Older adults who fall and fracture their hip have a 25 percent to 30 percent chance of dying after one year. Falls are the most common reason for nursing home placement.
There’s mounting evidence that being active as you age has health benefits. A new study shows older people may preserve their mobility and brain function by having a more active lifestyle. Stay active for brain health “Use it, or lose it,” geriatric specialist Ronan Factora, MD says. “The more activity you do, the better off your brain function.” Researchers from Rush … Read More
If you suspect an elderly parent isn’t driving as well as he used to, there are actions you can take to help. Some older people can drive safely in their 80s and even early 90s, but many seniors develop hearing, vision and other problems that impair their ability to drive safely. Loss of the ability to … Read More
The high-dose flu vaccine provides more protection for people 65 and older than a standard flu shot. “A large study showed that there is about 25 percent additional protection for people who get the high-dose influenza vaccine,” says Susan Rehm, MD, an infectious diseases specialist at Cleveland Clinic. Research details In the study of 32,000 people, researchers at … Read More
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Elderly women may spend as much as two-thirds of their waking hours in sedentary behavior, a new Harvard study has found. But an expert says the findings still show an opportunity for even sedentary older people to exercise and stay healthier. Ronan Factora, MD, did not take part in the study but is a geriatrician … Read More
A growing number of elderly people are falling and suffering traumatic brain injuries as a result, a new study says. Alarming rise in number of traumatic brain injuries Researchers at the Injury and Osteoporosis Research Center followed a group of Finnish people over 40 years. They found the number of older Finnish adults with a … Read More
For seniors, even a small amount of exercise can have health benefits. And if you’re already healthy, staying active in your golden years helps you build extra muscle reserve and flexibility to recover more quickly if you do get sick. Exercise is not only for your body, says Ronan Factora, MD, who specializes in geriatrics. … Read More
As your mom gets up in years, Holly L. Thacker, MD, asks that you encourage her to see her doctor regularly for preventive health care. Women should see their physician every year, even when they’re long past the child-bearing stage, for regular screenings, tests and bloodwork. And if your mom suffers from memory loss, please consider going with her to the doctor to help her process the information.
Icy sidewalks. Slippery driveways. Boots that bring melting snow onto floors. These all can cause falls. These are minor hazards for most of us, but for an elderly person, they can be devastating. A spill that gives a 20-year-old a bruised knee could send an elderly person to the hospital. “If you are over the … Read More
In the next 20 years, the number of elderly drivers — age 70 and older — is predicted to triple in the United States. Although many older motorists become more careful on the road, statistics show that they are more likely than younger drivers to be involved in multi-vehicle crashes. “The majority of elderly individuals … Read More