Senior Health

  • Think Twice About Nutritional Supplement Drinks for Elderly Loved Ones

    Caregivers are often stumped when elders lose their appetite or stop eating altogether. Weigh the pros and cons of incorporating a supplement shake into an elder’s diet.

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  • Does My Parent Need a Senior Rehabilitation Center?

    When a senior needs extra help recovering from a surgery or hospital stay, choosing the right rehabilitative care ensures your loved one has the best chances of regaining their health and independence.

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  • Why Seniors Are More Susceptible to Pneumonia

    Adults over age 65 are at a much higher risk of developing and possibly dying from pneumonia. Learn what factors can contribute to this risk and how you can protect your loved one from falling ill.

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  • An Overview of COPD

    Also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for COPD.

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  • Seniors and Blood Clots: What are the Symptoms?

    Blood clots can lead to stroke, heart attack, and other chronic heart conditions. Keeping an eye out for these symptoms can help to protect your loved one's health.

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  • Why Seniors’ Tastes Change with Age

    Many older adults experience a loss of taste and no longer enjoy the foods they once loved. Depending on the underlying cause, a doctor may be able to suggest treatment options and methods of coping with this problem.

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  • Shingles: A Painful Skin Condition

    Advanced age and a compromised immune system can make seniors more susceptible to shingles, a disease that affects the nerves and causes a painful, blistering skin rash.

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  • Hoarding: A Challenging and Potentially Dangerous Dementia-Related Behavior

    Hoarding is an extreme “collecting” behavior seen in some people who have Alzheimer's disease and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Fortunately, there are some strategies that caregivers and family members can use to help manage these behaviors.

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  • 10 Warning Signs of Kidney Disease

    Early symptoms of kidney disease are subtle and can go unnoticed for many years. Delays in medical treatment could be fatal, so it’s important to catch the signs early to prevent permanent kidney damage.

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  • Constipation in the Elderly

    Occasional constipation is one of many common bowel problems in the elderly. Learn about symptoms to look for, possible causes and treatment options that can help minimize discomfort.

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  • Medical Tests for Prostate Problems

    Prostate glands tend to grow larger as men age. How do you know if you have prostate problems? There are many different medical tests that diagnose prostate problems in elderly men.

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  • Hematuria in the Elderly

    What is hematuria and should caregivers be concerned if their elderly parent has it?

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  • Hemorrhagic Strokes in Seniors

    During a hemorrhagic stroke, an artery in the brain bursts, blood spews out into the surrounding tissue.

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  • Ischemic Stroke and the Elderly

    The most common kind of stroke, an ischemic stroke occurs when an artery supplying the brain with blood becomes blocked.

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  • The Latest Research on Strokes

    The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke sponsors a wide range of research aimed at finding ways to prevent, diagnose and treat strokes in the elderly.

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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 are Strokes Diagnosed and Treated?

    A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

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  • How Long Can a Person Live With Parkinson’s Disease?

    For seniors with Parkinson’s disease, life expectancy can be difficult to gauge. Fortunately, outcomes have 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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  • Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Taking Too Many Medications Can Be Risky

    The average senior takes four or more prescription drugs each day. Use these tips for responsible medication management to prevent adverse health outcomes from taking too many medications.

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