As of November 2017 there are new guidelines about High Blood Pressure. You can view the video below to get a graphic description on what the new information means.
Click the image below for a pdf document you can print out.
The word about knee osteoarthritis (OA) and exercise is that the more you exercise the better you will feel! I know it’s hard to believe when you’re feeling that pain in your knees, or hands, or back – name it, I’ve experienced it. I continue to look for new ways to fight back. Here is what some Arthritis sufferers have had to say about measures/precautions that helped them fight back. I found these at: http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself at difficulties when I am trying to recall everything my doctor talks to me about during a visit. Sometimes, I have more than one doctor’s appointment in one day. How about you? Do you recall everything, or would it be helpful if you could record your doctor visits?
You may be relieved to know the following:
♦ Patients are using recordings of their doctor visits to aid them in recalling important details discussed during their health visits.
♦ Some patients are recording their visits without the doctor’s knowledge.
Source: Physicians Weekly
♦ Currently 39 of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., conform to the ‘one-party‘ consent rule, while the remaining 11 are ‘all-party’ states.
When must you get permission from everyone involved before recording? Use this link to find out the recording laws in your state:
For additional information see the article below.
Adjusting to the signs of aging is not intuitive. In recent years, I have learned to read, listen to other seniors, and constantly pay attention to the signs my body gives me.
An article in the New York Times Well section brought to my attention that early signs of arthritis could be creaking and popping sounds. Yes!
The condition for noises in the knees is called Crepitus by medical professionals. To date professionals are actually undecided whether these noises in the knees signal the beginning of Arthritis. So, what should we be aware of? Here are some guidelines: Continue reading “Arthritis Signs for Knees”
How often have you found yourself questioning whether you heard something correctly, or have asked someone to repeat themselves? Does it happen in a crowded room? Are you turning up the volume on your TV more often?
In my research the following information gave me a more serious approach to thinking about hearing loss and why I should pay attention.
I admit that when some of my friends suggested I try Acupuncture to relieve the pain in my hands, I was hesitant. What really prompted me to explore acupuncture was the severe pain I was struggling with in my hands. In addition, I was taking Ibuprofen, and when the pain became unbearable, I took Naproxen. My doctor had cautioned me not to take either of these medications on a frequent basis due to other side effects. As I was considering what I would do I came across an article in Health Matters, which is a publication of the White Plains Hospital (WPH) in Westchester, NY. I was convinced that if WPH was willing to suggest acupuncture to its patients as part of their Cancer Wellness Center program, it was worth a try.
♦ Today, acupuncture is being practiced in all 50 states by over 9,000 practitioners, with over 4,000 MDs including it in their practices. Acupuncture has shown notable success in treating many conditions, and over 15 million Americans have used it as a therapy. Source: Acupuncture | definition of acupuncture by Medical dictionary
I’m not one to make light of the fact that for some seniors aging is a difficult challenge. Loss of the ability to function the way we could when we were younger; loss of friends and companions; sickness. All of these things add to enormous stress, and sometimes despondent feelings. But what if thinking positively could help us out? Should we at least try to find a way to cultivate this habit?
♣ An article in the New York Times suggest that our thoughts can do “far more than raise one’s spirits”. How about if thinking positively could boost your immune system, alleviate depression, lower your blood pressure, give you better weight control. Would you try it?
In September 2016, I wrote a post about the benefits of walking. At that time the goal suggested by the American Heart Association was 10,000 steps a day (equal to 5 miles). Needless to say, for seniors this is not an easy task. Often we have issues with our knees. Arthritis, for example, is one of the many complaints. But the question is “have you started?” Continue reading “Stepping Up Your Walking”
I must admit that I am guilty of not taking my medications sometimes. It’s not intentional really, but it does happen. It could seem like a simple thing missing, or not taking your meds. Right? It turns out that it could actually be life threatening ! Yes!
Following is a summary of a New York Times article. You can check and find out whether you are using these excuses for not taking your meds. Non-adherence to taking prescribed medications results in
50 % of prescriptions for chronic diseases not being taken as prescribed, typically people take only half of their prescribed doses.
One of the ‘dreams’ I hear from senior citizens all the time, is their excitement about traveling. They can’t wait to visit all of those faraway places that have escaped them all of their working lives. It is distressing that it seems traveling outside of your home city is more and more cumbersome: lines for checking if the luggage is safe; confinement on how many toiletries you can travel with; having strangers ‘pat’ you down for suspicious articles that could be unsafe for the flight. It made me think are there some easier ways to get through the ‘process’ and to the location, location, location faster?
Below is a summary of various programs and benefits you acquire when you join a program. For complete details see the article by clicking the source link.
T.S.A. (Trusted Security Administration)
◊ Now you can really get started on those trips. Enjoy!
Read Source: NY Times Trusted Traveler Program