Dorian Martin

Dorian Martin

Patient Advocate

Dorian Martin writes about various topics for HealthCentral, including Alzheimer’s disease, diet/exercise, menopause and lung cancer. Dorian is a health and caregiving advocate living in College Station, TX. She has a Ph.D. in educational human resource development. Dorian also founded I Start Wondering, which encourages people to embrace a life-long learning approach to aging. She teaches Sheng Zhen Gong, a form of Qigong. Follow Dorian on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @doriannmartin.

Latest Articles by Dorian Martin

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Alzheimer's Disease

6 Ideas for Coping with a Relative Who Has Alzheimer's

Recently, Sue (the moderator of this site) saw a response I gave to Jomenma and asked me to share this response in a separate sharepost. Jomenma asked, “How can I best help a friend who’s dealing with two parents with Alzheimer’s?” And here’s my repl...

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Alzheimer's Disease

How to Use Comfort Feeding for People with Alzheimer's

One question that I’ve seen members of this Alzheimer’s community often ask involves feeding a loved one with Alzheimer’s. As dementia takes over a loved one’s mind, it also can - and probably will - take over the person’s ability to swallow, causing ...

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Alzheimer's Disease

Why Behavior Changes May Be Sign of Dementia

You often hear about a midlife crisis when a person’s behavior changes radically. But in some cases, what’s going on is not a midlife crisis, but instead a form of dementia. According to an article entitled “When Character Crumbles” in the November/D...

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Menopause

Why Middle-Age Women Should Worry About Constipation

Feeling constipated lately? You’re not alone. In fact, this condition is common among older adults. Constipation is marked by straining, having lumpy or hard stools, a feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowels and/or a sensation of being blocked...

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Menopause

Why You Should Avoid Human Growth Hormone During Menopause

Are you a menopausal woman who is looking for the fountain of youth? Are you intrigued by the stories and advertisements that you can turn back the clock by taking human growth hormones? Are these good options for middle-age women? First, let’s defin...

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Food & Nutrition

9 Foods That Go by Different Names

Once, while watching a cooking show by Jamie Oliver, who hails from Great Britain, I noticed that he reached for cilantro, but called it coriander. That got me thinking – are there other healthy foods that may go by different names?

GERD

Managing GERD: Lifestyle Changes vs. OTC Medications

Many people reach for over-the-counter antacids and medications to ease physical discomfort after eating a big platter of, say, fried and greasy food.

Healthy Aging

Foods that Cause Digestive Distress in Older Adults

As we age, our digestive tract may start to go into rebellion with uncomfortable results. More than 16 percent of people over the age of 70 report having fecal incontinence while others describe having more gas, bloating, burping and stomach distensi...