Articles on "Healthy Living"

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 [...]

The Impact of Hearing Loss
October 14, 2013 8:02 pm

The Impact of Hearing Loss

By Gora Ganguli Hearing loss is an ever-growing problem that robs people of their quality of life. Because it takes away the capacity to communicate and reduces social interaction between people, studies have shown that untreated loss leads to increasing isolation, depression and even dementia. Always thought of as an “elderly person’s problem” it is, in fact, occurring at much earlier stages of life than ever before, due primarily to the ever-increasing noise levels of modern day life and the [...]

August 1, 2013 1:03 pm

Whitepaper: Fear of Falling in Older Persons

Philips Lifeline has sponsored a whitepaper written by Dr. Alan M. Jette, Director of The Health & Disability Research Institute at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Jette’s research interests include late-life exercise, evaluation of treatment outcomes, and the epidemiology and prevention of late-life disability. Lifeline_FearFall_Whitepaper_H3_1375362078

July 19, 2013 3:13 pm

WHEN TO SEEK BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORT

By Debbie Daniels What will you do when your loved one is struggling with increased confusion, anxiety or depression? A primary care physician can rule out physical ailments but may not have a clear answer to the question, “Why can’t I remember?”  Just as there is a clear diagnosis for heart disease and kidney disease, the same holds true for memory and mood disorders. Everyone’s aim is to live out their lives in a comfortable environment surrounded by family and [...]

FutureCare CherryWood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center-Real Life Story
May 28, 2013 7:54 pm

FutureCare CherryWood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center-Real Life Story

When residents at FutureCare CherryWood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Reisterstown, Md., head to dinner, they enjoy a first-class dining experience. While nursing homes aren’t usually known for their culinary accomplishments, FutureCare is combining quality care with quality cuisine to ensure that residents are both healthy and happy. And they have the awards to prove it. FutureCare CherryWood recently won the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Taste of the Town Competition. The winning dish – fiesta herb-encrusted chicken [...]

May 3, 2013 2:52 pm

Coping with Low Vision

 By Kinshasa A. Coghill, M.S. For most of her 76 years, Carolyn was a regular visitor at Philadelphia’s many museums. She also loved gardening and especially enjoyed Saturday afternoon strolls along the tree lined streets of her quiet neighborhood with it’s flower covered lawns and wind chimes. But in the past several years, her walks have only left her frustrated and worried. On several occasions, she has tripped and fell on the sidewalks made uneven by tree roots. She used [...]

February 6, 2013 7:38 pm

University of Massachusetts – Boston Suspends Gerontology Program

Although it was founded more than 30 years ago,has been regarded as a leader in aging studies and elder care, the  the gerontology program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is suspending its program primarily due to low enrollment. There are about 40 undergraduate gerontology programs across the country, according to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. For UMass Boston, the department’s struggles are a “chicken-and-egg problem,” said Norman: low enrollment has been causing low visibility for the program, [...]