- Seniors who exercise regularly protect areas of their brain from damage that can result in loss of movement.
- Senolytics, a new class of drugs, might dramatically slow the aging process and so change the face of old age.
- Widows and widowers who may simply be grieving their spouse's death could be mistaken for having depression because of unclear guidelines for diagnosis.
- The interaction of a common antibiotic with a frequently prescribed diuretic more than doubles the risk of death for older patients.
- Americans over the age of 65 are pretty happy with their physical appearance while middle-aged Americans feel they could look better.
- Seniors in southern states like Mississippi and Arkansas are more likely to report a lower health-related quality of life compared to older people in the Northeast and Midwest.
- The number of people who live past the age of 100, centenarians, will reach 17 million by the end of this century.
- The strength of a person’s grip could determine future mortality, possible disabilities, rate of cognitive decline, and ability to recover from injury.
- A new study found the risk of divorce among older married couples rises when the wife — but not the husband — becomes seriously ill.
- A record number of elderly Americans are completing living wills and appointing health care surrogates for end-of-life decisions, a new study finds.
- The new "heart sock" stands to retire pacemakers and revolutionize the work of cardiologists.
- Older people are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks and stroke during the month immediately following the loss of a loved one.
Geriatrics is a sub-specialty of internal medicine and family medicine that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician, or physician who specializes in the care of elderly people. Rather, this decision is determined by the individual patient's needs.