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Deprescribing to Improve Quality of Life

May 21, 2015
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One of the more dangerous challenges for older people living in the United States is the potential risks brought on by “polypharmacy” or the drug reactions related to taking multiple drugs. According to one study “inappropriate polypharmacy in older patients imposes a significant burden of decreased physical functioning, increased risk of falls, delirium and...
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Muscle Relaxant and Antihistamine Dangers

May 12, 2015
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Seniors can face greater dangers from certain drugs than younger people do. The amplified negative side effects can result in emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalization and even death (mortality). A new study looks at veterans (65 years and older) to determine the potential dangers of skeletal muscle relaxants (55,566 patients) and antihistamine drugs (60,058...
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Too Many Drugs?

May 8, 2015
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There is a trend in medicine know as polypharmacy, which is the use of multiple drugs (as many as five or more) to address a specific health issue. A recent study found that while this approach may help patients achieve specific test results, it may not be the best for the patient’s health: “Clinicians...
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Seniors Getting Pumped

February 5, 2015
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A study examined “the effect of 26 weeks of low-load high-repetition resistance training (BodyPump™) on maximal strength, gait speed, balance and self-reported health status in healthy, active middle-aged and older adults.” This study divided seniors (over 55 years) into two groups, a control group and a group that “trained twice per week for 26...
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Chiropractic for Daily Living

January 20, 2015
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As an older person, one of your greatest concerns is to maintain your “activities of daily living” (ADL). The ability to get up in the morning, take a shower, get dressed, take care of yourself and be active is very important for aging seniors. Back pain can be a significant challenge for those seniors...
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Vitamin D for Dementia & AD

December 16, 2014
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A recent study compared the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease among elderly with low vitamin D concentrations and elderly with sufficient vitamin D. What they found is that those who were deficient in vitamin D were 53% more likely to experience “all-cause dementia” and 69% more likely to experience Alzheimer disease. Those elderly...
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Humor –Less Stress, More Memory

December 11, 2014
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Researchers note that “for older adults, the damaging effects of aging and stress can impair the ability to learn and sustain memory. Humor, with its associated mirthful laughter, can reduce stress and cortisol, a stress hormone. Chronic release of cortisol can damage hippocampus neurons, leading to impairment of learning and memory.” They conducted a...
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Reducing Senior Medications

November 11, 2014
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Over the past few decades the medical management of our elderly has included prescribing multiple drugs for a host of reasons. This has resulted in frequent adverse drug reactions, some of them life threatening. A recent pilot study examined the possibility of reducing or eliminating some of the drugs taken by older patients in...
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Magnesium Keeps Senior Women Fit

October 28, 2014
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Vitamin supplementation can be a very important way of maintaining health, especially for older adults. One study examined whether magnesium supplements could help improve physical function for older women. The study found that “daily magnesium oxide supplementation for 12 weeks seems to improve physical performance in healthy elderly women. These findings suggest a role...
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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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