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physiotherapy for elders Lifestyle Choices That Might Help Lower Your Cancer Risk

Many of us make a New Year’s resolution to eat better, to exercise faithfully, and to live a healthier life. By the end of January, however, it’s easy for these good intentions to be forgotten or neglected. Spring is a good time to try again.

Research shows that your lifestyle impacts how well you age and how long you live—even more so than genetics do.

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physiotherapy for elders Osteomalacia in elderly

Osteomalacia is the softening of the bonescaused by impaired bone metabolism, primarily due to inadequate levels of available phosphate, calcium, and vitamin D, or because of resorption of calcium. The impairment of bone metabolism causes inadequate bone mineralization.

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physiotherapy for elders The therapeutic benefits of stuffed toys for seniors with dementia

As kids, most of us had a favourite teddy bear, stuffed kitten or other furry faux pet who comforted us through thunderstorms, difficult homework sessions and even first heartbreak. And in most cases, sometime between high school and having kids of our own, those fiber-filled toys are relegated to the back of closets, the donation pile or a long-forgotten box in the basement.

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physiotherapy for elders Sleep Issues in the Elderly

Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining good health and well-being throughout your lifetime. Getting enough quality sleep, at the right times, can help in maintaining your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety. The way you feel during the day depends, in part, on how well you sleep the previous night. Did you know, when you’re fast asleep at night, your body is constantly at work to support healthy brain functioning and maintaining your physical health.

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physiotherapy for elders A Perfect Companion for the Elderly

Pet therapy has become a popular method of therapy for senior citizens. In fact, the documented benefits of interaction with pets are mental, emotional and even physical. While choosing a pet, a senior citizen’s limitations should be taken into account.

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physiotherapy for elders Self-management Techniques for Arthritis

Self-management is the most important remedy for rheumatoid and other forms of arthritis. People practicing these techniques tend to experience less pain and are more active than those who do not practice self-management. In self-management, the patient is made aware of the disease and the rationale behind the treatment, in detail. They discover that the success of the treatment is their ultimate responsibility.

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physiotherapy for elders CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH IN THE ELDERLY

Cardiovascular problems are a growing health concern worldwide. According to a report by WHO, 31% of all global mortality rates are linked to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Lack of regular physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of death by heart disease in all ages. In the elderly, this concern becomes even more pertinent.

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physiotherapy for elders Beating Sedentary Lifestyle

The human body was designed to move. For thousands of years, that’s exactly what humans did. Much of it was for survival – we moved to gather food, escape predators and migrate to a more habitable land. Even as humans advanced, our bodies were in motion. Long days of farm work, trudging into town for school or supplies and other factors of everyday living meant there was little time for our ancestors to rest on their laurels.

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physiotherapy for elders DENGUE FEVER – SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT
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Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the dengue virus. It is spread by several species of Aedes mosquito, principally A. aegypti. The virus has five different types of infection. One of these types usually gives lifelong immunity to that type, but only short-term immunity to the others. Subsequent infection with a different type increases the risk of severe complications.

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physiotherapy for elders CHRONIC KIDNEY FAILURE

Kidneys are not just about making urine but they help in the process of excreting waste products, retaining useful molecules, maintaining normal BP, normal haemoglobin and good bone health.

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physiotherapy for elders TENNIS ELBOW

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. Any activity that involves repetitive use of the extensor muscles of the forearm can cause acute or chronic tendonitis of the tendinous insertion of these muscles at the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. It is a painful condition of the elbow, as well as classic repetitive stress injury caused by overuse.  Any activity that strains the muscles around the elbow over and over again can cause it.

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caregiver for seniors CAREGIVER BURNOUT

Unlike professional caregivers such as physicians and nurses, informal caregivers, typically family members or friends, provide care to individuals with a variety of conditions including advanced age, dementia and cancer. These informal caregivers mostly come under enormous stress. They often experience negative psychological, behavioural and physiological effects on their daily lives and health.

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De Quervain syndrome

De Quervain syndrome (also known as BlackBerry thumb, texting thumb, gamer's thumb, washerwoman's sprain, mother's wrist, or mommy thumb) is a painful inflammation of tendons in the thumb that extend to the wrist and control the movement of the thumb. This may cause pain at the lower end of the thumb and the base of the arm.

