Health Info & Resources for Seniors
As we grow older, a lifetime of daily choices related to our health tends to catch up with most of us. Choices like diet, exercise, (or lack thereof) and the use of tobacco, drugs and alcohol can contribute to the development of diseases and other health conditions.
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.
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.
How do you modify recipes to make sure that they are healthy?
We utilize a software program to analyze all recipes for nutritional content. The software allows our dining staff to know the exact nutritional value of each ingredient in a recipe and from there, we can make adjustments to ingredients to meet healthy eating guidelines designated by our team of dietitians.
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.
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.