Blood Donation: Where Seniors Can Donate Blood

Every two seconds, someone in America needs a blood transfusion. Blood shortages are very common, but fortunately, shortages can be prevented if people donate regularly. It is estimated that 37 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood, but less than five percent of them donate on a yearly basis.

That is why seniors who are eligible should try to donate blood a couple of times a year. There are a number of places where seniors can donate blood. One of those places is Read the rest of this entry »

Lowering Your Blood Pressure One Day At A Time

High blood pressure is a problem that affects approximately 60 percent of seniors. The good news is that there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your blood pressure. One of the simplest things that you can do to lower your blood pressure is to exercise regularly. You can decrease your blood pressure by 4 to 9 mmHg by exercising 30 to 60 minutes a day, five days out of the week.

You also want to make sure that you are following a healthy diet. You should try to limit your sodium intake to 2,300 mg per Read the rest of this entry »

Senior Citizen Blood Pressure: What’s A Good Number?

High blood pressure is a problem that is fairly common among older people. People who have high blood pressure are more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack. The good news is that this problem can be prevented. A normal blood pressure for a senior citizen is less than 120/80. If the top number falls between 120-139, and/or the bottom number falls between 80 and 89, then a person is considered pre-hypertensive. Many people with pre-hypertension go on to develop hypertension. In many cases, losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising and eating a healthy diet can Read the rest of this entry »

New Med Tech: Helping Your Parents

Whether your parents each have smartphones or they don’t even know what a website is, you owe it to them to be informed about the newest medical technologies. Here are a few areas of your parents’ overall health that are experiencing regular technological upgradeshave them tested yearly and fit for new technological products.
Hearing: Hearing aids have come a long way and now some are virtually invisible. Your parents may not have noticed how bad their hearing’s gotten so be sure to get them tested yearly for hearing loss.
Vision: With so many quick, affordable vision surgeries available today it’s no longer necessary to live with degenerative vision loss. Get your parents in for an appointment and certainly have them tested for things like glaucoma and cataracts, too.
Diabetes: One in 5 older people suffer from diabetes but it’s more treatable and manageable now than ever before. Test packs are smaller and insulin more effective and there are a plethora of new food products available to make eating less tedious. Talk to your parent’s doctor about their options.

Senior Toe Fungus: 5 Effective Remedies

An integral part of any treatment of senior toe fungus includes keeping feet cool and dry. Fungus needs warmth, moisture and darkness to grow well. Change white cotton socks during the day and allow as much fresh air to the toes as possible.
Here are five effective remedies for senior toe fungus.
1.Ointment containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oils has been touted as a cure for toe fungus. Apply nightly after thorough cleaning and wear a white cotton sock.
2.Tea Tree Oil is made from the Melaleuca tree. Apply to the nail and surrounding tissues for a reported cure. Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing Homes: How To Avoid Going There

As we age, we sometimes wonder, “Will I end up in a nursing home?” Although continuing care facilities are vastly improved from what they were even twenty years ago, it’s not anyone’s goal to give up their home and move to a nursing home. There are, however, simple steps you can take that might help you live in your own home well into old age.

First, your home must be safe. Clean out clutter and debris, so you aren’t in danger of falling. One broken hip can be a fast Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Causes Of Senior Citizen Deaths

Senior citizens are fragile individuals who require a lot of care and help to live healthy lives. In no particular order, these are the top ten causes of senior citizen deaths.

10. Natural causes – Dying of natural causes increases as people get older.
9. Driving – Poor vision and slow reflexes can lead to car accidents and possibly death.
8. Falls – Senior citizens are fragile individuals and have a hard time recovering from falls.
7. Diabetes – If not treated properly with medication and a good diet, it can cause death Read the rest of this entry »

How Often Should A Senior Citizen Get A Checkup?

Many people today are fortunate enough to live past sixty. The key to living a long life is to keep one’s self healthy. One of the most important things that people can do for their health is to see their doctor’s on a regular basis. Seeing a doctor on a regular basis not only detects common health problems, but can also help prevent them. That is why senior citizens should see their doctors at least once a Read the rest of this entry »

Senior Checkups: What Is The Doctor Going To Look At?

Seniors can often be susceptible to many illnesses. Doctors regularly check seniors to check for a variey of illnesses that are common.

They will check heart and lung function by listening to the chest. Congestion in the lungs can indicate a silent type of pneumonia that can be potentially life threatening, especially in senior citizens. Infections become more serious as we age, as antibody production lessens as we get older, making it more difficult to fight Read the rest of this entry »

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