Swelling of the legs, feet and ankles is referred to as edema. Edema is the trapping of excess fluid in any part of the body’s tissues, from hands to feet, and is typically triggered by an excess build-up of fluid that’s trapped in the body’s tissues. Some recognizable signs of edema include:
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Time is a precious commodity in our fast-paced life today. However, the benefits of volunteering can make said time worth it. By offering vital help to people in need, important causes or even your own community, you are essentially giving back to others.
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Technology has driven a variety of trends which has become an integral part of people’s daily lives. Most technology that is designed for communication is focused enhancing one’s self-reliance, life enrichment and even health and safety. At a touch of a button or two, anyone can instantaneously make a video call with family and friends through Skype, wear a watch that tracks one’s heart rate, or use a tablet to read a book or make a purchase.
While all this may seem like an ordinary convenience for the younger generation, seniors on the other hand find themselves posited with various challenges with technology, especially when we are in an age where it rapidly develops and advances every day.
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Home care refers to a type of nursing care service that is provided in the living quarters of the patient. The recipients of this type of care ranges from aged people, chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding this type of care even though these care services are readily available.
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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder that occurs when certain neurons in the brain wither or become impaired. These nerve cells are located in the brain region called the substantia nigra pars compacta, which produces dopamine neurons that are necessary for motor control and muscle function, and also behavioural, emotional and cognitive functions.
As we age, our lives tend to slow down and become sedentary, due to various factors such as health problems, weight or pain issues which afflict many a senior. While the challenges of old age may restrict our daily activities, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a change to improve yourself to overcome said challenges. It is in this aspect that an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever to your health.
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Sleep habits tend to change as an individual ages. Many will find their patterns shifting irregularly between night and day, where they are prone to sleep earlier in the night, and wake up very early in the morning, and gradually it may be harder to fall asleep and you may spend more total time in bed.
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Stress is a part of life at any age. When you’re younger, daily stressors include things like managing and establishing your career, juggling your children and spouse’s schedules, and making sure your household is running smoothly. This is why so many people look forward to their retirement years where they have days full of possibility and relaxation. However, older adults still face stressful situations as they age. For instance, coping with the loss of a loved one. Or, some seniors worry about a possible decline in their health, mobility, and independence.
We prefer to think of someone over 60 as ‘old’. This mentality is prominent in popular culture, where older individuals are often sidelined at jobs, disrespected on a regular basis, or neglected by families and society in general, and we don’t really view the wisdom and cumulative knowledge of others who have lived before us as something to be treasured and looked for.
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KUALA LUMPUR, 26 September 2020 – In conjunction with the International Day of Older Persons (which is celebrated on 1 Oct), Agecare Sdn Bhd (“Agecare”), a holistic nursing and elderly care centre, celebrated the occasion today as part of its efforts to create greater awareness of the sector as well as recognize the contributions by the elderly community.
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Throughout many people’s childhood and teen years, they often hear the phrase “Respect and honour your elders,” it becomes etched on their brains. This feeling applies to our relationship to those who came before us, and rightfully so. The lives we enjoy come as a result of those who have lived through a generation before us, and more specifically, gave birth to and raised us. Even where one may disagree with their elders, their experiences and lives are at the very least worth paying due regard to because with it comes lessons that can be handed down.
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The process of aging has strong ties to many cultures across the world. Different cultures have different attitudes and practices around aging and death, and these cultural perspectives can have a huge effect on our experience of getting older. Here’s what we can learn from other cultures, both past and present, about embracing the aging process.
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Diabetes is a dangerous disease that runs rampant among the senior population. It’s recorded that at least sixty-five percent of all people with diabetes will die due to complications that develop in organs and tissues in the body over a long period of time of having the disease.
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When a loved one begins to show signs of diminishing cognitive and emotional functions, it is usually a sign of dementia. According to statistics, someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds. It is estimated that over 75 million people worldwide will fall victim to this condition, which is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older peoples. It can be quite demanding not only for the people who contract dementia but also for their loved ones.
Nursing homes and care homes are important when one is considering senior care living. But because the terms are often used interchangeably, there’s a lot of confusion about nursing homes and care homes.
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The risk of being afflicted with diseases gradually increases with age. This is especially important now that we are experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak, as evidence has shown that both elders and people with underlying medical conditions are most susceptible to being infected.
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Malaysia’s elderly population hit an all-time peak in 2020, making Malaysia a member of other aging nations worldwide. When a growing number of Malaysians progress into their old age, they will require greater support in their daily routines.
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As much as we want our parents or loved seniors to have a safe, comfortable and self-sufficient lifestyle, reality often speaks otherwise, particularly when our loved seniors become incapacitated. This is when the elder care services come into the picture. While considering elder care services as an option, it’s equally important to understand the type of services best suited for your loved ones (elders).
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Elderly care providers aim to ease the aging process for both seniors and their families. But getting the right type of suitable care for our elders can be challenging. We have to recognise their needs. Do our elders need assistance in self-care and everyday tasks or require live-in care? Are they able to move themselves or not? Do they have pre-existing health conditions that require routine checks and medications? All these and more will come into consideration when selecting the right elderly care centre.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to the elderly care sector that employs millions of people worldwide. The job of the caregiver then, in addition to the routine responsibilities of feeding, dressing, providing physical therapy wound treatment, amongst others, has escalated given new health and safety concerns.
The world is experiencing an ageing phenomenon where the population of the elderly continues to escalate at an increasing rate. Malaysia is no exception. Of the country’s estimated population of 33 million citizens, 2.26 million are 65 years old and above. Statistics have shown that these numbers will rise to 6.3 million by 2040, which covers approximately 20 per cent of the population.
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The continued escalation of the ageing population and corresponding demand for elderly care services globally is expected to drive the growth of the elderly care services sector at an unprecedented rate.