The Danger of Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy can compromise an elderly's safety

Latest Headlines Call for Better Assessment of Older People’s Medication Older people are often prescribed multiple kinds of medicines (polypharmacy). Polypharmacy 3 may cause adverse side effects such as drug interactions and other complications. The problem affects all ages, but older people are more vulnerable because they have slower metabolism and can’t excrete chemicals as efficiently …

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Can We Prevent or Slow Down Sarcopenia?

Regular resistance training is a sure way to prevent sarcopenia.

Is it possible to prevent or reverse sarcopenia? Yes, if you would exercise regularly and take good nutritional diet. We know the importance of active lifestyle and exercise. And many of us already have the good habit of swimming, walking or jogging for a few times per week.  However, these aerobic exercises are great for …

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What Is Age Related Sarcopenia?

age related sarcopenia is a progressive loss of muscle mass and strength or function associated with aging

Having problem walking long distance, up a slope, or climbing stairs? The tired old legs are usually the first to warn that we are young no more…… If you don’t have other health problems, that feeling of low energy and decreasing physical strength is very likely due to sarcopenia. What is age related sarcopenia? Sarcopenia …

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Are You Taking Vitamin D Supplement?

Vitamin D supplement

Perhaps you should. Medical experts recommend people at risk of Vitamin D deficiency to take supplement every day. The at-risk groups include older adults, people with little exposure to sunlight, dark-skinned people, and those who are on vegan diet. Why Older Adults Need Vitamin D Supplement? Vitamin D is available in two natural sources: (1) …

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Unsafe Footwear Impairs Balance and Increases the Risk of Fall

Safe shoes fit securely and has non-slippery soles

Elderly who fell and injured themselves often were found wearing inappropriate shoes. In “The Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons”, both American Geriatric Society and British Geriatric Society have pointed out inappropriate footwear as a major cause of concern. Whether indoor or outdoor, unsafe footwear can cause loss of balance and bad …

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Hip protecting airbags

Hip’Air - a hip protector by Helite

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on 7 January, French company Helite launched Hip’Air, a safety product for the elderly. Hip’Air, a hip protecting airbag, is designed to prevent hip fractures. It is a wearable belt with a sensor and two airbags. Within 80 milliseconds of detecting the wearer is about to fall, the airbags …

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Plantar Fasciitis and Helpful Remedies

Plantar fascia is the ligament joining the heel to the toes

A friend phoned and said doctor told her she has plantar fasciitis in her right foot. “The pain is killing me,” she said. “Could be the walking.” She has recently taken up walking exercise and strength training, and has been very enthusiastic about it. So, what is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a foot problem …

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Throw Rugs Are Big Fall Risks

Do you know more seniors fell over throw rugs than ice and snow? Many of us would have no doubt that ice and snow are significant fall risks. Hence, we would think that fall injuries such as fractures are more prevalent in the winter months. But apparently, this assumption is wrong! A recent study1 shows …

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