Gerontology & Geriatrics Articles
By Theresa Stratford Dr. William Simpson is a retired professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he worked for almost 40 years. […]
By Fay M. Boudet It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies tend to slow down. Many adults notice changes in memory, metabolism and reflexes as part of the […]
Indigo Hall refers to its memory care program as “The Journey,” and the reason is, in fact, quite touching. Kim Bonner, the director of memory care at Indigo Hall, said, […]
When she was caring for President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan called their dementia journey “The Long Goodbye.” Sadly, far too many families are on that same road, filled with the same reality of losing people they love to dementia. As hard as it is to watch a loved one’s dementia progress, it also […]
Food is consistently a theme that brings people together – nightly with family around the dinner table, meeting friends at a restaurant, holiday meals and more. The importance of food both nutritionally and socially is woven into the cultural fabric of America. As people age, however, factors and feasibility change and subsequently alter their desire […]
We all want to give our parents or any close older relatives a fulfilling and comfortable experience as they move through the later years of life. But sometimes challenges crop up and make us question exactly how to handle that task. Instead of waiting until the moment families are faced with something difficult and caught […]
Could A Reverse Mortgage Make Your Retirement More Enjoyable? Have you seen any of those celebrity-endorsed ads for reverse mortgages on TV? Perhaps you’ve wondered if these are gimmicks or sound financial plans. The good news is that they are not gimmicks; in fact, most today are loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration with […]
The onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can be a devastating time both for the person facing these illnesses and his or her loved ones. But, while troubling, this doesn’t have to be a time of despair for those afflicted and involved. “First, don’t panic,” offered Denise Kish, administrator of Mount Pleasant Gardens’ Alzheimer’s Special […]
What is inflammatory bowel disease? Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two related but different diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These diseases cause chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract, which leads to a variety of symptoms. The inflammation can also lead to involvement of organs other than the intestines. IBD is a lifelong disease with […]
What is a Gerontologist?
A gerontologist studies the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive and biological aspects of aging adults. Geriatrics, by contrast, studies diseases of older adults. Gerontology investigates the psychological effects on aging, especially with relationships — socially and physically. They study the lifestyle change related to being an older adult and they help provide services to our ever-increasing aging population.