Call Your Senior’s Doctor to Discuss Statin Safety Label Changes The Food and Drug Administration has issued a caution that statins may be associated with cognitive problems and memory loss. So how do you and other family members react? The best approach might be to call your senior’s doctor. Q. I was stunned at a [...]
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New Drug Shows Promise for Treating Eye Condition While research continues in the battle to overcome macular degeneration, it’s clear that many seniors can live on their own with the disease if they receive assistance from a family member or professional caregiving service. Q. My 83-year-old mother has macular degeneration and still lives at home. [...]
Ensure Safety for Seniors with Special Fire Devices Q. My 80-year-old father lives alone and still smokes. He also has always been fascinated with candles and burns them quite frequently. I’m concerned about a fire hazard in my dad’s house because he isn’t always careful about putting out his cigarettes or candles. My husband installed [...]
Hearing Loss Causes Caregiver Stress Hearing-impaired seniors can put themselves in danger of getting inappropriate medical care at the doctor’s office. Q. My father’s hearing loss is making it more difficult for him to get the medical care he needs when I can’t accompany him to doctor’s appointments. Do you have any suggestions? Hearing loss [...]
These Four Lifestyle Attributes Can Keep Seniors on Healthy Course A daily diet of four habits that consists of smoking abstinence, weight maintenance, regular exercise and sensible dinner-table practices can help seniors enjoy their golden years. So can companionship. Q. Is there a formula for healthy aging that I can help my 76-year-old widowed dad [...]
Epilepsy Among Seniors is on the Rise The number of new epilepsy cases among the elderly is on the rise, and researchers project that half of all people in the U.S. who are diagnosed with epilepsy by 2020 will be 65 or older. Many with this condition can benefit from assistance at home, the experts [...]
Study Says Alcohol May Trigger Dangerous Palpitations Q. One of my next-door neighbors is 81 and is trying to remain in his home, but he’s had some heart episodes during the past year. To me, the problems seem to coincide with the holidays, when he perhaps imbibes a bit too much while his family visits. [...]
Heart Disease, Stroke Death Rates Drop for Many Seniors With Diabetes Q. Grandpa Bill is thinking the worst after being told that he has type 2 diabetes. Even though he’s still in his home at age 84 without any of us living nearby, he said he’s not sure if he can do all of the [...]
Trial Finds Two Drugs Effective In Restoring Vision for Elderly with Macular Degeneration Q. Mom has been diagnosed with macular degeneration. At 83, she still wants to live in her house, but she knows that it’s too dangerous now to drive. Her eye doctor says that her macular degeneration was caught too late, and there [...]
Omega-3, Curry Spice May Help With Spine Pain Relief Q. I want to stay in my home, but it’s getting harder to do so because of the increasing soreness in my back. My friends say that when you reach 85, you have to expect some aches and pains. The only option seems to be prescription [...]