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physiotherapy for elders Engagements after Retirement

Retirement wasn't working for Mr Gandhi. A deliberate, thoughtful man, he had spent 25 years with a public sector bank rising through the ranks to Vice President. When he retired, he expected to fall easily into a life of leisure - rising late, doing what he wanted when he wanted, and traveling frequently with his wife. Now, three months post-retirement, he finds his days endlessly boring, spent mostly sleeping or watching television. He doesn't like golf/playing games, gardening is too hard, and his wife has her own activities which doesn't include him.

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caregiver for seniors Memory Changes in Normal Ageing
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Forgetting a name, plot details of a movie, what groceries we intend to buy etc. are generally considered to be fine and part of aging. As we age we accept such “senior moments.” But memory is more than brief (short-term) and lasting (long-term) information storage and retrieval. We process bits of data while we keep them in mind—adding a column of figures, thinking of what we’ll say next as we take in the other side of a conversation—with a more fluid faculty called working memory.

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STROKE & ITS REHABILITATION

A stroke occurs when part of the brain loses its blood supply and stops working. A stroke also is called as cerebro-vascular accident (CVA), Transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini stroke (This is a warning sign that a stroke may occur in the near future). From onset of symptoms, there is only 3 to 4.5 hours window to use clot-busting drugs (thrombolytics) to try to restore blood supply to the affected part of the brain.

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physiotherapy for elders Nutrition in the older persons

The nutritional requirements of elders are not well defined. Since both lean body mass and basal metabolic rate decline with age, an older person’s energy requirement per kilogram of body weight is also reduced. Thus seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. Moreover, attempts to provide them with adequate nutrition encounter many practical problems. The process of aging also affects other nutrient needs.

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caregiver for seniors Benefits of Breathing Exercises in specific conditions

Breathing exercises are part of a physiotherapy treatment program designed to improve pulmonary status & to improve a client’s overall endurance and function in an activity of daily living (ADL). Breathing exercises are also known as Ventilator training. Ventilator training is very productive in the elderly with Lung diseases, Spinal deformities like kyphosis, scoliosis etc, Post surgery condition e.g. Abdomen or Cardiac Surgeries and elders suffering from Cervical spondylitis.

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Are you a Caregiver of the elderly

A Family is denoting a household establishment and refers to a “group of individuals living together during important phases of their lifetime and bound to each other by biological and/or social and psychological relationship”. Unlike the western society, which puts impetus on “individualism”, the Indian society is “collectivistic” in that it promotes interdependence and co-operation, with the family forming the focal point of this social structure.

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physiotherapy for elders Monsoon healthcare tips for the elderly

The first shower and the smell of the wet mud gives us an ecstatic feeling. But while we welcome the rains, we should not ignore the unwanted health hazards that it brings along with it especially in the elderly. Our body is more susceptible to health issues in rainy season, because monsoon reduces our body’s immunity power. Our body gets more affected with allergies, infections (skin, respiratory & abdominal) and indigestion problems during this time. We can get rid of such illnesses during the rainy seasons if we can take some preventive measures and maintain a healthy regime.

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caregiver for seniors Gastrics in elderly prevention and care

Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach & is preventable. It could be symptom free or can present with nausea or recurrent stomach upset, abdominal bloating and/or pain, vomiting, indigestion, burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night, hiccups, loss of appetite, vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material and/or Black tarry stools etc.

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Benefits of physiotherapy in dementia

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is not a specific disease, it’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is a most common example for it.

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physiotherapy for elders Cognitive activites and the elderly

Older adults are more likely to fear losing their physical abilities than their mental abilities. But for most elders, mental decline is inevitable. Cognition is a combination of processes, including paying attention, learning and reacting to objects in the environment, and using language and memory. Aging is usually related to decline and losses of various kinds of activities abilities. If cognition becomes impaired, an individual may have difficulty performing everyday tasks.

