New Research Shows a Daily Baby Aspirin Does Not Benefit Healthy Older Adults
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that taking a daily low-dose aspirin had no benefits for healthy older adults.However, studies have found that aspirin can help some people prevent a second heart attack or stroke. Heart diseases and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability in older adults in the United States.
People of many faiths and cultures gather together to celebrate during the holiday season. Christians exchange gifts, others give gifts only to the children, some sing carols or bake cookies, and some celebrate quietly. Some homes receive a visit from Santa, Christians decorate a Christmas tree, and Jews place a menorah in the home. Africans display the seven symbols of Kwanzaa and the colors of the African flag - red, black and green.
Not sure what to give your parent or other older loved one this holiday season? Consider providing them with the help they need to optimize their health. Alaa Mira, MD, Chief, Geriatric Medicine, St. Luke’s University Health Network, says preventative health care can improve your loved one’s health and his or her quality of life. Vaccinations prevent life-threatening illness like the flu. Screenings identify diseases in their early, most treatable stages.
Immunizations are often a major focus of well-child visits, but can be overlooked when discussing disease prevention in older adults. As we age, our immune systems tend to weaken, leading to higher risk for certain diseases and making vaccinations just as important for the older adult crowd. Those who are over age 65 may wish to discuss the following immunizations with their doctor during their next office visit.
Learn More about Diabetes in November: National Diabetes Month
Decreased energy, blurred vision and the need for frequent trips to the bathroom can occur as you get older. But, these symptoms could also signal that you have a potentially life-threatening disease: type 2 diabetes. Bankim Bhatt, MD, Chief of Endocrinology, St. Luke’s University Health Network, said about one in four people are unaware that they have diabetes – the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Your risk of developing the disease increases as you age. By age 65, one in four people have diabetes.
Chef Jeff, Legend Senior Living
What is your approach to making meals that are appealing to residents who may have decreased appetites?
I enjoy having conversations with our residents to find out what some of their favorite meals were prior to moving into our community. Often times, a familiar meal will quickly help with a decreased appetite. In addition to seeking input from residents, Legend works with professional teams of culinary and nutritional experts to plan an appealing variety of delicious food choices.