Sam Boik of Channel 7 interviews AgeWise Colorado Founder Bob Brocker on Mile High Living.
Imagine if there were a low-cost or even no-cost way to improve your heart health, joint stability, bone density, and even your mental sharpness and mood with simple non-strenuous exercises lasting about an hour or less. According to the Harvard Medical School, there is such a thing. It’s called tai chi, and it is described as being safe, accessible and enjoyable for older adults.
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For Coloradans who are aging in place, they may at times have need for medical services provided in the home. Since it is commonly understood that “home health care” is not something Medicare covers generally, that leaves a question of whether or not Medicare will ever pay for in-home services. The answer is Yes — but with qualifiers, as you might expect. In this article we will cover the key things to know, including who can qualify for paid services and under what conditions.
In this article we will look specifically at what Coloradans are doing to address loneliness and what resources for help are available.
More and more people — experts in their fields as well as watchful observers in general — are zeroing in on the existence and extent of what’s been called an “epidemic of loneliness.” An epidemic that, like certain other maladies, poses risk for a generalized deterioration in one’s health.
Books are an age-old means for many people to stay connected to the world and/or to be informed, stimulated and entertained. But many people experience physical limitations that prevent them from reading standard print.
In the area of mental health services for Coloradans, at least three forces are altering the landscape at once. One is the mandate that insurers must offer parity between mental and physical health coverage. Another is the severe ongoing shortage of mental health professionals to meet growing patient demand—including the increasing numbers of older Coloradans who are dealing with mental health challenges. And a third force is the emergence of various technology “substitutes” for patients to consult in lieu of seeing professional therapists in person.
A 2021 survey found that close to 60% of Americans go online to get medical questions answered, and even more of us use online sources to research medical recommendations our doctors have given us. But there are two compelling reasons why you would be wise to tread carefully with this independent “research.”
…Despite the fact that research indicates up to 15% of people age 65 and older who live outside of nursing facilities have a diagnosable anxiety condition. An editorial in the journal JAMA Psychiatry stated only about one-third of seniors with anxiety disorders receive treatment. Which is concerning since such disorders can have links to stroke, adverse heart conditions, and neurodegenerative problems such as dementia. Other anxiety disorders in seniors can include phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, hoarding, fear of falling, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Rachel Sauer, writing for the University of Colorado Cancer Center at the UC School of Medicine / Anschutz Medical Campus, reports that the PACT Act which went into effect at the beginning of 2023 enables many U.S. veterans to access benefits for an expanded list of health conditions presumed to be caused by exposure to toxic substances. This is particularly true for several head and neck cancers.
The letter to the medical advice column in the newspaper was from a granddaughter of a 73-year-old widow. “Sarah” was worried that Grandma “Jewels” had gotten hooked on pain relievers following surgery to repair a broken leg. She was also concerned about where Jewels was now obtaining her drugs and wanted to know what she could do.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of talk therapy that can be an alternative to taking sleeping pills, antianxiety medications or antidepressants. It can also be used to complement medications when they are prescribed. Dr. Ava Schumacher is a Denver-based clinical health psychologist who works with people who are struggling with a variety of difficulties, including medical challenges,
Aging often brings on a need for any number of oscopies to assess particular medical issues. These typically require sophisticated equipment, procedures, and selected health care specialists. A different oscopy