Aging-In-Place and Its Limits

Aging-In-Place and Its Limits

Dan Onion, MD, MPH

Mt. Vernon/Vienna Health Officer

293-2076; dkonion@gmail.com

July, 2019

Last month I wrote about advance directives and promised to explore powers of attorney (POAs) this time, but I’m going to defer that for a month and instead address “aging-in-place”, its value and limitations. Mt Vernon is actively planning a laudable community-wide program to allow more people with physical and/or cognitive limitations to remain here with help. Vienna, given its twin city status in Tom Ward’s “metroplex”, would be a logical partner as well.

Advance Directives

Advance Directives 

Dan Onion, MD, MPH

Mt. Vernon/Vienna Health Officer

293-2076; dkonion@gmail.com

July, 2019

OK, this isn’t a very popular topic, but it is important, especially for the chronically ill and/or those us over age 75. If you aren’t in those categories, you may, nevertheless, be called on to help family members or friends, construct advance directives. As a geriatric consultant, I talk with many people about how to prepare for and manage serious illnesses and the mortality risks those illnesses carry.

Tick Bites and Diseases - Vienna Health Officer - June, 2019

Tick Bites and Diseases
Dan Onion, MD, MPH
Mt. Vernon/Vienna Health Officer
293-2076; dkonion@gmail.com
June, 2019

I just pulled the 5th tick of the year off my leg last night! It hadn’t embedded yet; rather it was racing up my leg to hide, tripping over my hairs and so alerting me. It reminded me that I haven’t written about ticks and the diseases they transmit in these columns since 2013! Time to review again, given that circumstances have worsened since then (Fig. 1).

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