Holidays with Seniors: A Successful Thanksgiving

The Original Thanksgiving Guest It’s Thanksgiving again!  Millions of families across the country–and expats all over the world for that matter–are preparing themselves for turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, candied yams, and I won’t even mention the desserts!  Year after year, it’s the same routine that we all know and love and stress over.  That is, of course, until something or someone throws the routine for a loop.  The common cause: an aging loved one, who is perhaps no longer the independent, lucid and physically capable person they’ve always been. If you’re one of the millions of Americans this year who is more worried about preparing for Nana or Uncle Joe than you are about preparing your...

Aging Issues: 12 of the Most Common Health Concerns Affecting Seniors

Know What is Normal. Be Proactive. See Your Doctor You may not look the same, feel the same, or act the same as a 20-year-old, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life. As we age, it’s even more important to be proactive about our health. Know your body. Know what is normal for you and what is out of the ordinary. Make good lifestyle choices – eat healthy food and limit alcohol intake. Keep active and don’t smoke! Choose activities that are kind to your body. See you doctor regularly. Oh My Hip! Painful Joints and Mobility Issues: Osteoarthritis Almost half of all people over the age of 60 and practically everyone over the age of 80 has some form of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a natural process whereby...

Reducing Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays

  It’s very human to feel that holidays should be happy times, with generations of traditions coming to the forefront. After all, we say we celebrate holidays. Doesn’t that mean happiness? The reality, however, is that many people can feel isolated and lonely during this sometimes forced “season of good will.”   Elders can have an especially hard time with the holiday season. While aging and maturity can bring the wisdom of years for many people, there are inevitable losses that come to even the most healthy individuals. Many of these losses are emotional and social in nature. Spouses become ill or die. Other aging relatives and friends become seriously ill, or die. Neighborhoods change, often leaving even those well...

Daydreaming brain network used in autopilot

  The part of the brain associated with daydreaming also allows us to perform tasks on autopilot, a study has found. A collection of brain regions known as the “default mode network” (DMN) is active when we are daydreaming or thinking about the past or future. Cambridge University researchers found it also allows us to switch to autopilot once we are familiar with a task, such as driving a familiar route. There is even hope the findings can help people with mental illness. Previous research has found the DMN is more active during states of rest, and that it can behave abnormally in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But researchers have remained unclear about its...

Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials

  More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials. Public Health England (PHE) says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary as many illnesses get better on their own. Overusing the drugs is making infections harder to treat by creating drug-resistant superbugs. PHE says patients have “a part to play” in stopping the rise of infections. It is estimated: 5,000 people die in England each year as a result of drug-resistant infections Four in 10 cases of bloodstream E. coli infections now cannot be treated with first-choice antibiotics By 2050, drug-resistant infections around the world are expected to kill more people than currently die from cancer Antibiotics are...

Seeking “to be visible” More Americans 65 and Older are Getting Plastic Surgery

    Jean Stark, 83, left, a retiree in Lakewood, CO, with her surgeon Dr. Zamora, had work done on her eyelids a decade ago and is planning further procedures, including to her neck and jaw.   Maria Vargas was fed up with looking like an old woman. That was how the 68-year-old felt when she walked down the street. “I’d lost the looks of men,” said Vargas, who is divorced. “I’d walk by men and men would probably go, “Yeah, there’s a cute grandma.’” So in February, after months of wrestling with the decision, she got a neck lift.  “I got so excited about the difference that it made that I was like, ‘Oh my god, I want more,” said Vargas, a Sacramento, CA resident who had never had elective plastic surgery before. Now,...