Category «Senior Health»

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 …

The Top Five Dementia Medications For Seniors

Dementia is a common disease seen in older adults, affecting over 50 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But, it is not a normal part of aging. Examples of typical memory loss experienced by people of all ages include occasionally forgetting but later remembering events, names, and phone numbers. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Mesothelioma and Seniors: What You Need to Know

This article is a reprint courtesy of our friends over at Asbestos.com and was authored by Rachel Gilner, Outreach Coordinator. Mesothelioma is most commonly found in seniors, with the average age of diagnosis at 62 years old.  Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20-50 years, so an older demographic who may have been exposed in …

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 …

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s – Are They the Same Thing?

As a person ages, their chances of being diagnosed with certain diseases grows with them. For example, the elderly are more susceptible to diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s than their younger counterparts. These two diseases commonly strike older patients and both are often used interchangeably when describing memory loss. What many people are unaware …

Recognizing Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in Elderly Patients

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disease that is characterized by body tremors, stiffness and difficulty moving. This disease is often difficult to diagnose in the elderly; thus, caregivers and family members should familiarize themselves with the symptoms of this disease. Body Tremors and Stiffness Body tremors and stiffness are two of the most common symptoms …

Weight Loss in Elderly Relatives: When Should You Worry?

As elderly relatives grow older, caretakers and relatives need to keep an eye on warning signs of problems. The signals come in many forms, and one common symptom the elderly experience is weight loss. Weight loss in the elderly, however, is not always a sign of a problem, which can make it particularly difficult to …

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

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) 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, as more …