Category «Senior Health»

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 …

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 …

What is Dementia and What Causes Dementia?

Individuals suffering from dementia have a loss in their mental functions affecting memory, reasoning, and thinking. Although not a disease, it is a group of symptoms caused by a disease or condition. However, pseudo or false dementia is treatable if, for example, it is due to an infection or certain nutritional deficiencies. Decision-making, language, learning, …

Assisting with Chemo Brain…or Avoiding It Altogether?

What is Chemo Brain? Many patients who have gone through chemotherapy complain of “chemo brain” after their treatment. This impairment includes difficulties in remembering things, completing tasks or learning new things. Some doctors will only refer to the symptoms as chemo brain if they don’t improve over time, or don’t go away. The duration of …

What is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

Of the diagnoses involved with various types of dementia and their symptoms, frontal lobe dementia may go unnoticed due to its low rate of incidence. Although relatively rare, frontal lobe dementia is a combination of degenerative diseases that may produce some of the same symptoms as the more common vascular dementia. It is described as …

The Eye Test – Alzheimer’s Disease Detection at The Most Crucial Point

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, debilitating condition that is characterized by significant loss of memory. It is the most common form of dementia, and affects millions of people around the world. With no known cause or cure, it is quite understandable that Alzheimer’s remains a subject of much research and debate in the medical community. …

What Happens To Your Body As You Age

If there is one certainty in life (outside of taxes, of course) it is your body ages. Often times, it ages so gracefully and slowly you just never see it, until one day you look in the mirror and realize you’re not as young as you once were. Of course, you may still feel as …

Recognizing Depression in the Elderly

  The Golden Years of retirement are supposed to be enjoyed, but it’s a sad reality that many seniors spend their retirement yeas battling the demons associated with mental health disorders. What’s worse is the fact that Americans over 65 have the highest rate of suicide than any other age group. Statistically, the percentage increases …

Elderly Abuse: Is Your Loved One is at Risk?

When you think of child abuse or even domestic abuse, you often think of images of bruises and black eyes. Most abuse, however, goes undetected as perpetrators find alternative ways to tear down and abuse their victims. The same holds true for those who are victims of elder abuse. Although laws vary from state to …

How to Deal with Anxiety as a Senior

Although some cases of anxiety are classified as abnormal regardless of age, much of the anxiety that seniors commonly feel is a natural response to life transitions and stems from legitimate concerns. In a personal interview, retired psychologist Dr. Ron Masa, now a senior himself, offered his views on common causes of anxiety in seniors …

October 11, National Depression Screening Day

For one week in October–Mental Illness Awareness Week–organizations like Screening for Mental Health (SMH) enter the spotlight to raise awareness for mental health issues like depression. October 11 is National Depression Screening Day, a day to remind and encourage those who are concerned about depression and other related mood and anxiety disorders to think about …

Senior Hunger — What to do if you are Food Insecure

Can you imagine not knowing where your next meal is coming from? More than 3.4 million older Americans can identify with food insecurity, and it’s a growing issue. What is food insecurity? A somewhat broader term for hunger, the issue of food insecurity includes availability, access and use. First, do you have consistent and adequate …

For Seniors, Staying Fit Can Lead to Happiness

Keeping fit by implementing a daily exercise routine is not only a healthy way to live, it can also a happy one. Research shows that seniors who maintain a daily exercise routine are more productive and, in general, feel good about life. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers some suggestions on how to …

The Difference a Year Makes

With the holiday season approaching, families will soon be gathering to celebrate together. Today with more miles separating us from our loved ones due to job commitments, many people may only see their elderly parents or relatives at this time of year. A year can be a long time and many elderly heath issues including …

Startling Statistics Concerning Suicide among Elderly Men

Studies have shown a startling trend in the increase of suicides among older adults, which has brought the subject of elderly mental health into the spotlight. Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health show that suicide among older adults is more common than most realize and more disproportionate to suicides committed by any other …

Movember: Raising Awareness for Men’s Health, One Moustache at a Time!

As the month of November rolls along, you may begin to notice more moustaches. That’s because it’s Movember–a month-long grassroots movement to raise awareness about men’s health issues, including mental health, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. By simply growing a moustache, men’s faces become walking billboards touting the importance of men’s health. Men’s life expectancies …