Category Archive for: ‘Elderly’

Steps for More, and Better, Sleep

By JANE E. BRODY I regret that for most of my adult life, I treated sleep as more a luxury than a necessity. There was always something more to do before I crawled under the covers and turned out the light. I realize belatedly that I might have been more productive — and a lot nicer to live with — …

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Fear of Falling

  By HARLEY A. ROTBART, M.D.   Courtesy of Harley A. Rotbart, M.D.The keeper of the “flog” (fall log) and his subject. My 84-year-old father-in-law is a “flogger.” That’s the moniker his son gave him because Dad keeps a written record of every fall my 83-year-old mother-in-law takes. She has Parkinson’s disease, and the “flog” (fall log) of her spills has …

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Once Just an Aging Sign, Falls Merit Complex Care

November 8, 2008By JOHN LELAND The New York Times MEDFORD, N.J. — Katherine Aliminosa, 93, shattered her lower leg while getting snacks for her nieces. Susan Arnold, 87, broke her hip hanging a photograph. In mid-July, in a nursing unit of a retirement community here, the two women were at the start of a recovery process that both hoped would …

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Pain Relief Important Advice For Today’s Elderly

Oct 13, 2008 wifr.com A team of Illinois nursing homes come together to show how to relieve pain for the elderly. A statewide campaign, called Road Of Excellence aims to teach health professionals at more than 400 nursing home how to identify pain in seniors. With 50 percent of pain in the elderly going untreated, health leaders say we should …

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Baby Boomers Feel The Pain Of Staying Active

by Connie Midey – Aug. 12, 2008 12:00 AMThe Arizona Republic Baby Boomers feel the pain of staying activeThe last thing Manuela Canada, 56, wanted to hear from her doctor was that knee problems would mean the end of tennis. Fortunately, “don’t do it if it hurts” is last on the list of advice sports-medicine physician John Kearney would give …

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Brain Injuries From Falls A Deadly Risk For Seniors

Prescribing pain medications for elderly patients is like walking a tight rope. On the one hand, elderly patients are more likely to have pain due to aging and degenerative problems that require meaningful treatments. On the other hand balance and coordination problems coupled with the dizziness side-effect of some medications make the elderly more at risk for falls when taking …

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