Senior Health

  • Preventing Senior Skin Issues in Winter

    Harsh winter weather can be especially damaging to sensitive older skin. Use these six tips to prevent dry skin, cracking, itching and eczema.

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  • How the World’s Oldest Person Spent Her Last Day

    From silent films to Blu-Ray players, Kitty Hawk to the Mars Rover missions, two World Wars and the literal invention of sliced bread—Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person, was alive for them all.

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  • Routine Medical Tests Female Caregivers Should Never Skip

    Family caregivers tend to look after everyone else’s needs at the expense of their own—including their health. But, skipping important checkups and medical screenings allows potentially serious health issues to go undetected and untreated.

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  • West Nile Virus: Don’t Panic, Be Prepared

    Older adults are uniquely susceptible to developing the most serious form of the disease, which sometimes results in paralysis and death.

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  • How to Give Yourself a Much-Needed Massage

    You may not have the time or finances to hire a massage therapist, but you can still reap the benefits of a relaxing massage. Here are some self-massage techniques that you can do with everyday household items: a pencil, a sock, and two tennis balls.

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  • Are You Healthier Than a 100-Year-Old?

    In an effort to figure out what separates those who age well from those who don't, we reviewed a study comparing the health and lifestyle habits of baby boomers and centenarians. The results may surprise you.

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  • Swinging Summer Temperatures May Put Seniors’ Health at Risk

    Even tiny temperature increases (less than two degrees Fahrenheit), may increase an elderly person's risk of death as much as four percent, depending on which chronic health conditions they suffer from.

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  • Healthy Summer Foods for Seniors

    Many popular summer foods are both tasty and nutritionally dense. Get ideas for senior-friendly meals and snacks that incorporate healthy seasonal ingredients and evoke memories of summertime fun.

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  • Seasonal Depression in the Elderly

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and vitamin D deficiency can have damaging effects on older adults’ physical and mental health. Learn about the signs of these conditions and their treatments to ensure your loved one has a happy and healthy winter.

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  • Fire Safety for Elders with Special Health Needs

    Decreased mobility, sight, hearing or cognitive capabilities may limit a senior's ability to take the quick action necessary to escape during a fire emergency. Protect elderly during a fire emergency with these safety tips.

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  • Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

    Chilling temperatures, ice and snow can be a nuisance, but for older adults, the colder months can be downright dangerous. Use these winter tips for seniors to ensure your loved ones stay safe and warm.

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  • Pseudobulbar Affect: Just Another Name for Depression?

    Crying is not always depression and some seniors tend to laugh at the wrong times. Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a little-known neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable bouts of emotion such as laughing and crying.

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  • Electronic Health Records Lead to Better Care for People With Diabetes

    Electronic health records versus paper-based methods of record-keeping were put to the test with a group of diabetes patients seeking comprehensive medical care.

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  • Elderly Often Left Out of Clinical Trials

    Elderly people are often excluded from clinical trials, according to a new study. More than half of clinical trials exclude older individuals based on their age or age-related conditions.

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  • Scientists Find Way to Boost Immune System to Fight Infections

    Scientists have discovered a technique for controlling aging in white blood cells. This breakthrough could give aging immune systems a temporary boost to fight off infection and disease more effectively.

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  • 11 Remedies for Dry Mouth

    Find home remedies and treatment suggestions for dry mouth (xerostomia) in order to avoid serious health consequences like infection, gum disease, and tooth loss.

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  • Skin Patch Monitors Vital Signs

    Scientists have developed a skin patch to monitor vital signs that sticks to the skin like a temporary tattoo.

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  • Are We Worrying about the Wrong Diseases?

    What kills more people every year, heart disease or cancer? Where does Alzheimer's disease fit in the rankings? People may not know as much as they think they do about these common health conditions.

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  • At-Home Exercise: Turn Housework Into a Workout

    Downtime is rare for caregivers, but when a spare moment comes along, hitting the gym usually isn’t a top priority. Incorporating exercise into your everyday chores is a great way to work out without throwing off your whole routine.

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  • Hot Weather Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

    Older adults are at higher risk for overheating and heat stroke for several reasons. Use these tips to ensure your loved one stays cool and hydrated during the hot summer months.

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