Say What? Hearing Loss Increasingly Common In Aging Population

Hearing loss is one of the most common disorders affecting older people: approximately 18 percent of American adults aged 45-64 years, 30 percent of adults aged 65-74 years and 47 percent of adults over age 75 have some degree of hearing impairment. Hearing loss generally falls into two categories: sensorineural (when damage occurs to the […]

Technology and Aging: A Match Made in Cyberspace

I don’t usually do a lot of gushing in this blog (unless, of course, I’m talking about my kids). But I’ve spent the past 3 three days in Washington, DC at the mHealth Summit learning a ton about how mobile technology is being used in healthcare, and I was amazed by something new (usually more than one something) every day.

One of the most interesting challenges for medical providers is how to ensure “adherence”–how can you get patients to fill their prescriptions and take their medication, do their physical therapy, check in with their provider,  and so on. As you can imagine, with certain conditions, not adhering to the provider’s instructions can have some serious and possibly deadly consequences. So the goal of all this stuff is to increase patients’ access to information, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs.

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Is there a perfect time to have kids?

21 years ago, when I was a young, first-time dad I thought it was a perfect time to be a parent. A few years later, when my second was born, I thought that was a perfect time. And then 10 years after number two, that was perfect too. I was right all three times. And wrong.

First time ’round I may have had better knees and backs and can bowl their kids on the slip-n-slide faster and farther than older dads. But I was preoccupied with career, scraping together down payment money in the insane Bay Area housing market. As I got older, my relationships with the kids changed. By the time my youngest was born I wasn’t as worried about career and money and could actually take time to just watch all the amazing things she did. We still do plenty of physical things together, but we also spend a lot of time just playing–board games, Barbie–yes, I admit it, I have actually brushed Barbie’s hair and slipped her out of her tennis togs and into an elegant evening gown).

Still, a new study from UCSF found that overall, parents think the 30s are the ideal time. What do you think?

Interesting piece on the study here: