Category: Senior Focus

Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan
Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan

Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan

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Arthritis can take the joy out of routine daily tasks.

Opening a pill bottle brings the promise of relief from pain for many people. But for 41 percent of the 46 million Americans diagnosed with arthritis, everyday activities?like opening their arthritis medication? can be very difficult. Is it any wonder, then, that millions seek alternative ways to enhance their doctor-prescribed drug treatment?

Nearly a quarter of all adult Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The Centers for Disease Control report that up to 25 percent of osteoarthritis patients can?t perform major daily activities.

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Healthy Geezer- Will my arthritis spread?

?Q I?m pretty sure I have arthritis in my knee. Is there any danger this will spread?

 

First, anyone who thinks they may have arthritis should see a doctor. Self-diagnosis is hazardous to your health.

Now for some information about arthritis all geezers should know.

Arthritis, which comes in different forms, is inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the three most common forms of arthritis among seniors. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. None are contagious.

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Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents
Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents

Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents

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In the above photo, Parkside residents Ron Freeman and Francis Kreutziger play a game of baseball on the Wii. Looking on is Jake Wiebe, a high school volunteer who joins in the game from time to time.

Stop by Parkside Homes Inc. and you can cheer on senior citizens who are engaged in a game of baseball or golf?in the middle of their living areas and in comfort of air conditioning.

Ron Freeman and other residents are playing the Nintendo Wii, an interactive video game introduced to Parkside as part of its culture change initiative.

?Our residents want to be in 2008 and this is one way they can,? said Melissa Bartel, life enrichment coordinator at Parkside.

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Hillsboro MB to host Life Line Screenings

  Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will host a Life Line Screening June 23 at 300 Prairie Pointe. Appointments for the stroke, vascular disease and heart rhythm screening will begin at 9 a.m. Baseline screenings include Stroke/Carotid Artery, Atrial Fibrillation, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Peripheral Arterial Disease. Additional screenings include C-Reactive Protein, complete Lipid Panel, Glucose and an ultrasound screening for […]

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Family wins big by losing
Family wins big by losing

Family wins big by losing

MartinBefore.jpg MartinAfter.jpg Testimonies continue to surface about the life-changing impact of the area ?Biggest Loser? weight-reduction contest this spring. Hillsboro resident Cathy Martin and three of her siblings agreed to focus on weight loss prior to their planned reunion on Memorial Day weekend. The ?before? photo (left) of the foursome includes Martin (seated, right) with her sister Anne Morgan of […]

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Environment may contribute to Parkinson’s

Q Is it true that farmers are more likely to get Parkinson disease?

 

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Healthy Geezer- ED No cause for embarrassment

Q I?m embarrassed to admit this, but I?m getting low scores in the husband department, if you get my drift. Is this happening just because I?m getting older?

 

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Healthy Geezer- When food loses its flavor, is it you?

Q: When I was younger, I couldn?t get enough Chinese food. Now it just doesn?t have that zing anymore. I?m guessing it?s me, not the food, right?

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Whole grains key for reducing coronary diseases, losing weight and much more

Dietitians recommend three servings of whole grains per day. Whole grains reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, constipation and diverticulosis, neural tube birth defects during fetal development, as well as other chronic diseases.

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Healthy Geezer- Bladder control a difficult issue for minority of seniors

Q This is embarrassing to discuss with anyone, so I thought I?d write to you about it. I?m having bladder-control problems. What can I do?

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