New Research Explores Cure for Alzheimer’s
As scientists look for causes as well as preventative measures for this form of dementia, they are examining not just physical factors but also “social,” such as age of retirement and an individual’s own concerns about memory.
Don’t Forget: Tips for Helping Memory Loss
Although memory loss comes with aging, you can take steps to keep your brain active. They include activities that also boost physical health, such as exercise and eating the right foods, as well as games that challenge your mind.
What Mild Cognitive Impairment Might Mean for You
Forgetfulness is part of normal aging. It can also be a more serious condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment, which can lead to Alzheimer’s. Understand the signs, symptoms and what you can do about Mild Cognitive Impariment.
If You Have Alzheimer’s Disease, What You Should Know, What You Should Do
The Alzheimer’s Association provides this guide to Alzheimer’s Disease from the patient’s point of view, empowering the senior to live with dignity while managing the disease. A compassionate handout for your senior clients and their families.
World Alzheimer Reports
A report by Alzheimer Disease International (ADI) explores the cost of dementia to our societies. The report contains an explanation of the methods used, detailed results for different economic and geographic regions, and conclusions and recommendations are offered.
2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
Get an overview of the most important statistical data about Alzheimer’s in the U.S. Some emerging trends for your senior clients that will assist them and make you a trusted resource are also presented here. Source: Alzheimer’s Association
Relief for Dementia Patients
After just ten sessions of specially designed occupational therapy, dementia patients experience improvement in their concrete and practical skills. Their caregivers, too, feel a renewed sense of competence
Disorders & Diseases
Surprising Treatment for Diabetes
Although still controversial, gastric bypass surgery may be an effective treatment for certain people with diabetes, according to two studies that show this surgery has lasting effects.
Combating the Pain from Shingles
Pain during and after shingles can greatly affect how seniors live. Early detection and immediate treatment are key to successfully combating shingles.
Susceptible to SAD
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a cyclical form of depression that can affect seniors at specific times of the year and its symptoms can be severe. The causes, symptoms and treatments of SAD are presented in this article.
Better Recovery for Cancer Patients
Rehabilitation is a crucial part of a cancer patient’s recovery because it promotes a better and faster healing. For best results, Rehabilitation involves the patient, family members, doctors and many other professionals.
Hoarding Can Be a Serious Issue
Seniors are more likely than others to collect and keep possessions, and are at higher risk for hoarding-related safety issues. The reasons for hoarding are many, including fear of loss and anxiety.
Electronic Health Records
At Your Fingertips: Three Options for Accessing Your Health Records
Three programs for managing personal health records are available for healthcare consumers: VA, CMS and Mayo Clinic. These online systems are accessible and make it easy to control and share your medical history.
No More Questions: Medical Health Records Enter the Digital Age
Healthcare information management tools are rapidly evolving so all participants in the healthcare system can now use them. The latest news is that patients, as consumers of various services, will soon be able to actively participate in creating and maintaining their healthcare records
Senior Medical Device
Seniors experience better health care results thanks to a medical devices brought into the home which communicates with doctors and family members.
Health Related Issues
Getting to the Root of Dental Problems
As we get older, we’re likely to experience more problems with our teeth and gums. However, this is not just an issue with discomfort; dental issues can lead to serious problems with general health. The remedy is routine check-ups as well as regular brushing and flossing
Your Nose Knows: Dealing with Seasonal Allergies
Seniors with allergies can have a difficult time during pollen season, but various remedies can relieve the symptoms and sometimes the cause. Sometimes simple acts such as vacuuming often and not using window fans can help relieve the discomfort
Hearing Aids Use New Technology
It’s estimated that only 15 percent of those who need hearing aids actually have them. One reason people are hesitant to use hearing aids is because they can pick up too much background noise, but new digital technology can overcome this and other problems. In fact, some new hearing aids can even stream music from your computer.
How to Find and Be Satisfied with Your CNA
When the time comes to find extra help for health needs at home, many turn to CNAs (certified nurse assistants). Here are some tips on how to find a CNA, the right questions to ask, and what to do if you have problems with a CNA
Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep Not sleeping well is more than being uncomfortable. New research is showing poor sleep can affect memory. More than other age groups, seniors need to take measures to make sure they are well rested.
Risks for Taking Too Many Drugs
Taking too many drugs such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) products, herbs and supplements can cause poor medication results, but there are steps seniors can follow to prevent medical harm.
Top Health Issues for Seniors
State policymakers are busy figuring out how to handle health issues for seniors. Not surprisingly, No. 1 on their list is increasing enrollment in Medicaid in the face of diminishing federal funds. But policymakers are also worried that there won’t be enough healthcare workers to care for the huge baby boomer population.
Noise Pollution – A Health Hazard for Seniors
Noise in it of itself can be a nuisance for everyone, but studies show that noise has a direct and immediate effect on a person’s health. Seniors are especially at risk to noise pollution.
The GPS Shoe for Wanderers
The new trend in the shoe market is shoes that use a global positioning system (GPS) located in the heel of the shoe to actually track the location of a person in order to better care for and protect them.
