World Hearing Day 2019: ‘Check Your Hearing’ for free with the hearScreen USA app

Sunday, March 3 marks World Hearing Day 2019 in partnership with the World Health Organisation. “Check Your Hearing” is this year’s theme with the purpose of drawing attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss.   Hearing loss is an often-overlooked condition. Lead inventor of hearZA, Professor De Wet Swanepoel emphasizes the far-reaching effects of hearing loss on various developmental milestones in children. He explains that it affects language, speech, socio-emotional well-being and cognitive processes that can pose threats to educational success. Furthermore, social isolation, depression and cognitive decline are often evident among adults suffering from

Continue reading

Love at First Sight –  How to See More with Macular Degeneration

Do you remember a time when you caught sight of something that made your heart pound and your pulse race? Was it seeing your first love across a crowded school gymnasium or was it something as simple as a firework exploding on the Fourth of July? Something that we all love, but often take for granted is our vision. For some people with age-related macular degeneration, seeing the faces of their family and friends or being able to read a conversation heart on a piece of Valentine’s Day candy is impossible. That’s because macular degeneration is a progressive disease, which

Continue reading

Key Features and Guide to buying a Mobility Scooter

Maneuverability and stability The main purpose of a mobility scooter is to keep the user mobile. This prospect, unsurprisingly, requires a delicate balance of maneuverability and stability to keep the user safe. Wheels: Mobility scooters have either three or four wheels, though specialized models may vary. Three-wheel scooters (one wheel in the front, two in the rear) are generally lighter and more maneuverable while four-wheel scooters offer more stability. Deck size: The deck, the platform on which the rider sits, is usually wider for heavier scooters to accommodate three or four wheels. As a general rule, a wider deck leads

Continue reading

Keeping Active as a Senior in Mind and Body

Sometimes, it’s much easier to just veg out on the couch with a cup of your favorite tea and an easy to read, lots of pictures, magazine. So, that’s just what I’m going to do until, I turn the page, and lo and behold, there’s a stunning 60 something woman all tangled up in some type of yoga pose. I stare at that picture wondering, how does she do it and then I feel it…the guilt! It creeps up the back of my legs and into my derriere planted comfortably on the couch. I should be that woman in the

Continue reading

Why is Dementia Rate Rising 5X as Fast as US Population

Why is Dementia Rate Rising 5X as Fast as US Population

Cases of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have increased sharply in the US over the past several years. The reason why it is taken for granted: as the American population grows older, dementia becomes more prevalent. But Alzheimer’s and other dementias may be spreading faster than many people think. Why is Dementia Rate Rising 5X as Fast as US Population A new study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has found that cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia are projected to increase from 6 million cases in 2017 to 15 million cases by 2060. That’s an increase of

Continue reading

Improving Posture Improves Health

The importance of a good posture and how it does not limit to just having an impressive gait. Well, it does take some self-effort and attitude to improve your poor posture so you could live healthier and longer. Improving your posture improves health It’s pretty saddening to see back and leg pain not only a senior’s complaint today but even the young guns suffer from it. Internet addiction, mobile phones, junk food, late night or insufficient sleep and various other reasons could be blamed. However, the question is whether our young children are ever going to change their posture and be

Continue reading

Knee Pain Men Don’t Tell Their Wives About

Knee Pain Men Don’t Tell Their Wives About

It’s one of the most common issues that most men aged 40 + will ever suffer from…That nagging knee pain… The kind that slows you down in life, frustrates you when you walk up and down the stairs, and even stops you from doing something as playing ball with your kids… Just last week I received an email from a patient of mine, I wanted to share with you the top 3 things to stop doing right now, that could be making your knee pain worse. Here is a snippet from an email: “I’m sick and tired of waking up

Continue reading

Elderly Mental Health: The Forgotten Half of Senior Care

Elderly Mental Health: The Forgotten Half of Senior Care

When people think and talk about senior care, they usually focus on physical support services. Care is typically framed as assistance for seniors with frailty, disability, or mobility concerns. But physical assistance is only half of the equation to quality senior care. Caring for seniors’ mental and emotional health is often just as, or even more, important than physical care and support. Elderly Mental Health: The Forgotten Half of Senior Care That has been underscored by a recent study out of Munich, Germany. Researchers found that a person’s psychological health had a far bigger impact on how they rated their own

Continue reading

Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities

Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities

There are few conditions that make aging in place more difficult than dementia. As dementia progresses, living at home becomes increasingly dangerous. Without support from family, friends, and dementia care professionals, most seniors with dementia end up moving into nursing care facilities. But as reporting over the past several years has revealed, many nursing homes are also dangerous for seniors coping with dementia.. Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities A recent investigation by Human Rights Watch — which uncovered rampant misuse of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes— is just the latest cause for concern among dementia care professionals. According to

Continue reading