Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 13 June 2007 09:52Parkside Homes Inc. is hosting a Summer Safety & Wellness Week June 11-15, followed by a Summer Safety & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 16.
After focusing on weight loss, exercising and eating right for the past few months, Parkside residents and staff are learning that the “wellness” concept covers so much more.
Topics such as identity fraud awareness, wearing a scatbelt, eating breakfast, putting on sunscreen, handling grief and handling foods safely all affect one's wellness. Parkside wants the community to join them as they learn about these topics and more.
Nancy Pihl from the K-State Research and Extension Office will do a presentation on food safety from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Greenhaw Pharmacy will be doing $20...
Written by Fred Cicetti Wednesday, 13 June 2007 09:47Q: I’m not sure what’s going on, but, once in a while, I find myself losing my balance. Is this just an aging thing or what?
A: About one in 10 people over 65 experience difficulty with balance. More than 40 percent of Americans will go to a doctor complaining of dizziness. Getting older is only part of the problem.Inner-ear disturbances are the primary cause.
Losing balance when you’re older is serious stuff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, each year, more than one-third of people over 65 years suffer a fall.
Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. And, even if the fall doesn’t kill you, you could fracture a hip and then a whole bunch of problems will can cascade over...
Written by Fred Wednesday, 09 May 2007 09:20Q. Do older people need more sleep?
A. Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults—seven to nine hours a night.
Unfortunately, many older adults don’t get the sleep they need because they often have more trouble falling asleep. A study of adults over age 65 found that 13 percent of men and 36 percent of women take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
Also, older people often sleep less deeply and wake up more often throughout the night, which may be why they may nap more often during the daytime.
Nighttime sleep schedules may change with age too. Many older adults tend to get sleepier earlier in the evening and awaken earlier in the morning.
Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 10 April 2007 21:44Q Do grandparents get more colds than seniors without grandchildren?
A: I was unable to find any specific data on grandparents and colds. However, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that, in families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12 a year. NIAID also reports that all people older than 60 average fewer than one cold a year.
Put those over-60s in those homes with school children and it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that the number of colds in grandparents will jump significantly.
Any grandparent will tell you that being around their little treasures has made them sick. My five pre-school grandchildren are generous with all the viruses they get from...
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