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Healthy Aging

Beata I Styka, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Physician located in Suburban Chicagoland area, Palos Heights, IL

Healthy aging is a goal that can be challenging to achieve without support and guidance. Beata I. Styka, MD, in Palos Heights, Illinois, specializes in geriatric medicine, offering a variety of integrative services that address every aspect of your health and promote your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. If you’re ready to improve your quality of life, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

Healthy Aging Q & A

What should I know about healthy aging?

Preventive health care is at the heart of healthy aging. With yearly exams, Dr. Styka can detect subtle changes in your health, finding problems early enough to prevent them from progressing.

Routine care also ensures you get the screenings you need for conditions such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

As a specialist in geriatric medicine, Dr. Styka helps with all aspects of your health including:

  • Vaccinations
  • Hearing and vision
  • Memory loss and dementia
  • Mental health
  • Balance and fall prevention
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Activity level
  • Trouble with daily living
  • Medication management

Many older adults take multiple medications prescribed by several physicians. In many cases, no one ever reviews all your medications to be sure you’re not at risk for dangerous interactions. You can bring all your medications in for Dr. Styka to review.

Why do I need to pay extra attention to nutrition?

Your body needs adequate nutrition to generate energy, heal old or damaged tissues, and maintain normal brain and heart function. A healthy diet can prevent problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis.

As you get older, however, your body naturally changes in ways that make it hard to get the vitamins, minerals, and calories you need. Aging and medications affect your sense of smell and taste, and this, in turn, lowers your appetite. Changes in your gastrointestinal tract mean you don’t absorb all the nutrients you consume. Additionally, many people find they just don’t feel hungry.

Dr. Styka assesses your nutritional status and works with you to develop nutrient-dense meal plan. She also prescribes supplements to restore and prevent nutrient deficiencies.

When should I get help for memory loss?

Any time you’re concerned or have questions about memory loss, Dr. Styka is available to answer your questions and provide cognitive screening.

While it’s normal to occasionally forget a name or misplace items like your keys, you should schedule an appointment if you notice problems such as:

  • Asking the same questions
  • Forgetting common words when speaking
  • Mixing words (saying chair instead of table)
  • Getting lost while in a familiar area
  • Having changes in mood or behavior for no obvious reason 

To learn more about healthy aging, call Beata I. Styka, MD, or book an appointment online.