Posts Tagged ‘ senior health ’

Falling is Dangerous for Seniors

Apr 6th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Falls.. Leading Cause of Death for Seniors Falls for people over the age of 65 can be fatal. Amazingly, 28%-35% of people aged 65 and over fall between 2 and 4 times every year. The issue is that a lot of these falls cause fractures and interestingly 87% of fractures in the elderly are due [...]



Help for Mesothelioma Victims

Jan 15th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

treatmesothelioma.com exists to not only inspire hope during these unbearable times but to also provide palliative care and comprehensive information through our website, resources, and educational videos.



Medicare, Why Seniors Should Care

Jan 5th, 2017 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The health industry continues to increase premium costs. This is why some insurance companies chose to opt out of ObamaCare in 2016. They were simply not willing to live with consumer-friendly requirements that bit into their profits. Ryan’s plan, “…would erode much-needed coverage and shift costs to many who live on fixed incomes and continue to struggle in the shadow of the Great Recession.” AARP Bulletin, January-February 2017

A full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) would eliminate all the Medicare benefits created by the law, including free preventive services (flu shots and screenings for cancer and diabetes), savings on prescription drugs and the future of Medicare with a slow-down of spending, fraud, waste and excessive payments.



Elder Years Can Be Happy Ones

Sep 19th, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

How Senior Years Can Be Happy



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

Sep 9th, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Victims of AD need more structure in the Moderate stage. The generally experience sleeplessness, wandering, late-day confusion and agitation which are all part of the same problem. BAI Beacon states, “The damaged brain has to work much harder to understand the environment and be able to function.” (Ibid) People with AD tend to lose their sense of smell and need food that is well or highly seasoned; their eating is disrupted and the challenge for the caregiver is to find and prepare food that is appealing to their care receiver.

Persons in the Moderate stage of AD may resist bathing and need help to dress. They struggle to find words to express what they want to say. They begin to experience illusions and delusions.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregivers for family members and/or friends who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s find the availability of care-giving resources both helpful and encouraging. In particular, the explanation of stages of the disease and symptoms characteristic of each stage enable the caregiver to better plan for addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He/she can be somewhat prepared to help the person with Alzheimer’s mitigate some of the symptoms and make life more pleasant for everyone involved.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The first signs of a change in brain functioning (cognition) are generally mild and may go unnoticed. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute defines MCI as “…impairment in thinking skills that goes beyond normal age-related cognitive changes but does not meet criteria for dementia.”



Keeping Fit at 60+

Feb 28th, 2015 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Exercise is important for people of all ages, whether you’re 16 or 60. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stop exercising. In fact, regular exercise is more important the older you get as it helps prevent bone loss (reducing the risk of fractures), reduces the risk of dozens of diseases associated with aging and also increases muscle strength.



HEALTH ISSUES SENIOR WOMEN FACE

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By Guest Post | Category: For Senior Women

Women’s Health Breakdown: 60’s It is important to pay attention to your body and its needs during your 60s. Whether you are trying to stay healthy for yourself, your spouse or to see your grandchildren grow up, there are many things to keep in mind at this age. Ovarian Cancer Photo courtesy of uchospitals.edu Unfortunately, [...]



SENIORS: AGING HEALTH CONCERNS

Aug 22nd, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors are at higher risk for a number of health issues associated with aging. We talk about them here today with the caveat that we are not medical professionals and do not offer medical advice. We encourage readers to discuss any health/medical concerns with your primary care physician.

These are some of the health conditions generally associated with aging:

glaucoma,
macular degeneration,
PSA of 4 or above,
intestinal disorders,
chronic pain,
dramatic (unintended) loss of weight,
chronic sinus condition,
knee and shoulder pain,



TREATMENT OF SYMPTOMS vs HEALTHY SENIOR LIVING

Jul 24th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Seniors Identify Symptoms Physical illness and disease increase with many seniors as we age. Lifelong issues become more troublesome and new dis-ease crops up with annoying regularity. AARP recently published an article about symptoms we should not ignore: pain, shortness of breath, confusion, unexplained weight loss, fever and swelling in legs. The article is a [...]