Canes, walkers, and other assistive devices offer a triple play of better balance, improved mobility, and fewer falls. If a person can get past the idea that assistive devices are just for “old people,” they can re-open a world that might have become smaller as a result of balance and … Read More
If you have a family member with osteoporosis symptoms, you’ve probably noticed what I’ve seen in my own family—a gradual decline of posture, or developing a hunchback spine with age.
After spending some time with my 80-year-old mom recently, I went to give her a hug and … Read More
What is biopuncture? Biopuncture is an injection therapy in which specific body zones or points are injected with highly diluted natural products, the majority of which are derived from plants, in order to regulate inflammatory processes and support natural repair mechanisms. Most of these injections are given into the skin … Read More
Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse … Read More
Remember that time you cleared your second plate and then went whole hog at the Thanksgiving dessert table? You may not recall the exact foods you ate, but the bloating, nausea, and discomfort that ensued are likely etched into your brain. Now imagine suffering these feelings multiple … Read More
Low back pain is extremely common and affects most people at some point in their lifetime. Estimates show that up to 36 percent of us will suffer from a new or recurrent episode of low back pain in a given year. Much of it originates in the … Read More
Most people understand the importance of protecting their hearts and brains as they age, but muscle health is often forgotten. This is a dangerous mistake, as good muscle health is crucial for our ability to remain healthy and independent with advancing age. Up to one-third of older adults are at … Read More
Every year in the United States, 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, and it's the seventh-leading cause of death, according to the American Diabetes Association. Can diabetes be cured? Let's first consider the two main types:
Type 1 (or juvenile) diabetesaccounts for … Read More
To remain independent, it’s important keep physically fit enough to maintain balance, keep from falling, and stay active and mobile. There are things you can do to put yourself in a lower risk group for falls and improve your mobility. One of those measures is regular exercise. The U.S. Department … Read More
Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic therapy, is a skilled intervention provided by a physical or occupational therapist in an inpatient or outpatient clinical setting. Don't confuse it, however, with aquatic aerobics, or water aerobics.
Hydrotherapy uses the properties that water offers—including buoyancy, temperature, and pressure—to provide therapeutic pain … Read More