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Senior Living: ‘The United States of Stress’ and what to do about it

By David W. Hart, Ph.D.  Contributing writer On a recent Sunday, I was scrolling through the plethora of television and movie options available to me on Apple TV and came across a documentary on HBO titled “The United States of Stress.” The program is moderated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN fame and explores the empirical science that makes one finding abundantly clear: Americans are dying as a result of chronic stress. The documentary explores the possible causes of what has become a sobering cont...
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Senior Living: 10 steps to turn around unhealthy habits

By Bruce Horovitz Contributing writer, Kaiser Health News It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one — particularly for folks over 60. Most baby boomers approach retirement age unwilling to follow basic healthy lifestyle goals established by the American Heart Association, said Dr. Dana King, professor and chairman of the department of family medicine at West Virginia University, referencing his university’s 2017 study comparing the healthy lifestyle rates of retired late-mid...
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Senior Living: What are auto-immune diseases and how do we fight them

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Do you ever feel like you are at war with yourself? That’s what happens when you are unlucky enough to be struck by an auto-immune disorder. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius Auto-immune diseases include Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and others. They are similar in many ways and often overlap. They are active, destructive processes. A disordered immune system attacks its victim’s tissues, causing inflammation that gra...
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Senior Living: When your aging joints tell you it’s time to take action

By Andrew Wassef, M.D. Contributing writer Aging is inevitable. But no matter what age you are, arthritis can flare up at any time, leading to pain that can be debilitating enough that it may take you away from the things you love. Arthritis is extremely common among seniors, with nearly half of those aged 65 or older suffering from some type of arthritis pain. Andrew Wassef, M.D. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. The...
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Senior Living: Families facing early Alzheimer’s disease are not alone

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer One of the questions that I receive most frequently goes something like this: why are there so many more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias today compared to two or three generations ago? The simple answer is that more of us are living longer today than ever before and age is the number one risk factor for developing dementia. In fact, about 40 percent of individuals over the age of 80 have some form of cognitive ...
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Getting older with style (and laughter): Meet the team from Santa Clarita’s “Ma’am Talks” You Tube channel

The “Ma’am Talks” trio during a recent You Tube show. Photo: From YouTube By Nancy Kaufman, contributing writer Self-image. Personal values. Senior issues. Bad hair days. And laughter — lots if it. Welcome to the YouTube channel “Ma’am Talks.” “It’s about having fun, being you, laughter, and embracing getting old,” said Kathy Gorlick, co-founder of the online show and a retired counselor from La Mesa Junior High School in Santa Clarita. Gorlick, along with Ana Dwork and Jan Lynch, also retire...
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Senior Living: Misconceptions vs. facts – the truth about women’s heart health

By Cindy Peters Contributing writer Heart disease symptoms are similar for both men and women – shortness of breath, cold sweats, getting light-headed or dizzy, and pressure or tightness in the chest that can spread to the jaw, back or chest. Some women do report more jaw and back pain than men during a heart attack, as well as nausea and fatigue. Instinctively, we think we need to have chest pain, but jaw pain and cold sweats could also mean you are having a cardiac episode. All women should go...
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Senior Living: Here’s the deal on degenerative joint diseases

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer While enjoying a Super Bowl party – at least the wings and the halftime show – a woman volunteered how much she enjoyed my column. Her thumb hurt though. She asked me to write on arthritis. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius I looked at her hand. She had obvious “osteoarthritis”, OA for short, (wear and tear arthritis) of the joint at the base of her thumb, a common condition. Interestingly, her other thumb was fine and none of her other joints bothered her. ...
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Senior Living: How we handle adversity determines our mental – and physical – health

By David W. Hart, Ph.D.  Contributing writer Let’s experiment for a moment. Imagine society is divided between two types of people: those who painstakingly build mountains out of molehills and others who graciously transform lemons into lemonade. Obviously, these poles are extremes and most of us would fall somewhere in the middle. But who do you suppose would live longer with levels of disability? David W. Hart, Ph.D. If you guessed the latter, you are correct. According to the Harvard Scho...
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Senior Living: How to choose cooking oils that are heart healthy

