Growing Older and the Meaning of Work

The Maine Department of Labor has reported what many of us already knew – our state’s labor force is aging. Approximately half of private industry workers are at least 45 years old and within the next twenty years, approximately half of the current workforce for most sectors will be 65 or older. State government workers […]

Thoughts about Growing Old in the RIGHT Place

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home; A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there, Which seek thro’ the world, is ne’er met elsewhere. Home! Home! Sweet, sweet home! There’s no place like home There’s no place like home!” Sound familiar? It […]

Should I Take Vitamin D Supplements??

It’s January in Maine. What should we talk about? Something sexy, exciting and fascinating you say? Well OK! We’ll talk about vitamin D deficiency. This is a good topic for January, since this is the time of year when many people become deficient in this important vitamin. Our diet often does not provide sufficient amounts […]

Caregiving and the Holidays

Caregiving and Holidays Dr. Kaye suggested this topic, which seems timely and important, but not something I have any special expertise in. First of all, I’m a guy, so I’m generally oblivious to special occasions. Second, I’m Jewish. Third, I’m a doctor. Christmas to me means offering to work at the hospital so everyone else […]

Sleep and Aging

Professor Kaye is taking a break this month, so I’m going solo to talk about something that we can all relate to……..sleep. Earlier in my career I was a sleep researcher, studying sleep in diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. So sleep is something I like to talk about. But then again, […]

Do I need a professional geriatric care manager?

Do I need a professional geriatric care manager? Len: Last month in Age Smart, Cliff addressed what a geriatrician does and how this kind of medical specialist might be helpful to you. This month I consider when and why you might want to take advantage of the services of a professional geriatric care manager. Rosalynn […]

Do I need a geriatrician?

Do I need a geriatrician? Cliff: A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in the care of older adults. There aren’t many of us around. Most seniors see general internists, family physicians, family nurse practitioners or physician assistants as their primary care providers. So I’m frequently asked, ”Do I need a geriatrician?” Or more often […]

Who Will Help Those Who Don’t Have Children?

My husband and I did not have kids. Our siblings all have children. We have saved and expect to be comfortable in our retirement. I am presently retired and my husband will retire in about 2 years. We look forward to traveling and enjoying life. We recently met a similar couple who asked what our […]

The Value of Memories and Nostalgia

Exploring Our Memories in Later Life Cliff took the month off so I’m going solo. That gives me a chance to mix it up on the subject of memory and aging. Rather than talking about the symptoms of memory loss, which so many of us are inclined to do and worry about given the widespread […]

Sex and Intimacy in Later Life

Sex and Intimacy in Later Life Hello, Cliff here: You probably think you know a lot about sexuality in old age. Here’s the list of what I think you think you know: People lose interest in sex as they age. Men have less frequent and less rigid erections. Post-menopausal women have vaginal dryness that makes […]