Senior Health Articles

  • 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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  • 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

    For many seniors 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Home Remedies for Elderly UTI: Tips from Family Caregivers

    Family caregivers share their home remedies for how to stop a urinary tract infection (UTI) before it becomes a major and recurring health issue for an older adult.

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  • 10 Misconceptions about Aging

    Those who approach getting older with a positive outlook are more likely to live longer and have a better quality of life. Dismiss common misconceptions and embrace aging with an optimistic mindset.

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  • Flu Fake-Out: Fall Allergies Annoy Americans in East, Mid-West

    Seasonal allergies can be just as potent in the fall as they are in the spring. No matter when they strike, the symptoms are the same: nasal congestion, watery eyes, runny nose and irritated sinuses.

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  • What It Feels Like to Be Old

    Aging is not something we can fully understand until it happens to us. Sometimes, it feels as if seniors are being unnecessarily difficult, but if you put yourself in their shoes, you'll find that aging gracefully can be a challenge.

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  • Breaking a Hip Elevates Risk of Death in Elderly Women

    Older women who break a hip maybe five times more likely to die within a year than their healthy-hipped peers. The risk lies in the forced immobility caused by a hip fracture.

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  • The Skinny on Skin Problems

    Treatments for dry skin, bruising, bed sores and other skin conditions that are common among elderly people.

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  • Do Antibiotics Cause Fatigue and Lethargy?

    Some people may have no trouble taking an antibiotic, while others may wind up feeling even more rundown once they begin taking the medicine that is supposed to help them get better.

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  • Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly

    UTIs are often difficult to detect in seniors, but early diagnosis can prevent serious complications. Know the age-related symptoms to look for and learn how to reduce the risk of infection.

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  • A Caregiver's Guide to Osteoporosis, Fractures and Senior Bone Health

    When person's bones are thin and brittle, even a minor slip or fall can cause serious injury. For anyone over age 50, there is a very good chance that fall-related injuries are linked to osteoporosis.

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  • How Do Seniors' Urinary Systems Work?

    When the urinary system doesn't function properly, it can lead to a wide variety of senior health problems.

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  • How Long Can Someone Live with Parkinson's Disease?

    The life expectancy of Parkinson’s patients has improved over the past decades thanks to medical advances in symptom management and the development of a comprehensive approach to patient care.

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  • The Aging Digestive System: Maintaining Gut Health As You Age

    Probiotics and digestive enzymes are two popular treatment options for individuals who experience tummy troubles and wish to improve their overall gut health. Learn how these supplements work, what benefits they offer, and how to purchase them.

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