By Emily Burritt, MS, RD, CNSC Contributing writer In honor of February’s American Heart Month, let’s discuss how to choose cooking oils that are heart healthy. The type of fat we eat impacts our blood cholesterol levels and risk of developing heart disease. Cooking with heart healthy fat is very important for heart health. The type of fat we eat impacts our blood cholesterol levels and risk of developing heart disease. Eating plant-based oils (i.e. unsaturated fats) lowers blood cholesterol and...
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Senior Living: How to identify different skin conditions

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Do you ever marvel at the soft, smooth skin of a baby, and then look at your own skin and wonder, “what happened?”  If so, you are not alone. A lot of what happens to aging skin is caused by sun damage. Look at your skin where it has never or rarely been touched by the sun. It looks and feels a lot better than the uncovered skin. Firmly point this out to your grandchildren. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius I grew up in Seattle. Seattleites don’t tan, they r...
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Senior Living: You are what you eat – and that includes your brain

By David W. Hart, Ph.D.  Contributing writer Did you know that epidemiologists who study the effects of diet on longevity have described ours as the Standard American Diet, otherwise known as the SAD diet? The acronym alone might tell you everything you need to know about the negative health outcomes related to Americans’ typical food regimen. It’s no secret that eating processed foods, sugary drinks, sweets, an overabundance of red meat and dairy, and limiting intake of antioxidants, vitamins a...
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Senior Living: The helpful and hurtful sense of pain

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer There are too many kinds of pain. There is acute (immediate) injury pain, which is often very useful. Put your finger on a hot frying pan and it hurts. That reminds you to remove your finger, unless you are very foolish, and put it quickly under a cold water stream for several minutes, minimizing the damage. If you fall and fracture your ankle it reminds you to stay in your cast/boot and limit your activities for the six to eight weeks it takes to heal...
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Senior Living: Wising up to family members with dementia who wander

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer Like many of you following her story, I was heartbroken to read that Nancy Paulikas’ remains were found on a burned hillside near Sherman Oaks last month. I knew Nancy – a Manhattan Beach resident diagnosed with young onset dementia – and her husband, Kirk, before Nancy wandered away from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art over two years ago. I want to express my deepest condolences to the entire family. I also dedicate this column to Nancy, and trus...
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Senior Living: Practicing physician-assisted life

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Today one of my long-standing seniors patients asked me if I did “P.A.D.” I looked confused, so he explained it stood for “Physician Assisted Death”. His direct question caught me off guard. I was not prepared to answer. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius My patient, now in his mid 90s, had worked full time at his demanding profession into his late 80s. Had health allowed, I believe he would have never retired. He remains very active now. He does have signifi...
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Senior Living: Successful aging requires determined action

By David W. Hart, Ph.D.  Contributing writer How to age successfully? It’s the million dollar question. Baby Boomers around the country are searching for age-defying remedies that prolong life and add to overall health and well-being. Successful aging is not exactly a new idea. The hope that later life could be a period of vitality was first expressed more than 2,000 years ago in Cicero’s treatise, De Senectute. The idea of successful aging reemerged in the 20th century and has been discussed an...
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Senior Living: What your red eyes are telling you

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer This month at the office I’ve seen several red eyes. Also, my daughter had a red eye, my granddaughter had a red eye, and I had a red eye. The cause and treatment of each red eye was different. A red eye can be an emergency and I want patients seen quickly. There are dozens of causes of red eyes I don’t have space here to discuss. Key is the idea that a red eye associated with pain or any vision change is of greatest concern. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius ...
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How To Stay Happy As You Get Older

Aging can be a good experience for you if you plan ahead and find ways to stay happy and keep a positive attitude throughout the years. You’ll be a lot happier if you’re mentally prepared for all the changes that come with growing older. Take action so that you can find more peace and joy in your days and not be so nervous about the future. It’ll require an extra effort on your part but know that the rewards that come from you being proactive will be well worth it in the long run. Avo...
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Senior Living: Watch out for these HPV strains that can cause cancer, even in the elderly

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Today I saw a patient with a white patch on his tongue. The patch is called “leukoplakia” and can be a precancerous tongue lesion. It will be biopsied and likely will be harmless, but it got me thinking about Human Papilloma Virus, HPV for short. Wart virus. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius There are dozens of strains of HPV. These are “oncogenic” viruses — that is, they cause tumors. Most of these tumors are harmless, like warts, but a few wart virus strai...
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Senior Living: Getting a good night’s sleep

