Articles on "Healthy Living"

Real Life Story–District Mobile Dental
August 14, 2014 7:57 pm

Real Life Story–District Mobile Dental

Lila Skaer’s teeth hurt. However, at 96, she was also coping with a wide array of physical and mental challenges, including macular degeneration, hearing loss and mild memory impairment. For her granddaughter and sole caregiver, Star Straf, there never seemed to be time for a dental appointment. “We had just never gotten around to seeing the dentist,” Star explained. “I knew it would be really challenging to get her there, and I knew we would need to find a dentist […]

Stroke Prevention, Awareness & Recovery
August 14, 2014 3:41 pm

Stroke Prevention, Awareness & Recovery

Every four minutes someone in the U.S. dies of a stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, parts of the body’s functioning are impacted. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of strokes are preventable if you follow a heart healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke, improving your eating habits, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy […]

Understanding Arthritis–How Joint Pain Impacts Daily Life
July 23, 2014 5:46 pm

Understanding Arthritis–How Joint Pain Impacts Daily Life

The number of adults with arthritis is rising by about 1 million people each year, according to a 2013 government report. The report reaffirms previous predictions that cases of arthritis would rise rapidly with the aging of the population. However, the impact of arthritis on activity limitations is exceeding previous estimates, says the Arthritis Foundation. “The sharp rise in activity limitations is alarming,” says Arthritis Foundation President and CEO, Ann M. Palmer. “More people are hurting when they walk and […]

Time to Call 9-1-1
July 1, 2014 11:14 am

Time to Call 9-1-1

Biological Warnings Many Ignore Each year, about 600,000 Americans—one in four—in the United States die from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Of the 715,000 Americans who have a heart attack each year, about 525,000 are first-timers, says the CDC, and those individuals may not know what’s happening. Sadly, many people do not get to the hospital on time, says paramedic Dale Hemstalk. “If someone is having a heart attack, for example, they should get to […]

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center
April 30, 2014 3:42 pm

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center

By Christy Brudin Memorizing facts. Taking tests. Playing games. That’s what the attendees at NeurExpand Brain Center are doing. It may sound like they are in school, but they are in fact patients at a world-class brain fitness center that is putting scientific research into practice to improve memory and related brain functions. NeurExpand’s Brain Fitness Program helps middle-aged and older individuals increase their brain size and prolong mental clarity. The program enhances the brain’s ability to change and adapt, […]

April 29, 2014 9:16 pm

Maintain a Healthy Mouth

Too often, seniors and their caregivers neglect dental care in favor of attending to more pressing physical and emotional challenges. However, doing so is not only unhealthy, it is also dangerous. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities; severe pain; and serious health complications, including pneumonia. According to a study by Ralph Rosenblum Jr., DDS, MHA, published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, good oral hygiene can reduce the incidence of pneumonia and respiratory tract infections in elderly […]

March 18, 2014 1:39 pm

Emergency Rooms Not Ideal for Elderly

PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. wrote a recent Blog Post on the NYT Website titled, Emergency Rooms Are No Place for the Elderly Over the last five decades, quality emergency care has become synonymous with speed. Survival rates for patients in the throes of a stroke, heart attack or traumatic injury depend on the number of minutes needed to triage, diagnose and treat. Even the physical environment where emergency care takes place has become a paragon of medical efficiency — large […]

Late-Onset Depression & Chronic Medical Conditions
March 14, 2014 7:22 pm

Late-Onset Depression & Chronic Medical Conditions

Adults with no previous history of depression can develop it late in life due to changes and loss­es they experience. Late-onset depression often occurs simultaneously with a chronic medical condition, happening for the first time at age 65 or older. Late-onset depression can develop due to physical limitations, decreased independence and the interruption of social networks that accompany a chronic medical condition or the onset of a new medical condition. For exam­ple, coronary artery disease is a risk fac­tor for […]

January 27, 2014 7:54 pm

Experts Examine Success of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treating Older Veterans’ Depression

Researchers have found significant and equivalent reductions in depressive symptoms for both older and younger veterans undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression (CBT-D), according to an article published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences on November 11. This study, led by Bradley Karlin, PhD, at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is among the first to compare changes in depression and quality of life and to examine the therapeutic alliance in both younger and […]

Signs It is Time to Call 9-1-1
December 18, 2013 7:08 pm

Signs It is Time to Call 9-1-1

Each year, about 600,000 Americans—one in four—in the United States die from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Of the 715,000 Americans who have a heart attack each year, about 525,000 are first-timers, says the CDC, and those individuals may not know what’s happening. Sadly, many people do not get to the hospital on time, says paramedic Dale Hemstalk. “If someone is having a heart attack, for example, they should get to the hospital without delay […]