Following a Hip Fracture it is paramount to get a bone density exam, calcium and vitamin D levels and most likely start on medication. There is a new drug romosozumab/Evenity. Most of the old drugs (biophosphonates) stop the loss of bone density. Evenity actually increases bone density, the first medication which does that. Bone Density Exam, Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements then talk to your doctor about Evenity.
New studies and a review of older studies reveal that exercise can be of significant value in any effort to lower body fat and/or fight high blood pressure. These studies imply that exercise is medicine. Physicians are now considering officially prescribing exercise for people with high body fat especially around the abdomen and individuals with hypertension.
The researchers gathered 391 randomized, controlled trials–these are the gold standard for testing treatments–that looked at either medications or exercise to control weight or blood pressure. Exercise and/or lifestyle changes should always be the first intervention, one doesn’t need clinical trials or have to deal with the side effects which come with pharmaceutical interventions..
This is not really “hot off the press news”, we’ve known about this for years. Some individuals find it hard to exercise and increase their physical activity. If that’s the case with you the most important thing is to start slowly and gradually, try to make it enjoyable, do it with friends and try to have fun. Having fun alone could lower your blood pressure but having fun while you exercise it is even better medicine.
Elderly people are most at risk for shingles, this blistering disease, with its often in intense pain, it’s threat to vision and the associated nerve pain sometimes lasts months even years after the initial rash fades. Almost all Americans harbor varicella zoster virus that causes shingles; they acquired it with childhood chickenpox whether they knew they had the disease or not. The virus can stay dormant until, for unknown reasons it erupts decades later. The risk rises sharply after age 50. When one reaches 80 There is a one in two chance of getting shingles. Zostavax can a eliminate/prevent 50% of the cases of shingles among the elderly. Shingrix Which will be available by early 2018 with an 97% effectiveness rate in adults over age 50 and then 90% effective rate for adults over 80. This is an extremely vigorous response in the elderly to a vaccine. So you have a choice and Shingrix is the most effective and lasts longer than Zostavax.
Chronic pain is not good for the heart, lungs, endocrine system, musculoskeletal system and it can also cause depression and emotional problems. Responsible use of opioids is crucial to managing the pain of millions of Americans. Hospice programs and “comfort care” options are of a key part of any health care system. Individual human beings need to know that when they get very sick and are dying that their pain will be controlled. We are going to make it harder for these individuals to get adequate pain control. There are many elderly people who aren’t actively dying but have chronic pain who need to be able to sleep comfortably at night. We need to let them have access to opioids. We can’t deny pain relief to suffering people because we’re worried about drug abuse! I don’t know if the ‘War on Drugs’ is working or if it’s a failure but I do know that chronic and acute pain cause an awful lot of pain in our society, not only for those who suffer directly from the pain but it also affects their loved ones and family. Pain is not natural and it needs to be controlled. Let’s not confused adequate pain control with the ‘War on Drugs.
Ninety percent of Aging Life Care Managers use or recommend the use of “fiblets” by adult
children of aging parents with dementia as a way to ease anxiety and protect self-esteem,
finds a survey by the Aging Life Care Association™. When an aging parent with Alzheimer’s
is refusing needed care and when they can no longer drive safely alone are the two most
frequently cited situations when “fiblets” can be therapeutic according to the Aging Life Care
From our earliest days we are taught never to lie, especially never
to our mother or father. However, a survey of Aging Life Care™
experts reveals that telling a “fiblet” can actually be therapeutic
when adult children are faced with telling painful truths to aging
parents with a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Over 90 percent of Aging Life Care Professionals™ surveyed say
they have used or recommended the strategy to relieve stress
and anxiety and protect self-esteem of an elderly person. The
situation cited most in the survey by experts as an appropriate
and helpful use of a “fiblet” is when a senior is refusing clearly needed care or assistance at their home. For example,
telling an aging parent with Alzheimer’s that a paid caregiver is coming to their home for their spouse’s benefit or for
another concrete role can help them maintain pride and reduce anxiety.
Aging Life Care Professionals cite this situation as one of the most common and difficult faced by families. Aging Life
Care Professionals help families and loved ones deal with some of the most sensitive and challenging issues when
helping aging parents. .