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As we age, few topics are more important to any of us, our spouses, friends and neighbors than health.  We live in an age where there is no dearth of information on this subject. Scarcely a magazine or news program goes without some new story on health.  My intention is to put any new information within the greater perspective of our present knowledge, and over time to review with you all the normal changes that occur with age.  It is no secret to any of us who climb out of bed each day that we aren't quite the same as we were some years ago.  We might even be better!  As we discuss normal aging, we will also cover some of the common diseases that we live with. 

Emphasis will also be placed on both the role of prevention as well as the treatment of common problems.  Explanations about why drug doses change over time and why physicians treat some patients differently than others will be discussed.  I don't intend to spend too much space on health care delivery, but we are going through a revolutionary time in the provision of health care and it would be unwise not to comment on the changes, both good and bad, that we will inevitably all face.   

These columns, which were originally published in the Seabrooker Newspaper, are designed to address matters of greatest concern to those over the age of fifty. There are several reasons for that. 

First, I have concentrated in my practice and in my research on this age group.  Secondly, many South Carolinians, including myself, fit comfortably in this demographic set.  Third, I expect a lot of new information to come out as the medical profession, the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies, the Food and Drug Administration, Medicare, and many health research foundations increasingly focus on the health and welfare of older Americans. 

Future columns will feature some aspect of health and disease plus carry an important new finding from the medical literature that you would benefit from knowing about.  I welcome questions and comments, which can be e-mailed or faxed to me.  It is, after all, important to address those issues that interest you- otherwise I may dwell too much on my own interests, which are heart, brain, and medicine concerns. 
I'll end with a medical aphorism.  During and ever since medical school, pediatricians have always said, "You know infants and children are not just little people."  And today's rejoinder is, "And, elder citizens are not just older people."  There is a lot we are learning about the healthy changes that come with age and that is precisely what I hope to bring to the Seabrooker. 

We would like to especially thank the editor of the Seabrooker, Red Ballentine for allowing the opportunity to share these columns with those interested in healthy aging.

Jerry Reves, M.D.

Healthy Aging Newsletter

Check out this month's Healthy Aging
written by
J.G. Reves, M.D.
retired vice president for
Medical Affairs
at MUSC:
Ten Top Tips for Healthy Living

In this month's article, Dr. Reves offers 10 tips to help you maintain your health.

The first Baby Boomer turned 50 in 1996. For the first time in history, the 50 plus age group population outnumbers teens. Those 50 and older now claim one-quarter of the nation’s population, their numbers having risen steadily with each decade. The nation—and our state—is growing older.

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts the 65 and older population will grow from one in eight Americans today to one in six by 2020. The mature adult population will total 53.7 million, an increase over today’s 34.9 million mature adult population.

In 2000, South Carolina boasted 485,300 residents 65 and older, a number that has increased by 100,000 each decade from 1950 to 1990, and by 90,900 from 1990 to 2000. This was an increase of 322 percent from 1950 to 2000. In 2000, 27.9 percent of the state’s residents were over 50, whereas in 1970 only 21 percent were over 50. South Carolina’s 50+ population totaled 1,121,000 in 2000, a 111 percent increase from 1970.

Source: SC State Budget and Control Board Office of Research and Statistics

Healthy Aging Columns by Subject

- A -
Aging and Brain Function - What Are the Concepts?  
Aging and Osteoarthritis 
Aging and Sexual Intimacy
Aging and Vision
Alcohol and Stroke 
Alcohol, Women and Stroke 
Allergic Rhinitis
Alzheimer's disease: What's New?


- B -
Bone Density and Healthy Aging 
Bowel Habits and Aging 

- C -
Calcium Supplements and Absorption
Cancer Screening – What Is New and What Is Old
Cardiac Arrest: Being Prepared and at the Right Place 
Care Giving and Receiving 
Celiac Disease - Gluten Allergy 

Check Your Knowledge of Healthy Aging 
Cold Weather and Getting Older - Not a Good Combo 
Coping With Heat and Humidity As We Age 
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: All's Well That Ends Well (Part 2) 
Cosmetic Surgery: Lowdown on the Uplift 

- D -
Detecting Ovarian Cancer
Discitis - An Uncommon, Severe Form of Back Pain 

Drinking and Breast Cancer – An Inconvenient Truth?

- E -
Eat Smart to Stay Healthy 

Ebola: Questions and Answers  
Enterovirus Scare: What Does it Mean?  
Exercise Leads to Long Life

- F -
Factors That Predict Loss of Memory - A New Study
Fire Ants
Flesh Eating Bacteria 
The Flu Is After You: What to Do? 

- G -
Generic Drugs are the Same as Their Trade Name Equivalents  
Glaucoma - The Silent Thief of Sight

- H -
Health Care Reform - The View From the Inside Looking Out 
Hearing and Aging 
Heart Attack
Heart Burn  Gastric Acid Reflux Disease 
Herpes Zoster (Shingles) - Prevent It 
Holiday Stress - How to Survive  
How to Survive the Holidays  
Hydration Replacement In the Heat and Humidity
Hypertension - Silent Killer

- I -
It's a New Year! Go4Life 

- J -

- K -
Knee Replacement - A Common Need as We Age

- L -
Life from Liver Transplantation
Look After Your Eyes as You Age

- M -
More Traffic Causes More Health Problems

- N -
Napping: To do or not to do 
A New Diagnostic Test to Detect Coronary Artery Disease 
A New Flu Should Encourage Old Healthy Habits
New Year's Resolution: Get Weight Right for a Longer Life
News On the Dietary Front
The "No Excuses" New Year's Resolution

- O -
Older and Wiser 
Oral Anticoagulants and Getting Old 
Outside the Gymnasium 

- P -
Patient Safety in Hospitals  
Plantar Fasciitis - A Heel of a Pain 
Predicting 10-year Mortality for Older Adults 
Preserving Mental Health During Hurricanes  
The Problem With Pests
Progress Against Heart Attack Death
PSA - A Numbers Game That Has Changed 

- Q -
- R -
Role Reversal: Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (Part One)

- S -
Seasonal and H1N1 Flu
Sleep's Health Benefits
Some Like It Hot – Summer Heat and Stress
Spring to Life 
Statin Therapy 
Staying Healthy Over 50 
Stroke Risks: Women (and menu) Beware 
Summer Sun Protection For the Eyes

- T -
'Tis the Season to Eat, Drink and Be Merry 

Ten Top Tips for Healthy Living 
Top 10 New Year’s Health Resolutions for Healthy Aging (2009)

- U -
- V -

- W -
Weight Loss Surgery - An Option for Obesity
When is Being "Too Tired" a Problem? 

- X -
- Y -
You and Your Cholesterol - A Constant Concern 
Your Mouth and Your Health
- Z -
In addition to the above articles, MUSC also has an extensive list of Aging Podcasts.

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