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Sleep. What keeps you up at night? What’s keeping me up is writing this column. I’m breaking all the sleep rules, working in bed, staring at a scintillating iPad screen, and I had three cans of caffeinated soda this afternoon. This evening, two people in a row asked me to do my next column on sleep. So here I am, wired at midnight trying to write about sleep. Many seniors have no trouble sleeping. If you are one of them, ignore everything I say here. ...
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Senior Living: Finding peace of mind as a family caregiver

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer November is National Family Caregiver Awareness month and it seems like an apropos time to consider issues important to the millions of family and friends who devote themselves, often to their own detriment, to the care and well-being of the ones they love. The National Caregiver Alliance and the AARP report that approximately 34.2 million Americans and nearly 3.5 million Californians have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12...
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Senior Living: Detecting vision problems that can be hard to see

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer When I was 40, I had 20/15 fighter pilot vision, near, far and in between. Today, I wear progressive lenses to correct presbyopia, hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism, but with those amazing glasses I still have 20/15 vision, everywhere. Vision is precious. Thank you Dr. Al. Presbyopia There are some vision changes everyone gets with age. Slower darkness adaptation and visual floaters are a couple. Another is “presbyopia” causing most of us t...
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Senior Living: Making loss matter in the wake of grief

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer The children’s poet, Shel Silverstein, wondered in prose about the existence of happy endings. He opined: “There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.” Silverstein’s poem mirrors many of the observations made by my older adult clients and personal friends: The end of the lifespan isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Related Articles Senior Living: ‘Tis the season for f...
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Senior Living: ‘Tis the season for flu and pneumonia

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Many people tell me they never get the flu.  Therefore, they never bother getting immunized. These same people “never get” pneumonia. Good luck with that! It’s flu vaccine season again.  There are two flu shots you can get.  One is the standard shot for young people. The other is the double dose shot for those over age 65. We suggest you get one every year about this time because the virus changes every year and last year’s shot probably won’t protect ...
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Senior Living: How to find the right assisted living community

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer My mother Carrie and I cared for my grandmother Janice, who was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s disease when I was 15 years old. For nearly eight years, the disease ravaged her brain and eventually her body.  Over that course of time, my family found there were physical and emotional limits to our ability to competently care for my grandmother at home, especially as she progressed into the later stages of Alzheimer’s. David Hart, Ph.D. Trying t...
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Senior Living: The secret to a long life is in the genes

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Have you ever wondered why some people are old at 50 and others young at 80? Maximum life expectancy is determined by genetics. You either win the genetic lottery or you don’t, but there are lots of things you can do to improve your odds of survival to your genetic limit. Exercise daily. Eat lightly and stay lean. Eat more plant foods and less animal foods. Don’t smoke! Anything! Don’t drink alcohol, or at least not much and not often. Avoid stress an...
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Senior Living: Two ways to get your Medicare

By Greg Dill Contributing writer At a family reunion, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for a decade or so. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare. Greg Dill When they turned to me, asking me to referee and declare which form of Medicare is better, I gave them a big smile and answered, “Well, it depends.” Or...
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Senior Living: Knowing your long-term care options is crucial

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer We’re an aging population and the statistics are eye-opening to say the least: 77 million Baby Boomers; 10,000 are reaching retirement age each day; And about 45% of them have zero retirement savings to support them in older age. This may be the primary reason that nearly 82% of them support increased taxes to shore up social security benefits. Americans are living longer and this is no exception for Baby Boomers.  Epidemiological evidence suggests t...
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Senior Living: Getting a handle on all of those pills and potions

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer In America, age is associated with the use of many pills and potions.  Seniors often have a generalist and several specialists, all of whom prescribe medication. They are taking vitamins and supplements – sometimes recommended by doctors – but usually taken independently because someone thinks it’s a good idea.  The media markets FDA uncontrolled supplements expertly, claiming benefits that are in fact usually lacking. In their youth, many seniors neve...
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Senior Living: Keeping hope alive when living with Alzheimer’s disease

By David Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer The Alzheimer’s Association recently published their 2018 Facts and Figures on the disease and the numbers are staggering: 5.7 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be slowed or cured; and family caregivers provide 18.4 billion hours of care at an estimated value of $232 billion. If you think these numbers are shocking, look ahead 30 years. With an...
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