6 Causes of Edema

Are your feet or legs swollen? The swelling might be caused by something as simple as standing for too long, or as serious as a health condition that requires emergency medical attention. The medical term for swelling caused by fluid retention is edema. Other symptoms of edema include: Discomfort in the swollen area Reduced mobility…

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Blood Pressure and Dementia: The Hidden Connection

People tend to categorize diseases by which of the bodies systems they affect: there are heart diseases, such as such as arrhythmias and coronary artery disease; there are cancers; there are cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. But the truth is that the body is a giant system, and a disease that seems to fall squarely…

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New Research Offers Hope in the Fight against Antibiotic-Resistance

In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the very first antibiotic, and ushered in an era in which a simple ear infection was no longer a life-threatening illness. In the ninety years since then, antibiotics have saved countless lives — and have now led to the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. So serious is antibiotic resistance that…

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Medicare Advantage Offers New Advantages

As the Medicare Open Enrollment Period approaches, on October 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released information that shows Medicare Advantage is providing better coverage at lower prices. Medicare Advantage is a type of Medicare plan that is more similar to traditional medical insurance. Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private…

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4 Issues with Cancer Care in the Elderly

Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the US, disproportionately affects the senior population. More than 60% of people with cancer are seniors, and seniors have the highest mortality rate from cancer of any age group. Seniors with cancer have different treatment issues than younger people, yet their special needs are often ignored when…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Entire Body

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is usually associated with pain and swelling in the joints. However, it can cause long-term damage throughout the body. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is a wear-and-tear disease, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that RA causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue as though it were diseased tissue. RA is…

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“Social Capital” is the Key to Cognitive Function in Seniors

People often spend their working lives building up their savings. But as they grow older, their “social” capital becomes increasingly important for their emotional and physical well-being. This is particularly true when it comes to preserving their cognitive function. Social capital refers to the amount of socialization a person has with people who support them…

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Making a Skilled Nursing Facility a Joyful Place

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression affects nearly 20% of American seniors. Those most at risk include those who have one or more chronic conditions, are disabled, or are becoming increasingly dependent on others for their care. Because of this risk, those of us who design facilities for older people do our…

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Medicare Advantage to Include New Benefits

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare and is chosen by one third of Medicare beneficiaries. Offered by private insurance companies, Medicare Advantage covers (at a cost) “primarily health-related benefits.” But what is the definition of “health-related”? People with asthma benefit from the air filtering properties of air-conditioners, but does that mean that an…

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