Senior Health

  • Losing the Ability to Swallow: How to Help Someone With Dysphagia

    With conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia, swallowing issues can develop that increase the risk of choking and aspiration pneumonia. Learn the signs of dysphagia and how to help a senior eat and drink safely.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Home Remedies for Treating and Preventing Elderly UTI

    Family caregivers share their tips, home-remedies and advice for preventing and treating urinary tract infections (UTI) in older adults.

  • The Hidden Danger of Varicose Veins

    Most people with varicose veins worry about the appearance of their legs. But the hidden danger of varicose veins lies just underneath the skin; in the circulatory system.

  • 10 Common Misconceptions About Aging

    Did you know that those who approach getting older with a positive outlook are more likely to live longer and have a better quality of life? Dismiss common myths about older adults and embrace aging with optimism.

  • 5 Things to Know about Your Thyroid

    This endocrine gland plays a key role in regulating your energy levels, weight and moods. Is this tiny organ to blame for your fatigue, thinning hair or weight gain?

  • 5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency in the Elderly

    Vitamin D deficiency is common in seniors and has been linked to age-related health conditions like cognitive decline, bone loss and depression. Look for these symptoms of low vitamin D to ensure older adults get the nutrients they need.

  • Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Since I was diagnosed with IBS, I have had to seriously limit my travel and avoid certain activities. I never know when another episode is going to hit…

  • Help Seniors Who've Lost Sense of Smell, Hearing, Vision

    Older adults often start to lose their senses as they age, making them more susceptible to injury and harm.

  • 5 Physical Therapy Treatments Seniors Might Want to Avoid

    A physical therapist’s goal is to help their patients recover from injuries or surgery and improve their functional mobility. But for older adults, some treatments can be ineffective and even hinder the rehabilitation process.

  • How to Make Healthy Meals When You Have No Time to Cook

    Cooking well-balanced meals is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re juggling work, family and caregiving, but the truth is that good nutrition is closely tied to good health. Use these tips and shortcuts to improve your dietary habits.

  • The Link Between Laughter and Memory Loss

    Aging is full of challenging situations, but being able to appreciate the lighter moments can be a good way to manage stress. Learn how laughter techniques can help caregivers stay healthy.

  • Why I’m Ditching the Blood Pressure Pills I’ve Taken for 40 Years

    Medical authorities now say blood pressure for seniors without cardiac issues can go safely up to 150/90. For that and other reasons, I'm quitting the pills. Here's why.

  • Geriatric Psychiatrists: How Can We Help You?

    What is a geriatric psychiatrist and how can they help caregivers and seniors? Caring for older adults requires a special understanding of their physical, social, and mental health needs.

  • Why Seniors Pass Gas and What You Can Do About It

    Even if you can dismiss the noise and ignore the smell, for seniors, there’s always that nagging fear that excess gas may indicate a messy accident or even a serious digestive problem.

  • Cognitive Effects of Anesthesia on the Elderly

    For seniors in need of major surgery, such as a joint replacement or cardiac procedure, it is important to understand that the side effects of anesthesia in elderly patients can be significant over both the short and long term.

  • Lung Cancer; An Unnecessary Death

    My youngest sister died at the age of 63. The diagnosis - lung cancer. Sally did not get cancer from smoking; she got it from radon.

  • Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

    Many seniors doze off throughout the day to compensate for poor sleep at night. However, if your aging loved one spends most of their time sleeping instead of engaging in life, it could indicate a more serious underlying problem.

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