Doctors talk aging: What's normal, how to manage it

The aging process takes a toll on the body, and knowing that helps individuals adjust to the new normal, doctors said.

Dr. Saquib Anjum, a geriatric and palliative care physician, said helping aging patients know what are typical changes to the body can help ease fear when the patient notices those changes.

"I see a lot of anxiety patients go through because of aging," Anjum said. "Aging is broadly predictable."

As life expectancy increases, it's important that the growing number of senior adults understand these body changes, Anjum said.

Posted by editor on Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

Behind the wheel

If you are retired or soon going to retire and plan on buying a new car, you might be in for a shock — and not just sticker shock.

Technology has taken hold in the automobile industry, and if you haven't purchased a new car in the last 10 years, the choices in options are overwhelming.

CarFit is sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association, AAA and AARP with the goal of helping mature drivers find the car that fits them the best.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink

How to keep the elderly warm in winter

Severe cold snaps can have dramatic effects on everyday life, especially for the elderly. Cold and wintry conditions can cause severe illness and, in the worst cases, people can die. By taking some simple precautions, most people can be prepared for the cold weather.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink

Repeal of Health Law Faces a New Hurdle: Older Americans

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act have encountered a new obstacle: adamant opposition from many older Americans whose health insurance premiums would increase.

AARP and its allies are bombarding congressional offices with objections as two House committees plan to vote on the Republicans’ bill this week.

If the law is repealed, the groups say, people in their 50s and 60s could see premiums rise by $2,000 to $3,000 a year or more: increases of 20 percent to 25 percent or higher.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink

Medicine for older people is the same for anyone else: treat the person, not just the body

In the 16th century, French philosopher Rene Descartes moved the body from the sacred to the profane by separating it from the mind. The body thus became a proper object of study by the emerging natural sciences. From anatomy flowed physiology and the birth of what we know as modern medicine. The model of the body as a machine which can be broken and therefore fixed has had great success, unimaginable only 100 years ago.

The problems with this model seem well understood, and are best explained in a landmark paper on suffering in medicine written 30 years ago. It points out bodies cannot suffer, only persons. A model with the body at the centre, focusing on the disease and how to get rid of it, fails to respond to the suffering of the person. Modern clinicians in this model do not see suffering as it is. We are merely the mechanics that fix the broken machine that is your body.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink

The 21st Century Senior Living Community: Residents Speak, Tech Delivers

The 21st Century Senior Living Community is a series brought to you by CDW, a provider of technology solutions and services focused exclusively on serving the healthcare marketplace. The series takes a clear-eyed look at how leading providers and their partners are creating the next generation of senior living communities by raising the bar on services, design, and technology.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

How a new program could stop people going into aged care too early

Often a fall or a hospital stay can be the time when family have the discussion about putting an older relative in aged care.

The government has announced funding for a new aged care program, aimed at stopping older people who have been injured or sick from entering aged care prematurely.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

Eldercare at Home: Vision Problems

Growing older does not always lead to poor vision. However, age can bring about changes that might affect the eyes and vision. For example, some typical vision problems affecting older people include difficulty seeing well in dim light and/or difficulty seeing when going from bright light to dark and vice-versa. Some older adults become more sensitive to glare and bright lights. They also can have difficulty distinguishing colors, seeing close objects or reading small print. Many things can be done to help with these vision problems. Using reading glasses or bifocals, a magnifying glass, and better lighting can be very helpful, and holding reading material where the bifocal lens focuses on the page is extremely important.

More serious eye conditions or diseases may be treated with eye drops or medicines, while some of the most serious problems require surgery. A good preventive measure is a yearly checkup by an eye doctor (description follows) to determine if a vision problem is correctable by prescription glasses, or if the problem needs further workup.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

Aged Care Market Research Report by Regional Analysis : forecast 2023

Most of us want to remain independent and stay in control, but due to growing age our ability starts to decline. Hence, the concept of aged care is introduced, for an easy and better living with proper nursing facility for the higher age group. It is also known as elderly care or eldercare. It emphasizes on the personal and social needs of senior citizens as they need some assistance in their daily activities and medical support who desire to age gracefully. A special act has been taken by the Australian Government for senior citizens known as The Aged Care Act 1997 for people who are unable to live independently of their own.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink