Simple, yet effective tips for healthy aging

Being free of disease or infirmity is not a requirement for healthy ageing as many older adults have one or more health conditions that, when well controlled, have little influence on their well-being

Simple, yet effective tips for healthy agingHealthy ageing is about creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives. Everybody can experience healthy ageing. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines healthy ageing “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” Functional ability is about […]

Are elderly addicted to polypharmacy?

Dr Rekha Bhatkhande shares her views on polypharmacy (taking excessive medicines), and how it can be harmful to the elderly

Are elderly addicted to polypharmacy?Firstly, do no harm! Doctors must use the medicines correctly for co-existing diseases and avoid risks often associated with multiple medicine usages such as side effects, drug/ drug interactions, drug/ disease interactions, and inappropriate dosing. Using inappropriate medicine, and polypharmacy are extremely common among the elderly. What is polypharmacy? Is it necessary? Polypharmacy occurs when […]

Your mouth bacteria can influence the health of your lungs: Study

These bacteria were found predominantly in seniors with more plaque, more cavities, and fewer teeth. Additionally, the study found more fungi in these seniors' microbiotas, as well as among those who wore dentures

Your mouth bacteria can influence the health of your lungs: StudyThe new study was carried out by a team of Japanese-based scientists affiliated with the Kyushu University in Fukuoka. Dr Yoshihisa Yamashita, from the Division of Oral Health, Growth, and Development in the Faculty of Dental Science at Kyushu, is the corresponding author of the study. As Dr Yamashita and his colleagues explain in their […]

For adults with arthritis even 45 minutes of exercise a week can be beneficial

While physical activity can be challenging for many older adults with arthritis, it can help patients better manage their condition and maintain physical functioning

For adults with arthritis even 45 minutes of exercise a week can be beneficialFirst author Dorothy Dunlop, professor of rheumatology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and colleagues report their findings in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, caused by “wear […]

How to deal with lower back pain: Its causes, prevention and treatment

In most cases regarding lower back pain stem from strain or sprain due to simple overuse, unaccustomed activity, excessive lifting, or an accident. In most cases the best move is to wait and see if the pain resolves on its own. If the pain does not improve after three to four days, then it's time to see a doctor

How to deal with lower back pain: Its causes, prevention and treatmentWhat Is Low Back Pain? Low back pain is a universal human experience — almost everyone has it at some point. The lower back, which starts below the ribcage, is called the lumbar region. Pain here can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work. Fortunately, low back pain often gets […]

Poor oral health increase risk of weakness in older men

The researchers said that men with dental issues were more likely to be frail than men without those issues. These dental issues included having no teeth, having trouble eating, having dry mouth symptoms, or rating oral health as ‘fair to poor.’

Poor oral health increase risk of weakness in older menOral health issues are common among older adults. These issues include tooth loss, gum disease, tooth decay, and dry mouth. These conditions can also affect an older adult’s well-being because they may make it harder to eat, swallow, speak, get adequate nutrition, and even smile. Oral health issues like tooth loss and gum disease are […]

85-year-old opts for spine rehabilitation to cure her back pain

Old age is often confused with age related pains. In order to tackle it, spine rehabilitation can be helpful for patients. An unhealthy spine interferes with the body, causing a host of unwelcome health issues such as pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms and legs. For all those riddled with back pain, this is a good option

85-year-old opts for spine rehabilitation to cure her back painFor the 85-year-old Sajida Syed, back pain was the most difficult problem to handle. She had severe back pain radiating to left hip. Living a lonely life as a widow, her biggest fear was the fear of dependency, as she was diagnosed with medical conditions, known as kyphotic deformity and scoliosis. This basically meant a […]

A guide to understand and tackle falls among the elderly

Recurrent falls are a critical cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly and a marker of poor physical and cognitive status. Studies in Indian population have shown that incidence of falls in elderly (60 years of age and above) ranges from 14 per cent to 52 per cent

A guide to understand and tackle falls among the elderlyWhen a person grows older, mobility concerns come in to play. Falls are one of the major health problems amongst senior citizens and a common cause of injury in this age group; an event which is most of the times accidental and seen mainly in elderly individuals. Recurrent falls are a critical cause of morbidity […]

Explained: Why wounds heal more slowly with age

Wound healing is one of the most complex processes to occur in the human body

Explained: Why wounds heal more slowly with ageOlder bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers. Yet until now, researchers have not been able to tease out what age-related changes hinder the body’s ability to repair itself. Recent experiments at The Rockefeller University explored […]

Assam makes mandatory to take care of parents, Will Maha follow suit?

The Assam Government passed a bill and made it mandatory for the state government employees to take care of their parents and dependent siblings. While most say it is a good step, some experts believe giving tax benefits to those who look after their parents will be a better option

Assam makes mandatory to take care of parents, Will Maha follow suit?The Assam government, on Friday, passed a bill in the state and made it mandatory for the state government employees to take care of their parents and dependent siblings. If not, a 10 per cent is to be deducted from their salary. The Bill, PRANAM (Parental Responsibility And Norms for Accountability and Monitoring) was passed unanimously owing to […]