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How to Prevent and Detect Malnutrition: a Serious Senior

How to Prevent and Detect Malnutrition: a Serious Senior

                                                Health Issue Good nutrition is critical to overall health and well-being, yet many older adults are at risk of inadequate nutrition. As the adult child or caregiver of an older adult, you can learn the signs and risks of malnutrition and how to promote a nutrient-rich diet.   Problems caused by malnutrition Malnutrition in older adults can lead to various health concerns, including: A weak immune system, which increases the risk of infections Poor wound healing...

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10 Common Health Issues of the Elderly

10 Common Health Issues  of the Elderly

Getting older can seem daunting—greying hair, wrinkles, forgetting where you parked the car. All jokes aside, aging can bring about unique health issues. With seniors accounting for 12 percent of the world’s population it’s important to understand the challenges faced by people as they age, and recognize that there are preventive measures that can place yourself on a path to healthy aging. Chronic health conditions  A majority of seniors have at least one chronic disease and many of those have at least two. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are among the most common and deadly chronic health conditions. It...

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Incontinence Treatment

Incontinence Treatment

Options for the Aging  Under a doctor's care, incontinence can be treated and often cured. Today, there are more treatments for urinary incontinence than ever before. The choice of treatment depends on the type of bladder control problem you have, how serious it is, and what best suits your lifestyle. As a general rule, the simplest and safest treatments should be tried first. Bladder Control Training Your doctor may suggest that you try to get back control of your bladder through training. With bladder training, you can change how the bladder stores and empties urine. There are several ways to...

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9 Ways to Prevent Falling at Home

9 Ways to Prevent Falling at Home

A few simple home improvement projects can make all the difference in keeping you safe from dangerous falls. You are much more likely to suffer an injury if you fall than you were when you were younger, so here are 9 ways to help prevent you from falling. Adding rails and grab bars to places that are slippery when wet is an easy way to prevent falls.   Falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries in seniors, resulting in hip fractures, cuts, and even serious head and brain injuries that can be fatal. And even when there’s no serious injury, a...

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Are You Sure You Are Using Your Cane Properly?

Are You Sure You Are Using Your Cane Properly?

Let’s Find Out... Many seniors resist using a cane because they don’t want to appear old or frail. A common issue seen among the aging is using the furniture in their homes to stabilize themselves when walking. They move from chair to couch, countertop to the wall, and build a network of furnishings to move about their home. This can be a real problem when they want to venture out of their homes. If you are finding yourself off balance or limping frequently, consult with your physician about using a cane or a walker to help steady yourself.    If you have found that it is time...

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