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Aging and Muscle Mass

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
As we age we tend to exercise less but muscle building capacity remains intact. Staying fit is more difficult as we age. Injuries and pain limit exercise, Cautious interval training is best for all.            

Cataract Surgery Prevents Hip Fractures

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  People over age 65 who had cataract surgery had a lower chance of a hip fracture 1 year after the procedure according to an article published in JAMA in August of 2012. Cataracts cause visual changes that result in postural instability and in combination with the loss of strength and loss of bone strength that occurs with aging, this leads to more...

Drug Dosing Confuses the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
Many older patients, who take an average of seven medications a day, get confused by the vague instructions on the prescription bottles and they don’t take their medicines properly.  Even well educated people may have some low “health literacy skills.”  Patients often think they aren’t supposed to take their medications at the...

Drug Saftey in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Our elderly population is overmedicated and following directions for their use is a big issue. Poor detoxification with aging complicates this further. Hospitalized patients are even more challenged by an avalanche of drugs and their interactions.

Drugs that Worsen Memory in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  A report from the Montreal Geriatric University Institute in November of 2012 reviewed 68 trials on benzodiazepines, 12 on antihistamines, and 15 on tricyclic antidepressants and concluded that these families of drugs have a significant negative impact on memory and concentration in the elderly. The American Geriatrics Society proclaimed that these...

Exercise and Good Diet Extend Life in Elderly Women

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Women in their 70s who exercise and eat healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables have a longer life expectancy according to information published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. In a study of 713 elderly women, women who were the most physically active and had the highest comsumption of fruits and vegetables were 8 times more likely to live...

Exercise for the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
Exercise is especially critical in the elderly. As we lose our youth it becomes easier to lose our strength and fitness. Walking 3 days a week does a lot to support healthy aging, better mood, and mental acuity.

Happy Seniors Live Longer

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
A study from the UK published in October of 2012 on 10,000 people over the age of 50 showed that seniors who enjoy life live longer. Over 9 years they found that 20% died, but only 10% of those who had an "inner smile" and nearly 30% died who did not. Factors that influenced this outcome were psychological wellbeing, social isolation, wealth, living...

Hospital vs Home Care For Older People

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
Hospital environments leave much to be desired for comfort. Convenience in the hospital is more for the staff but at home it is the reverse. HMOs are starting to pay for home care. The pros and cons are addressed.

Importance of Exercise for the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
Exercise is especially critical in the elderly. As we lose our youth it becomes easier to lose our strength and fitness and it takes longer to get our fitness better. Walking 3 days a week does a lot to support healthy aging, better mood, and mental acuity. Exercise allows the body and mind to adapt and do more work with less energy.

Lavender Prevents Falls in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Falls in nursing homes are 2-3 times more frequent than the elderly living at home. There is considerablel morbidity and mortality with falls, especially in those people who are weak, osteoporotic, have poor balance, or on drugs that have sedative effects. In a study using lavender patches for one year showed that there were fewer falls than those...

Medication Errors in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Many elderly patients are vulnerable to serious medication errors. Elderly patients take 4-6 medications on a daily basis. The interreactions are unknown and side effects are expected, especially when taken in combination.

Movement for the Elderly with Frank Wildman, Phd

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Older adults suffer from bad habits and this leads to unnecessary pain. We lose muscular strength as we age so we must treat ourselves as athletes. Moving like a baby and working on the ground or in a chair. Feldenkrais has about 2500 types of movement and there are many exercises that can help elderly, Dr. Frank Wildman describes ways to help the elderly remain...

New Ultra-bad Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
A new ultra-bad very sticky form of LDL cholesterol that is small and dense has been identified and found to be present in both type 2 diabetes and in the elderly. It may be the reason why the risk of heart attack and stroke is eleveated in these groups. The cause is suspected to be related to glycation (damage to proteins by high levels of glucose) and is more...

NSAIDs Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
NSAIDs have now been linked to an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation and flutter. The association was strongest for new users. The risk is increased by 40% for COX-1 inhibitors and 70% for COX-2 inhibitors such as Celebrex. This translates to 1 in 250 taking COX-1 drugs and 1 in 140 taking Celebrex. The risk is highest for the elderly, those with rheumatoid...

Nutrition in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
As we age we lose the ability to produce energy, and when nutrition is especially important. Food in hospitals compared to more nutritious diets has been studied. Ability to make antibodies is superior with a better diet.

Preview Alzheimer's Disease

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
  Alzheimer's disease is defined, its many memory loss and mood related symptoms described, and treatment reviewed. The role of drugs, nutrition, exercise, mental activity for Alzheimer sufferers, and challenges are revealed. The biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology are explained in simple language in this audio-only recording on many aspects of...

Sex in Our Later Years

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Many people maintain an active and fulfilling sex life well into their 80's according to recent research. Clearly the importance of sex in our life changes as we age but 2-3 times a month is average across all age groups.

Should Screening Tests for Cancer be Limited in the Elderly?

submitted by: admin on 09/01/2014
A study out of the University of North Carolina Medical Center in August of 2014 studied more than 27,000 patients over the age of 65 and questioned the widsom of doing routine cancer screening tests, especially if they had a limited life expectancy. They looked at screening tests for prostate, breast, colon, and cervix in a study from 2000 through 2010 and compared...

Social Ties, Calmness, and Purpose for the Elderly with Lily Sarafan

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Healthy longevity is discussed. With the cessation of employment elders need additional stimulation through social ties. Many seniors have much to contribute and staying mentally and socially active supports this.        

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