aging

The Benefits of Aging Outdoors

May 18, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

The opportunities for Sonoma County’s older residents to get out and enjoy our local environment were promoted and demonstrated yesterday in an event called “Age Out Loud, Age Outside,” a convergence of demographics, recreation, and thinking ahead.

Changing How We Think About Aging

Apr 4, 2017

Don’t look now, but you’re already aging. So how are you going about it?  A science-based, musical show that is heading for Santa Rosa wants to change how we think about getting older.  Bruce Robinson has a preview.

Dr. Bill Thomas's  Changing Aging Tour will be at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa on Thursday, April 6. It's a three-part event, and visitors can attend any or all of the segments. Thomas explains how they fit together.

Caring for Aging Parents

Jun 27, 2016

  Taking care of aging parents is complicated, both medically and emotionally.  A new how-to handbook offers some practical advice.

There are myriad challenges involved in caring for parents whose health issues increase as they get older. One of the biggest, says eldercare specialist Kira Reginato, can be persuading seniors to accept home help workers.

  Reginato says she wrote Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents largely out of her own experience, but it’s not meant to be an all-inclusive guide.

Aging Drivers Should Plan for Life Without Their Cars

Jun 9, 2016

  Right now, most of the Baby Boom generation is still out driving on the nation’s roads and highways. That can’t continue indefinitely, so then what?

Getting into accidents, even minor ones, or receiving multiple traffic citations are indicators that someone’s driving abilities are waning. But AAA spokewoman Cynthia Harris says there is another important indicator that is not so obvious.

  One tool to prolong the ability to drive safely, suggests Rabon Saip (read his blog here) is widely availabe in Sonoma County.

Aging in America is Changing

Feb 24, 2016

  Longevity and the changing nature of retirement was a central topic at the annual Economic Outlook Conference at Sonoma State Wednesday morning. But a short-term look at the local economy was part of the program, too.

 As the remainder of the demographic bulge known as Baby Boomers head into retirement, Age Wave CEO Ken Dychtwald says they are increasingly redefining that that means.

 

Anti-aging Drug Development is an Uncertain Path

Feb 22, 2016

  A new biotechnology that targets certain cells apparently associated with aging holds promise for drugs that could increase human “health-spans.” But the Marin-based start-up that is out to pursue that approach faces long odds for success.

  Beyond their initial focus on osteoarthritis, Unity Biotechnology co-founder Judith Campisi anticipates that their approach of selectively eliminating senescent cells can eventually be applied to a broad array of maladies associated with aging.

   

 

Cells May Hold a Key to Aging

Feb 21, 2016

 

Researchers in Novato and elsewhere may have found a way to slow aging in human tissues. The concept is so promising that a new biotech start-up has been launched to put it into practice.

Once the senescent cells are dead, explains Campisi, the body has natural mechanisms to dispose of them.

Why Palliative Care is Growing

Jul 21, 2015

 

  Hospice care, for people with terminal illnesses, is well established now. Palliative care is not as well known, but can actually do more.

 

In many ways, says Dr. Gary Johanson, Director of Memorial Hospice and Palliative Care Service for St. Joseph's Annadel Medical Group, the modern practice of palliative care is a return to the care-giving philosophy that prevailed before the era of modern medicine. To help visualize the relative roles of varying forms of medical care, he has prepared the Venn diagram below.

Overcoming the Obstacles to a "Good Death"

Jul 15, 2014

 Despite their preferences, more Americans die in hospital beds than their own beds. To avoid that, says Marin health journalist Katy Butler, we need to face up to our own mortality, and then plan for it.