Posts Tagged ‘ senior health issues ’

AGING AND HIP REPLACEMENTS

Mar 20th, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Some Implants Found Faulty Hip osteoporosis affects one out of every four seniors. This disease, along with bone death, trauma, arthritis, obesity and other hip conditions, may require hip replacement. Every year, there are more than 450,000 hip replacement surgeries in the United States. Hip replacement is intended to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Recently, [...]



SENIORS AND THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT

Jun 29th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The Affordable Health Care Act is now law, affirmed constitutional by the Supreme Court. We aren’t sure how long it will be so, with the resistance provided by those who so vehemently oppose it. But, for now it is law. It is so because 5 of the Supreme Court Justices endorsed its major provisions. It is so because the Chief Justice joined those five. It is so because in the face of attempts to derail it, reason prevailed.

Illness and poor health may now have a chance at being defeated. In spite of those who would deny the opportunity of protection against the ravages of illness and poor health, there is now hope and encouragement. Compassionate care has prevailed.



WHEN SEVERAL AILMENTS STRIKE SENIORS AT ONCE

May 1st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

While uninvited, it is possible and quite predictable that a senior may be struck with several ailments or physical conditions at once. When this happens, one of the attendant dynamics is heading off the depression and difficulty that comes with dealing with such a deluge.

For some, it may more likely occur during the winter or colder months, when infections and illnesses seem more frequent. However, as we age there are physical dynamics that seem to move in and proliferate at other times as well.

Assume, for example, the invasion of an intestinal disorder, which persists and requires continuing treatment and efforts at preventing dehydration. A double whammy. Or, with that a surgery procedure required by a specialist that will



SENIORS OVERCOME HANDICAPPING CONDITIONS

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The top 10 concerns of senior citizens includes health issues. Judi Dench, the actress, and I have one in common. We have been diagnosed with macular degeneration. You may also be a part of that growing league of those who are beset by this incurable disease. The worst part is that ‘wet’ macular degeneration in particular can lead to blindness if not treated early. People who have ‘dry’ macular degeneration experience a decline in vision, but may not become altogether blind. Click on those links above to get more information from the Mayo Clinic.

As we grow older, we seem to be confronted by more and more health issues for which there is no cure, no reversal, no treatment. Drug companies work tirelessly to come up with means for addressing one or another of these threats, but often to no avail.



SENIORS: EXPECTING AND ACCEPTING CHANGE IN HEALTH

Dec 13th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Wise counsel for senior citizens is ‘the one thing predictable for the elderly is change’. As we age, some body parts wear out from use… like our joints. We sit around more and exercise less and our muscles get weaker. Following retirement, we adjust to living on a fixed income and the constraints that come with that. Change. Predictable change.

The body parts wearing out has its own set of peculiar ramifications. I was diagnosed with dry age-related macular degeneration this week. It’s an eye condition in which the macula inside the eye deteriorates and causes change (that word again!) in vision. Change that makes vision deteriorate slowly and over a period of years.

I’ve already had three corneal transplants from an inherited condition known as keratoconus. That eye condition results in the



Senior Health: Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Begins November 15

Nov 16th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Open Enrollment for Medicare began yesterday, November 15, and continues through the end of the year, December 31.  This happens every year, and is the time when you can (1) enroll in Medicare or (2) change the Medicare Advantage plan or (3) change the Medicare supplement (Medigap) policy you have been on for the past year.  Some [...]



Senior Health Tips: What Works for You

Sep 16th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Discovering a formula for healthy senior living that works for you on a daily basis is a very essential and important undertaking. When you have reached what feels like a stabilized condition in your daily health habits, then you are at a good place to determine what you are doing right. My own experience in retirement has affirmed that there are several factors that need to be reinforced and given all the encouragement possible to continue at a healthy pace in my daily routines.

Here are some useful hints:

>Start with a good night’s rest. Allow your sleeping habits to be predictable and do not allow much variation in your going to bed time each night.



Rest Assured®: Elderly Remain at Home with Tele-Caregiver Support

Sep 5th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Dad is 95, his wife is 82, and their daughters are unable to be present on a daily basis to check on them.  The parents tried a retirement center last year, and lasted two months before they insisted on moving back home.  One of their daughters, or sons-in-law, tries to check on them every morning, [...]



Senior Health: Listen to the Wake-Up Call

Aug 22nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Some times things happen in life that provide opportunity to rethink how you are living.  And Dr Wayne Dyer has an interesting comment on Facebook this week that may provide guidance for those of you who want to do some rethinking.  He says, “I focus on what’s really important in life. Quality rather than appearance…ethics [...]



Seniors: Assess Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Aug 12th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are several unchallenged rules to live by which equip our bodies for living well and productively. It is the easiest thing in the world to ignore and avoid those rules. It is the best choice to decide to adopt the disciplines that contribute to good health, favorable conditions for living, adequate and appropriate diet, persistent exercise, and a wholesome frame of mind. These, after all, are the pieces of equipment that need to be readily kept in good condition. Check ups will ascertain how well we do. Shopping habits at the grocery store or farmer’s market will indicate our diet. Adequate patterns of rest and then exercise will contribute to our day to day vitality. Looking at these from the perspective of how much better our existence is, will help us keep up the practices of equipping our bodies.

It comes down to a variety of very simple, but poignant questions. Considerations include taking care of yourself, considering the impact your own life and behaviors have on others, living with choices of tranquility make for a better day to day environment for keeping our equipment working smoothly. When we