Older Women

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UTI: an infection in the urinary system (your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Most infections involve the lower urinary tract (the bladder and the urethra). Urinary tract infections are more common in women.

An 83-year- old woman dies on a ventilator in the ICU. She’s been hospitalized for five of the last six months of her life.

A 57-year-old woman with recurrent metastatic breast cancer develops cancer-related fluid inside her chest cavity. She has aggressive surgery to prevent the fluid from reaccumulating. She dies in the hospital two days later.

Lichen sclerosus is an immunological disease that causes irritated skin around external genitalia, usually in the form of white patches where the skin becomes thin, wrinkled, and extremely sensitive.

Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end?

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A healthy sex life is crucial to many women and their partners. This can become more complicated with age and weight.

What should I know about treatment options for lichen sclerosus?

Many women experience night sweats, even decades after first going through menopause. Thankfully, there are non-hormonal options to help manage them.

One of the few things I looked forward to when I approached 65 was becoming Medicare eligible. Before becoming eligible for Medicare, I found a high deductible plan that I could afford as a self-employed person. Since I’m a really...

Women and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Global Epidemic

By: The Alzheimer's Association® ,, , Deep Dive Articles

Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, with at least 5 million in the United States alone. The number of Americans who have Alzheimer's and other dementias will escalate rapidly in coming years...

Happy New Year — how recently have you thought about dying? Do you already have an Advance Directive and designated health care proxy? If so, good work! If not, this column can help you complete one in 2015.

Two years ago, my partner’s 77-year-old mother was experiencing weakness in her limbs and unexplained falls. Soon afterward, she was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Her husband, 72 at the time, was resourceful and compassionate as his wife progressively...

Does the man in your life have “Low-T” (low testosterone) Syndrome? Oh, wait; make that “the men in your life” — chances are any of the men you know over age 40 qualify for a diagnosis.

For people over age 60, insomnia is the most common medical problem and can lead to poor quality of life, accidents, falls, and illness. Sleep problems are reported more commonly in women than in men.

I have been aging for decades, but it only took me one year to grow old! “Things” can happen quickly in our lives as we age, and we may not be prepared to handle them. Loss of a loved one, a...