Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed

Story at-a-glance  Vitamin D can improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease Seniors with severe vitamin D deficiency may raise their risk for dementia by 125 percent As many as 95 percent of seniors are lacking in vitamin D Recent findings suggest levels of vitamin D, below 20 ng/ml increases your risk for dementia I believe Continue reading

How Sugar Harms Your Brain Health and Drives Alzheimer’s Epidemic

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One in nine seniors over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, and the disease is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer Continue reading

The Trouble Seniors Face Today with Their Health

Today I’ll finish off this three-part series on the troubles seniors face with nutrition. I’ll be covering what your primary needs are, how your nutrition needs change as you age, and where you can go for assistance.

Seniors have different nutritional needs than other people. Even if you’re in great shape, it’s still important Continue reading

The Double-Edged Sword of Constipation

Constipation is uncomfortable-physically and even just talking about it. Let’s just say it’s not high on the list of topics people want to discuss. It is, however, a problem that 63 million Americans will encounter.

The problem is exacerbated for seniors, who often experience higher rates of constipation. Continue reading

What a Garden Can Do for Seniors

As the aging population grows, doctors and other medical health professionals are seeking ways to keep seniors healthier for longer. As it becomes increasingly obvious that pharmaceutical drugs can’t successfully bear the complete burden of age-related illness, those in the profession of geriatrics have been forced to get Continue reading

States Saying No to ‘Obamacare’ Could See Downside

For Gov. Rick Perry, saying “no” to the federal health care law could also mean turning away up to 1.3 million Texans, nearly half the uninsured people who could be newly eligible for coverage in his state.

Gov. Chris Christie not only would be saying “no” to President Barack Obama, but to as many as 245,000 uninsured New Jersey residents as well. Continue reading

A Special Message for All Grandparents

Here’s some health news that doesn’t make the front page very often: the benefits of grand-parenting. Yes, it’s true — at least according to researchers in the U.K. It seems that grand-parenting could boost the mental health of seniors in some very specific ways.

The London research team conducted a study in Chile. Continue reading

Statins Cause Delirium in Seniors

If you or a family member who is over 70 years old is going to have surgery, you may want to avoid taking a statin drug in the three months beforehand. Research at Ontario’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) shows that seniors taking statins before surgery have a 28 percent increased risk of postoperative delirium.

Delirium, in addition to causing serious anxiety in patients and their families, can mean a longer hospital stay and a prolonged need for intensive care. It can also disrupt and delay necessary healthcare.

“Our results suggest that this association was more than a coincidence, particularly among patients who received higher doses of statins Continue reading

Century-Old Man Completes Marathon

At the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 16, a 100-year-old man was the last to cross the finish line, breaking a world record as he completed his eighth 26.2-mile run, according to media reports.

Fauja Singh began running marathons at age 89 after the passing of his wife and son. He attributed his fitness to a healthy lifestyle of abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, eating a vegetarian diet and running or walking 10 miles per day, according to NBC Chicago.

“I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive,” said Singh, quoted on the Toronto marathon’s website.

A recent study that was conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology supports the idea that exercise contributes to longevity. In a trial, a team of researchers showed that regular physical activity can help a 50-year-old reach fitness levels of a 20-year-old.

While many older individuals may fear that exercise can trigger cardiovascular events, the Norwegian research revealed that activity actually strengthens the heart and improves oxygen uptake. Continue reading

This Common Med Linked to Eye Troubles

Many people take aspirin — especially seniors. This over- the-counter-medication is used to relieve pain associated with inflammation. Some even take aspirin to balance their blood pressure. But now, in the latest health news, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience say that seniors who take aspirin daily may suffer from an unusual prescription side effect — a higher risk for macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration (MD) can be a serious condition that can lead to age-related loss of vision. Basically, there are two types of the eye disease: wet and dry. The wet form is caused by leaking blood vessels in the eye and can affect the vision in the center of your eye’s field of vision. The dry form of MD is far more common and can also lead to vision loss, though not as dramatically.

For the study, the European research team collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 people over age 65. The researchers found that 839 people took aspirin each day. Thirty-six participants in this group had the more serious condition of wet MD. Statistically, this means that, for every 100 daily aspirin users, four will get wet MD. In comparison, for every 100 people who took aspirin less frequently, only two will get MD.

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Zinc the Link for Pneumonia Prevention

Vegans aren’t just missing out on good health… there’s now solid evidence that a meat-free lifestyle can leave seniors open to pneumonia and even death.

That’s because while you won’t find the answer to colds, the flu and pneumonia in mainstream meds or vaccines… you will find it in zinc-rich foods such as steak, liver and oysters — and a new study confirms what I’ve been saying about this miraculous mineral for years.

Researchers have been keeping tabs on 600 elderly residents of 33 nursing homes in the Boston area who were given supplements with half the recommended amounts of essential vitamins and nutrients.

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A Guide to Chinese Healthy Teas

If you think your choice of tea is limited to breakfast tea or green tea, think again. A wide variety of healthy teas have an impressive range of health benefits. Chances are one of them fits your health needs to a T.

The Chinese have mastered the art of making tea for health and wellness. Interestingly, many of their ‘teas’ do not include actual tea leaves but combine herbs steeped in water and enjoyed like tea. These beverages often taste like tea, too.

Nourished Blood

Yin Yang Classic Tea is known for its ability to nourish blood and boost energy. Its prominent ingredients include reishi mushroom, ginseng and licorice. This tea serves as an antioxidant, adaptogenic, immune enhancement and restorative after illness or periods of great fatigue. This combination makes it the perfect tea for seniors  Continue reading

Light Therapy Could Brighten the Outlook for Depressed Seniors

One in 20 people suffer from clinical depression in this country, and the rate is significantly higher among seniors. It’s higher still among senior women (women are twice as likely to be depressed as men). When you include the widespread prevalence of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this time of year, it’s clear there’s big public health problem out there. New research findings in the Netherlands show that bright light therapy (BLT) may be part of the answer. Call it a lightbulb moment in the treatment of depression.

The details: The study of depression and light therapy involved 89 people aged 60 and over. Half received three weeks of one-hour-a-day BLT. For comparison, the others were “treated” with a pale, not therapeutically significant light for the same duration. Treatment sessions occurred in the early morning each day. At the end of three weeks, those receiving BLT experienced significant improvements in mood, sleep quality,  Continue reading