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Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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, the council urges. Here are its recommendations: Look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact. Remember that vehicles have blind spots. Don't wear headphones while walking. Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking. Never assume a car will stop for you. Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult. Cross the street only at a designated crosswalk. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Walk in ... Read more

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

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

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 daily tasks such as bathing themselves and making meals. Though those types of disabilities are common among elderly people, the new findings show that middle-aged people often have similar issues – and they do not always recover. That had been a big question going into the study, according to lead researcher Dr. Rebecca Brown: "Is functional impairment in middle age a temporary phenomenon, or does it have consequences later?" Brown is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of ... Read more

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Eat Well, Age Well

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

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 early 60s than those with less healthy eating habits. The study also found that those whose eating habits improved during adulthood did better on two of the tests, chair rise speed and standing balance time. The third test was timed up-and-go speeds. "Improving the quality of your diet can have a beneficial effect on health, whatever your age," said study author Sian Robinson, a professor of nutritional epidemiology at the University of Southampton. "However, this study suggests that making good ... Read more

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Get Your Muscles In Step With Tai Chi

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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, flexibility and balance. That's a plus as you age because good balance can keep you steady on your feet and prevent falls. Tai Chi also may help improve medical conditions like arthritis and high blood pressure. It also may be an effective way for women to stave off osteoporosis after menopause. Tai Chi's benefits also go beyond the physical. It can lower stress and anxiety and help you get a good night's sleep. Because Tai Chi is low impact, it's easy on your joints, and people of almost any ability ... Read more

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Health Tip: Finding Safe Shoes for the Elderly

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 that you intend to wear. Walk around the store with the new shoes. Do not buy shoes that make you feel unstable or uncomfortable. If you wear inserts, try the shoes on with them. Read more

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Health Tip: Tai Chi May Help Prevent Falls

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Tai chi is a low impact, slow motion form of exercise and meditation that can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance. A study in The Journal of Gerontology examined the effect of Tai Chi on older adults. It showed that inactive older adults who practiced Tai Chi three times a week decreased their chances of falling by 55 percent. Tai chi focuses on slow and circular movements that can be adapted to virtually anyone, even those using wheelchairs or recovering from surgery or stroke. Read more

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The Value of Strength Training

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Strength training – also called resistance training or, simply, weightlifting – isn't just for those muscular bodybuilders at the gym. It's a type of exercise that should be part of everyone's overall fitness plan. Why? Strength training keeps muscle toned, reduces body fat, and helps burn more calories even when you're not working out. Strong muscles are especially important as you age to stay steady on your feet and as independent as possible. A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that a simple lower body strength and balance training program can decrease falls as you get older. Upper body strength counts, too, allowing you to accomplish everyday tasks, from carrying groceries to walking your dog. If you're new to strength training, a certified trainer can put together a plan with your fitness goals and ability in mind. Look for ... Read more

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Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls

Posted 1 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 30, 2017 – Falls are a serious problem for many American seniors, but there are a number of ways to reduce the risk, a senior health expert says. The millions of falls that occur each year threaten seniors' health, independence and lives, and account for $31 billion in medical costs annually. "The best medical treatment for injuries from falls is to prevent them from happening in the first place," said Dr. Sonja Rosen, chief of geriatric medicine for Cedars-Sinai Medical Group in Los Angeles. "Seniors who have fallen – or are afraid they will – should get a comprehensive risk assessment from a geriatrician, who can determine the causes of their falls and give them a treatment plan," she advised in a news release from the group. "Falls are common but never normal with aging," Rosen said. "In many cases, we can prevent falls by following a few common sense guidelines." ... Read more

