Here’s what to do if an elderly person suffers a heart attack

A heart attack happens when there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to a section of the heart. As a result, some of the heart muscle starts to die. Most of the time, older adults are dependent on family members or caregivers to understand the signs and to get medical aid

Here’s what to do if an elderly person suffers a heart attackHeart attacks are very common amongst the elderly. According to the 2016 Global Burden of Disease Report, heart disease is the leading cause of death in India (17.8% of all the deaths), figures rising by 53% compared to 2005. Over the last 60 years, congenital heart disease prevalence has increased from 1% to 9-10% in […]

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 […]

New study reveals, calcium and vitamin D supplement cannot protect bone health

Vitamin D and calcium has long been touted to strengthen bones. However, according to a latest study, older adults who take vitamin D and calcium are no less likely to break their hips or other bones than peers who don't use these supplements

New study reveals, calcium and vitamin D supplement cannot protect bone healthIf taking more vitamin and mineral supplements is part of your plan for a healthier new year, a new study may prompt you to reconsider. Researchers who scoured the medical literature for evidence that calcium and vitamin D pills could help prevent bone fractures came up empty. Their analysis focused on adults older than age […]

Anxiety could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease

As anxiety is common in older people, rising anxiety symptoms may prove to be most useful as a risk marker in older adults with other genetic, biological or clinical indicators of high Alzheimer’s disease risk

Anxiety could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s diseaseAccording to a recent study, anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. The findings support the hypothesis that neuropsychiatric symptoms could represent the early manifestation of Alzheimer’s disease in them. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that causes the decline of cognitive function and the inability to carry out daily […]

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 […]

Japanese man with arm like ‘Popeye’ baffles doctors

In the man's case, the Popeye sign occurred because the man tore one of his biceps tendons. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscle to bone; the biceps muscle is attached to the shoulder bone by two tendons, and to the elbow bone by one tendon. An MRI showed he had a complete tear of the long head of the biceps tendon, according to the case report

Japanese man with arm like ‘Popeye’ baffles doctorsHe might not be a sailor or have a girlfriend named Olive Oyl, but a man in Japan did share something in common with the cartoon character named Popeye — a bulging biceps in his left upper arm, a new report of the man’s case reveals. The 79-year-old man’s visible bulge in the middle of […]

Feeling older? Learn how to embrace it

In society, youthfulness is glorified and getting older is cast as something to avoid, but as your age increases, your quality of life does not necessarily have to decrease, said experts

Feeling older? Learn how to embrace itThe realisation that you are getting older can come in waves. You watch movies and point to the actors, saying: “She’s dead. Oh, he’s dead, too.” Your parents move to a retirement community they call God’s waiting room. You hear more snap, crackle and pop in your joints than in your breakfast cereal. What is […]

Prolonged sitting associated with an increased risk of death, reveals a new study

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans states that adults aged 18 to 64 and those aged 65 and older should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity every week. For adults who are unable to meet these guidelines, it is recommended that "they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow

Prolonged sitting associated with an increased risk of death, reveals a new studySedentary behaviour may increase the death risk for frail adults who aged 50 and the older, who have low levels of physical activity, a new study suggests. According to statistics from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey, just 44.9 per cent of older adults aged 65 to 74 met the physical activity guidelines last year. […]

New study suggests slow walking speed linked with increased dementia risk

These findings suggest walking speed could be a predictor of future cognitive impairment in older adults. With an estimated 47 million people diagnosed with dementia and 9.9 million new cases every year, it's imperative to focus on prevention and early treatment to delay the progression of the disease

New study suggests slow walking speed linked with increased dementia riskThe way we walk can say a lot about us; fast walkers are seen as individuals with high energy, while slow walkers are seen as more relaxed. Our gait can reveal more than just our personality – it may also predict our brain health. A recent study published in Neurology suggests there’s a link between […]