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Suspect Polypharmacy

October 14, 2014
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As people get older, they begin to lose their ability to remember, think and walk. For many this is a natural part of aging.  But a growing trend of polymedicating is often the cause. A case study of an older woman found the following: “A 68 year-old female patient resorted to the Emergency Room...
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Slim Down to Reduce Hot Flashes

October 2, 2014
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A pilot study of overweight and obese menopausal women found that they were able to reduce their hot flashes. The study divided 40 women into weight loss and control groups. The results were that “women randomized to weight loss also showed greater reductions in questionnaire-reported hot flashes than did women in the control group.”...
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Improving Assisted Living Health

August 28, 2014
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Nurses are the front line providers of care in assisted-living facilities. They are the ones that are dispensing the majority of medications to the elderly residents who are usually taking a significant number of prescriptions at the same time. This scenario increases the risk of potentially harmful medications being administered as well as harmful...
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Vitamin D for Your Eyes

May 20, 2014
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Glaucoma is a disease that gradually reduces your eye’s ability to see. Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) causes you to lose your peripheral vision first as the disease progresses to a more advanced state. A ground-breaking study found an association with people who had low levels of Vitamin D and open-angle glaucoma. “The findings of this...
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Reducing Unnecessary Drugs

May 15, 2014
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Elderly people are more likely to be exposed to multiple prescriptions due to the nature of current medical care. As additional prescriptions are added, seniors face an increased risk of drug toxicity, negative side effects and even death. One study examined the changes in prescriptions for elderly patients between admission and exit in four...
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Vitamin C and β-carotene for Dementia

December 10, 2013
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Antioxidants, like vitamins C and E are said to be associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that “vitamin C and β-carotene concentrations (in the blood) were significantly lower in demented than in control (normal) persons even after adjusting for school education, intake of...
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Real Cause of Seniors Falling

November 14, 2013
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Ask them and most seniors will tell you that the fear of injury due to falling is high on their list. With frail bones and uneasy steps, the potential to fall and break a hip, arm, etc. could put a elderly person in the hospital or even worse. Most believe that a slippery surface...
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Exercise for Brain Health

November 7, 2013
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An interesting study looks at how exercise impacts brain health in seniors over 70. Specifically, the study looked at how a higher level of physical activity would impact brain atrophy (brain shrinkage) and white matter lesions (WML), which are dead cells in the brain that can cause a loss of memory, vision and cognitive...
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Potassium Citrate Increases Bone Density

September 24, 2013
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Maintaining bone density can be challenging for seniors as they tend to lose it as they get older. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is a way to measure the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bone and is an indicator of the likelihood of osteoporosis and fracture. A study of seniors showed that...
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Vitamin D Reduces Fracture Risk in Seniors

September 12, 2013
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Taking a daily dose of 800 IU or more of vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures in people 65 years and older. A new study found that “reduction in the risk of fracture was shown only at the highest intake level (median, 800 IU daily; range, 792 to 2000), with a 30%...
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