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Better Health While Aging Podcast by Leslie Kernisan

Better Health While Aging Podcast

by Leslie Kernisan

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A doctors 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: Beginning May 2016, new episodes will be released every 2 weeks.


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034 Preventing Falls: 10 Types of Medication to Reconsider

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Mar 09, 2017


Dr. K reviews the ten types of medications that may be associated with falls in aging adults, and explains what the CDC is telling doctors and patients to do about these drugs. The post 034 Preventing Falls: 10 Types of Medication to Reconsider appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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033 Safer Treatments for Insomnia in Aging

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


Dr. K explains how to safely and effectively treat insomnia in older adults, and why most seniors should avoid sleeping pills, which are bad for brain health. She also covers approaches to treating sleep problems in Alzheimers. The post 033 Safer Treatments for Insomnia in Aging appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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032 5 Top Causes of Sleep Problems in Aging

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Feb 09, 2017


Dr. K explains the most common causes of insomnia and other sleep problems in older adults, and offers advice on how to get them correctly diagnosed. She also explains how sleep changes with aging. The post 032 5 Top Causes of Sleep Problems in Aging appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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031 Choosing the Safest Over-the-Counter Painkiller in Aging

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Jan 26, 2017


Dr. K explains which over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers are usually safest for seniors, and which are much riskier than people realize. She covers common side-effects and risks to be aware of, and provides tips on helping an older person get the right care for frequent pains. The post 031 Choosing the Safest Over-the-Counter Painkiller in Aging appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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030 Drugs for Difficult Dementia Behaviors: What to Know

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


Dr. K explains what families should know about the five types of medications used to treat difficult behaviors in people with Alzheimers and other dementias, including how they work and common side-effects. She also explains how geriatricians usually approach difficult behaviors in dementia, and provides practical tips for families struggling to manage this challenge. The post 030 Drugs for Difficult Dementia Behaviors: What to Know appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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029 The Healthy Aging Checklist

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


Dr. K explains her 6-item Healthy Aging Checklist, which covers the key things all older adults should do, for better health right now and to set a foundation for the best possible health for the future. The post 029 The Healthy Aging Checklist appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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028 When Older Parents Resist Help: 4 Tips for Better Talks

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Dec 15, 2016


Dr. K shares four approaches that help family caregivers talk to older parents who are resisting help. She explains how to better listen, how to balance safety against other goals, when to consider cognitive impairment, and much more. The post 028 When Older Parents Resist Help: 4 Tips for Better Talks appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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027 "Elder Orphans": Aging When Single and Childless

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Dec 01, 2016


Dr. K talks with Carol Marak, founder of the Elder Orphans Facebook Group. They discuss aging issues facing those who have no spouse or adult children, including transportation, housing, options for getting help, and more. The post 027 Planning for Aging When Single & Childless appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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026 4 Drugs for Alzheimer's & Other Dementias: FAQs & Tips

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Nov 24, 2016


Only four medications are FDA-approved to treat Alzheimers and other dementias. Dr. K covers everything families should know, including how these drugs work in the brain, how well they help, common side-effects, when to consider stopping, and practical tips for those on or considering these drugs. The post 026 4 Medications for Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias: FAQs & Tips appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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025 Palliative Care to Live Well with Cancer

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


Dr. K talks with Amy Berman, RN, who has used palliative care to live well despite having Stage IV breast cancer since 2010. They discuss what palliative care is, how it relates to hospice, the importance of finding an oncologist who can partner with a palliative care team, how to find palliative care if you have a serious illness, and much more. The post 025 Interview: Palliative Care to Live Well with Cancer appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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024 Better Cancer Screening While Aging

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


Dr. K talks with Louise Walter, MD, an expert on cancer screening and life-expectancy in older adults. They discuss why cancer screening can cause more harm than good, how to figure out an older persons life-expectancy, and why the PSA test is no longer routinely recommended for prostate cancer screening. The post 024 Interview: Better Cancer Screening While Aging appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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023 Anemia: 10 Common Causes & What to Ask

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Oct 13, 2016


Dr. K explains anemia, a very common problem that isnt always due to low iron levels. She covers the most common causes, tests used to diagnose anemia, and what to ask the doctor, to be proactive and ensure you get the best care for anemia. The post 023 Anemia in Aging: 10 Common Causes & What to Ask appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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022 Helping a Paranoid Older Parent and Checking Safety

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Sep 29, 2016


Late-life paranoia is surprisingly common. Dr. K answers a readers questions regarding an aging parent with paranoia, including how to check on safety and levels of decline. She also covers common causes of paranoia and offers tips on getting help, even if your parent is resisting. The post 022 QA: Helping a Paranoid Older Parent and Checking Safety appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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021 Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Risks, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


