Senior Impact

Q:Avoiding Falls
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A new report by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) should help seniors and their caregivers take precautions to help avoid falls.  According to the report, almost 1 in 3 people age 65 and older fall at least one time each year.  That number climbs to 70% for older age groups.  Following the guidelines set out in the report can help seniors avoid falls and the trauma that oftentimes is associated with them.  To read more about the report's finding, click here.

Q:Have Scientists Found the Cause of Alzheimer's Disease?
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An article appearing on AARP's website discusses a new study about Alzheimer's Disease which has turned around previous studies as to its cause. Alzheimer's has traditionally thought to have been caused by sticky plaques in older adults, which it was believed destroyed the brain. However, new research suggests that Alzheimer's may be caused by floating clumps of protein. In fact, the sticky plaques are now believed to actually be the body's way of protecting the body from the clumps of protein. You can read more about this finding at http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2010/alzheimers_disease.html.

Q:What are Hypokinetic Dieases?
A:Hypokinetic diseases are diseases or conditions that are related to or caused by chronic physical inactivity and poor fitness. Over 70% of the US population has some kind of hypokinetic disease, whether it be high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, low back pain, or high cholesterol.

Active and healthy lifestyles for seniors can be the best deterrent to these conditions. Being active generally lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and helps reduce your chances of contracting a myriad of other conditions.

You can read more here:

http://www.examiner.com/x-672-Disease-Prevention-Examiner%7Ey2009m1d13-US-population-70-have-hypokinetic-disease-Are-you-included