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How Sarcopenia Can Threaten Your Mobility

How Sarcopenia Can Threaten Your Mobility

Threats to a person’s mobility and independence come in various forms. Some are obvious while others develop gradually and have a cumulative effect, such as sarcopenia.

For many older adults, inactivity is a process that develops over decades. The older some people get, the less active they become. It’s not because

Exercise Can Ease the Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis

An estimated 14 million people in the U.S. have knee osteoarthritis, and, among adults age 45 and older, a higher percentage of women than men are diagnosed with the condition, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

Knee osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage has worn away on the ends of the two bones

6. Get Moving Toward Better Heart Health

Implementing and adhering to a healthful eating pattern is a critical part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. As you’ve read in the previous chapters, making the right food choices in the right amounts has been shown time and again to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, the foods

Core Muscles: How They Affect Your Daily Activities

Core Muscles: How They Affect Your Daily Activities

Core muscles stabilize segments of the body, act as a shock absorber for the whole body, maintain functional (working) posture, and allow for motions, such as flexion and rotation.

Each muscle and muscle group has a specific role to play in terms of daily activities.

Most of us don’t think in terms

Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults

Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults

Dizziness is not a specific medical disorder, but a set of symptoms frequently reported in older adults. Dizziness can be caused by many underlying factors that could involve the eyes, ears, thyroid, lungs, bladder, musculoskeletal system, brain, and heart. The emergency room physician who treats a patient with dizziness has

2. Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Conditions

Orthopaedic conditions directly involve bones, muscles, and joints. Of the 38 conditions covered in this report, 20 are orthopaedic in nature and are described in this chapter. The 17 non-orthopaedic conditions are discussed in Chapter 3.
Achilles Tendinitis
The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the lower leg, connecting the calf

Massage Eases Knee Osteoarthritis

People with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee may have a pleasant nonpharmacologic treatment to consider. According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in December 2018, whole-body Swedish massage can significantly reduce pain and stiffness and improve mobility.
Study Methods
Researchers enrolled 200 patients with OA and randomly

A Mobility Scooter Can Give You More Freedom Outdoors

Many older adults whose mobility is severely impaired by illness or injury rely on power wheelchairs to help them get around. Mobility scooters are a similar option, and research suggest that—like wheelchairs—they can make a big difference when it comes to maintaining your independence. One 2014 study found that using

Don’t See Joint Pain as a “Normal” Part of Aging

Research suggests that as many as 65 percent of older adults experience joint pain. Often the discomfort may simply be due to exertion, particularly if you experience pain after strenuous exercise. “In this case, ice and rest should help,” says David C. Thomas, MD, professor of medicine and rehabilitation medicine

Flexibility Exercises: 3 Low-Impact Options

Flexibility Exercises: 3 Low-Impact Options

The best one-size-fits-all class for flexibility is an aerobic exercise group class. The ultimate goal is aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness, but instructors and their students have to go through warm-up and flexibility exercises before getting to the aerobic component.

If you are a beginner or older adult not used to regular exercise,

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