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Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category

Is the shingles vaccine right for you?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Shingles is a painful disease caused by the same virus as chicken pox.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created a video and quiz about the shingles vaccine.

Is the Shingles Vaccine Right for You?: http://bit.ly/1YCPw6d
MedlinePlus has additional information about shingles: http://1.usa.gov/1Wb15Cm

PACE Provides Much-Needed Rural Supports and Services for Older Adults

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has many advantages for older residents of rural communities. The principal tenet of PACE is that it is better for older adults with chronic conditions to remain in the community as long as possible. The American Society on Aging describes the program at: hhttp://bit.ly/23vzKAI

PACE programs continue to grow and innovate in America’s rural and urban communities. They excel at serving some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations and always strive to keep older adults living in their homes and communities. To learn more about the PACE Model of Care and PACE programs, please visit the National PACE Association at: http://bit.ly/1oYGuEb

The Brain Health Resource toolkit

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning best. The PowerPoint presentation will help older adults and their caregivers learn how to reduce risks that may be related to brain health and the Educator’s Guide, presentation handout, and resource list provide additional information and support. To access this toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1Q3BAvQ

Healthy You: arthritis

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The American Public Health Association has published a handout entitled “Arthritis: Managing pain through healthy moves”. The handout can be printed in English, Spanish or as an Easy-to-Read version.

Healthy You (APHA): http://bit.ly/UD9hur

Medication and Supplement Use Among Older Adults

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Washington Post Wonkblog article stated the potential negative implications of more seniors taking dietary supplements, as found in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (Qato, Wilder, Schumm, Gillet, & Alexander, 2016). Mainly, it has to do with the increased risk of an adverse interactions between prescription or over-the-counter medicine and supplements. “The use of prescription medications and dietary supplements, and concurrent use of interacting medications, has increased since 2005, with 15% of older adults potentially at risk for a major drug-drug interaction. Improving safety with the use of multiple medications has the potential to reduce preventable adverse drug events associated with medications commonly used among older adults” (Qato et al., 2016).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a number of resources on dietary supplements, their use, and safety.

Qato, D., Wilder, J., Schumm, L., Gillet, V., & Alexander, G. (2016, March 21). Changes in prescription and over-the-counter medication and dietary supplement use among older adults in the United States, 2005 vs 2011. JAMA Internal Medicine. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1q2ZX8e. PubMed Abstract http://1.usa.gov/1WYwoyN.

Physically Fit Individuals Are Less Likely to Suffer Depression After Heart Attack

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from healthfinder.gov (Health Day News)

A recent study shows that physically fit people may be less likely to become depressed after a heart attack. In the report, heart attack survivors are three times more likely to have depression than people who haven’t had a heart attack but those who regularly exercise can reduce their risk. The study based in Norway, researchers looked at 189 middle-aged and older people. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/218bqyr

To learn more information about depression after experiencing a heart attack, please visit the American Heart Association webpage: bit.ly/218bq1j

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions 

From National Center for Complementary and Integrative Help

http://1.usa.gov/1nhr7pN

“Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits.” The four conditions addressed in this article are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Sleep problems
  • Shingles

Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults with Back Pain

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults with Back Pain

From HealthFinder.gov and HealthDay News 

http://1.usa.gov/1XYBhsu

A small study on the effect of yoga on back pain in older adults found “while both groups improved in terms of mobility and pain, by some measures the mindfulness group improved significantly more.

For example, while 37 percent of the healthy living group said their back pain had eased after the two-month program, that figure was more than 80 percent among the mindfulness participants. Six months later, 42 percent of the healthy living group said their pain had at least “minimally” improved, compared with more than 76 percent among the meditation group, the findings showed.”

Yoga

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

In Yoga for Pain Relief, Harvard Medical School described study findings, a typical yoga session, and modification of yoga postures if needed. http://bit.ly/1WTLEg7.

Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging shared some tips specifically for Yoga and Older Adultshttp://1.usa.gov/1QpEWuu.

  • Put safety first
  • Look for a well-trained instructor who’s attentive to your needs
  • Practice mindfully

For additional facts and resources on yoga, check out the highlights from NCCIH Yoga for Health and Well-Being Twitter Chat from September 2015, http://bit.ly/1VPcbep

Active Meetings and Classrooms

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Making Meetings More Active

Go4Life suggests some simple ways to be active during meetings and breaks: http://1.usa.gov/1oKshf3

Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores (and Spelling Grades)

Excerpt from HealthFinder.gov and HealthDay News

“Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given “physically active” lessons did better on math and spelling tests, compared with their peers who learned the old-fashioned way.

Experts not involved with the study called the findings “encouraging.” But they also said it’s too soon to push for physically active classrooms everywhere.”

To read the full article, visit http://1.usa.gov/1VHjQez