‘Aging in place’…’aging at home’ means a lot more than making modifications to your home. However the first step in ‘aging in place’ is to make your home safer. Lists of home attributes are an absence of stairs, wide doorways to accommodate a walker or even a wheelchair, at 24 hour surveillance system that can be monitored by friends or family members remotely via smart phone, GPS locators for family members that might wander. However it will take more than modifying your home to help you ‘age in place’ our communities need to be adapted. We have so many suburban and rural communities where if you choose to stay at home you can still be isolated from the rest of the community. It might mean adapting in an urban neighborhood where you can walk or take the transit to just about everything you need. Most current developments for independent retirees typically come in two flavors: isolated, gated subdivisions, large homes on golf courses or far out in the suburbs. Both require driving everywhere which is a problem for those we don’t want to drive or can we need to create a new paradigm; the walkable urban space or WUP. Quality health care institutions need to be nearby, good public transportation, barrier free sidewalks and if possible be relatively close to your family.
Osteoarthritis is more than just the cumulative, effects of wear and tear on your joints. Chronic inflammation which can be a cause of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease is thought to cause or play a major role in osteoarthritis. An increase in inflammation can predispose your body to osteoarthritis. Here we go again: eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes reduces inflammation markers in the body. Diet with sugar sweetened drinks, red meat, alcohol, trans fats and excess sodium increase the inflammation markers.
Abaloparartide vs. Forteo…Who Wins? Hopefully women, more specifically women with osteoporosis, there are about 8 million of them in this country. These cool drugs do not just prevent osteoporosis but they are truly bone building drugs. Not just drugs/Medications which slow osteoporosis they actually help build new bone tissue. Many women are reluctant to take the present generation of osteoporosis medication because of rare but horrifying side effects. Forteo is already out and available to the public but it is expensive, however it does not have the side effects of the present generation of medications for osteoporosis. Abaloparatide is a promising new medication, looks promising according to the clinical trials conducted by Radius. With Abaloparatide weak spots/holes in the bone fill in faster than with Forteo. The most important point is that there will be more choices for women facing osteoporosis then there are now, hopefully more effective and with less serious side effects.
Dementia is a generic term used for a group of symptoms memory loss, a decline in cognitive status, impaired ability to reason. There are many different types of dementia–Alzheimer’s is just one of them, the most common type of dementia, it accounts for about 70% of dementias. This explains why the two terms are used interchangeably. Vascular dementia or multi-infarct dementia is the 2nd most common of the dementias. There is also Parkinsonian dementia, dementia related to excess alcohol or Creuzfeldt-Jacob disease. There are also many dementias which are reversible such as hydrocephalus, brain tumors, medication side effects, and thyroid problems.
Alzheimer’s is the most common and it is a progressive chronic dementia. There are some medications which can slow the rate of the progression of the disease but it is not curable.