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The Secret to a Healthy Life

The Secret to a Healthy Life

“If you want to be 80 and still be able to get out of bed, then staying active and avoiding obesity are the most important things you can do today,” says Patricia Harris, MD, a geriatrician and associate professor at Georgetown University Medical Center who also directs Washington Hospital Center’s House Call program, in which she and other doctors visit elderly patients in their homes. That’s because inactivity and obesity are associated with nearly every disease and medical condition capable…

6 Common Myths About Aging

6 Common Myths About Aging

1. Myth: Dementia is an inevitable part of aging. Fact: “Dementia should be seen as a modifiable health condition and, if it occurs, should be followed as a medical condition, not a normal part of aging,” said Patricia Harris, MD, a geriatrician and associate professor at Georgetown University Medical Center. In other words, if you or your loved one becomes forgetful, it could be related to medication, nutrition or modifiable medical issues, she said. Don’t assume Alzheimer’s. Just consider that…

How to Deal With Constipation

How to Deal With Constipation

If only it were socially acceptable, when someone asks why you are grumpy, to honestly answer, “I’m a little backed up.” Constipation is a common condition, especially among women. But that doesn’t make it any easier to talk about. While it might not be your topic of choice for ladies’ night out or the book club, there is at least one person who wants to hear all the details of your constipation symptoms: your health care professional. If you suffer…