ThorupGaarden: a Big Hit with Seniors
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, September 29, 2013
I recently reported the Danish retirement home, Thorupgaarden, allows pornographic movies on Saturday night and even prostitutes on occasion. These have proven to have a calming effect on seniors more powerful than Prozac. So how did readers react to this news?Do Seniors Indulge in Sex?
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, September 8, 2013
One University survey recently revealed that 80 per cent of students thought their parents didn’t have any “amour”. Talk about youthful denial! Society in general seems to believe that seniors just pull up the covers and fall asleep. But sex doesn’t fade from the radar at age 60, 80 or even in the nursing home. Besides, the Danes have discovered that sex even decreases the cost of medical care! North Americans should take note.Reader Response on Assisted Death
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, September 1, 2013
I recently applauded the Province of Quebec which is attempting to legalize assisted death. There is no better example of what’s wrong with the Charter of Freedoms when it does not allow freedom from pain on the death bed. I did not ask for reader response, but received a ton of it.Six Things to Know About a Living Will
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, August 11, 2013
“Why should I have a Living Will?” a skeptical patient recently asked. I replied “Because no one in this world will care as much about how you die as you will”. So don’t say “no” to a Living Will because of unfounded myths, such as the following.Have Arthritis? Try Eating Healthy
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, July 20, 2013
There’s nothing good about terminal cancer pain other than the pain finally ending with death. But there’s another type of chronic pain, arthritis that goes on and on year after year. It can be a living hell. It’s estimated that over 50 million North Americans are afflicted with this disease. Now, a report from Tufts University claims that eating right can help the aching joints of both osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear type, and rheumatoid arthritis.
We Should Not Need a One-Way Ticket
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, May 4, 2013
What would you do in this situation? The patient is paralyzed, incontinent of bowel and urinary functions, unable to take nourishment and obviously in pain. I doubt that anyone, regardless of race or religion, would disagree with a lethal injection if the patient were a beloved dog. But humans in most nations are denied this right.Antibiotics for Cleaning Teeth after Hip Replacement?
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, March 23, 2013
What should you do if a dentist or dental hygienist says, “I won’t clean your teeth unless you agree to take antibiotics following surgical hip or knee replacement?” Today, over one million hip and knee replacements are done every year in North America. It’s estimated that by the year 2030 this number will escalate to four million annually. But should dentists paint every joint implant patient with the same brush?TA-65, Ponce de Leon’s Anti-Aging Pill
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, April 14, 2012
Would Albert Einstein’s genius have discovered the secret of life if he hadn’t died at 76 years of age? We will never know. But for years, in an endeavour to extend life, scientists have searched for Ponce de Leon’s “fountain of youth”. Now, their discovery of a unique molecule, TA-65, which is not science fiction, has opened new doors to this goal.Try the Kitchen Experiment to Protect Your Vision
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, February 19, 2012
It’s been said that, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”. But wherever you are, good eyes are a priceless possession. Today, tens of thousands of North Americans are struggling to read fine print, worrying about driving at night, or suffering from dry eyes or eye fatigue. Now, there’s a natural remedy “Vision Essentials” to help prevent these degenerative problems of aging.Advance toward an imaging agent for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Scientists are reporting development and initial laboratory tests of an imaging agent that shows promise for detecting the tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the brain — signs that now can’t confirm a diagnosis until after patients have died. Their report appears in the journal ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters.
Winter Fractures – How to Prevent them
By Guest Column Thursday, November 17, 2011
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a silent thief. It is a life altering, disabling and potentially deadly disease. It is a condition in which ongoing loss of bone leads to thin fragile bones that break easily. The bone loss may continue to the point where the bones can no longer provide the points of attachment for the muscles and tendons or protection for the body’s organs. One of the most devastating issues is the fractures and collapse of the spine. This can lead to significant postural changes that affect your breathing and digestive system as well as your quality of life and that of your families.
Osteoporosis causes an estimated 80% of 30,000 hip fractures annually in Canada. Sadly, less than 20% of women and 10% of men are appropriately tested after an osteoporosis-related fracture. Hip fractures related to osteoporosis result in death in up to 30% of cases and 23% of patients who fracture a hip die in less than a year. Osteoporotic hip fractures consume more hospital bed days than stroke, diabetes, or heart attack combined.Senior Helpers Takes Caregiving to the Next Level With New Alzheimer’s and Dementia Program
By Guest Column Monday, November 7, 2011
Alzheimer’s disease is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, affecting more than five million people across the nation. And for each person with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, there can be as many as four individuals providing their daily care. That’s why Senior Helpers, one of the largest in-home care companies for seniors, has created a revolutionary program to help local caregivers and families properly care for their elderly loved ones battling these devastating diseases.The Secrets To Staying Active Physically, Mentally And Sexually At Age 100
By Guest Column Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Southlake, TX, – With 80,000 centenarians currently in the world and more expected in the future, scientists predict that children born today may well reach their 150th birthday. And that doesn’t mean their last fifty years will be in a nursing home; it means living life to the max – good mental faculties, physically active and also enjoying sex – the new ‘doorway to the fountain of youth!’There’s More to Boston than Baked Beans
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, September 25, 2011
This fall the mention of Boston brings the Stanley Cup to mind. But there’s more to Boston than hockey and baked beans. I recently visited 711Washington Street in downtown Boston. Why? Because it’s the address of the world’s largest research center on nutrition and aging. 300 scientists there are studying a disease that affects everyone, Sarcopenia.
By Guest Column Wednesday, April 27, 2011
MONTREAL, Twenty-four hour cycles, known as circadian rhythms, are important for proper body functions, including for normal brain function and mental health. Disruptions of circadian rhythms and sleep-wake cycles have been observed in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. A new study by Douglas Institute researchers unravels a possible basis for these perturbations.Next 15 Columns