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It is easy, inexpensive and has few side effects. Taking three brisk walks a week is one of the best things for your body. It is also a very safe way to exercise. Make walking a part of your lifestyle.
Getting StartedCheck to be sure that you are physically ready by consulting your doctor. Warm up and stretch the lower body, especially the calves. Prepare your route, what you plan to wear (depending on expected weather), and learn how to deal with any emergencies that may come up (carry your cell phone). When beginning your walking program, concentrate on safe routes in busy areas that you know, just in case you feel ill, or simply too tired to continue, and to avoid getting lost. Public parks, shopping areas and zoos are all ideal beginners' routes. Begin with short slow walks and pick up speed and duration on subsequent trips. To get the most fitness improvements from walking, you need to make it a regular activity and increase your efforts slowly at your own pace.
Staying MotivatedChoose different routes to walk, taking in the scenery, and if possible, photographing where you have been. Try to walk with a partner; it makes the time go faster and the peer relationship will be a motivator on days when your will power is low. Of course in some areas there are walking groups. If you can't find one, start one (try putting up a poster at your local supermarket, for instance). Monitor your increase in fitness, and how you feel both during your walk and for the balance of your day. Use the walk time to reflect on your life, feel positive about yourself, and purge any negative feelings.
Walking GuideThe Arthritis Today Walking Guide (Item No. 835.7048AI) covers everything you need to get started to the elements that are crucial for your exercise program.
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Climate change can potentially disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations including seniors. This group may be one of the most affected because of; decreased mobility, physiological changes, and access to resources. These parameters tend to limit adaptability. The challenges seniors will face adapting to climate change could have significant implications for the individual’s health and the population as a whole.Learn more here.
|Wheelchair options and accessories make a wheelchair
more suitable for a persons specific illness, injury or
Medicare covers options and accessories for wheelchairs when a patient has a wheelchair that meets Medicare coverage guidelines, and the options or accessories are necessary for the patient to perform normal daily activities.
For an option or accessory for a manual wheelchair to be covered, a written signed and dated order must be received by the supplier before a claim is submitted to the DMERC. If the supplier bills for an item without first receiving the completed order, the item will be denied as not medically necessary. Also, supporting documentation for the medical need of this item must be on file.
|Between January and April of 2006, there were more than 600 possible mumps cases reported in the Midwestern United States. The source of the outbreak and why it has spread in such large numbers is unknown. Vaccination is the best way to prevent mumps. Although many children receive two doses of the mumps vaccine (as part of immunization against measles and rubella) known as MMR, some people may have only received one dose as a child, and most seniors have never received even one. For more information, contact a local medical clinic or health care provider or go to http://www.cdc.gov/nip/diseases/mumps/vac-chart.htm. Though the disease is rarely fatal, it can cause severe complications and often requires several days of home care and possibly hospitalization.706|
CAN HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL
From an EATINGWELL magazine article February/March 2006
Foods that contain plant sterols (phytosterolds) and stanols (phytostanols) have proven effective in lowering LDL, the lethal or bad cholesterol. But it is not practical to consume enough of those foods to make a significant difference i.e. lower your LDL cholesterol 10 to 14%. Can you imagine eating "10 heads of cauliflower twice a day or 44 apples in the morning and 5 cups of almonds in the evening"? That would provide your body the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommended amount of sterols and stanols, but it is impractical to even contemplate. To achieve a 10 to 14% reduction in LDL cholesterol, Robert Nicolosi, Pd.D, director of the Center for Health and Disease Research at the University of Massachusetts, says an average American diet contains 100 to 300 mg of plant sterols or stanols daily. To help reach the LDL-lowering amount of 1000-2000 mg daily foods that are artificially supplemented with sterols and stanols are the wiser way to go. The most commonly known foods enriched with plant sterols and stanols are margarine-like spreads (Benecol and Take Control), snack bars and salad dressings. As of 3 years ago the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began permitting food labels to claim their ability to lower LDL cholesterol encouraging more manufacturers to try to qualify for this labeling. Sterols and stanols work by blocking the absorption of cholesterol thereby lowering the amount entering the bloodstream following eating. Combine these foods with other dietary changes such as reduction in saturated fats, addition of soy and more fiber and the improvement can be compounded. Benecol and Take Control are two products with the longest shelf history, but keep checking labels when you shop. There is a demand for more foods and supplements that help people get healthier without prescription drugs. To have FDA permission to say it can lower Cholesterol, a food product must not only have at least 400 mg. phytosterols per serving, but also qualify as a low-cholesterol, low-saturated-fat food, and have at least 10 percent of one or more key nutrients.
