HEALTHCARE

Healthcare can be messy and hard to navigate but taking your health seriously is important. Here you can find tips on maximizing your doctors appointments, tips on how to talk to your doctor and printable forms to take with you. 

A Perfect Introduction

Dr. Richard Kelley explains in his article "The Times They Are A-Changing" how important it is in this new age of healthcare to be active participants in our own. Read his story of growing up learning about medicine in a small farm community in Hawaii to maneuvering what has become the healthcare industry  today. 

By Dr. Richard Kelley 

For Aging Well Denver

 

Why Doctors Are Offering Free Tax Prep In Their Waiting Rooms

"More than 90 percent of children in the US see a doctor at least once a year, which means countless hours spent in waiting rooms for parents. What if those hours could be used for something productive -- like saving money? Through her organization StreetCred, pediatrician and TED Fellow Lucy Marcil is offering free tax prep to parents right in the waiting room, reimagining what a doctor's visit can look like and helping to lift families out of poverty. Learn more about how free tax prep and guidance could be the best poverty prescription we have in the US."

Lucy Marcil | TED2018

WHAT WE'RE READING

When Doctors Downplay Women’s Health Concerns

"I stared at her from the examination table in disbelief. I had just told her that I wasn’t enjoying being with my children and was having trouble doing what needed to be done at work and at home. As a health journalist, I had interviewed dozens of physicians and psychologists. I knew that being unable to live one’s life was the big red flag signaling it was time to get help.

I was asking for help."

Camille Noe Pagan

For The New York Times

Can You Hear Me Now?

Hearing Resources in Denver

Hearing loss seems like a standard part of aging, but according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 25 percent of those ages 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those over the age of 75 have disabling hearing loss. That means that nearly 30 million adults in the U.S. would benefit from hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss can negatively affect your personality, lead to damage in parts of the brain and even increase the risk of dementia.

 

Aging Well Denver 

BOOKS ON TOPIC

How to Fix the Emergency Room

ERs are notorious for long waits, endless forms and inconsistent care. Now researchers and hospitals are rethinking the ways they work—with impressive results.

By Ellie Kincaid

For The Wall Street Journal

Opioids Aren’t the Only Pain Drugs to Fear

"A disaster is indeed what it is, with 142 Americans dying daily from drug overdoses, a fourfold increase since 1999, more than the number of people killed by gun homicides and vehicular crashes combined."

By Jane E. Brody

For The New York Times

Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Biotech companies have exciting plans to introduce treatments that may be transformative, sometimes curing genetic diseases with a single treatment. And the firms are itching to test their products.

But they are struggling to obtain a critical component of the therapy: the disabled viruses used to slip good genes into cells that lack them.

By Gina Kolata 

For The New York Times