Posts Tagged ‘ senior health concerns ’

OVERMEDICATION ISSUES FOR ELDERLY

Apr 8th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Look for the Obvious Over-medication issues are common in the lives of our elderly loved ones. They happen more often in nursing homes, but they can still happen with elders living at home and/or being cared for by a caregiver.// The most important issue for seniors concerned about over-medication issues is to look for the [...]



WEST NILE VIRUS ISSUES FOR SENIORS

Aug 25th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Health Considerations for Seniors The threat of West Nile Virus is of more concern for seniors than any other population group.  Many experts have said that if you are over 70 and develop symptoms of WNV, go to the hospital immediately.  Senior citizens have less ability to fight the disease, and immediate medical care is [...]



JUST THE FACTS: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Jun 30th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Let’s Stick With the Facts, Please Senior Citizen Journal has been supportive of the Affordable Care Act since its inception. In the wealthiest nation on earth, every citizen should have access to healthcare.  In order for the private insurance system to work, everyone has to participate–thus the ‘individual mandate’.  It just makes good sense socially [...]



SENIORS LEARN TO AVOID DRUG REACTIONS

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself Avoiding drug reactions is necessary for senior citizens to protect themselves and their good health.  Patricia Barry writes for AARP regularly, and offers seniors a lot of good advice about health issues.  In the September, 2011, AARP Bulletin, she has an excellent article on The Side Effects of [...]



Seniors: Daily Routines and What They Say About Us

May 19th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Our daily routine reveals a lot about us. Confessing to some habits and behaviors that I really would like to change suggests dissatisfaction with how my life is structured. It is easy to get into a proverbial rut. It is difficult to extract yourself from that rut. Requiring evaluation and some heavy lifting, it means that you are ready to rearrange the furniture in your day to day living.

For example, most of us, as we age, seem to seek out comfort and more inactivity than activity. We gravitate to those things that are less demanding physically and requiring of less demand upon our bodies, even our minds, and often our spirits. We are satisfied to be not so much lazy as inert.



Senior Health Issues: Causes of Cognitive Impairment

Feb 18th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

We seniors are learning more about the potential causes of cognitive impairment.  We need to know what can create problems/issues with our brains as we age.  One of the possibilities is over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may be just that, or it can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.  It is generally diagnosed with [...]



Senior Health and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Nov 29th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Senior citizens around the planet are increasingly knowledgeable about their health.  We know maintaining good health, eating well, exercising and remaining engaged in the world around us keeps us young in body, mind and spirit.  So today SCJ addresses important nutritional information that we all need to learn about… omega-3 fatty acids or OFAs as [...]



Senior Health: Dark Red and Green Fruits and Veggies

Nov 2nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts had an interesting article this week on the benefits of berries as an antioxidant.  Another article addressed whether or not diet could improve the chronic condition called glaucoma.  It occurred to us that taking another look at the relationship between diet and disease is in order. Dark red and green [...]



Updates on Flu Concerns for Seniors

Oct 19th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

By now most senior citizens should have received the influenza vaccination.  2010 supplies are available almost everywhere you turn; there is no shortage this year, thanks to better planning strategies and learning from the problems of last year.  In particular drug stores, grocery stores and walk-in clinics offer shots to anyone who makes the request.  [...]



Medicare Advantage Plans Explained for Seniors

Oct 3rd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The 2010 Medicare Annual Election Period is nearing and SCJ continues its discussion about what senior citizens need to know about Medicare.  The Annual Election Period (AEP) begins Novesmber 15 and continues through the end of the year.  During this time, seniors can change plans if they want, and of course, those who are not [...]