Entries by Janet

How Not To Become Demented

What weird quirk of human nature makes us more excited about a cure than prevention?  Imagine the headlines:  “Cure for Dementia!”  Wouldn’t you want to be one of the lucky ones to have bought stock in that company? I have a friend who’s a dental hygienist, and you couldn’t pay me to do her job: […]

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Shape Up, Part 2

 It’s Really Hard to Lose Weight, and Now You’ve Just Depressed Me I get it.  It is really hard to lose weight, and I would have depressed myself, too – except I know it can be done.  I am shaping up, myself, and I’m seeing results.  My kids got me to start going to the […]

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Time to Shape Up

I am so happy.  I’ve been writing for the Prostate Cancer Foundation for several months now; everything I’m writing is for men with prostate cancer and their families.  It’s right up my alley – telling men what they need to know, what their doctors might not tell them or may not even know, and most […]

How to Age Well, Part 2

This is the second part of a series on aging well. – Janet It all makes sense, but sometimes we need to hear this stuff anyway.  Eat right, get vaccinated, and get some sun, because Vitamin D protects your body and helps prevent cancer.  This is from How to Age Well, Part 1.   Part […]

How to Age Well: Part 1

Quality of life is the key:  our goal shouldn’t be just to live to a ripe old age.  No one wants to be old and decrepit (or decrepit at any age, frankly).  But old and healthy – now that’s an exciting goal. Jeremy Walston, M.D., a gerontologist at Johns Hopkins, co-directs the Biology of Frailty […]

App with a Heart

The day of discharge from the hospital – any hospital — is like being at a bad party or uncomfortable family reunion.  It’s interminable.  Everybody’s ready for it to be over, including you; you just want to go home.  Shortly before it’s time to go, a nurse goes over your discharge instructions.  Maybe you nod […]

Coming Soon: A “Smart Watch” for Acupuncture

Medicine wears off.  If you take a pill, its benefit might last for 12 or even 24 hours, and then you have to take another one.  The same holds true for acupuncture.   Although administered differently – inserting very thin needles through your skin at strategic points – its effects tend to fade just as […]