An Aging World

Aging and Invisibility

My aging related art was recently covered in a post written by Paula Span in the New York Times blog, The New Old Age.  It was gratifying to spend time with this outstanding journalist and share my images, many of which are finally being shown after

  26.06.2010

Ping Pong, Aging, and the Disuse Syndrome

On a trip to Australia this past November I had the opportunity to visit with and photograph the oldest professional ping pong player in the world.  98 year old Dorothy DeLow lives in a well kept home nestled in a suburb of Sydney.  She demonstrated her ability to

  19.04.2010

Shakespeare, the Diversity of Aging, and the Need for Geriatrics

The plays of William Shakespeare written in the sixteenth century reflected the culture and opinions of his time.  In Shakespeare’s day, life expectancy was in the 30’s, and Shakespeare himself lived to the old age of 52.  In contrast to today’s population, very few people lived

  21.03.2010

Parsley, My Geriatric Dog

My medical specialty is taking care of elderly people, but lately I’ve become attuned to problems taking care of an elderly dog.  Parsley, my 18 pound Norfolk Terrier, is now fourteen human years, or 98 dog years old.   He’s had his share of medical problems includ-

  4.03.2010

Retooling for an Aging America: The Thud that Should Have Been a Bang

In April 2008 a report entitled Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce was released.  This study was commissioned by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and put together by the Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans chaired by John

  22.02.2010

Nursing Home Care in Australia

I recently spoke on geriatrics, humanistic medicine, and art at The International Arts and Health Conference in Port Macquarie, Australia.  Because I spent so much of my medical career in long-term care, I sought out the opportunity to visit a nursing home to speak with staff and make comparisons

  15.02.2010

Ageism, the New York Times, and Geriatric Medicine

After reading an article entitled “The Geezers’ Crusade” by columnist David Brooks in the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times last week I felt compelled to comment on it.   The article begins on an encouraging note, pointing out how society’s views of human aging are

  9.02.2010

Falls, Aging, and the Bible

Falls are a major problem in geriatric patients.  As persons age, falls and their consequences become increasingly more serious.  According to the American Geriatrics Society, for those over age 65 and over, 35 to 40% of community dwelling persons fall annually.  As people get sicker and

  3.02.2010

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.