Listen in as Clover Health’s Chief Scientific Officer and geriatric cardiologist Dr. Kumar Dharmarajan explores your most pressing senior health questions, with practical tips on everything from the best diet for heart health to when to get your flu shot and how to clean out that pesky ear wax. As a Medicare Advantage company serving older adults across the country, Clover is committed to providing real-life advice to help seniors get healthier and happier today with the Healthy Aging podcast. Whether you’re an older adult, a family member of an older adult, or a caregiver, this is the show for you.
All About Antibiotics
Antibiotics are often the first line of defense for illnesses from strep throat to UTIs, but do they work? As patients take antibiotics more and more regularly, we’re also seeing a surge of “superbugs” that are resistant to these drugs. In this episode, Kumar explains the state of antibiotic resistant bacteria today, and best practices if you are prescribed antibiotics.
Everything You Need to Know About Breast Cancer in Seniors
The average age of breast cancer diagnosis is 62, and getting older increases your chances of getting the disease. Listen in to learn more about the stages of breast cancer, risk factors, and how often to get a mammogram.
De-Mystifying Dementia + Alzheimer’s Disease
This week, Kumar answers your most common questions about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Have you ever wondered the difference between the two? How it feels to suffer from dementia? Early signs and symptoms? When it’s time to seek help for yourself or a loved one? If so, check out this episode.
Diving Into Diabetes
Diabetes is an extremely common illness in the Medicare population, with about 1 in 4 Americans over 60 suffering from the disease. This week, Kumar dives into the diabetes epidemic, including the different types of diabetes, the risk factors, and ways to prevent the illness. He’ll also talk about new diabetes technologies, including needle-free ways diabetics can test their blood sugar levels.
What Do Aging Parents Hide From Their Kids?
Parents will always try to protect their children from hard and uncomfortable truths. However, continuing to hide financial, medical and mental issues can be dangerous for aging parents, who may need their kids to step in -- and be informed -- during an emergency. On this episode, Kumar shares why you shouldn’t wait to talk to your parents about planning for the future and the best way to start those tough conversations. He’ll also highlight a few telltale signs that could signal your parent or older loved one is struggling, even if they haven’t said anything.
All Things Food & Fitness
It's New Year's resolution time, so Kumar is answering all your burning questions about food and fitness, including how exercise benefits older adults and why walking is a great way to stay active. Kumar also touches on the value of the ‘Mediterranean Diet,’ why seniors should watch their salt intake and how certain medications can affect your tastebuds. Lastly, he’ll dive into vitamins and supplements, and why he recommends against the supplement trend.