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Chronic Kidney Disease

By Carolyn Dechaine, PA-C Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – these three words sound frightening.  What is CKD?  Why is CKD so important? The kidneys main job is to filter and remove waste products from the blood stream and send the waste to the bladder for removal with urination. As we age, the kidneys ability to perform...

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

By Roopa Dani, MD Patients think that dementia and Alzheimer’s are 2 different diagnoses, but in fact, Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is a group of brain disorders that start initially with memory problems which get worse as time goes by. Patients have difficulty with cooking, cleaning, driving, paying bills, managing...

Managing Medications

By Roopa Dani, MD Most senior patients, develop multiple health conditions as they get older. Sometimes this requires them to see multiple specialists, which may prescribe multiple different medications. This can lead to several of problems like drug-drug interaction, side effects of medications, organ failure and sometimes death. In 2008, 7.1% of all hospitalizations for...

Seasonal Allergies

By Jennifer Leepard, MD Have you ever been outside on a beautiful Spring morning with the wind blowing and enjoying the flowers and the trees only to find your car covered with a fine yellow powder? When you clean it off your windshield, do you start sneezing? Are your eyes itchy and red? Does your...

Pets and Seniors

By Lindsey Reynolds, PA-C Pets can have an amazing effect on their owners. From unconditional love and support, to completing therapeutic duties, furry and feathered friends benefit their humans’ lives in many ways. Seniors benefit even more from having a pet in their lives. As you age, things such as social interaction, activity and health...

Disposing of Expired or Unused Medications

By Kate Tuttle, NP-C Have you ever gone into the medicine cabinet, picked up that bottle of cough syrup you used for the cold you had several years back and realized the medication expired a year ago? Just like over-the-counter medications, prescribed medications also have a “use by” or expiration date. Although medications do not...
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