Seniors and Prescription Drug Addiction

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When you think of drug addiction, the first thing that usually comes to mind is usually illegal drugs. Further assumptions that spring to mind is that addiction is a young person’s disease. The truth is, there is a growing epidemic of seniors who are addicted to prescription drugs. And in many instances, their addiction happens not through recreational use of prescribed medication, but accidental misuse. Prescription Drug Addiction in Seniors Many older adults are prescribed painkillers for arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, and other chronic health conditions. These drugs are... Click to Read More

mHealth and Seniors: Mobile Technology & Health

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The Greek playwright, Sophocles, once wrote, “A man growing old becomes a child again.” Indeed, the needs of many seniors sometimes mirror those of children. Once-independent seniors can sometimes find themselves relying on family members or caregivers for basic necessities like food, transportation, household chores, and health care. But technology habits of younger generations can help address some of the challenge that aging seniors face. More seniors are turning to mobile technology to live healthier lives. What is mHealth and How Can It Help Improve Health Outcomes for Seniors? Patients... Click to Read More

Prostate Cancer: The Connection Between Genetic Mutations & Aggressive Forms

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There are nearly a quarter of a million cases of prostate cancer diagnosed annually, making it the second most common type of cancer for men. And while prostate cancer is usually slow growing and mostly harmless, that may no longer be the case. New research has shown a sharp rise in the rate of aggressive and deadly prostate cancer, and men everywhere are at greater risk. An Increasingly Deadly Cancer Prior to 2004, only 3% of prostate cancers became aggressive and spread through the body. In the few years since,... Click to Read More

Respect for the Aged Day… Every Day!

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Japan’s widely beloved Respect for the Aged Day. In Japanese culture, the third Monday of every September is reserved for paying respect to senior citizens, recognizing their contributions to society, and celebrating their long lives. A quick glance at these celebrations may be enough to help you understand why Japan is so widely regarded for its senior care, but what can American culture learn from the Japanese example? Celebrating Respect for the Aged Day The Japanese celebrate Respect for the Aged Day with... Click to Read More

The Hidden Stress of Losing Yourself when Caring for Others

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Too often when a person is a caregiver all thought and energy goes to the patient, and little is left over for the one giving their time and energy taking care of them. For some, this can lead to feelings of stress and a sense of forgetting who they are as a person. What is Caregiver Identity Theory? Caring for a loved one can bring with it both good and negative impacts. Caregiver identity theory looks at the relationship between stressors and what can be the burden of caregiving. For... Click to Read More

Fiction Reads For Seniors, About Seniors

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The end of summer means the season for reading is almost upon us. Spending time indoors is much easier with a good book, which is probably why about 70% of seniors cite reading as a favorite activity. For most readers, enjoying a good book is all about being able to project yourself into a character. While you can get absorbed in almost any well-written character, many people find it easier to relate to someone more like them, which is why this list is all about books for senior... Click to Read More

What’s Increasing Your Risk of Afib?: How to Get Diagnosed

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Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a condition characterized by an irregular heartbeat that can lead to a variety of serious complications, including stroke, clots, heart attack, and heart failure. Patients often describe AFib as feeling as though their heart is skipping beats, causing shortness of breath, dizziness, and swollen ankles. But AFib can be just as dangerous with no outward symptoms at all. When working normally, a heart relaxes and contracts with a regular rhythm.  With AFib, the atria in the heart contract irregularly. This can cause a clot... Click to Read More

Healthy Hydration For the Elderly: The Need-2-Know On H20

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This article was originally written on May 24, 2012. It was updated with new information on September 6, 2016. The hot, sweat-inducing summer months and the cold, drying temperatures of winter have more in common than just being an inconvenience. The extremes of these seasons can exacerbate instances of dehydration in seniors. According to awareness organization Hydration 4 Health, dehydration in the elderly is “associated with increased mortality rates among hospitalized older adults and can precipitate emergency hospitalization and increase the risk of repeated stays in hospital.” They have also... Click to Read More

Cholesterol: Different Types, Different Tests

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Cholesterol: Different Types, Different Tests As we grow older, it isn’t uncommon for our physicians to grade our health by looking at test numbers and scores. Blood pressure numbers measure our heart rate while it’s working and at rest. BMI, which stands for body mass index, is a ratio of our height and weight. And then there is cholesterol. While most people over the age of 20 have likely had cholesterol screening bloodwork, many are in the dark about what the numbers mean and why they are important. And with good... Click to Read More

Gotta Catch ‘Em All at Any Age: Seniors, Pokemon, & Virtual Reality

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All at Any Age: Seniors, Pokemon, & Virtual Reality Pokémon Go is the latest video game to take the world by storm. Young and old alike are participating in this new game frenzy.  In case you’re not familiar with it, Pokémon Go is a free game in which players use their mobile devices to locate virtual creatures that appear “visible” on screen against a backdrop of wherever players happen to be. Players can spend hours walking around looking for Pokémon.   While it might seem silly to... Click to Read More
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