|The University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis VA Medical Center research shows that smokers who receive support over the telephone when trying to quit are more successful in kicking the habit than those who receive help as part of routine medical care. The research is published in the March 13, 2006, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Lawrence C. An, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, and colleagues studied daily smokers who received care at five Veterans Affairs medical centers in the upper Midwest and were committed to quitting within one month. "The findings suggest that health-care providers should consider adding telephone care to their smoking cessation programs," An said. "With the telephone support, we are able to bring the service to the smokers instead of making them come to us to get help."|
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Below is the Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) data for the United States.
Why You Should Consider a Pet
Animals do affect human emotions and physiology. Many studies have been done on the complex relationship between people and animals. We all have observed how our system tends to relax after petting a soft small animal. The studies put this into perspective and show owning and tending animals has significant health benefits. This is especially true for the elderly. They tend to live longer, healthier, and more enjoyably.
In May of 1999 a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that independently living seniors with pets tend to have better physical health and mental wellbeing than those that don't. These seniors were found to be healthier, more active, and cope better with stress.
Other studies have shown that elderly pet owners had significantly lower blood pressure overall those without pets. Lower mortality rates have been observed where a nursing home with over 100 small animals.
ADOPT A SENIOR MUTT TODAY!-It can improve your spirits and general well being.
Five reasons why one might consider adopting an older (Senior) dog, rather than a puppy,
1. LOYALTY, LOYALTY, LOYALTY! Chances are good that by adopting a senior dog you have rescued a wonderful, loving canine from an untimely, unfortunate and unwarranted death. A senior dog can sense that he or she was saved and will be eternally loyal to his or her new "forever" family.
2. BETTER HEALTH Numerous studies have shown the health benefits a calm, loving dog can have on a senior citizen. Senior dogs need daily/weekly walks which can help the overall health of the adopter and adoptee!
3. COMPANIONSHIP Senior dogs have often had difficult lives shuffled from home to home. They have so much love to give and will bond quickly with the adopter that gives them their "forever" home. Senior dogs are also very mellow and often happiest resting at your feet or putting a loving head in your lap. It is hard to feel lonely with a loving dog near you.
4. NO TERRIBLE TWOS OR UNRULY TEENS Senior dogs are over the puppy-chewing and destructive stages. They are usually house trained and many already know basic commands. Although some senior dogs may require more frequent veterinary visits, their love and devotion far outweigh the effort.
5. NO SURPRISES Senior dogs are full grown and their personalities are completely developed. When you meet with your senior dog you will instantly know what kind of wonderful, loving dog he or she will be.
So why not give it a go! Contact your local animal shelter.
Information is from http://www.seniormuttmatch.com
Many studies have shown that a pet
around the house even a visiting pet can enhance the livesof older
Americans. There is just something about caring for an appreciative,
loving companion that brings joy into the lives of people. Pets
rely upon us, and give back endlessly in thanks through unconditional
love. Additionally, you may be saving the life of an animal who
might otherwise be "put down" or spend the rest of its
life in a cage in a kennel.
Do Your Homework First
Choosing Your Companion
Caring for Your Pet
Federal Mandates Allow Senior Citizens to Have Pets
Border Collie Rescue
PAWS’ Seniors for Seniors adoption program is all about senior humans rediscovering the joys of having a cat or dog in their lives.
Additional aging information can be found at here
THE INTERNET'S POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON "HEALTH SEEKERS" *
Fifty-two million American adults, or 55% of those
with Internet access, have used the Web to get health or medical
information. They are called "health seekers" and a
majority of them go online at least once a month for health information.
A great many health seekers say the resources they find on the
Web have a direct effect on the decisions they make about their
health care and on their interactions with doctors.
