Elderhood In The Time Of Covid-19

Listen now to our show on 5/18/20 @KPFA.org—94.1FM for a conversation with Geriatrician Dr. Louise Aronson on elders during this deadly pandemic.

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The CDC reports that 80% of coronavirus deaths are people 65 and older.

Research is showing that adults 60 and older, especially those with preexisting medical conditions, are more likely to have severe coronavirus infection than other age groups. One way to reduce the risk of older family members catching the virus is to limit in-person visits—but there are also consequences to this strategy. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation or loneliness. We need a society that cares about elders!

Dr. Louise Aronson is a geriatrician, writer, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the author of the New York Times bestseller Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. Her writing appears in publications including The New York Times, Washington PostDiscover Magazine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her work has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, Politico, LitHub, Kaiser Health News, and Tech Nation. And recently we heard that Elderhood was one of 4 finalists for the General Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize! Find out more at https://louisearonson.com/

Staying Healthy During Covid-19 Pandemic

Listen now to the show we did 4/20/20 on About Health KPFA.org—94.FM

We discussed things to do (and to avoid) to build a strong immune system and stay healthy.

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We know that basic things like eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising are all key ingredients to good health, but during a pandemic things get more complicated.

Are you having trouble sleeping? Do you find yourself looking in your refrigerator for foods high in fats, carbs, and sugar too often? Is your anxiety about the future getting the best of you? And are you worried about an underlying medical issue, but not sure if you should call your doctor?

 

Harry McIlroy, MD, is an integrative physician certified with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Before medical school and completion of residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, he had a background in nutrition and obtained a Master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Dr. Harry strives to provide patients with health tools that empower them to improve their well being. Some of his specialities include Medical Cannabis, Chronic Pain, Digestive HealthRegenerative Medicine, and Insomnia. He serves as a volunteer clinical faculty member for the UCSF Medical School, and mentors and teaches medical residents at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, which provides medical care to underserved populations.

Facing The Climate Emergency

Listen now to  “About Health” on 94.1FM, @KPFA.org (4/6/20)

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Can we face the truth about the Climate Emergency, during this time of the deadly unprecedented Covid-19 global health crisis?

For both of these emergencies we can face our fears and deep despair…and we can join together now to make significant changes to save lives and resources. My guest, Margaret Klein Salamon can guide us in doing this.

“Scientific consensus says a climate emergency and an ecological crisis threatens everyone on this planet. This clear, and yet rarely-spoken truth, has the power to motivate rapid and far reaching change, IF we can tap into it.” —The Climate Mobilization

 

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, is a clinical psychologist turned climate warrior whose work helps people to face the deeply frightening, painful truths of the climate emergency, and transform their despair into effective action. She is the founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization, which advocates an all-hands-on-deck, whole society mobilization to protect humanity and the living world from climate catastrophe. She helped pioneer the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign, which has led more than 1400 global governments to declare a Climate Emergency. She is the author of the new book, Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth a radical new self-help guide for the climate emergency.

 

Shaken Brain

Listen now to my interview on KPFA 94.1FM, on 3/9/20, to an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Sandel, author of the new book, Shaken Brain, The Science, Care, and Treatment of Concussion.

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There is much misinformation about how concussions occur, symptoms, the best treatments, and what some long term consequences may be. Athletes are often associated with traumatic brain injuries, but all people are at risk of concussions from falls, car and bike accidents, intimate partner violence, and military service. It’s difficult to predict how long recovery will take, and more education is needed so people get the treatments they need.

 

 

Guest:

Dr. Elizabeth Sandel is a physician with decades of experience caring for people with brain injuries and other neurological disorders in health systems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California, including as Medical Director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California. Dr. Sandel is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and brain injury medicine. She is a medical director for Paradigm, a care and case management company for injured workers based in Walnut Creek. She has served on the faculty of the University of California/Davis School of Medicine for more than twenty years. Her late-career mission is to educate the public about science and medicine, using clear explanations and storytelling. Her website supplements her book, Shaken Brain: The Science, Care, and Treatment of Concussion (Harvard University Press, 2020): www.elizabethsandelmd.com

 

Boys and Sex

Did you know that one in six boys age 15-19 say they have never had a single conversation with a parent or teacher about contraception or sexual disease protection? And over half of teen boys say they seek out porn in part as their sex education.

Tune in on 2/10/20 to About Health on KPFA.org, 94.1FM, to discuss Boys & Sex. We’ll talk about sex, but not about explicit sex acts. But keep in mind some of the conversation may not be appropriate for young children. 

Guest: Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, Schoolgirls, Girls and Sex, and now Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity. Peggy is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in The Washington Post, Parenting, Slate, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, among other publications. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

The NEW Adolescence

Teens are growing up in a new world…and parents are worried about the increase of depression, anxiety, and anguish. Dr. Christine Carter has written a handbook for helping kids thrive in an age of accelerated change. She says, “You’ll learn how and why new technologies like smartphones and social media are contributing to the largest mental health crisis we’ve ever seen.” We’ll also discuss ways to help teens find joy, focus, motivation, and engagement.

Listen now to About Health on 2/3/20—https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=327000

Guest: A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home and Raising Happiness. A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the Huffington Post, PsychologyToday.com, PositivelyPositive.com, Medium.com, and several other websites. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, the TODAY show, the Rachael Ray Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. And she is the parent of 4 teenagers.