10 Ways to Keep the Bathroom Safe for Seniors

The bathroom is one of the two most dangerous rooms in the house (the other is the kitchen), and for seniors, they present extra risk. Water that splashes on the floor and nighttime visits to use the facilities can lead to falls, one of the greatest causes of accidental deaths in the US. How can…

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How to Successfully Transition from Hospital to Home

Dad survived the surgery, and now he’s ready to be discharged from the hospital. That’s great. The worst is over. Right? Unfortunately, that’s often wrong. According to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine, what happens after Dad leaves the hospital is often “hazardous and frustrating for many patients and caregivers.” The study…

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Be Sure to Discuss This Crucial Health Issue at Your Annual Exam

Whether you’re 20 or 80, healthy or sick, there is an important conversation you need to have with your doctor at your next annual exam. It’s not a conversation about your current health concerns, but about your future ones. It’s a conversation about Advance Care. Advance Care Planning involves thinking about the types of medical…

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For Seniors, It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

As they say, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. This is especially true for seniors with health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). In general, seniors are greater risk for heat-related conditions, such as dehydration, heat stress, and sunstroke. This is due to…

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Do These 3 Things to Recover from a Stroke

Strokes are the leading cause of serious disability in the US, and the third leading cause of death. Every forty seconds, on average, someone in the US has a stroke. Despite these dire statistics, the following 3 factors improve how well a stroke victim will recover. Getting care right away. Strokes are subject to the…

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Hypertension: Just the FAQs

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common chronic medical condition in adults ages sixty-five and older. In fact, most older adults — 58 percent — are currently being treated for hypertension in the US. What Is Hypertension? In hypertension, bloods flows through the blood vessels too quickly. This increases the amount…

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3 Tips for Avoiding Senior Dehydration

Summertime, and the living is easy… But the easy pleasures of summer can also increase the danger of dehydration, particularly in the senior population. In fact, according to the Health Care Financing Administration, dehydration is one of the ten most frequent causes of hospitalization for Medicare recipients. Why are seniors more susceptible to dehydration? They…

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Leg Pain? It may be CVI

Aches and pains might seem like a normal feature of growing older, but persistent pain is always a matter of concern, and needs to be addressed. Leg pain, especially after prolonged periods of standing or sitting, may be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The veins in your legs contain valves that prevent your…

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10 Tips to Ensure Adequate Nutrition in People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Loss of appetite commonly accompanies Alzheimer’s and dementia. Adding to this issue is the fact that as mental and physical function decline, basic skills, such as using a fork or spoonand even drinking from a cup, can also be lost. Ensuring that your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia gets adequate nutrition requires thought and…

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