Caregiving - A Survival Guide
Caregiving is something that is going to touch all of us, if it hasn't already, noted Stephen Jones, MD. By 2029, more than 70 million Americans will be senior citizens. While living longer can mean extended vitality, it also raises the risk of age-related ailments such as dementia. The country is not prepared medically or economically to handle the aging baby boom generation, he said, where about one in every four people 65-years old today will live past the age of 90, and one out of 10 will live past 95. The burden of caring for, housing, and paying for this aging and ailing population will fall primarily on family members, who will face considerable risks such as emotional, family and workplace stress and associated stress-related illnesses such as depression, sleep loss and poor health. In order to thrive and survive the ordeal, Dr. Jones advised the audience that caring for themselves is a top priority. "Self-care is a virtue for a caregiver, not self-sacrifice," he said. "You can't be effective if you are mentally and physically worn down." Among the tips he suggested was for proper nutrition and exercise, and spending meaningful time away from your ailing loved one to recharge your own energy. Dr. Jones' complete presentation, caregiver self-test and caregiving tips can be found here.
Sleep Well, Age Well: Tips to Get the Sleep You Need
Saul Rothenberg, PhD, of Greenwich Hospital's Sleep Center shared his insight into the biology of sleep and sleep disorders as well as remedies to overcome insomnia. Dr. Rothenberg noted that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies can help solve most sleep problems. Among the practices he suggested was sleep hygeine, which includes establishing a regular sleep schedule, avoiding naps in the afternoon and stressful activities in the eventing. He also recommended muscular and cognitive relaxation techniques as a way to calm the body and mind for sleep. Equally as important, he said, worrying about your quality of sleep can make matters worse. Don't stay awake in bed more than 20 minutes to avoid an association of bed and wakefulness. Learn more and view Dr. Rothenberg's powerpoint presentation here.
Hereditary Cancer Risk And Genetics
An informative lecture about genetic predisposition to cancer was given by Erin Hofstatter, MD, Medical Oncologist, Director of the Breast Cancer Prevention program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. Dr. Hofstatter introduced the audience to the basics of genetics and what happens when mutations of a gene occur. She noted that the most common hereditary cancers are breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer and explained that hereditary cancer accounts for only 5 - 10 percent of all cancers. Environmental and lifestyle factors contribute to many cancers that seem to run in families, she explained. She detailed the warning signs of hereditary cancer and how to determine if you are at risk. Learn more about this fascinating subject from Dr. Hofstatter's presentation here.
Keeping Your Brain Young
At this lively, standing room-only event, Dr. Stephen G. Jones, who is board-certified in both Internal and Geriatric Medicine, offered an overview of how the brain and memory work and the normal changes we can expect as we age. Slowing down and forgetting small things, he said, is a natural part of aging, but there are 10 steps we can take to help keep our brains and memory vibrant and healthy throughout life. You can see highlights of Dr. Jones' presentation and his top 10 steps to brain health here.
A recognized expert on aging, Dr. Jones also serves as director of Outpatient Medicine and the Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital. He is an associate professor of Clinical Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Over the years he has been consistently named to New York Magazine and New York Metro "Top Doctors" lists. Dr. Jones has been a featured medical guest on PBS television, CNN and Fox News. He has also made numerous local and national radio appearances and has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes and Bloomberg Business Week among other publications.
More Than Rabbit Food: Vegetarian, Vegan and Juicing Diets
Erica Christ, RD, CDE - On Wednesday, November 13, Erica Christ, RD, CDE, manager of Nutrition Services at Greenwich Hospital gave an informative talk about the importance of fruits and vegetables to your health. Twenty years ago, vegetarian diets were considered something of a fad, she said, but research throughout the years indicates the many health benefits derived from incorporating a wide variety of plant-based foods into your daily diet. Read Erica's power point presentation here. You can email your questions or make an appointment for a consultation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org