Your Thighs Might be Causing Your Back Pain

Your Thighs Might be Causing Your Back Pain

Are you suffering with back pain?  If so, you are among the majority. That’s right, around 80% of the population deals with back pain at some point in their life.  If you fall into this category, you know the annoyance that is caused by frequent back pain. As you know, back pain can interfere with every facet of life.  It can make simple things like bending over difficult and cause you to become irritable, making it hard for you to participate as you once did in social activities.  In essence, it takes away the life you once had and leaves

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Medications affecting your oral health

Senior woman taking her daily medication

When patients think about the factors that affect the overall health of their mouth and teeth they tend to think about the obvious things such as the food they eat and how frequently they brush their teeth and floss. However, most patients do not consider the effect that their prescription medication has on their oral health. According to the American Dental Association, nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug. This number is even more pronounced with older adults with 90 percent of adults over 65 taking at least one prescription medication. Understanding how prescription drugs can

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Treating Chafes & Bedsores

Senior woman patient lying on bed

Constant exposure to urine, a higher temperature inside the brief, and remaining in one position for a long time may quickly lead to skin irritation. Symptoms of irritation burning sensation itching stinging sensation feeling of tense skin redness exfoliation   In the case of people with limited mobility, and those who are bedridden (especially the people using briefs), the skin should be under constant observation, because its irritation may lead to dangerous chafes and bedsores. Chafe Bedsore Chafes develop when something (for example artificial materials) rubs against the skin, or when the folds of skin stick to each other for a

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Bedsores preventive treatment

Elderly woman visiting sick husband

What is a bedsore? Bedsore is a skin condition arising from the exposure to the following factors: Pressure causing local ischemia – cells which are deprived of oxygen die, and repeated periods of skin affecting pressure lead to inflammation – that can quickly lead to developing a bedsore. Friction – rubbing peels the epidermis, making the skin weaker or even damaged. Skin irritation or damage promotes bedsore development. Maceration – occurs when the skin is constantly exposed to moisture, what softens it, making it easy to get infected. Agents causing macerations are: sweat urine wound exudation   What promotes bedsore

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Link Between Immobility and Substance Abuse

Link Between Immobility and Substance Abuse

If growing older weren’t hard enough already, aging can often entail a loss of physical, psychological and/or environmental mobility, which in turn raises the risks of a drinking problem. Consider, for example, that nearly 50 percent of nursing home residents have alcohol-related issues, according to statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Link Between Immobility and Substance Abuse This link between immobility and substance abuse among the elderly can be easy to miss— both for those who are most vulnerable (seniors) and for their loved ones. Exactly how are immobility and alcohol abuse connected in older adults, and

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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

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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

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What is menopause?

Pretty older woman

Menopause (the climacteric, the change of life) is a natural event that happens to every woman. It marks the end of menstruation what is caused by weakening the hormonal function of the ovaries. We are dealing with the phenomenon when a woman past her forties doesn’t menstruate for 6 consecutive months. Menopause usually occurs when a woman is approaching the age of 50 but the disorders connected with menopause may last for several years. What is the course of menopause? The signs of menopause are mainly connected with lower concentration of estradiol – a hormone which is one of the

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What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViWdRDs207E[/embed] Link to the Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViWdRDs207E One of the most commonly asked questions in memory care is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Though they are quite often (and mistakenly) used interchangeably, there are key differences that will help distinguish the two. Since approaches to Alzheimer’s and dementia care can also vary, it’s even more crucial for medical professionals, patients, and families to understand the differences. Dr. Richard London, Medical Director of Silverado Oak Village Community explains how they differ: What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Dementia is an umbrella term for the group of symptoms in

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