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What Is Prehabilitation?

— After surgery or another medical procedure, patients often take part in a rehabilitation program to help them achieve optimal healing and function. Rehab helps them build their muscles, regain function, and cope with the emotional and cognitive aspects of recovery. But what about before surgery? Experts report that there’s a lot of beneficial preparation patients can do... Read More

Pandemic Precautions Challenge Those With Hearing Loss

— October was National Audiology Awareness Month, and audiologists recently shared some important warnings for people who are living with hearing loss. Audiologists are health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss. They prescribe and fit hearing aids and other devices. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) recently reported that seniors who use... Read More

Pain Insights That Are Especially Relevant Today

— Pain isn’t “all in your head,” as some people dismissively say. However, the way we think about our pain can make a big difference! In August 2020, a research team from Penn State University Center for Healthy Aging published a study on pain “catastrophizing.” They defined “catastrophizing” as “feeling an exaggerated helplessness or hopelessness” about... Read More

Doctors Report Increase in “Broken Heart Syndrome”

— Every so often, we read a poignant news story about a couple, married for years, who pass away only a few days apart. “His wife died from a stroke, and he died of a broken heart,” the story might go. Though that is just a saying, there actually is something to it, report cardiologists. According... Read More

Prediabetes Is a Wake-Up Call

— As experts are learning more about COVID-19, they’ve found that certain underlying health conditions raise a patient’s risk of serious complications and death. Diabetes is one of those conditions. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains that while having diabetes doesn’t raise a person’s risk of being infected with the coronavirus, people with diabetes are more... Read More

Is It a Stroke, or Heat Stroke?

— Every summer, many Americans suffer from heat-related illness, and experts caution that 2020 will offer extra challenges. People who quarantine in a home without air conditioning can overheat quickly, and many of the traditional spots where we go to cool down may be shuttered. Seniors are at higher risk of heat-related illness, and should receive... Read More

Could Your Loved One Have an Anxiety Disorder?

— These days, it seems like we have a lot to worry about! The coronavirus outbreak, politics, the stock market, all added to our usual worries about health, money, perhaps the problems of other family members … we can all be excused for being fretful. But chronic worrying might be a sign of an anxiety disorder,... Read More

How’s Your Handwashing Technique?

— It’s always a good idea to practice proper handwashing technique, and most of us know we should do it. Handwashing lowers the risk of many types of disease. But with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, there’s new emphasis on this very important way to stop the spread of the disease, which is especially dangerous for older... Read More

Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

— You’ve no doubt read of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine. Experts say the average life expectancy in the U.S. has even dropped slightly... Read More