*Reprinted from http://www.pewinternet.org/
The internet can be daunting place for even the most experienced web surfer. And when it comes to buying things on the internet it gets a whole lot more complicated. It's a world where seemingly every product under the sun is available for purchase. Because of ease of use and with prices often much lower than at brick and mortar stores, internet purchases have risen sharply since the start of the millennium. However, with this increase in online sales comes an increase in online fraud. We've all seen the horror stories on the evening news of individuals ripped off by one internet scam after another. It makes you wonder why anyone would order from the internet at all. And why people would trust their medication to an online pharmacy seems even more startling.
Well the reason that people still order on the internet is that by taking a few practical steps you can almost completely avoid internet fraud - and in the process save yourself a bundle. In this article, I am speaking specifically about internet pharmacies, but many of the ideas I am going to share are applicable to other forms of e-commerce.
First off, take a look at the site. If the site looks like it was thrown together in a couple of minutes, it probably isn't trustworthy. The sites that I would buy from are fairly complex with a lot of different options and text to peruse. Unfortunately, to the beginner this may not be a viable option, as it takes a little bit of time before you can distinguish a genuine e-commerce site from a less-reliable one.
Secondly, make sure there is someone really there. You would be surprised by the number of people who make purchases online without actually doing this. It is a simple thing to do, too. Simply look for a contact phone number or email address to establish that there is someone really there. If every prospective customer did this I would estimate that roughly 95% of internet fraud would be eliminated.
Thirdly, do a little research for yourself. Check to see if there is FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. Check out the return policy, if indeed there is one. (For example, some sitesvoffer a 100% money back guarantee on all of our medications). Also, type the name of the site into Google and see if there are any sites listed that speak negatively of the company.
Fourth and finally, make sure the site is secure. This is another great way to protect yourself against fraud. Not necessarily from the company you are ordering from, but from someone outside who may hack into the system to take your details. The best way to do this is to check on the site to find a little image that says something like "The site is secured by " or "SSL provided by " this means that the site is independently secured to keep any purchasing information you use confidential.
By following these simple steps you should be able to avoid internet fraud. While nothing is ever 100% secure, neither is making a purchase at your local shop. And by ordering through the internet pragmatically, you stand to save a lot of money!
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Glaucoma is an eye disease that gradually diminishes sight without warning and often without symptoms. The damage results from an increase in the pressure of fluid within the eye. The rise in pressure caused by fluid build-up leads to progressive damage to the optic nerve. Over time, glaucoma can lead to a gradual loss of peripheral vision. Get more information at Glaucoma Research Foundation(1-800-826-6693). Receive a free copy of Prevent Blindness America's Guide for People with Glaucoma here
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Macular degeneration, often called
AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness for senior
Americans. Low vision is commonly used to mean partial sight, or sight
that is not corrected with standard contact lenses or glasses. Vision
is still functional but the vision loss is to the degree that it interferes
with the ability to perform daily activities. A person with low vision
has any or all of the following: severely reduced visual acuity or
contrast sensitivity, a significantly obstructed field of vision.
The severity can be moderate to almost total blindness. Some signs
of Low Vision are: difficulty recognizing a familiar face, difficulty
reading -- print appears broken, distorted or incomplete, difficulty
seeing objects and potential hazards such as steps, curbs, walls,
uneven surfaces and furniture
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Someone with Alzheimer's disease symptoms
- Someone with normal age-related memory changes
Forgets entire experiences
- Forgets part of an experience
Rarely remembers something after a time lapse
- Often remembers something after a time lapse
Is gradually unable to follow written/spoken directions
- Is usually able to follow written/spoken directions
Is gradually unable to use notes as reminders
- Is usually able to use notes as reminders
Is gradually unable to care for self
- Is usually able to care for self
Alzheimer's Association National Office 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601
Get more information
It is crucial for people suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and the people caring for them, to get the most current, reliable information on their treatment options. Where better to turn for cutting-edge advances in Alzheimer's disease and dementia than Johns Hopkins, ranked #1 of America's Best Hospitals for 16 years?
Hopkins Health Alerts Topic Page:Memory. Here Johns Hopkins experts
explain the difference between the normal memory lapses that occur with
age and the signs of a more serious memory deficit. They bring you the
latest knowledge about how to boost your memory and how to reduce your
risk of conditions that can interfere with it.
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