Category «Senior Health»

Getting Older is Not the End: Tips for Healthy Aging

There is no way to prevent the process of getting older. The years go by, and you may find your body changing year after year in response to further wear and tear. Your bones and muscles ache, stairs or walking long distances is harder, and your memory isn’t what it used to be. The whole …

Pneumonia in the Elderly – Simple Tips for Prevention and Treatment

Pneumonia in the elderly may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, and it results in an inflammation of one or both of the lungs. As circulation to the lungs decrease, oxygen in the blood declines. While cases of pneumonia can range from mild to severe, the elderly, along with children and people with weakened …

5 Tips for Preventing Dehydration in the Elderly

Dehydration in the elderly is a serious widespread condition that is easily overlooked. Thankfully, there are a number of small and easy steps to take that make it possible to prevent dehydration in the elderly and avoid further health complications as a result. Here are 5 tips for preventing dehydration in the elderly, whether at …

The Top Five Dementia Medications For Seniors

COVID-19 Update: Many caregivers and seniors are searching for ways to support and connect with their loved ones while maintaining isolation and social distancing guidelines. We’ve compiled a list of 10 essential products to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living …

The Leading Causes of Panic Attacks in the Elderly

When life presents stressful situations, drastic changes, or unusual circumstances, it is normal to experience a sense of nervousness and anxiety. Feelings of anxiousness can help us avoid danger and serves a fundamental role in survival. But when these feelings begin to dominate the way a person thinks and feels in everyday situations, it can …

The Most Effective Sundowner’s Syndrome Treatment Strategy

Does your loved one experience marked changes in attitude, energy, and mental stimulation that seems to correlate with the sun setting and nighttime falling? They could be experiencing sundowner’s syndrome – a common condition in people as they continue to age. Problems with circadian rhythm and sleep patterns often affect older people, and if your …

Avoiding Hip Fracture: 8 Tips that Could Save Your Life

Hip fractures in the elderly are more than a painful nuisance; they can lead to life threatening conditions. Below are 8 tips to help you avoid injury. Take Simple Steps to Prevent Falls at Home One of the easiest ways to prevent hip fractures in the elderly is to closely evaluate the safety of your …

Preventing Bruising in the Elderly

Our skin gets thinner as we grow older, and this causes the elderly to bruise easily. It may take only minor bumps or brushes against something to cause bruises. It can be months before the marks heal. Some medications contribute to bruising in the elderly. Prescription blood thinners and over-the-counter medicines can cause the blood …

Fighting Back the Fear of Falling

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” was a catchphrase popularized in the late 80s and early 90s based on a series of commercials aimed at getting elderly television viewers to purchase medical alarms. It would later go on to be used as a source of comedic relief by such iconic television characters like Steve …

MRSA UTI Prevention – 5 Contributing Factors to Developing a MRSA UTI in a Nursing Home

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) urinary tract infections (UTIs) are increasing throughout the United States, and transmissions acquired in hospitals and care facilities are of particular concern. A MRSA UTI cannot be treated with traditional antibiotics and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing problem, especially for the elderly living in residential care facilities. …

10 Common Memory Loss Causes

Forgetting where you put your glasses or keys is a common occurrence even in younger adults. But as we age, it seems that forgetfulness becomes more problematic and occurs more often. Still, few seniors understand what causes memory loss to begin with, and how can you tell if it’s something more serious. Understanding common memory …

3 Simple Ways to Prevent a UTI in Elderly Women

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are more than a painful medical condition. Left untreated, these infections can spread through the body. The leading cause of sepsis, an untreated UTI can ultimately result in death. For caregivers of elderly patients, learning how to recognize a UTI can be tricky as the symptoms are varied. Fortunately, there …

Better Sleep Leads to Better Health

It can be easy to overlook the importance of sleep- after all, it takes so long and there is so much to do! As we get older, we might even feel like we need less sleep, but this is due to a natural change in our circadian rhythm- the body’s natural sleep cycle. We may …

Seniors: Don’t Settle for Less Sleep!

It’s common for older people to have trouble sleeping, and it is widely accepted that poor sleep is an inevitable symptom of old age. However, according to top researchers, seniors need as much sleep as adolescents- about 7 to 9 hours. If you are struggling to fall asleep at night or feel your sleep quality …

5 Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Pneumonia in Nursing Homes

Infectious pneumonia strikes up to 3 million people per year in the United States alone. 40,000 to 70,000 of those cases are fatal. Sadly, pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death among elderly patients in nursing homes. Pneumonia in Elderly People Pneumonia in elderly patients often begins as viral pneumonia, which is less …

Diagnosis and Management of Sundowner’s Syndrome

Sundowner syndrome, known as sundowning, or night-time dementia, is a condition that increases confusion and disorientation during sunset or sunrise. It is most common in elderly residents who have established dementia, Alzheimer disease, delirium, or those who have had surgeries. Not all people who have these ailments will experience sundowning, but as each person reacts …

Preventing Dehydration in the Elderly Year Round

Preventing dehydration in the elderly is challenging, especially since people lose their ability to detect thirst as they age. Creating a system that allows older people to track their water intake is ideal. With a good idea of how much water has been consumed, you don’t have to rely on guesswork to determine whether you …

Sundowner’s Syndrome: Information for Senior Citizen Care

One of the significant health challenges in senior citizen care is related to the steady decline of cognitive processes and function. This is especially magnified in those suffering from dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. A particularly difficult ailment associated with this is Sundowner’s syndrome. Sundowner’s syndrome, also known as ‘sundowning,’ is a characterized by symptoms …

The One Key Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Symptom You May Be Ignoring

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the second most common infection type, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Caused by bacteria in the urethra, UTIs occur more often in women due to the close proximity of the urethra to the anus, where bacteria proliferates. More than 50% of all women will suffer from at …