Quote of the Month: Being positive won't guarantee that you will succeed, but being negative will guarantee that you won't.
Joke of the Month: A local news station was interviewing an 80 year old lady because she was getting married for the fourth time.
The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation.. "He's a funeral director," she answered. "Interesting," the newsman thought... He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.
She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, and a preacher when in her 60's, and now - in her 80's - a funeral director.
The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.
- She smiled and explained, "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."
Do you need a specialist in aging?
You do not need to see a geriatrician just because you reach a certain age, even if it's 100. But some problems that become more common when you get older may make it a good idea. What signs suggest you might benefit from a geriatrician?
Multiple, chronic health problems-People with more than one condition may be dealing with several doctors. Geriatricians can determine whether drugs are interacting improperly and help individuals navigate the health care system.
A decline in strength, balance or memory-Geriatricians are trained to look at your overall health. When undiagnosed problems affect an aging patient, geriatric training may provide insights that other doctors sometimes miss.
Certain problems that can be considered geriatric syndromes-Such problems may have more than one cause and may emerge in times of illness or stress, such as during a hospital stay. Geriatric syndromes may include falls, unexplained weight loss, delirium, sleep problems and bladder incontinence. Even if the symptoms vanish, a geriatric assessment may be appropriate to look for underlying causes.