4 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Free from Back Pain

4 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Free from Back Pain

Back pain is an extremely common problem for people of all ages with an estimated 80% of Americans expected to experience it at some point in their lives. And unfortunately, this pain becomes even more likely when you are approaching your senior years. Which is bad news as persistent back pain can have a massive impact on your health, well-being and overall quality of life. So, you need to box clever as you get older by making a few small lifestyle adjustments to keep your back healthy and happy. And the following 4 things will all help you to do

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20 Dementia-Related Words You Should Know

20 Dementia-Related Words You Should Know

When accompanying a loved one on the journey of dementia, new and unfamiliar words are encountered almost daily. Understanding these words and phrases is essential to navigating the road ahead and ensuring that the best care possible is provided. 20 Dementia-Related Words You Should Know The following list of 20 common dementia-related terms that caregivers and loved ones may find useful. Activities of daily living (often called ADLs):Personal care activities necessary for everyday living, such as eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and using the toilet. Alleles:One of the different forms of a gene that can exist at a single locus (spot on

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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses carry deeply rooted stigma forcing people with a mental health challenge to suffer in silence. Stigma, a sensation that something is shameful. Mental Health Resources A 2014 study by the NIH (National Institute of Health) found significant differences between the stigma about seeking help for mental conditions felt by those in isolated rural areas compared to urban dwellers. Older rural residents with mental illness associate seeking help with a sign of weakness or an inability to be self-reliant. The Centers for Disease Control says depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal

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How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

The research speaks for itself -- learning new skills and keeping the brain active are among the tools with the best chance of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Ongoing social connectivity and cognitive exercises are some of the pillars of Nexus at Silverado, a specially designed program that uses clinical findings to help slow the progression of dementia. One of the newest and most recent programs to be put into action is the American Sign Language program at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community. How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia? The inspiration for the program came

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Cardiovascular Health

Alzheimer’s Disease and Cardiovascular Health

Alzheimer’s is a growing disease that currently affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans. This number is expected to climb because of the growing number of individuals living far longer than in any previous generation. Although longer life expectancy is a sign of a healthier and better cared for population, it is also an indicator that diseases which afflict the elderly will become more prevalent as the population ages. 10% of individuals older than 65 are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, and two-thirds of these are women. These rates are also far higher in Hispanic and African American, although researchers do not

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Tips finding the Right Therapist or Counselor

When you decide you need someone to talk to, know that finding the right therapist can take a bit of research and time. But, once you have found a professional you are comfortable with, it will be easier to achieve the life changes you desire. In fact you may find a personal consultant is a better fit, there are differences between talk therapists and personal consultants. Talk to people you trust and do a bit of research to find the right therapist for you. Seek a Specialist When you are considering who might be a good fit, think about why

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Scary Link Between Fractures and Fatalities

You’ve probably heard how a hip fracture can change your life in the blink of an eye. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 people pass away within a year of fracturing a hip. The International Osteoporosis Foundation reports more bleak numbers: 40% of hip fracture patients can no longer walk without help; a full 60% require assistance within a year; and 1 in 3 lose their independence and end up in an assisted living facility by year’s end. Yet the largest study of its kind shows any fracture after age 45 can mean the worst...   Scary Link Between Fractures and

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Gout and Seniors

Gout and Seniors

Gout is a condition caused by the crystallization of uric acid in the joints which ends up causing irregularities and inflammation in the affected joints and these are normally accompanied with extreme pain. The condition can last from a few hours to days to several weeks, and since making it go away completely is never easy, managing it and reducing exposure to the predisposing factors is an ideal way to deal with it. It is primarily an adult condition which tends to affect more men than women. Gout and seniors How gout affects seniors Seniors are faced with various health challenges

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Support Systems for Elderly Dealing with Substance Abuse

Support Systems for Elderly Dealing with Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is not exclusively a youth problem: millions of elderly people are addicted to alcohol, prescription medications, and other drugs. Major life transitions and deteriorating health are top risk factors. Support Systems for Elderly Dealing with Substance Abuse Having strong support systems in place reduces the risk of addiction and improves the chances of recovery. If you’re a family member or caregiver (or a senior wondering if you’ve become too dependent on your medication), there are several things that are important to understand about addiction in general—and its effects on the elderly in particular. The Dynamics of Addiction Nearly every

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