A Little Broccoli Goes a Long Way

December 29, 2011 1 comment

I am always looking for different ways to stay healthy and the easiest way to accomplish this is by choosing fresh, organic (if possible) and nutrient rich options when it comes to food.  You often hear how important it is to eat your fruits and vegetables, but recent research has shown that a certain super vegetable can provide many unexpected and positive health benefits.  That food is broccoli, one of the least liked of all vegetables (or so it seems).  We all know that broccoli is high in fiber, iron and other vitamins such as Vitamins A, B, C, and K. Read more…

Positive Effects of Meditation

November 29, 2011 2 comments

A mind is a terrible thing to waste and as we age it becomes easier to do so.  If we stop stimulating our minds, older adults become susceptible to several diseases such as Alzheimer’s, or other disorders, like ADHD. 

High Anxiety and the Elderly: It’s More Common Than You Know.

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

When it comes to the elderly, some of the most common diagnoses are Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Up until recently, most people felt that anxiety disorders declined as people aged, but just the opposite is true. Most older adults with an anxiety disorder likely had one when they were younger. Anxiety in older adults returns when stresses and vulnerabilities unique to the aging process become evident: chronic physical problems, cognitive impairment and significant emotional losses. Read more…

DNA Offers Clues to Living Longer

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Some people wish they could live forever, but what about simply living longer?  Scientists have started testing seniors age 100 and older for DNA samples in longer living adults. Read more…

T-Coil Technology Vastly Improves Hearing Aid Effectiveness

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Tens of millions of Americans aged 65 and older suffer from hearing loss.  They significantly depend on these hearing aids to keep them in tune with the audio around them.  But what happens when hearing aids lose some of their functionality?  Or when static interferes with the hearing aid’s signal?

Until recently, there was no solution to this problem. However, technological advances have contributed to the creation of the hearing loop for hard of hearing older adults.  The hearing loop uses a technology called the T-coil, which is currently found in two thirds of hearing aids.  The T-coil is a comprised of a “thin strand of copper wire installed around the edge of a room.”

Composer Richard Einhorn who suffers from hearing loss encountered this T-coil technology and “for the first time since [he] lost most of [his] hearing, live music was perfectly clear, perfectly clean and incredibly rich.”  This is a technology that can change the lives of tens of millions of Americans who suffer from hearing loss.

The T-coil has been widely adopted in Northern Europe, but the United States is just starting to incorporate this technology into the manufacturing of hearing aids.  Several Eastern states are currently using this technology and as it proves effective, more states will surely get on the bandwagon.

World Osteoporosis Day 2011

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

October 20th was World Osteoporosis Day and while some people may not know it, over 40 million Americans have either contracted this disease or are at risk for it.  It is a debilitating disease which affects the bones and is most prominent in the elderly. Read more…

New GPS Shoe Remedies Wandering Among Those with Dementia

October 20, 2011 3 comments

Wandering among those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementias can present a serious problem for both caregivers and families. Until recently, asking authorities to issue a Silver Alert was one of several things that individuals could do to track down the person who wandered off.  As Andrew Carle, a former rehab hospital director, said, some “family caregivers are afraid to go to the bathroom because when they get back, their loved one may be out the door.”  Read more…

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