Aging Adults

Tips for preventing serious falls

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Aging Adults | 0 comments

Start with Fall Prevention Falls and fractures are not an unavoidable outcome of getting older. Many underlying causes of falls can be treated or corrected, with the goal of preventing any future falls. These steps can also make you more confident in your abilities to carry out your daily activities safely. A qualified healthcare professional should evaluate your personal situation and condition. Read more at: http://www.healthinaging.org/aging-and-health-a-to-z/topic:falls/info:care-and-treatment/

Read More

November is National Family Caregiving Month.

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Aging Adults | 0 comments

Caregiving and the positive benefits (physical and emotional) to the caregiver. Most know about and feel the stress and toll this role can evoke, but this is article is helpful to keep one’s frame of reference/perspective, particularly as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday. November is National Family Caregiving Month. Learn more at psychologybenefits.org

Read More

Brain Fitness Program

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Aging Adults | 0 comments

MTCA Memory Training Center of America BRAIN FITNESS PROGRAM at ASAP Wellness Center Personalized brain exercise training by our skilled clinicians for a faster, sharper brain Scientifically-Proven to treat and prevent memory loss 100% Coverage by Medicare FREE cognitive screening and insurance eligibility evaluation Appointments available Mondays and...

Read More

Colon Cancer – Screenings Cut Death Rate down for 50+

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Aging Adults, Healthy Habits | 0 comments

Colon cancer incidence, death rates down among Americans 50 and older The Wall Street Journal reports that research suggests that colon cancer incidence among individuals in the US aged 50 and older has declined 30% of the past decade, with the decline being driven by an increase in colonoscopies. USA Today reports that additionally, “death rates from colon cancer…have fallen, declining at a rate of about 3% a year over the past decade, the report found.” The largest “declines in colon cancer incidence were in people over age 65, who qualify for Medicare, which makes colon cancer screenings available for free.” The study also indicated that “declines in colon cancer rates became more dramatic in more recent years, falling at an annual rate of 7.2% a year from 2008 to 2010.” The National Journal reports that the findings were published in…CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Investigators “evaluated data from the CDC and the National Cancer Institute in preparing the report.” The Journal points out that “the data comes as the Health and Human Services Department and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable – an organization founded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society – make a new nationwide push to increase screening rates to 80 percent by...

Read More

A Guide to Healthy Aging

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Aging Adults, Healthy Habits | 0 comments

A century ago only four out of every hundred people in the U.S. were age 65 or older. Today that number is 12 of every 100, and older adults make up the fastest growing part of our population. While growing older is inevitable, many people don’t realize that there are many things we can all do that will help keep us stay healthy as we age. The following is a guide to healthy aging that can help you enjoy better health and greater independence in later life. Make sure you’re not making medication mistakes ■ MANY OLDER ADULTS take prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and other supplements, such as herbs or home remedies, every day. Taking lots of different pills can cause side effects and problems. It is very important that your healthcare provider, pharmacist and others who care for you know every medication or pill you are taking. ■ BRING A LIST of each and every pill, vitamin or medicine you take—even if you buy it without a prescription—with you every time you see your healthcare professional. Make sure you write down the dose of the pill and how many times a day you take it. Your healthcare provider should check all of your pills to make sure they are safe for you to take. ■ ALWAYS CHECK with your healthcare professional, or your pharmacist, first before taking any new medicines of any kind. Take all medicines as directed, and tell your healthcare professional right away if a medication or pill seems to be causing any problems or side effects. Ask if there is any way to take care of your health problems without having to take pills or medicine. Never borrow or take any pills or medications that were meant for someone else. Stay on top of health problems ■ GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED at least once a year: High blood pressure can cause heart disease, kidney problems, blindness and other health problems. ■ GET A CHOLESTEROL TEST at least every five years. Cholesterol is a fat in our bodies; when cholesterol levels are high, this fat can cause heart disease, strokes and other health problems. If heart disease or diabetes runs in your family, you should have your cholesterol checked more often. ■ GET CHECKED FOR DIABETES, especially if you are hungry or thirsty all the time, are overweight or find that you have to urinate often. These problems could all be signs of diabetes. Lower your risk of falling ■ HELP KEEP YOUR BONES STRONG by taking calcium and vitamin D every day. Most older adults absorb calcium citrate better than calcium carbonate, so read the labels on the calcium bottles carefully. Ask your healthcare provider how much calcium and vitamin D you should take. ■ IF YOU DON’T EXERCISE REGULARLY, START. Just be sure to talk with your healthcare provider first, so he or she can help you come up with an exercise plan that’s right for you. Walking is an ideal aerobic (“heart healthy”) exercise; gradually increase the amount of time you spend walking, aiming for at least 20–30 minutes a day. In addition to walking, or doing other aerobic exercises like cycling, lift weights to help strengthen your muscles—and help protect your bones. Learn to do yoga or tai chi, which can improve your balance and make you less likely to fall. Many local senior centers and Y’s offer exercise, yoga and tai chi classes. ■ IF YOU’VE ALREADY HAD A FALL, be sure to ask your healthcare provider about exercise programs in your community that include not only strength training...

Read More