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Successful Aging Column

Below is a list of the articles published in the Sun Newspapers by freelance healthcare writer Eileen Beal, MA, who specializes on geriatric issues.

Finding the Right In-Home Care
February 2010
Does your mother have problems bathing or remembering to take her medications? Is your recently widowed uncle having problems taking care of the house? Are you wondering how youll manage on your own—taking care of the wound, getting to rehab, cooking—after knee replacement surgery? For growing numbers of people, the solution to those problems is home care.
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The Fountain of Youth...Exercise
Oct 2009
“No matter what your age, to age successfully you should be exercising. Exercise is the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth,” explains Dr. Robert Palmer, former head of Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and author of the book Age Well!
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When the Going Gets Tough, Many Boomers Start Small Businesses
August 2009
According to business consulting firm Emergent Research, the current recession has created a small business boom. And, says the firm's annual Small Business Trends Report, Baby Boomers are leading the small business charge.
Many have been thrown unwillingly into early retirement by the tanking economy and are looking for the job security that comes with business ownership.
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There Is No Age Limit on HIV/AIDS
May 2009
“The incidence of HIV/AIDS in people 65 and older has increased 10-fold in the last decade,” says nurse practitioner Janet M. Briggs, the HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Hospital. “And”, adds Dr. Robert Kalayjian, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at MetroHealth Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at CWRU School of Medicine, “Twelve percent of all newly diagnosed cases [of HIV/AIDS] are over 50.”
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Guardianship: Pros and Cons
February 2009
Family members often understand the need to talk about planning for the future with older loved ones. But many times, these important discussions don't take place until there is a crisis.
Too often that's when the loved one— for whatever reason— is no longer able to communicate his or her wishes, cautions Bert Rahl, director of Mental Health Services at the Benjamin Rose Institute.
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