Senior Health

  • 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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  • Celiac Disease in the Elderly

    Celiac disease in the elderly can be easily managed by following a proper diet. Doctor's today are seeing cases of celiac disease or gluten intolerance in the elderly.

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  • Medical Overtreatment Can Have Dire Consequences for Seniors

    Tests, treatments and medications are supposed to make people healthier, but when it comes to medical care for seniors, less is more in most cases.

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  • Dry Mouth in the Elderly Can Have a Big Impact on Senior Health

    Dry mouth in the elderly is often caused by medications and can have a big impact on a senior's health. Talk to your aging loved ones doctor or dentist about any difficulty or changes in eating, tasting, swallowing, talking or denture retention.

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  • Left Untreated, Low Thyroid Can Be Life-Threatening

    Symptoms of low thyroid, or hypothyroidism are often dismissed as normal signs of aging: weight gain, fatigue, forgetfulness and loss of muscle mass. The symptoms may sound minor, but left untreated, low thyroid can be deadly.

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  • Early-morning Cigarettes Raise Cancer Risk, Research Says

    Lighting up a cigarette first thing in the morning may increase the risk of lung, head and neck cancers, according to new research.

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  • One in Six Aging Livers is Abnormal

    One in six elderly patients has at least one abnormal liver test. One high reading does not increase mortality, but multiple high readings indicate an increased risk for death from cancer and other diseases.

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  • Are Caregivers at Higher Risk for Fibromyalgia?

    Caregivers are under a tremendous amount of physical strain and stress. Does caregiving lead to fibromyalgia, a painful condition that causes long-term, body-wide pain?

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  • Skin Problems in the Elderly

    Common skin conditions in the elderly like dryness and bruising can be bothersome, but they can also point to more serious underlying health problems. Knowing what symptoms to look for and how to treat them can help you maintain a senior’s skin integrity.

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  • Elders Getting Colonoscopies With Dangerous Frequency

    A significant number of elders are incurring unnecessary costs and endangering their health by getting colonoscopies too often.

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  • Do Antibiotics Cause Fatigue and Lethargy?

    Some people have no trouble taking an antibiotic, while others may wind up feeling even more tired once they begin their medication. The side effects of antibiotics can be problematic, especially for older adults.

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  • UTI in the Elderly: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in seniors can cause serious health complications. Learn how to spot the behavioral and physical symptoms of UTI in elderly individuals and how to reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Repeats the Same Things Over and Over

    One sign of the aging brain is repeating stories and questions more often. While there is no quick fix, a change in attitude and some proven strategies can help you keep your cool and preserve your loved one’s dignity.

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  • Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Senior Health Problems

    The condition of a senior’s fingernails can indicate the presence of medical issues like heart disease, thyroid issues and malnutrition, which can be especially serious in elderly individuals.

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  • What is Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that causes people to stop breathing while they sleep.

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  • Dialysis for Kidney Failure

    When the kidneys fail, treatment is needed to replace the work of your failed kidneys. Dialysis is a treatment process that cleans the body of unwanted toxins, waste products and excess fluids.

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  • The 4 Kinds of Urinary Incontinence

    Caring for an elderly parent with incontinence can be challenging. Start by understanding the four main kinds of incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow and functional incontinence.

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  • Benefits of the High-Dose Flu Shot for Seniors

    Seniors over age 65 should receive an annual flu shot to safeguard their health. A high-dose vaccine provides increased protection from infection in individuals who have weaker immune systems.

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  • 7 Common Flu Myths Debunked

    There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the prevention and treatment of influenza. Get your facts straight and learn how to protect yourself and your aging loved ones from this nasty viral infection.

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  • Yoga for Caregivers: The Natural Way to Relieve Stress & Pain

    Yoga can help caregivers relieve stress, ease pain, and increase wellbeing. It's a great way to practice self care while taking care of an elderly parent.

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