Senior Living Care Blog

The Risks of Senior Isolation

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

As we age, it becomes more and more likely that we may be living with less social interaction than when we were younger. Retiring, friends moving away, and health issues can all factor in to a decreased social agenda. Sometimes, spending less time with friends or family can lead to social isolation, a problem that can take a toll on your overall health. According to government information, older adults who describe themselves as lonely have a 59 percent greater risk for functional decline and a 45 percent greater risk of death.

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Dealing With a Stomach Bug For Older Adults

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Taking care of the body and identifying health problems early becomes more important as we age, as these problems can lead to more serious health problems due to weakened immune system among older individuals. There are a number of health risks to be aware of including norovirus, the flu, food poisoning and more. If help is not sought out, these stomach problems can lead to serious health complications, and even death, for some.

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Celiac Disease in Older Adults

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Celiac disease is a common problem, not only in young people, but in older individuals as well. According to the National Institutes of Health, the problem affects about one in every 141 Americans, although most don’t know that they have it. However, it should be noted that one-third of new patients diagnosed are over the age of 65. But, there is some evidence that this number may be increasing, one study says that the incidence of celiac disease in seniors aged 65 and older has increased from 4 percent to 19 percent to 34 percent.

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Cholesterol and Heart Disease in Older Adults

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

According to new data from the National Safety Council, heart disease is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The NSC found that the odds of dying from heart disease is one in six, higher than cancer, respiratory diseases, and much more. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 600,000 Americans die each year from heart disease and about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

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Opioid Use and Misuse and Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

The opioid epidemic in the United States takes the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says that 72,000 people died in 2017, 30,000 of which were due to synthetic opioids, predominantly fentanyl. Older individuals are one of the most at-risk groups for opioid misuse in the country.

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Acute and Chronic Bronchitis in Older Individuals

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM
 

Chronic bronchitis is the more severe form of bronchitis and is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2016, 8.9 million people were diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and about three-fourths of all cases involved people over the age of 45. Acute bronchitis, sometimes called a chest cold, is the less severe form of the problem and affects about 5 percent of the adult population.

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What is Arthritis?

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects 54.5 million American citizens and is a major cause of disability in the United States. It is one of the most common chronic conditions in the nation. The CDC believes that arthritis diagnosis will increase as the population grows and ages. They estimate that there will be 78 million people suffering from arthritis in 2040.

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ALS and Life Expectancy in Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 2, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

As we age, we become more susceptible to health risks and other dangers. Some diseases are more prevalent in older individuals. One serious condition that seems to pop up more as we get older is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disease that affects muscles and physical capabilities.

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What is Ataxia?

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Every year millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall, in fact one out of four older people each year. Of the millions that fall every year, many of the injuries require hospitalization, including about 300,000 annual hip fractures. There are many causes of falling and miscoordination in seniors, part of the reason is just the adverse effects that come with aging. For example, as we age our balance and strength declines over time.

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Hypothermia and Cold Weather for Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 27, 2018 12:05:10 PM
 

With the winter season in full effect, it may be a good time to go over some cold weather health and safety tips for everyone. Being in the cold can cause some people, especially older individuals, to get sick. Older adults lose body heat fast, much faster than when they were young.

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