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An intrinsic part of senior care is learning to manage the often amplified dangers of illness that come with advanced age.
Hospice care has long been closely associated with life-threatening cancer both in the U.K. and in the U.S., and as a result palliative care for non-cancer patients has existed in a sort of limbo.
Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process for many older adults, though the causes for it are not always known.
As is the case with many senior care issues, there are a variety of factors that go into the development of rheumatoid arthritis, and a new study suggests that oral health may be one of them.
Long-term care is expected to be one of the biggest senior health issues in the coming decades. In fact, recent estimates from a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor, there will be about 27 million Americans making use of paid long-term care by 2050 - more than double the figure in 2000.
Whether it is caused by arthritis, cancer treatment or an injury caused by a fall, pain management can be an integral part of senior care. With September being recognized as National Pain Awareness Month, health care experts are going to lengths to help older adults keep their pain at bay.
End-of-life care is almost always difficult not only for families but for medical professionals as well. Specifically, it's can be challenging to know exactly what treatment can have a substantial impact on both longevity and quality of life.
Sept. 22 marks the official arrival of autumn, but for those in the senior care community, the date is important for another reason - it's recognized as the sixth annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day.
There's been a long-held belief that playing video games is bad for one's brain, but a new study out of the University of California, San Francisco, suggests that if seniors play the right kind of game, they may actually be able to improve their cognitive function.
Damage to myelin, a material that forms around neurons, is to blame for symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, and early research from the University of Wisconsin found that the simple act of getting more sleep may help MS patients repair this vital material.
End-of-life care planning is often a difficult discussion to have, but it's of utmost importance. Knowing what kind of services a patient wants, whether it be home hospice care or time in an assisted living facility, can help reduce some of the stress of battling a critical illness.
According to the American Lung Association, COPD killed 124,477 people in 2007, making it the third leading cause of death in America.
For cancer patients and their families, end-of-life care is fraught with difficult decisions. Perhaps most significantly, it can be challenging to make the choice between invasive treatments that will likely only prolong life for a short period of time or maintaining a certain level of comfort during a patient's final days.
Heart disease and stroke are among the biggest threats to senior health in the U.S. In fact, heart disease remains the country's leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with stroke coming in fourth.
For many senior care issues, a quick response is crucial. Whether it is early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or tending to a fallen relative as soon as possible, every second counts. That is especially true when it comes to strokes, according to a recent study from Finland's University Central Hospital.
As summer winds down, shorter days and cooler temperatures are not the only changes on the minds of senior care providers. The arrival of fall also signals the approach of flu season, which often poses a significant health risk to the elderly population.
Scientists have long recognized that diabetes patients are at an increased risk for dementia, and although they know the relationship exists they have not been able to understand why. Now, new research suggests high blood sugar may be the culprit.
When the debate wore on over the Affordable Care Act, one of the facets that got left out of the final version of the bill was a provision that would have required Medicare to cover the cost of voluntary conversations with physicians about topics such as end-of-life care and advance directives.
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