According to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, three out of four Americans are not following their doctor s advice when it comes to taking prescription medication.

According to the American Medical Association, the safety of older drivers is a growing public health concern.

' Matt Narrett, M.D., is a chief medical officer for Erickson Living and directs the provision of medical care at all Erickson Living communities. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He is co-author of Old is the New Young, a guide to successful aging (available on amazon.com).

Matt Narrett, M.D., is a chief medical officer for Erickson Living and directs the provision of medical care at all Erickson Living communities. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He is co-author of Old is the New Young, a guide to successful aging (available on amazon.com).

Matt Narrett, M.D., is chief medical officer for Erickson Living and directs the provision of medical care at all Erickson Living communities. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He is coauthor of Old Is the New Young, a guide to successful aging (available on amazon.com).

Matt Narrett, M.D., is chief medical officer for Erickson Living and directs the provision of medical care at all Erickson Living communities. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He is coauthor of Old Is the New Young, a guide to successful aging (available on amazon.com). '

Matt Narrett, M.D., is chief medical officer for Erickson Living and directs the provision of medical care at all Erickson Living communities. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.

Recently the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report outlining new information about calcium and vitamin D requirements. Turns out that some Americans may not need as much as the medical community originally thought. The IOM conducted a thorough review of studies on potential health outcomes with regard to both calcium and vitamin D.

To some people, tripping and falling may not seem like a big deal. But consider the fact that up to 30% of older adults who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These types of injuries can make it hard to live independently and can also increase your risk of early death.

Perhaps the most significant legislation passed in 2010 was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by the President in March.

This week two scientific studies reminded me once again of the importance of physical activity to our well-being. Researchers in Hawaii demonstrated that senior men who walked merely one quarter of a mile a day significantly reduced their ri