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peripheral nerves
Peripheral neuropathy (PN) occurs when peripheral nerves—the network of nerves responsible for transmitting information from the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to other parts of the body—stop working correctly. According to the Neuropathy Association, about 20 million Americans suffer from PN, and it is more common among older adults. “Pain is the most common...
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"Y ears ago, aspiring doctors learned in medical school that a patient’s ideal systolic blood pressure number should be their age plus 100,” says Joel Posner, M.D., medical director at...
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A ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity in the U.S. is so prevalent that it can be considered an epidemic. Seniors are not exempt—between 2007 and 2010, one-third of adults over age 65 were considered obese. The highest prevalence (40%) was in people between ages 65 and 74 and the lowest (28%) in people over age 75. Carrying around extra pounds of fat can be...
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The end of the summer is coming, but keep your sunscreen handy. Ultraviolet radiation differs in intensity depending on the season, weather, latitude, altitude, and the presence of reflecting factors such as sand, snow, pavement, or water. Nevertheless, these harmful rays reach the Earth’s surface all year long. The most damaging kind, UVA rays, have a very short wavelength and thus can cut...
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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a chronic disease of the arteries affecting (most often) the pelvis and legs. The disease process is essentially the same as that of coronary heart disease (CHD), but PAD is not as common. About 20% of Americans over age 65 have CHD; whereas, about 5% have PAD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although it isn’t as common as CHD...
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O lder adults are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses (collectively known as hyperthermia), and research shows that heat waves kill more people than any other weather-related events. But there doesn’t have to be a heat wave occurring for you to develop hyperthermia, especially if you like to be active outside in the summer. Why heat is dangerous “As you age, your body...
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T he term “super food” is nonspecific because anything with a high nutritional value could be considered “super” for your health. Some foods, however, contain compounds that make them stand out as particularly good for seniors. Research shows that the following five foods can give a special boost to your health when they are incorporated into a well-balanced nutrition plan...
hospital bed
P lanning for a hospital stay involves more than packing an overnight bag. There are many ways you can help yourself have a safe and uneventful time during your stay. Get your paperwork in order A few weeks before your admission date, hospitals typically mail you a packet, which contains a number of forms such as a health history, medication list, and, in some instances, if you are having a...
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A dvances in outpatient rehabilitation services and techniques have made it a must for returning to your best functioning after an acute event such as a stroke, joint replacement, or fracture repair. What many people don’t know, however, is that those same services, along with many others, have also been proven to be beneficial for people with chronic health problems. Balance Problems with...