Exercising has a lot of benefits to our health. Just by putting physical activities, like exercising, into a habit, you are helping yourself to be healthy, strong and fit each single day, as you get older. Studies have also shown that seniors can get a lot of health benefits when they exercise regularly or stay physically active. Even moderate exercises, that do not need extreme routines, can help as long as they are active physically.
Seniors should also have some work out time, too. This will also help them keep healthy as they are aging. Know more about work out schemes for senior citizens here.
Stroke is a very serious medical condition where death is at risk if not treated right away. In fact, it is also one of the silent killers, aside from hypertension or high blood pressure. However, you can prevent it. Prevention is better than cure. Click here to know some facts about stroke and tips on how to avoid it.
As our age increases, there is a high risk that our blood pressure will increase too. However, there is a way to prevent it, and it is through exercising. Exercising is a drug free regimen to lower your blood pressure. If you already have a hypertension or high blood pressure, exercising can help also in preventing your blood pressure to shoot up. Read more here to know more about preventing to increase your blood pressure through exercising.
When you exercise, it helps your heart to function well. Exercising can also reduce the risk of having heart problems. WebMD has a lot of tips about exercise to help prevent heart diseases. Read more here.
There was a new strength training program for seniors that were developed by experts at Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is called Growing Stronger. It usually includes strengthening exercises for seniors that increase the strength of their muscles, maintain the integrity of their bones, and improve their balance, coordination, and mobility. Read more here to learn more about the program.
Physical activities, including exercising, is good for each and everyone’s health, especially for the seniors. The National Institute for Aging, together with National Institutes for Health, has some tips for you about exercise and physical activity to improve the health and well-being of seniors and also to keep you get moving. Click here and take the first step toward good health.
Do you have any difficulties in sleeping? Perhaps you ate some foods before sleeping with contents that can disrupt your sleep like high fat and low fiber, causing slow digestion. Read more here to know what kinds of foods to avoid before you go to bed so that you will have a good night sleep and wake up well rested.
It was recently reported that comedian-actor Robin Williams had dementia at the time of his death—but he was not suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first time many people had heard of Lewy body dementia, even though it is the second-most-common form of dementia. The Lewy Body Dementia Association shares this information on the disease:
There is a good chance your primary care physician is not familiar with the second-most common type of progressive dementia in the elderly: Lewy body dementia (LBD). Despite the prevalence of LBD, people with the disease have to see an average of three doctors before the LBD diagnosis is made.
Lewy body dementia is a degenerative brain disease that has been described by LBD family caregivers as trying to manage Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and a psychiatric disorder rolled into one disease. Despite an estimated patient population of 1.4 million people in the U.S., LBD is most often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Early and accurate diagnosis of LBD is of critical importance, because people with LBD respond poorly to certain medications commonly prescribed for behavior and movement problems in people with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, sometimes with dangerous or permanent side effects.
Recognition of LBD as a common form of dementia grew to prominence among neurologists only recently; general awareness of LBD as a disease has yet to make its way to primary care physicians. “Given the growing population of older Americans, at some point in your life LBD will likely affect someone you know,” said Angela Herron, president emeritus of LBDA’s board of directors. “The general public, including many primary care doctors and nurses, have never heard of LBD. So in addition to trying to manage a very difficult disease, LBD families find themselves in the unanticipated role of educator and advocate.”
LBD is typified by symptoms of dementia plus any combination of:
- Unpredictable levels of cognitive abilities, attention and alertness.
- Changes in movement or gait.
- Visual hallucinations.
- A sleep disorder that causes patients to act out their dreams physically.
- Severe medication sensitivities.
The severe medication sensitivities in LBD make it a very difficult disease to treat without worsening already problematic LBD symptoms.
Quick Facts About LBD
LBD is more common in men than women.
People with LBD are more functionally impaired than people with Alzheimer’s disease with similar cognitive test scores.
There is a shorter disease course in LBD to both long-term care admission and death than in Alzheimer’s disease.
People with LBD may respond more favorably to certain dementia medications than people with Alzheimer’s.
Source: Adapted by AgeWise from materials from The Lewy Body Dementia Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias and supporting people with LBD, their families and caregivers and promoting scientific advances. Visit www.lbda.org to learn more about Lewy body dementia.
I always tell my senior clients how important it is to stay physically active and to exercise regularly. Studies have also shown that seniors can get a lot of health benefits when they exercise regularly or stay physically active. Click here for an interesting article I can across that discusses the benefits of exercise for seniors.