Posts Categorized: Aging Well

Trust Your Gut: The GI Cancer-Genetics Connection

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Written by SMH Certified Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, more than 135,000 cases of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are diagnosed each year in the US? While the average age of diagnosis is around 67, recent studies show that diagnoses are becoming increasingly common in people under age… Read more »

Cancer Rehab Boosts Quality of Life

Cancer Rehab

Written By SMH Lymphedema / Physical Therapist Sherry Ireland Cancer rehabilitation is an important part of Sarasota Memorial’s integrated cancer-care approach. Cancer—and even cancer treatments—can affect a person’s normal physical abilities. For instance, chemotherapy leaves most people feeling drained of energy, and this chronic sense of fatigue can impair daily-living capabilities and diminish their quality… Read more »

New Surgery Gets Spinal Stenosis Sufferers Back in Business

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Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage Back pain is a common complaint as we age. The pain, which can include numbness, tingling and weakness in the back and legs, often is due to spinal stenosis, a result of aging and wear and tear on the spine from everyday activities.

‘Life Changing’ Second Opinion—One Woman’s Story

Charlie Ann Spyrett

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage Finding out you have a leaking heart valve or blocked coronary arteries can be frightening—especially if your only option to correct the problem is cardiac surgery. But what if you’re uncomfortable with the diagnosis or have been told your condition is too fragile for a less-invasive surgical… Read more »

Have Heart Failure? Get the Flu Shot.


If you’re among the millions who are living with heart failure, getting flu and pneumonia vaccinations can help keep you out of the hospital this flu season. While October is the best time to get a flu shot, it’s not too late to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu.

Tobacco Smoking: Get the Facts

Get the Facts

Written by SMH Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator Amie Miller Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death IN THE WORLD. Period. Smoking cigarettes is also the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer. The US Centers for Disease Control also reports that:

Ask an Expert: Palliative Medicine

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Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s health and medical experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health queries from a local source you can trust. Have question that you’d like to “Ask an Expert”? Email them to