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Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel

Posted 4 days ago by

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – With aging often comes worry about falls and the bone fractures they cause. Now, a panel of U.S. experts has new advice on what helps and what doesn't when it comes to staying upright. For starters, get off the sofa. And don't rely on vitamin D to keep you from falling. In a change from its 2012 recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is ...

Hearing Loss Might Leave You Accident-Prone

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – You may think your poor hearing just means you miss parts of conversations, but a new report suggests it also might make accidental injuries more likely. "Many adults believe that hearing loss, particularly due to aging, is 'normal' and therefore of little consequence other than, perhaps, social difficulties," said senior study author Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya. He is an ...

Health Tip: Use a High Chair Safely

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by

-- A high chair is a staple in a baby's household, but it must be used safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Make sure the chair cannot be tipped over easily. If the chair folds, be sure it is locked in the open position each time you use it. Whenever your child sits in the chair, use the safety straps, including the crotch strap. This will prevent the child from slipping down, ...

Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds. "Falls among men and women 65 and older are a common, costly and growing public health problem," said lead researcher Curtis Florence, a health economist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as American "baby boomers" ...

Health Tip:Ski and Snowboard Safely With Your Kids

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by

-- Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to keep your family active during the cold winter months. But as with any winter activity, you should avoid prolonged exposure to the cold by scheduling breaks to go inside and warm up. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for skiing or snowboarding with your children: Children should be taught toski or snowboardby a qualified ...

Choosing the Right Home Weight Machine

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Still looking for a New Year's resolution? Consider strength training. It's important for everyone, regardless of age, gender and how developed you do and don't want to get. Strong muscles make everyday activities easier and allow you to maintain your independence throughout life. But you don't have to go to a gym to get in these workouts. If you prefer machines to free ...

Don't Play Around When It Comes to Toy Safety

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – There's nothing like a child's expression when getting a new toy. But toy safety belongs at the top of your holiday shopping list. A landmark study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that more than 3 million kids went to U.S. emergency rooms from 1990 through 2011 for toy-related injuries. Falls and collisions are the most common injuries ...

Preventing Childhood Accidents at Home

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – As a parent, you may worry most about your kids when they aren't with you. But many of the falls that send a million children to the ER each year happen at home. Plenty of these accidents involve falls from beds, chairs, baby walkers, bouncers, changing tables and high chairs. Some of these injuries are minor cuts and scrapes, but nearly 60 percent involve a bang to the ...

Better Balance at Every Age

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – You probably take balance for granted, but it's a motor skill that benefits from training throughout life. Working on your balance is key to staying active and injury-free today and in the future. Balance is part of some exercise disciplines, and there are also specific exercises you can do. Get started with heel-to-toe walking. Place the heel of your right foot just in ...

More Docs Specializing in Nursing Home Care

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – More doctors in the United States are turning to a new clinical specialty – nursing home care. The number of physicians and health care providers concentrating on nursing home patients grew by about one-third between 2012 and 2015, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found. The trend is likely driven by the aging population and increased ...

Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

-- You've probably heard of "distracted driving," but what about "distracted walking?" Largely due to the immense popularity of cell phones, pedestrian deaths reached nearly 6,000 in the United States last year, a 9 percent jump over 2015, the National Safety Council says. Walking remains a great way to get healthy exercise, but you should keep your "head up and phone down" during your stroll, ...

Middle-Aged and Impaired? More Common Than You Might Think

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – As early as middle age, many Americans have problems with dressing, grocery shopping and otherwise caring for themselves – and for some, it leads to a progressive decline, a new study finds. The study, of nearly 6,900 middle-aged adults, found that roughly 1 in 5 developed a "functional impairment" before age 65. That meant they had difficulty with routine self-care or ...

Eat Well, Age Well

Posted 5 Nov 2017 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 5, 2017 – A healthy diet may translate into a healthier old age, researchers report. The scientists followed close to 1,000 men and women in England, who were born in March 1946, throughout their adulthood. Those who ate more fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals – and fewer highly processed foods – throughout adulthood did better on three tests of physical function in their ...

Get Your Muscles In Step With Tai Chi

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – If you're looking for a low-impact exercise that can have a big impact on your quality of life, give Tai Chi a try. This ancient Chinese practice combines slow, flowing movement with meditation and deep breathing. According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies show that Tai Chi is very good at improving muscle strength, ...

Health Tip: Finding Safe Shoes for the Elderly

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

-- As you age, you are at greater risk of falling. To compensate, you should wear shoes that can minimize your risk. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to select stable and comfortable shoes: Measure your feet each time you shop for shoes. Aging and health changes can affect your shoe size. The best time to measure your feet is late in the day. Try on shoes with the socks ...

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