Aphasia is a condition that affects language. It occurs when parts of the brain involved with language and communication are damaged. People who have aphasia can have trouble with things like speaking, reading, or listening. It often comes on suddenly, due to something like a head injury or stroke and may also develop slowly over time from diseases like a tumour or a degenerative neurological condition.Read more
Aphasia is a speech and language disorder that is common in people who have had a stroke, a traumatic brain injury, or other neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A person’s capacity to comprehend language, communicate, and understand both the spoken and written word is impaired by the disorder.Read more
There have been numerous advancements in the world of oral health over the last few decades, from increased education on the importance of dental care to the ever-evolving technology utilized for dental care. However, we cannot stop aging from altering our teeth and gums as we age. Teeth begin to darken because of changes to dentin – tissue below the enamel that makes up the tooth itself – while the mouth becomes dry due to reduced saliva flow. Years of chewing also take their toll, causing enamel to break down over time.Read more
Most of us would like to live walking and moving as normally possible, but some seniors may not have that due to their bodies losing its sense of balance and mobility, that is sometimes further exacerbated with back or leg injuries, prolonged illnesses, arthritis or diseases which affect our nervous systems. It is in this regard where mobility devices come into play to assist our older selves in such events.Read more
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:Read more
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are skin and underlying tissue injuries caused by excessive skin pressure. It is a painful condition often experienced by seniors with mobility issues, primarily affecting bony parts of the body, such as the feet, knees, hips, and tailbone.Read more
Common factors that promote healthy aging are exercising, eating and sleeping right, and having a right mental attitude towards aging itself. However, most seniors will not have the privilege of having a strong social support system. As you get older, things inevitably change for one’s social circles, and the people that you grew up with, be it childhood friends, family, co-workers, etc. are no longer as available as they were, either because they’ve moved to different parts of their life, or don’t have time to connect with you, or have passed on.Read more
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.Read more
Urinary incontinence is defined as unintentional leakage of urine in an adult. In the case for seniors, it is a serious implication and requires comprehensive and holistic approach to tackle it. Managing incontinence is critical for seniors to maintain their independence and overall emotional, psychological and social life. While many statistics worldwide have proven that seniors have the highest rates of incontinence, it is still a treatable condition.Read more
As it does for the rest of your body, ageing takes its toll on your feet. It’s easy to see why these issues arise, considering the amount of stress we bring on our feet over a lifetime. In addition to the overall wear and tear, there are physiological changes that will affect how your joints, bones, and tendons will function. Although all these changes are undoubtedly normal, seniors should not presume that foot pain is to be accepted simply, and if not treated with caution, some of these natural changes can lead to serious problems.Read more
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.Read more
Elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many reports and studies have proven that the severity of the COVID-19 virus rises with age. For both physical and social reasons, elders are more likely to be stuck put in institutionalized settings for their personal safeties. However, debates and discussions on how various countries are handling their elderly citizens in the wake of the virus continue to flurry.Read more
Sufficient nutrition and a balanced diet can do wonders in keeping the elderly healthy. But eating ‘healthy’ is easier said than done. Keeping a balanced diet that meets all the recommended nutritional criteria may be daunting if one is unaware how to properly balance the essentials in a diet to match their ageing selves.
This article offers some tips for maintaining a healthy geriatric diet.Read more
A well-balanced diet comprises major nutrients from a variety of food sources. Vitamins and minerals on the other hand, which form part of the nutrients are only required in small portions by the body. Nevertheless, they are important in maintaining the immune system, healing injuries, and regulating metabolism in the body. This is particularly important amongst the elderly as they are unable to produce nor absorb nutrients as effectively.
This article focuses on the importance of vitamins and minerals as well as the food sources.Read more
When our bodies get older, we begin to experience a variety of changes due to nutrient deficiencies, decreased quality of life and poor health. This is due to the decline of one’s lean body mass and basal metabolism, which in turn causes a reduction in energy requirements. Although this is a natural process of ageing, there is an inherent risk of one become susceptible to loss in appetite and that could lead to malnutrition. This in turn could lead to more complications to the ageing body.
Hence, it is important to monitor the dietary intake of the elderly. This article focuses on the essential nutrients to stay healthy, not only for the geriatrics but also the general populous.Read more
As one ages, the probability of physical limitations increases as well from our vision, hearing, energy levels, and immune systems begin to deteriorate slowly, and it also leads to a further reduction in one’s mobility and ability in everyday life to function independently as we become increasingly at risk for diseases.
The article is a follow up of the previous article under the similar title where it shows several diseases that the elderly may experience as they age.Read more
Aging is a progressive, gradual cycle of biological change starting in early adulthood, which results over time from the body’s impact of accumulating a wide range of molecular and cellular damage, and as a result bodily functions will start to decline slowly, particularly after one has reached their middle age period. This results in a steady deterioration in physical and mental capacity, increased risk of illness, and eventually death.
This article then discusses some of the more common risks of illnesses and diseases associated with ageing.Read more