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
Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category
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
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.
- Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets from the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) provide information such as how much of the supplement is safe, what its effect are, and if there are possible interactions with medicines.
- Thinking about Taking a Dietary Supplement? video from NIH ODS that describes how the ODS can help with that decision.
- Understanding Drug-Supplement Interactions from NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is an interactive tutorial that assesses and builds on your knowledge of medicine-supplement interactions.
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.
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
From National Center for Complementary and Integrative Help
“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:
- Menopausal symptoms
- Sleep problems
Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults with Back Pain
From HealthFinder.gov and HealthDay News
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.”
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 Adults, http://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
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
NIHSeniorHealth has a new topic page for Bladder Health. Designed for older adults and their family members, the page provides guidance on the effects of aging on bladder health, tips for keeping one’s bladder healthy and when to see a doctor.
Bladder Health (NIHSeniorHealth): http://1.usa.gov/1KkS6fg
Eighteen presentations are available to watch online from the 2015 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit: Better Health Through Better Communication, http://1.usa.gov/20ul6s0.
Video Presentations include:
- Using Social Media to Communicate Health Literate Messages
- The 60% Challenge: Seniors and Health Literacy
- Better Health and Healthcare for ESL Adults through Education
- From Non-compliance to Exceptionalism: Changing the low health literacy story (aka Improving 30-day Hospital readmissions with an In-home Literacy Curriculum)
- Health Information Seeking Behaviors of Adults with Low Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving Skills: Results from the 2012 US PIAAC Study
For more information about the summit, visit their web page: http://bit.ly/1mgJAST