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caregiver for seniors Elderly social well-being

Loneliness is a phenomenon that occurs in all stages of life and is a significant problem for many older people. Loneliness in old age is a risk factor that can be linked to various health-related problems; both physical and mental. Older people who are lonely have less satisfaction with life, higher prevalence in subjective health complaints, lower capacity to perform ADL (Activities of Daily Living) and a greater desire for increased social contacts, compared with those who are not lonely. Emotional loneliness is also a result of social isolation and the loss/absence of someone close. With advancing age, it is inevitable that people lose connection with their friendship networks and that they find it more difficult to initiate new friendships and to belong to new networks.

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Yogic way of managing ailments in the elderly

Yogic science is one of the ancient streams of knowledge which have been passed on to us for generations. According to Yoga, the human body is made up of five sheaths or bodies. The solid physical body visible to us is called Annamaya Kosha, the vital energy body is the Pranamaya Kosha, the mind body which carries functions of perception, memory and emotions is the Manomaya kosha, the inner wisdom which guides the manomaya kosha is the intellect body called Vignanamaya kosha, the fifth body is the most subtlest of all called the Anandamaya Kosha, the Bliss Body. One who resides in bliss is believed to have mastered all the other sheaths.

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physiotherapy for elders Hypoglycemia in the Elderly

Low blood sugar, also known as Hypoglycaemia, can be a dangerous condition. Low blood sugar can occur in the elderly with diabetes who take medicines that increase insulin levels in the body. Taking too much medication, skipping meals, eating less than normal or exercising more than usual can lead to low blood sugar for these individuals. Elders with diabetes get hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) when their bodies don't have enough sugar to use as fuel.

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caregiver for seniors Grief the Elderly

The period of bereavement is a stressful life event for anyone. Each person will experience bereavement in different ways and reactions to bereavement are strongly influenced by culture and ethnicity. Most bereaved people are able to overcome their grief, but in about 10% of cases grief is prolonged or complicated.

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Regular Exercises and Cardiovascular Health in the Elderly

Lack of regular physical activity or sedentary lifestyle is the major cause of death by heart disease in all ages. A number of structural and functional changes occur in the cardiovascular system with advancing age, many of which are mediated by changes in vascular stiffness. These changes lead not only to cardiovascular events and strokes, but also to frailty, functional decline, and cognitive impairment.

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physiotherapy for elders Frozen shoulder and physiotherapy

Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes shoulder pain and limits the shoulder's range of motion. Frozen shoulder is also called "adhesive capsulitis", "painful stiff shoulder", and "periarthritis". It is caused due to inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue like capsule, ligaments, etc. As the surrounding soft tissue gets tighter and thicker it reduces the space between the bones of shoulder joint and thus reduces joint mobility. In severe cases, scare tissues are formed over the soft tissues thereby causing adhesions.

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caregiver for seniors Diabetic foot care in elderly

Any elderly who has diabetes need to maintain a structured daily routine such as eating balanced meals, monitoring blood sugar, getting some physical activity each day and relaxing. But there's another task doctors urge you to add to your busy schedule which is examining your feet.

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Facts about Alzheimer's

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia Alzheimer’s causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned information. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

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physiotherapy for elders Insulin and its usage

Diabetes is a common find in the elderly. Lack of insulin in the body causes Diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. People with diabetes might need to use insulin injections either because they don’t produce enough insulin in their body or they can’t properly use the insulin that they do produce or both conditions.

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caregiver for seniors Need for group activity in the elderly

As we age, the social connects and contacts reduce. It is even more so in cases where there is restricted mobility in the elderly. There are lesser avenues for the elderly to meet and spend time with peers & other like-minded folks. This is where group activities can be of great relief for the elderly.

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Does your parents have the risk of falling

Did you know that fall is a leading cause for injury in the elderly? The risk of fall increases as we age. Physical changes, health conditions and medications that the elderly take contribute to such fall. Also the living environment could contribute to such fall if not designed/setup appropriately.

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physiotherapy for elders Prehabilitation

Headed to surgery? ‘Prehabilitation’ cuts down recovery time and saves money!! When the elderly has made the decision to undergo an orthopaedic/cardiac/onco or such similar surgery, it is important to have a preoperative session with the physiotherapist. Prehabilitation is the process of enhancing functional capacity of the individual before an operation to enable him or her to withstand the stress of surgery & in their speedy recovery.

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