In the midst of winter do you long for spring? As I write this, it’s a cold, but beautiful day. The sun is shining and the sky is mostly blue with wispy strands of clouds. The calm before the storm. For some, the promise of a significant snowfall is reason to rejoice. It means skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and building snow forts. Others dread the thought of the driveway, sidewalks, and roofs they’ll need to clear.
Do you find that the older you get, the more trouble you have sleeping? You’re not alone. Insomnia is a fairly common problem at any
Medications can cure and medications can kill. They can relieve pain and suffering and they can cause pain and suffering. It can happen at any age, but as we get older it’s especially important to take medications appropriately and safely, or the results can be devastating. Every year, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized because of adverse or unfavorable reactions to drugs.
As we grow older, lifestyle changes and personal losses can easily make us feel sad and depressed. Depression is not considered a normal part of aging, but University of Southern Maine professor Nancy Richeson, PhD, says for many reasons, depression in the elderly is common.
Several years ago, my mother was showing signs of forgetfulness and confusion. We would find bills that weren’t paid and also began to suspect she wasn’t eating properly. I took her to her primary care doctor who did a fairly straightforward memory test and diagnosed her with mild cognitive impairment.
This is one of my favorite pictures my dad and me. We were both so young! It’s safe to say that I’m older now than