beliefs and lifestyle choices of many. It often informs our emotional, social, and physical health and has been the topic of numerous scientific studies. As more evidence emerges, there is increasing interest in how we can leverage this powerful force for the betterment of our health.

Spirituality represents a core domain of well-being and is central to the beliefs and lifestyle choices of many. It often informs our emotional, social, and physical health and has been the topic of numerous scientific studies. As more evidence emerges, there is increasing interest in how we can leverage this powerful force for the betterment of our health.

Being upright and bipedal has wonderful advantages, but as with all good things there is often a downside, and in this case, the downside is low back pain (LBP). Most people will experience an episode of LBP at least once in their lifetime.

The right to choose the direction of your medical care is a fundamental right of each and every adult who has decision-making capacity. In the medical field, your right to make decisions is affirmed through the informed consent process. If you have ever had surgery, you undoubtedly signed an informed consent form.

One of the major challenges of being hospitalized is something we often don’t think about: the risk of being rehospitalized shortly after being discharged to home or a rehabilition facility. It turns out that up to 20% of seniors—as many as one in five—are rehospitalized within 30 days of leaving the hospital. 

Maintaining our independence is a high priority for all age groups, and a primary way we achieve this is through owning and driving a car. While motor vehicles are a wonderful boon to us all and part of the American dream, they also come with risk and responsibility. 

Last month we reviewed the safety and effectiveness of testosterone supplements for men. This month, it’s time for the ladies to learn about estrogen, progesterone, and hormone supplements—commonly referred to as hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.

Testosterone, the hormone that directs male appearance and healthy muscle, bone, and sexual function, declines as we age. Levels of this hormone drop about 1% each year beginning at about age 30. This does not sound like much, but 30% of men in their seventies and 50% of men in their eighties have low testosterone levels.

When we think about which parts of our body are most important, we rarely think of our feet. We are much more likely to consider the heart or the brain, yet our feet are the body’s foundation.