Posts Tagged ‘National Institute on Aging (NIA)’

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are Common in Seniors

The most common infection acquired by seniors is a urinary tract infection (UTI). Escherichia coli (E coli) is the most common bacteria that causes UTI in seniors older than 65 years. UTI can be a mild self limiting illness to severe sepsis (blood poisoning), with a mortality rate of 20-40%. The risk of sepsis and…

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American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Recommends Annual Memory Tests for Seniors

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends that Seniors age 65 and over be screened every year by their physicians for thinking and memory problems. Aging is a major risk factor for developing problems with memory and thinking. This recommendation was published September 18, 2019, online in the journal of Neurology . The test may…

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Palliative Care alongside Curative Treatment

Palliative care is extra care that is given alongside curative treatment for very serious illnesses. Palliative care is given for as long as possible no matter what the prognosis is. Palliative care can be given at any stage of a serious disease. In fact, palliative care can be started as soon as there is a…

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Seniors and Fatigue

Difference between being Tired or Suffering from Fatigue Seniors sometimes suffer from fatigue. It is normal to be tired sometimes, but usually a good night’s sleep or a few days of rest is all that is needed to get going again. However, if this extreme fatigue persists for weeks, it is time to make an…

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How to Cope with Sundown Syndrome (Sundowning)

Sundown Syndrome (Sundowning) Many caregivers and family members of seniors with Alzheimer’s dread the setting of the sun. When that evening sun goes down, many people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease begin to show signs of sundowning or sundown syndrome. As the sun sets, they become more agitated, restless, confused, angry, sad, moody and even aggressive…

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How to Stay Safe While Exercising Outdoors

Going outdoors for physical exercise offers a lot of advantages like finding more interesting places to see, having more room to exercise and getting fresh air. However, it is important to stay safe while exercising outdoors. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has a Go4Life site that has some important tips to keep you safe…

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Genetic Disorder Hemochromatosis Causes Serious Health Problems for Seniors

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), hemochromatosis is a common genetic disorder that affects more than a million Americans. Recent research by the University of Exeter in the UK and the University of Connecticut and the NIA intramural Research Program show that hemochromatosis appears to make far more serious health problems for seniors…

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Walking Steps to Preserve Life in Senior Women

How many steps does a senior woman have to walk in order to maintain health and preserve life? Many devices worn to measure the number of steps taken on a daily basis are pre-programmed to achieve a daily goal of 10,000 steps. However, no one has ever proven scientifically just how many steps really are…

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The Mediterranean Diet May Protect against Late-life Depression

A study presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting May 19, 2019 in San Francisco, shows that a high adherence to a Mediterranean Diet may reduce the risk of late-life depression in seniors. The cross-sectional study was carried out by researchers at the Hellenic Open University in Greece and led by Konstantinos Argyropoulos with…

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