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Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Falls and fractures are a major cause of disability in old age. An influential U.S. medical task force is recommending exercise and, in some cases, medical evaluation to help seniors stay on their feet. But the new draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) say there isn't enough evidence at this time to either endorse or advise against taking vitamin D or calcium supplements to prevent broken bones. And based on current evidence, the panel recommends against taking vitamin D solely to prevent falls. For Americans 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injuries and injury-related deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, one older person falls every second in the United States, the CDC says. "Fortunately, there are things we can do to help prevent falls," said Dr. Alexander ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Some elderly people are at heightened risk for falling, especially at home. Six of 10 falls occur within the home – often due to lax stair safety, the National Institute on Aging says. The agency offers these safety suggestions: Install tightly-fastened handrails on both sides of the stairs. Always hold the handrails while going up and down stairs. If you need to carry something while using the stairs, hold tightly with one hand, and do not block your view with the item in your hands. Install bright lighting, including switches at both the top and bottom of stairs. Do not stack items on stairs. Install a runner or carpet on stairs, or use no-slip strips. Read more

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Young Adults May Be Ignoring High Blood Pressure

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – High blood pressure doesn't seem to be as much of a concern for young American adults as it is for their 40 and older counterparts, a new study finds. And, that seems to be especially true for young adult men, the study authors said. "While hypertension awareness, treatment and control have improved overall since the early 2000s, all three remain worse in young adults – those aged 18-39," said senior study author Dr. Andrew Moran. An assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, he made his comments in a news release from the American Heart Association. The heart association defines high blood pressure as 140/90 or higher. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. The study included information from eight surveys completed sometime between 1999-2014. More than 41,000 Americans participated in the surveys. They ... Read more

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More Than Half of Americans Will Need Nursing Home Care: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – More than half of Americans will find themselves in a nursing home at some point in their lives, a new study shows. That eclipses the 35 percent estimate used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the researchers added. "Lifetime use of nursing homes is considerably greater than previously thought, mostly due to an increase in short stays of less than three weeks," said lead researcher Michael Hurd. He is director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, in Santa Monica, Calif. Increased nursing home care begs the question of who will pay for it and how will they pay for it, he said. "Out-of-pocket spending is not particularly large, on average, but the risk of long stays and of correspondingly large out-of-pocket spending is fairly large – 5 percent of patients will spend more than 1,500 days in a nursing home, and 5 percent will spend more ... Read more

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Taking a Stand on Staying Mobile After 80

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – If you want to stay as fit as possible well into your 80s, the answer may be as simple as standing on your own two feet. New research shows that a standing-exercise program is more effective for older adults than commonly used seated exercises. Among nearly 300 participants who were an average age of 80, those who took part in a standing-exercise program were able to walk faster and farther than those in a seated-exercise program, researchers reported. "Older adults who are interested in improving their mobility should consider participating in a group-based exercise program like 'On the Move,' " said lead researcher Jennifer Brach. "The timing and coordination exercises are designed to be more challenging for participants, but they are important for walking and can improve mobility," she said. Brach is an associate professor in the department of physical ... Read more

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The Right Shoes Can Help Prevent Falls

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Falls are the leading cause of death among people 65 and older, government surveys show. More than 2.8 million adults were treated in the emergency room and 27,000 people died from falls in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Wearing the right shoes can help prevent falls, the American Podiatric Association says, suggesting while shopping for shoes you should: Press on the shoes to make sure the heels won't collapse and the shoes won't twist in the middle. While trying on the shoes, make sure you're wearing the socks you wear most often. Have your feet measured every time you shop for shoes. Even in mature adults, foot sizes can change frequently. Buy the shoes only if they feel comfortable and steady. . Read more

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Take the (Exercise) Plunge

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – You can do more than just beat the heat the next time you go to the pool. Whether you swim or do aquatic exercises, working out in water improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Water provides more resistance than air, allowing you to exercise at a higher intensity with less wear and tear on the body and less risk of injury. That's great for people with joint pain. Swimming is a perfect water workout, according to the American Council on Exercise. Doing a half hour of the front crawl at an easy pace can burn about 250 calories, depending on your weight. If you pick up the pace, you can burn about 400 calories in the same amount of time. If you're new to swimming, start with 5- to 10-minute sessions. As you build stamina, add more minutes. Mixing up your strokes can keep your routine from getting boring as well as work different muscles. For ... Read more

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