By age 70 men begin losing bone at the same rate as women and are more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than they are to get prostate cancer, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Hip fractures are of unique concern. Of the nearly 300,000 total hip fractures
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Bedsores—also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers—are a big risk for people who spend an extended time either prone or in a wheelchair due to illness, frailty, injury, surgery, or disability.
Lying or sitting in in one position places pressure on certain areas of the body. This pressure reduces
“Exergaming” May Help Improve Thinking, Memory Among Older Adults
While video games operated with handheld game controllers and no other real physical effort can be fun to play, the video games in which players have to exert some physical effort may be both fun and healthy for your brain. Video games
As dementia progresses, it doesn’t just affect the memory—it also can result in agitation as a person with dementia tries to make sense of what is becoming an increasingly confusing world. Managing their distress is not easy, says Mount Sinai social worker Sheila Barton, LCSW. “While antipsychotic drugs can help,
If you desire to live at home as you age, or if you’re trying to help your mom or dad live independently, chances are you’re running into a few challenges. What should you do and where should you start to make this happen? Everyone’s circumstance is different, but there are
Processed Meats May Raise Breast Cancer Risk
A large-scale meta-analysis has linked eating processed meat to an increased risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women. The analysis, which was published in the February 2018 European Journal of Cancer, analyzed recent research on 262,195 women along with data from previous studies that
Like other healthy eating patterns, the Mediterranean diet is rich in sources of unsaturated fats, such as olive oil and nuts, and emphasizes whole grains, legumes, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and limits red and processed meat, refined grains and added sugar. Nutrition science has produced convincing evidence that this
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is like an out-of-control freight train. It can be stopped, but not with the methods normally used to stop a freight train, and it may do a lot of damage along the way. MRSA is a staph infection that cannot be cured with the usual antibiotics.
How many times have you heard the message that Americans—particularly older adults—need adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D for bone health? Major fractures of the hip or spine, often as the result of a fall, can send people to hospitals and nursing homes and raise the risk of disability
About one in five people over the age of 55 struggles with some type of mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety. And nearly two-thirds of nursing home residents display mental and behavioral problems.
Could brain changes that trigger dementia be fueling emotional and behavioral changes in some of these older