We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common condition) has got me scratching my … Read More
Aging & Independence
Along with a longer life comes a greater likelihood of having to contend with heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and dementia. Managing health through diet, exercise, regular visits to a health care provider, and a proper medication regimen can help stall or prevent the diseases of aging.
The average life expectancy in the United States has risen to an all-time high of 78.8 years. Successfully managing the health conditions that can can rob older adults of their independence should become our primary goal.
For example, falls are a significant independence stealer. An estimated 1 in 3 Americans over age 65 falls each year. Injuries sustained during a fall can lead to hospitalization, disability, and even death. Maintaining good balance can help prevent a fall, and the problems that often follow. Balance exercises for seniors, such as standing on one foot or walking heel-to-toe, help older adults gain more control over their bodies so they can stay upright. Doing these exercises at least twice a week offers the greatest benefit.
Aging in place is another key concern as people get older. Most older adults want to remain in familiar surroundings—their own home—while maintaining their independence. Yet not every home is equipped to accommodate reduced mobility. Stairs to climb, high shelves to reach, and slippery bathroom floors can make the family home a dangerous place.
Making accommodations to the home can increase the likelihood of aging in place safely and successfully. Modifications like stair lifts, a walk-in shower, and bathroom railings can reduce the likelihood of falls. Technology can be another ally in helping seniors who plan to age in place, especially those who live alone. In the event of a fall or other emergency, wearable senior alert systems can summon medical help with the press of a button.
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It can be daunting to find the best essential oils for skin care when you consider that there are at least 90 essential oils with over 1,500 combinations that can be recommended for dermatological use. It could literally take years of mixing and matching oils to find the perfect combination … Read More
In his high school and college days, Rick was an outstanding basketball player—good shooter, prolific scorer. He was even better at ping-pong (table tennis, for purists)—good hands, quick reflexes, great hand-eye coordination.
For Rick, playing ping-pong eventually gave way to work, family, church, and other responsibilities and interests. Decades years … Read More
There are few things more repugnant than dragon breath, especially when you’re dealing with a “close talker.” Even worse than being stifled by someone’s offensive mouth odor is having it yourself. If you or someone you’re close to (physically or emotionally) suffers from mouth stink, it’s time to find out … Read More
Before shopping for the best toothpaste for sensitive teeth, find out why you have sensitive teeth. The reason can make a big difference in determining whether you should spend time searching for the “right” toothpaste—or whether you need help on a larger scale.
Do You Need the Best Toothpaste for Sensitive … Read More
Over the past decade, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of older adults dying from falls, per research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Falls are also a leading cause of nonfatal injuries in seniors. People are living longer, but the increased longevity makes us … Read More
Have you ever found yourself covered in sweat for no obvious reason? Despite the unpleasant feeling (and smell!) it may give us, sweating is one of our body’s most important functions. It’s natural: We sweat when we’re feeling too warm, when we’re nervous, or after rigorous physical activity. We need … Read More
Tired of a burning red face? Do discomfort and embarrassment interfere with your daily activities? Try these rosacea natural treatment options to find relief. … Read More
As we get into the annual flu season (it runs from October to May), we no doubt will see advertisements for flu shots at every pharmacy we visit. But the flu shot is just one of several immunizations available to older adults, and even though we may associate routine vaccination … Read More
Do people often ask you if you’re tired or recovering from a late night, even when you’re well-rested? You may have a case of chronic eye bags—persistent bagginess or drooping under the eyes. And let’s not sugarcoat it: Bags under eyes make you look a bit longer in the tooth.
You’re … Read More