Fighting Vision Loss
One in four people over 65 has age-related macular degeneration, a deterioration of visual acuity. Eyesight is crucial for maintaining independence, mobility and quality of life. Find out how a healthy lifestyle can fight this form of vision impairment.
What Senior Men Can Do About “Male Menopause”
Dropping testosterone levels can cause disruptive symptoms and alter a man’s health. But help, in the form of testosterone replacement therapy, has helped men who are suffering.
Senior Health Issues Get Special ER Attention
Seniors are less anxious to seek treatment at these new senior-exclusive emergency rooms. ERs designed and dedicated to the care of seniors are changing the health care experience.
New Method of Joint Replacement for Seniors in Pain
Joint replacement surgery isn’t for everyone, but it’s a clear choice for those with damaged arthritic joints who are committed to being active without pain.
Protecting Yourself From Food Poisoning
Not all foods are safe for seniors to eat and food in refrigerators is surprisingly susceptible to contamination. Learn how to protect yourself with safe food practices.
Envisioning Better Sight for Aging Eyes
As we age, several diseases can affect our vision—some serious and some merely irritating. The best prevention, beyond a healthy lifestyle, is to get regular eye exams. After that, medications and, in some cases, surgery are available to stem vision loss.
Staying Fit: A Routine Matter
Getting into and remaining in good physical shape doesn’t have to be difficult. Two seniors who reaped the benefits of an exercise regimen share their simple routines and the satisfying rewards.
Music – A Key to Health
With scientific findings that support improved health for seniors, music is being utilized for therapy. The body responds positively to music and the results are immediate to the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers.
Hospitals Prescribed Humor to Patients
Hospitals are improving patients’ well-being and attitude toward recovery with humor. Clowns, funny movies, a humor channel, and staff training are finding their ways to the hospital stage to entertain patients.
Talking Sex With Your Senior Parent
Seniors can find a happy sex life again. In fact, it is recommended for good health. Adult children can talk with their parents and help them create a good sex life.
Diet and Exercise for the Senior
Video games are not just for kids and teenagers any longer. Seniors and the disabled populations are fast becoming the focused users of video game technology.
How To Get Better Health Care
Take charge of your health and create a successful relationship with your doctor. This guide includes a list of the right questions to ask the doctor and forms for listing symptoms, medications, and other health care providers.
How Pets are Providing a Healthy Lifestyle for Seniors
A recent study showed that seniors who have pets not only tend to have better physical and mental health than those who don’t, but they are also reporting shorter hospital stays and less overall health care costs. Even therapy dogs are creating positive changes in health. The trend of dogs involved in medicine is only going to increase as trained dogs are now sniffing out diseases and saving lives.
Centenarians Lead the Way to Longer Lives
A study is looking at centenarians, whose population is increasing, to see what they have in common. Genetics plays a part, as does staying lean and not smoking.
Tips for Choosing a Medigap Plan
For those ready to enroll in Medicare or those thinking about changing plans, the choices are many and complex. Fortunately, resources are available to help you navigate through the different Medicare Supplemental Plans
Changes Could Improve Medicare and Seniors’ Health
If you’ve been frightened by all the gloom and doom talk in Washington about the future of Medicare, the good news is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) actually strengthens the health care program for seniors and offers preventive services that should boost your health
Medicare and You 2014
Be a great resource for your senior clients on Medicare issues by sharing this official U.S. government handbook. It includes: what’s new in Medicare, Medicare costs, Medicare coverage, health and prescription drug plans, your Medicare rights, and health information technology.
See More Articles on Medicare Where to Get Your Medicare Questions Answered Two Main Choices for Getting Your Medicare What Medigap Plans A through L Cover Preventative Services Checklist 2013 Choosing a Medigap Policy Medicare Fraud: How to Protect Yourself
A list of important contact numbers to get all your Medicare questions answered.
A step by step guide for getting your Medicare.
This chart gives you a quick look at the standardized Medigap Plans A through N and their benefits
A checklist on Preventative Services.
A Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare
Most doctors and health care providers are honest and bill Medicare accurately for services or supplies that they provide to seniors. However, some people who provide health care services and supplies attempt to defraud the Medicare system.
Where to Get Your Medicare Questions Answered
Two Main Choices for Getting Your Medicare
What Medigap Plans A through L Cover
Preventative Services Checklist
2013 Choosing a Medigap Policy
Medicare Fraud: How to Protect Yourself
Stretch Your Arthritis Pain Away
Contrary to past wisdom, researchers are finding that exercise can ease the pain of arthritis. Recommended are flexibility exercises, endurance or aerobic, and strengthening. Not only can these activities help physical symptoms, but they can improve general well-being and mood.
After Shingles Pain Checklist
Your Personalized After-Shingles Pain Checklist and Discussion Guide from AfterShingles.com.
Tips for Preventing Pain
Every day 76 million people experience pain. Don’t let pain get to you. Learn how to manage and prevent low back, hand and foot pain and live more comfortably.