Dr. K explains vitamin B12 deficiency, an easily missed problem that affects up to 20% of seniors and can affect walking, thinking, red blood cell count, and more. She covers who is at risk, who should be checked, how this problem is diagnosed, options for treatment, and more. The post 021 Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Risks, Diagnosis, & Treatment appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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020 How to Diagnose & Treat Mild Cognitive Impairment

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


Dr. K explains the diagnosis and treatment of mild cognitive impairment, a common condition that progresses to dementia in over 30% of people. Learn how doctors evaluate mild memory problems, how this differs from normal brain aging, how exercise & nutrition can help, and why Alzheimers medication probably wont help. The post 020 How to Diagnose & Treat Mild Cognitive Impairment appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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019 How Foundations Are Improving Health & Aging

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


Dr. K talks with Chris Langston, PhD, former Program Director at the John A. Hartford Foundation. They discuss the role of philanthropy in improving health for older adults, how to help people expect more from doctors, the shortage of geriatricians, ageism, and much more. The post 019 Interview: How Foundations Are Improving Health & Aging appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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018 High Blood Pressure Treatment in Older Adults: Research Findings & Practical Tips

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


Dr. K explains how to decide what an older persons blood pressure should be, based on recent blood pressure guidelines and the latest research on intensive blood pressure lowering in seniors. Learn to make sure doctors are measuring BP accurately, and more on what really works when it comes to preventing strokes and cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure. The post 018 High Blood Pressure Treatment in Older Adults: Research Findings & Practical Tips appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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017 Paying for Long-Term Care & Other Family Caregiving Challenges

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Dr. K talks with Anne Tumlinson about how families can pay for long-term care, and other challenges in caregiving. They discuss when Medicaid and other public services might pay for care, the role of long-term care insurance, why Anne started a site for family caregivers, and why so many women feel shame and guilt related to helping aging parents. The post 017 Interview: Paying for Long-Term Care & Other Family Caregiving Challenges appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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016 Home Blood Pressure Monitors: Why to Have One & How to Use It

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Jul 07, 2016


Dr. K covers three reasons every older adult should have a home BP monitor. She also explains what to ask the doctor after BP medications have been changed, how often to check, what monitor to consider purchasing, and much more. The post 016 3 Reasons You Should Have a Home Blood Pressure Monitor appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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015 Practical Advice for Family Caregivers & Next Step In Care

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


Dr. K talks with caregiving expert Carol Levine, Director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund of New York and author of Planning for Long-Term Care for Dummies. They discuss how family caregivers can better manage many of their top challenges, including managing the healthcare system and working with paid home aides. They also discuss NextStepInCare.org, which provides free practical guides for patients and families. The post 015 Interview: Practical Advice for Family Caregivers & Next Step In Care appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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014 Delirium & Hospital Confusion

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Jun 09, 2016


Dr. K explains the basics of delirium, a state of worse-than-usual mental function that can affect up to 30-70% of older adults after surgery and during serious illnesses. This episode explains the difference between delirium and dementia, how the two conditions are related, why it can take a long time for delirium to fully resolve, as well as how delirium can be diagnosed, treated, and prevented. The post 014 Delirium & Hospital Confusion appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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013 Solving Hard Problems in Helping Aging Parents

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, May 26, 2016


Dr. K talks with Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN JD, the author of The Family Guide to Aging Parents and an expert on helping families solve problems related to older parents. They discuss common conflicts related to money management and safety, the importance of power of attorney documents, incapacity concerns, how to address problems despite a parents resistance, and much more. The post 013 Interview: Solving Hard Problems in Helping Aging Parents appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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012 Answers to Your Aging Health Questions

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, May 12, 2016


Dr. K answers nine audience questions on aging health. This episode covers how many extra opinions to get if youve been diagnosed with a serious illness, unbalanced legs, concerns about impotence, how to deal with declining independence if you cant afford to hire help, Medicare and hearing aids, ageism, muscle pains, whats normal aging when it comes to memory, and more. Related links are in the episodes show notes, at BetterHealthWhileAging.net/podcast The post 012 Q&A: Answers to Your Questions On Aging & Health appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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011 Vitamin D: The Healthy Aging Dose & FAQs

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Apr 28, 2016


Dr. K explains the healthy aging dose of vitamin D that she recommends for most older adults, and reviews research and recommendations on this topic. She also addresses many frequently asked questions about vitamin D, such as what type to take, and whether testing your blood levels might be necessary. The post 011 Vitamin D: The “Healthy Aging” Dose & FAQs appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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010 Choosing a Wearable Medical Alert System for Older Adults

