Health Treasures

Health Treasures features articles about hot topics for seniors, written by knowledgable professionals in the field. 

Slow Medicine

As an advocate for better care for older people, I often think about a Japanese film I saw years ago. It tells the story of three generations living in extreme poverty, on a remote northerly island that afforded its residents neither doctors nor anything beyond the simplest folk remedies.

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Animal Medicine

Cody gets up early, 5:30 a.m. or so, eats his breakfast and waits by the door for his mom. When they arrive at Scarborough Terrace, he snoozes until the place starts to hum with activity, then heads off on his rounds.

He  knows which of his elderly friends are not feeling well and will need a little more comfort today.

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Can You Hear Me?

Research by the non-profit Better Hearing Institute has shown that, for people with hearing loss, hearing aid usage provides positive quality-of-life benefits. Yet only one of every five people who could benefit from wearing hearing aids actually does.

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Total Joint Replacement Surgery

The knee joint is comprised of the femur (thigh bone), patella (knee cap), and the tibia (shin bone), The hip is a ball and socket joint, made up of the femoral head (top of the femur) and the acebebulum, which is the socket in the pelvis. The ends of these bones are covered with articular cartilage. When this cartilage is worn down, the joint has developed arthritis, one of the most common causes hip and knee pain.

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