Healthy Bones: Protect Yours for Life!

Healthy bones will help you stay fit and independent for life!

Why is it so critical to keep your bones healthy as you age?

Keeping them strong can help prevent fractures. Ask anyone over 50 who’s broken a hip. This common accident leaves 40 percent of people unable to walk independently.

And a year after breaking their hip, 33 percent of these patients become totally dependent on a caregiver or need to enter a nursing home.

It’s not a pretty picture.

About half of those who suffer one broken bone will also break another, and the risk of more breaks grows with each new fracture.


Dementia: Coping With Agitation and Anxiety

daughter helping her mother deal with dementia by doing some art

Sadly as dementia progresses, people with the disease experience a profound loss of their ability to negotiate new information and stimulus.
This loss can often result in agitation and anxiety issues that can be frustrating for both patients and caregivers. 
Anxiety and agitation may be caused by a variety of triggers or could occur when a loved one is just having a "bad" day.  
The behaviors can be verbal or physical, and they can occur suddenly, with no apparent reason, or result from a frustrating situation.  


A Look at COPD

elderly man with oxygen sitting with his elderly wife enjoying the day

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, more commonly referred to as COPD, is one of the most common lung diseases that makes breathing difficult. According to the COPD Foundation, it affects an estimated 24 million individuals in the U.S., and over half of them have symptoms and do not know it.
There are two main forms of COPD: chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus, and emphysema, which involves damage to the lungs over time. Many people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.


Spider Veins on Your Face?

pretty older woman looking great after having her spider veins removed.

As you age, you may have noticed a few unwelcome spider veins creeping across your nose and cheeks.

Or a lot more than a few.

These feathery red veins begin appearing on most often in your 40s or 50s. In fact an estimated 75 percent of both men and women will get spider veins in their lifetime.   

“The condition, also known as facial veins or Telangiectasias, is believed to have various causes,” said Beth Crotty, a nurse practitioner with the Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center.


Are You at Risk for Heart Failure?

If there’s one thing you can do for your health, it’s take care of your heart.

But most of us forget that our heart is a muscle, and that it can weaken, or fail.

Sadly, about 5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half of those diagnosed die within 5 years.

What is heart failure?


Foot Tingling or Numbness? It Could Be Neuropathy.

hands clutching rubbing painful foot

Do you feel any numbness in your hands or feet? Any tingling, burning or pain?

If so, these are common symptoms of neuropathy, a growing problem in this country.

The condition, which affects the peripheral nerves, typically starts in the feet. Left untreated, it can cause trouble walking and make you more susceptible to falling. In severe cases, people lose the ability to walk.

What causes neuropathy?


When Is a Headache Serious?

african americna man with a headache

A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck. Headaches can be minor annoyances or cause debilitating pain, and in rare cases they can indicate the onset of a dangerous condition such as stroke or aneurysm.
Serious causes of headaches are rare, however. Most headaches respond to lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and occasional over-the-counter medicines.
What do your headache symptoms indicate and when should you seek medical care?


Common Dementia Behavior Triggers

woman with her arm around her aging mom
Everyday life can be a stressful ordeal for a person with a dementia-related disorder. As the disease progresses, behaviors can occur that are not always easily understood by family or caregivers.
Although it can be hard to understand why people with dementia act the way they do, it is important to remember that your loved one may not be acting out of ill will. It may be symptom of the disease and a changing brain.



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