Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine

Secrets to Living Better While Growing Older

Is it too late to live better? How many doctors do seniors really need? Can dementia be prevented or reversed? What are the most essential tips to better living as we age? We're discussing this and more with Hadassah's geriatric and rehabilitation expert, Dr. Jeremy Jacobs.


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Dr. Jeremy Jacobs

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Geriatric Medicine

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About this episode

Today, people are living longer. According to the World Health Organization, by 2030, one in six people will be 60 years of age or older. In 2020, the number of people aged 60 and older outnumbered children younger than five years. Moreover, the number of persons aged 80 or older is expected to triple between 2020 and 2050 to reach 426 million, the World Health Organization says.

Did you know there is an entire field of medicine focused on how best to treat older people? This is the subject of our newest podcast, Secrets to Living Better While Growing Older. So, we sat down with Dr. Jeremy Jacobs, chair of the Geriatric and Rehabilitation Complex at the Hadassah Medical Organization.

He shares the secrets to a longer life: physical activity, a good diet, stress reduction and meaning. As we learn in the podcast, good medical care from a young age could prevent as much as 40 percent of dementia — and much more.

Dr. Jacobs says addressing visual and hearing loss, depression and cardiovascular risk factors, as well as exercising and eating right, could keep dementia away.

He also talks about a recent study he published looking at the effect of optimism on aging.

How happy you are and how much you are still anticipating and planning for future events are both strong predictors of longevity, Dr. Jacobs says.

Listeners will also hear: How can you avoid complications from taking too many drugs? What are the ways to ward off mental health issues in older age? Is geriatric care ready for artificial intelligence or other new tools? How much of longevity is genetics? And much, much more.

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"Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine" is a production of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America. Hadassah enhances the health of people around the world through medical education, care and research innovations at the Hadassah Medical Organization. For more information on the latest advances in medicine please head over to hadassah.org.

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About our guests

Dr. Jeremy Jacobs is the chair of the Departments of Geriatric Rehabilitation, and the Center for Palliative Care at Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus, and is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Hadassah–Hebrew University School of Medicine in Jerusalem, Israel. He oversees the complex's wards including geriatric rehabilitation, sub-acute care, hospice, home hospice, long-term complicated care and the Geriatric Emergency Room.

Born in London, England, he completed his undergraduate and medical education at the University of London and University College Hospital Medical School. Upon graduating, Dr. Jacobs went to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) where he operated in various sectors, including Advanced Combat Trauma Life Support (ACTLS). Alongside his important position at HMO, he remains a reserve in the IDF as a captain.

Dr. Jacobs has an amazing amount of experience and is widely regarded in the geriatric and medical communities. He is a member of a multitude of professional organizations, including the Israel Geriatrics Society, the Israel Gerontological Society and the Israel Palliative Medicine Society.