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Apr 21, 2016


Dr. K talks with Richard Caro, PhD, who has tested several wearable medical alert systems and created an online PERS selection tool at Tech-Enhanced Life. They discuss the key features to consider in order to select the right alert system, the pros and cons of automatic fall-detection, and much more. Show notes and related resources at BetterHealthWhileAging.net. The post 010 Interview: Choosing a Wearable Medical Alert System for Older Adults appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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009 Answers to Your Questions on Helping Older Parents

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Apr 14, 2016


Dr. K answers nine audience questions related to helping aging parents and coping with family caregiving. This episode touches on managing dementia behaviors, finding the right residential facility, helping parents who are refusing recommended advice, helping a mother with bipolar disorder, mild cognitive impairment, bad breath, and coping with caregiver stress. Related links are in the episodes show notes, at BetterHealthWhileAging.net/podcast The post 009 Q&A: Answers to Your Questions on Helping Older Parents appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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008 Helping Families with Memory Loss: The Care to Plan Online Tool

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


Dr. K talks with Professor Joseph Gaugler about Care to Plan, a new online tool designed to help family caregivers of people with Alzheimers and other dementias. Care to Plan uses an easy online questionnaire to help direct families to the caregiving resources most likely to help. They also discuss other ways for dementia caregivers to find education and support. Show notes and related resources at BetterHealthWhileAging.net/podcast The post 008 Interview: Helping Families with Memory Loss: The Care to Plan Online Tool appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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007 How a Personal Health Record Helps You Be Proactive

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


Dr. K explains why she always recommends that older adults and families keep their own copies of key health information, in a personal health record (PHR). Learn five common healthcare pitfalls you can avoid by having a PHR, the most useful health information to keep copies of, tips on getting medical information more easily, and more. Show notes and useful links at BetterHealthWhileAging.net/podcast The post 007 How a Personal Health Record Helps You Be Proactive appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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006 Surviving Cancer & Better Healthcare Through Being an e-Patient

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Mar 24, 2016


Dr. K talks with e-Patient Dave deBronkart about surviving cancer and the patient empowerment movement. They discuss how becoming equipped, enabled, and engaged leads to better healthcare, how to find good information online and from other patients, why some doctors are uncomfortable with proactive patients, and much more. Helpful resources and show notes at BetterHealthWhileAging.net. The post 006 Interview: Surviving Cancer & Better Healthcare Through Being an e-Patient appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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005 Proven Exercise Programs for Fall Prevention

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Mar 17, 2016


Dr. K interviews Tiffany Shubert, PhD MPT, a practicing physical therapist and a leading expert on exercise programs for fall prevention. They discuss what types of exercises work best for fall prevention, simple strength and balance tests you can do at home, and how to find a good program. Dr. Shubert also explains the Otago Exercise Program, a newer physical therapy program proven to reduce falls in seniors. For show notes & links, including links to videos demonstrating useful exercises, visit BetterHealthWhileAging.net/podcast. The post 005 Interview: Otago & Proven Exercises for Fall Prevention appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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004 What to Do If You're Worried About Falls

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Mar 10, 2016


Learn to better understand why older people fall, so you can personalize your fall prevention plan for yourself or for an older relative. Dr. K explains the 3-step process she uses to prevent falls in her own patients. She also reviews which medications geriatricians often reduce or stop, and why blood pressure medications may need to be re-evaluated. Show notes here The post 004 What to Do If You’re Worried About Falls appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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003 Helping Reluctant Parents Address Memory Concerns

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Mar 03, 2016


Dr. K interviews Linda Fodrini-Johnson, an experienced family therapist and geriatric care manager. They discuss how families can better approach aging parents when it comes to memory concerns and financial concerns. Linda also explains what is a geriatric care manager, and how to find one. Helpful links & show notes: http://goo.gl/t0cVD8 The post 003 Interview: Helping Reluctant Parents Address Memory Concerns appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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002 What to Do If You're Worried About Someone's Memory

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Thu, Feb 25, 2016


Dr. K explains what to do if youre worried about an aging parents memory. She covers common treatable problems that affect thinking, what to tell the doctor, & what an initial evaluation by a PCP should include. Helpful resources & show notes at BetterHealthWhileAging.net The post 002 What to Do If You’re Worried About Someone’s Memory appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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001 Introducing the Better Health While Aging Podcast

Author: Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


What is geriatrics? At what age should geriatrics care start? How to know if your parent needs a geriatrician? Find out why everyone aged 60s and older can benefit from geriatrics, which is the art and science of adapting healthcare so that it works better for older adults. Show notes & related resources for this episode are at http://goo.gl/LN8QDB. The post 001 Introducing the Better Health While Aging Podcast appeared first on Better Health While Aging.

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