Senior Health

  • Chronic Health Conditions and the Flu: A Deadly Combination

    For elderly people, influenza can lead to serious complications like pneumonia, exacerbate existing chronic medical conditions and even cause death. Vaccinations are a senior’s best defense against the flu and related complications.

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  • Why Ill Elders Fool the Doctor and What to Do About It

    Whether your aging loved one is in denial about their health or intentionally withholding information during doctor’s appointments, it’s vital to find ways to help the physician see the truth about a senior's situation.

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  • How to Communicate with a Senior Who Can No Longer Speak

    It is frightening to watch an aging loved one lose their ability to talk, respond or communicate in any manner, but the powers of touch and hearing can help family caregivers continue to connect with seniors who have aphasia.

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  • High Blood Pressure: Guidelines and Treatments for Seniors

    The guidelines for normal and high blood pressure aren’t always black and white, especially for older adults. Caregivers should take an active role in helping seniors monitor their blood pressure to ensure hypertension is detected and treated promptly.

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  • Caregiver Tips to Prevent and Heal Bed Sores

    Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are a painful and potentially very serious medical condition. Family caregivers offer their best tips for caring for a senior who is experiencing bed sores.

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  • Are You Eating Your ABCs?

    Specific vitamins can have a significant positive (or negative) impact on your health. Learn what each one does, how to spot a deficiency, and what foods you should add to your diet to make sure you're meeting your nutritional requirements.

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  • What Caregivers Need to Know About C. Difficile

    C. diff infections are on the rise in hospitals and nursing homes, and ill seniors are particularly vulnerable to this persistent bug. Use these best hygiene and antibiotic practices to keep your loved one and yourself healthy.

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  • Caring for a Senior with Edema

    Edema is a common symptom of heart, liver and kidney diseases. For many seniors this excess fluid retention is a serious problem. Know the signs of edema and what medical and lifestyle options can minimize swelling and discomfort.

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  • Anemia in Seniors: What to Look for and How to Treat It

    Fatigue, weakness and irritability are considered “normal” symptoms of aging, but these red flags may actually point to a serious underlying condition. Be aware of these signs and others that warrant a trip to the doctor and some blood work.

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  • What Every Caregiver Should Know About Bed Sores

    Although pressure ulcers, aka bedsores, are often considered to be a sign of poor care or neglect, these painful wounds can happen to any senior. Prevention and early detection are crucial for keeping an elder's skin healthy.

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  • Caring for a Loved One with Lung Disease

    COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and other types of lung disease can seriously limit a senior's functional abilities. Explore tips tp help a loved one with lung disease improve their sleep quality, nutrition, and overall health.

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  • Andropause: A Taboo Topic for Many Men

    As men age, hormone production and bioavailability decrease, resulting in a number of different mental and physical changes. A mental health counselor examines the causes and effects of these changes and the controversy surrounding the male aging process.

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  • Protect Yourself from Antibiotic Overuse and Prevent Resistance

    Antibiotics can be useful against many different infections, but their overuse contributes to making certain strains of bacteria into drug-resistant "super bugs." Learn how to correctly use these medications and prevent resistance.

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  • Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Aging Men

    Testosterone levels decrease naturally as men age, but hormone replacement therapy for 'Low T' has become a hot topic for men who wish to offset some of the common side effects of andropause. However, hormonal supplements may increase health risks.

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  • How to Help an Older Adult with Speech Aphasia

    The ability to communicate may be diminished following a stroke or due to the progression of a neurological disease. A variety of tools and strategies are available for interacting with a loved one who has speech problems.

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  • Scabies: A Common Skin Condition in Long-Term Care Facilities

    Scabies is a common skin condition in long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living communities. The resulting rash can be extremely uncomfortable, and may take multiple rounds of treatment to get rid of the parasites.

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  • Dysphagia: How to Help a Loved One Eat and Drink Safely

    Difficulties with swallowing, called dysphagia, can affect one’s ability to eat and pose risks like choking and aspiration pneumonia. Learn the signs of dysphagia and how to help your loved one eat and drink safely.

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  • Compulsive Skin Picking in the Elderly

    Seniors who refuse to stop picking at their skin can create open wounds, infection, and scarring. There may not be an obvious reason or cure for this behavior, but there are underlying triggers that can be addressed.

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  • How to Stay Well in Hot Weather

    Heat and sun, combined with high humidity, can change us from comfortable to over-heated very quickly if we are not careful. Most heat-related injuries can be prevented by adequate hydration

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  • All About the Shingles Vaccine

    Anyone who had chicken pox growing up may develop shingles later in life. Painful resurgence of the zoster virus is common in people older than 60, but it can be prevented with a single shot.

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