Health Info & Resources for Seniors
It’s picking season— Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15–December 7. Picking a plan is an important and personal decision. Each person has a unique set of priorities. When you sit down to review your Medicare health and drug plan choices this year, keep track of the things you may want in a plan, and pick one that’s right for you.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a neurological surgical procedure that has been shown effective in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. The first physician in the region to perform the procedure, Dr. Falowski, has since treated more than 100 patients with great results. Most of these patients have experienced considerable reduction of their motor symptoms and have been able to reduce their medications. Dr. Falowski continues to work with Medtronic, the company that developed the device.
Over-the-counter medications (OTC’s) are medications that can be obtained without a prescription. Keep in mind that they are still medications; therefore, they may cause side effects and drug interactions. Treating a minor medical condition with OTC’s is ideal for the relatively healthy individual, but very young patients and older adults, and those taking multiple prescriptions or several OTC drugs, need to be cautious.
Once a patient has several health conditions and is on multiple medications, OTC drugs need to be treated with the same precautions as prescription medications. In the case of sleep aids, prescription medications may actually be safer and more effective than over-the-counter sleep aid medication, especially for the elderly.
If you are like many of us the answer is YES. There may be an interesting relief for those conditions.
The product is Pickle Juice SportTM. I know the name may seem a bit strange but bear with me and read on.
Until recently the common belief was that cramps were a result of a physical imbalance within the body. Current studies suggest that the problem is neurological. It turns out that the chemical makeup of vinegar can provide relief.
With its fluctuating hormones, menopause and the unpleasant symptoms that often accompany it - hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and fatigue - may have you looking for the nearest sofa or easy chair. But, fight the temptation, strap on your sneakers, and get moving instead.
Cardiologist Dwithiya K. Thomas, MD, FACC of St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates, says exercise may help you feel better before and during menopause, and help you stay stronger as you age.
Have you ever wondered if the medications you are taking interact with each other or if they are less effective if taken together? Do you feel that some of your medications are not necessary or possibly making you feel worse? Have you heard of a friend having a bad experience with a medication that your doctor is now prescribing for you? These and many other reasons account for the challenges of taking medications correctly.