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Most Americans have been and will be informal caregivers at some point during their lives.  A recent survey pointed out that about 36% of the population had provided unpaid care to another adult with an illness or disability in the past year. That percentage is expected to go up as the number of elderly in […]

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Today Alzheimer’s disease is considered to be one of the most common causes of dementia and is estimated to be impacting around 5.3 million Americans. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that destroys brain nerve cells and disrupts the memory and thinking skills of the patient.  Although scientists still do not know what causes it, they believe […]

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In the young, healthy adults balance is an automatic reflex. But as we grow older our reflexes become slower, eyesight worsens and our muscles that become weak and inflexible largely affect our sense of balance. A balance disorder is a condition that makes us feel unsteady or dizzy as if we are moving, spinning or […]

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Substance abuse of alcohol and misuse of prescription drugs is by far the fastest growing health concerns among the elderly. According to the recent estimates there is nearly 35 million of the US population that comprises of people 65 years of age or older and the startling 17 percent of them are into substance abuse […]

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Behavioral health is a state of mental and emotional well-being of an individual that also affects his/her health and wellness. Although behavioral problems like depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts are not a normal aspect of aging, they impact a large number of older Americans. Mental health problems are usually considered to be a normal […]

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Feeling Better As We Age

January 1, 2013

It is generally understood that with increasing age comes decline in physical and mental capabilities.  Many people would think that this decline in capabilities would bring dissatisfaction and unhappiness to the lives of elderly.  In contrast, a study of older adults by researchers at the University of California, San Diego showed results that were quite […]

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The elderly population experience significant and often fearsome changes in their lives, like medical issues or death of friends and family.  Such changes cause depression among seniors to be a major health concern in the U.S.  However, health professionals usually do not regard it to be a normal consequence of aging.  This is a major […]

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