Osteoporosis (a medical condition in which the bones become brittle) can be caused by a variety of factors and becomes more likely the older one gets. Osteoporosis does not have to be inevitable, and eating the right foods can aid in preventing the occurrence of this disease. Broccoli Broccoli is extremely high in calcium, minerals, iron, magnesium, and potassium which all contribute to the health of the bones. Broccoli is best consumed in its raw state so as to get the best of its nutritional qualities. If you prefer to cook it, steam it for a few minutes with some salt. Sesame with Yogurt Sesame contains copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium and selenium. Leave a teaspoon of sesame seeds in some yogurt overnight and eat first thing in the morning. Sesame is ideal for people who lack calcium in their bodies. Bananas Banana is a powerful fruit that can supplement parts…> Read More
Hypertension is a common ailment among seniors, and there are special considerations that should be taken into account when treating hypertension in this demographic. According to American Family Physician, blood pressure measurement should be based on at least two readings. Measuring blood pressure in seniors can be difficult because of the changes in the cardiovascular system occur naturally with aging. There is also “pseudohypertension” in which the blood pressure reading is skewed by the blood pressure cuff. Patients with “resistant hypertension” are more prone to this in which case ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (a relatively new technique for measuring hypertension) is used. Lifestyle changes Any medication that is given for hypertension should be in tandem with lifestyle changes. Weight, diet, physical activity and alcohol consumption should be strictly monitored. Patients should strive to maintain a normal weight in accordance with their body-mass index. Diet should be mainly fruit, vegetables and…> Read More
While bipolar disorder is more common among young people, it can also surface in older adults. According to one study, 25 percent of patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder were over the age of sixty. In a separate study, many older individuals who had bipolar disorder had experienced symptoms as early as the age of 40. It is not as easy to detect symptoms of bipolar disorder accurately in older adults due to the high probability that these symptoms can be signs of other illnesses common to older adults such as depression, dementia or stroke, but certain behaviours are usually exhibited. Depression and irritability Older individuals suffering from bipolar disorder will likely exhibit restless or irritable behaviour as well as depression. Some of the symptoms of depression include: Prolonged episodes of sadness Obsession with health A feeling of helplessness Lack of concentration Physical complaints that are unclear and without a clear…> Read More
Hearing loss naturally occurs as we get older. The tiny hairs inside your ears that are designed to pick up sound vibrations become worn or damaged, and this leads to a reduction in hearing levels. Once you lose your hearing it is difficult or impossible to reverse, and while it is inevitable that your hearing will gradually go down with age, there are ways you can prevent or slow the deterioration of your hearing ability. Very often it comes down to adjusting your lifestyle as well as controlling your environment as it relates to the level of noise to which you are exposed. Below are our most important tips to maintaining the health of your hearing long into your elder years. Avoid noisy places The most basic thing you can do is to avoid places where there are high levels of noise as much as you can. Bars, concerts, restaurants…> Read More
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