Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among people between 25 – 74 years old. Half of people with diabetes are unaware they have it. Of those who are aware only 50% get appropriate eye care. Most people think that blood sugar levels are the most important risk factors for vision loss in Diabetes Mellitus. However, blood glucose control only accounts for 10% of the risk of vision loss in DM. Other factors such as
There are many options when looking for help for Seniors that desire to age in place. As we grow older, good nutrition is important but may cause a challenge to aging adults. Getting to the grocery store alone can be an obstacle, as well as having the mobility to actually prepare nutritious meals on a daily basis. Although some delivery services like Meals on Wheels are convenient, they are not customized to the individuals tastes
Our understanding of the human brain has exploded over the last couple decades, yet many misconceptions still exist. Test your knowledge with the following true/false quiz. Answers are at the end. The human brain does not grow new brain cells or change its structure at a cellular level. “Use it or lose it” is an accurate phrase for our brain. Video games are bad for your brain. Younger brains generally work faster than older brains.
Years ago Charles Kuralt had a news segment called “On the Road,” which aired on CBS Evening News. Charles would stop in a city, grab a phone book from a telephone booth, and let his finger randomly stop at a name. He would then meet said person and conduct a life interview with them, and my recall is that in every interview he uncovered a fascinating person with a fascinating story. It is with this
Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions encountered by healthcare professionals, particularly among patients older than 65. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 months (longer than the body needs to heal). Older patients are more likely to hurt from musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, and nerve damage from diabetes or shingles. Pain is associated with substantial disability from reduced mobility, avoidance of activity, falls, depression and anxiety, sleep
New studies have linked prolonged hearing loss with cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s. It makes sense when you consider these facts: 1 in 10 Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages — varying from mild to profound. By the age of 65, 1 out of 3 people has a hearing loss. Hearing loss may be mistaken for aloofness, confusion, personality changes or dementia. Hearing loss is the