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Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH

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A doctor's podcast for older adults and family caregivers, hosted by practicing geriatrics specialist Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH. Learn what really works, when it comes to improving health and wellbeing while aging. Dr. K and her guests discuss common health problems that affect people over age 60, the best ways to prevent and manage those problems, and they also often address common concerns and dilemmas that come up with aging parents. Show notes and related articles are at BetterHealthWhileAging.net. UPDATE July 2019: New episodes to be released once a month for the next few months. We plan to resume publishing every other week later this year.
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Dr. K explains how to know if an aging parent needs help, specific warning signs to check for, and what to say (and not say!) when bringing up your concerns. This approach can be used when visiting an older parent, especially if they're showing signs of memory loss or declines in independence. The post 124 Does Your Aging Parent Need Help? What to check & how to talk about it appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K provides updated information on how well COVID vaccines work over time, the recently approved COVID boosters, what to know about rapid home COVID testing, how to stay safe during the holidays, and more. The post 123 Update: COVID Vaccination in Aging (10.28.21 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K provides updated information on the current Delta variant surge, the effectiveness and safety of COVID vaccination for older adults, including information on the latest on boosters and how to know what precautions to take right now. The post 122 Update: COVID Vaccination in Aging (9.9.21 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K provides updated information on the current Delta variant surge, the effectiveness and safety of COVID vaccination for older adults, including information on the latest CDC data and guidance. She explains why she thinks resuming masking is wise and also addresses FAQs about coronavirus vaccination. The post 121 Update: COVID Vaccination in Aging (7.29.21 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Geriatrician Dr. Didyk explains how depression is diagnosed and treated in later life, why depression can be harder to diagnose in older adults, medical conditions that can mimic depression, and more. The post 120 Depression in Aging: Diagnosis & Treatment appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K provides updated information on the effectiveness and safety of COVID vaccination for older adults, including information on breakthrough infections in nursing homes & the latest CDC data and guidance. She also addresses FAQs about coronavirus vaccination. The post 119 Update: COVID Vaccination in Aging (5.14.21 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K provides updated information on the effectiveness and safety of COVID vaccination for older adults, including information on the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. She also addresses FAQs about coronavirus vaccination. The post 118 Updates: COVID Vaccination in Aging (3.26.21 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Geriatrician Dr. Didyk explains what to know about leg swelling in aging, including common causes, when to get urgent help, and how to treat chronic leg edema. The post 117 Leg Swelling in Aging: What to Know & Do appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K talks about what is in her new book for people worried about an aging parent, and her step-by-step approach to addressing memory concerns or safety worries, while respecting a parent s autonomy and dignity. Featuring fellow geriatrician Dr. Nicole Didyk, who recently found the book useful as she s been helping her own aging parents. The post 116 – Interview: Dr. K s New Book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K discussed the new Pfizer COVID vaccine and the data on how well it works in older adults, especially those over age 75. She also explains how to go beyond media reports to find out more vaccine information specific to aging adults. The post 115 COVID Vaccination in Aging (12.17.20 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K shares an update on the COVID-19 for older adults & people helping aging parents, including developments in treatment, what to know about the ongoing surge, the progress on vaccines, how to stay safe during the holidays, and more. The post 114 Coronavirus Updates & Suggestions (11.18.20 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K talks with geriatrician Dr. Nicole Didyk about urinary continence issues in aging. They discuss common causes geriatricians check for, what to know about medications and other treatments, how to manage incontinence in people with dementia, and much more. The post 113 Interview: Urinary Incontinence In Aging appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K explains what to know about the new flu shots available for aging adults in 2020, plus what we know about influenza and COVID-19. She covers the basics of falling ill from influenza, how the vaccines work, which flu shots are specifically designed for older adults, which one she thinks is best for most aging adults, what to do if your older relative is refusing the flu shot, and much more. The post 112 Flu Shots for Older Adults in COVID Times: What to Know (2020 Update) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K shares her latest update on COVID19, including whether we are better at treatment and recommendations for older adults and families. The post 111 Coronavirus Updates & Suggestions (7.16.20 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K shares her updates on how the COVID19 situation has evolved, plus her recommendations for balancing safety and activity during the upcoming months. The post 110 Coronavirus Updates & Suggestions (6.11.20 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K discusses COVID with Dr. Karl Steinberg, an experienced nursing home medical director and the President-Elect of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. They discuss how COVID has affected nursing homes so far, and how we can move forward to address safety and wellbeing for long-term care residents, during pandemic times. The post 109 Interview: Nursing Homes & Other Long-Term Care During COVID Times appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K and guest experts Dr. Nicole Didyk and Richard Caro, PhD, answer reader questions about aging health during COVID times, including how to maintain physical and mental wellbeing during isolation and much more. The post 108 Live QA: Aging Health in COVID Times appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K talks with geriatrician Muriel Gillick MD about her latest book, The Caregiver's Encylopedia: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults. The post 107 Interview: A Guide to Better Medical Care for Families of Aging Adults appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K shares her updates on how the COVID19 situation has evolved, including what she's learned about the condition, what to know about hospitalization and care options, and more. The post 106 Coronavirus Updates & Suggestions (3.27.20 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
Dr. K shares her updates on how the COVID19 situation has evolved, implications for older adults and families, plus suggestions on helping aging parents, helpful resources, and more. The post 105 Coronavirus Updates & Suggestions (3.20.20 Edition) appeared first on Better Health While Aging.
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