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 Health care in old age
 Alzheimer's Disease
 Mental Illnesses
 Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
 Blood Pressure
 Heart problems and Heart attack
 Kidney disease
 Control Obesity
 Prostate Enlargement
 Osteoporosis (Weak bones) 
 Eyes Diseases
 Skin Care
 Mosquito bite Diseases
 Fall-related injury in old age
 Go Green in old age
 Suggestions to remain healthy
 New Research

  Health care in old age

  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 75% of deaths in people over the age of 65 in industrialised countries are from heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular disease (such as stroke) .Another major cause of death and isability is osteoporosis and associated bone fractures, which affects many women due to post-menopausal bone loss.

   The increased life expectancy in the U.S. has not been accompanied by more years of perfect health, reveals new research published in the December issue of the Journal of Gerontology. The new research from Eileen Crimmins, at the University of Southern California, shows that average “morbidity,” or, the period of life spend with serious disease or loss of functional mobility, has actually increased in the last few decades. The researchers show that the average number of healthy years has decreased since 1998. We spend fewer years of our lives without disease, even though we live longer. 

   Millions of senior  citizens across the globe are not getting the proper  health care they need because governments and the society are not aware enough of the problem. By 2025, there will about 1200 million people aged 65 years according to UN estimates. Failure to address oral health needs today could develop into a costly problem tomorrow. Seven per cent of the 1.1 billion Indian population is today over the age of 60. They too wish to have a better access to health care, look forward to fun, health, dignity, economic independence and a peaceful death. They cannot afford to be ill as sickness is expensive.

   Japan is   the most elderly country in the history of the world. Its average life span, 82 years and soaring, is creating an entirely new kind of society, the vast implications of which, during its embryonic decades, few seemed to think very much about. 

   About 47 countries during the past 10 years, the number of older persons had doubled, and in most developing countries, the population of older persons had increased by 50 per cent. In European countries, older people worked right through old age, and a good part of their earnings went back into the households, for infant care, for children and mothers – for food nutrition and health-care access.
  Some health problem and common ailments that generally affect senior citizens are blood pressure, cardiac problems, diabetes, joint pains, kidney infections, cancer, tuberculosis etc. Once they occur, these disease may take a long time to heal due to old age. It is important to  get medical checkups regularly to prevent the onset of any of these health conditions. Herbal remedies for Old Age Diseases  are also very effective in some diseases.

  Alzheimer's Disease

   Alzheimers Disease is a brain disorder and a slow and gradual disease that begins in the part of the brain that controls the memory. As it spreads to other parts of the brain, it affects a greater number of intellectual, emotional and behavioral abilities. There is no known cause for this disease. As a person grows older, he is at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s. After 60, the risk is one in 20, but after 80 it is one in five.” No one knows why it happens, but it occurs when cells in the brain start dying. It is  degenerative and leads to mental deterioration.

     Human brain

  Brain shrinkage or atrophy is a natural part of ageing but it is known to be accelerated in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a kind of memory loss and forgetfulness and Alzheimers.
  A new study has shown that drinking beet juice daily can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults. This finding could hold great potential for combating the dementia.

   Researchers at the British Science Festival  reported that high doses of B vitamins and folic acid could reduce memory decline and brain shrinkage in those already suffering from mild cognitive impairment. A new study by researchers at Brigham and Womens Hospital (BWH) finds that a high intake of flavonoid rich berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, over time, can delay memory decline in older women by 2.5 years. This study is published by "Annals of Neurology", a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, on April 26, 2012.

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  Mental Illnesses

   According to World Health Organization, 25% of the world population is suffering from  Mental illnesses    But only 40% of these cases are diagnosed and treated. One million annual suicides are the result of these undiagnosed or missed cases. Most common causes for these suicides are depression, dementia, anxiety and Schizophrenia.

  Senior Citizens are susceptible to a variety of mental illnesses. Depression is the most common of these. Symptoms of depression include- Lack of interest in activities you enjoyed doing. Sadness or unexplained crying spells, jumpiness or irritability, Loss of memory, inability to concentrate, confusion or disorientation, Thoughts of death or suicide, Change in appetite and sleep patterns. Persistent fatigue, lethargy, aches and other unexplainable physical problems, Dementias and Pseudo/dementias.   
   Vitamin B-12 has been extensively researched for its importance in preventing dementia. Studies supporting a beneficial role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of diseases linked to dementia such as vascular and metabolic diseases. Except for the three vitamins - D, K, and Biotin, the other vitamins can be found in fruits, vegetables and lean meats, and must be a part of your regular diet.

  Memory loss:  A new study found that elderly people who ate more calories a day had a higher risk of a type of memory loss called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is a stage of cognitive decline between normal age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s dementia. People with MCI have problems with memory and thinking that are noticeable to others, but that don’t interfere with everyday life.

  Walking ward off mental decline:   Walking could ward off dementia and mental decline. Elderly people who get about by walking are less likely to suffer mental decline or even dementia, a study says. Brain scans revealed that older people walking between six and nine miles a week appeared to have more brain tissue in key areas. The Pittsburgh University study of 299 people suggested they had less "brain shrinkage", which is linked to memory problems. The research was reported in the journal Neurology. Exercise improves blood flow to the brain and may help build new brain cells, recent studies show. Mild exercise such as walking can boost brain volume and improve memory in older adults, researchers have found.

  Protect Your Brain in Old Age: New research suggests to  protect your brain are:

  * Boosting Your B-Vitamin Intake- Researchers at the British Science Festival this week reported findings that high doses of B vitamins and folic acid could reduce memory decline and brain shrinkage

  * Cutting Fat, Carbs - A diet low in saturated fat and refined sugars may reduce your risk of developing dementia, according to research published earlier this summer

 * Exercising - Aerobic exercise may reduce your chances of developing dementia , and slow the progression of the disease once it starts.

  Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

  Arthritis simply means ‘inflammation of the joints . The word rheumatism is even more general, and is used to describe aches and pains in joints, bones and muscles. There are more than 200 types of arthritis and rheumatic disease. The symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness in Knee Arthritis with limitation of joint movement.

  Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is caused by inflammation of the joint lining in synovial (free moving) joints. It can affect any joint, but is more common in peripheral joints, such as the hands, fingers and toes RA can cause functional disability, significant pain and joint destruction, leading to deformity and premature mortality. 

  Prevention:  Musculo-skeletal diseases are among the most common diseases in old age  Approximately 70% of these conditions are minor, self-limiting conditions related to trauma, injuries, sprains, wrong use or over-use of the musculo-skeletal system including sudden unaccustomed physical work and habitual bad posture. Another common cause of ‘rheumatism’ is the aging of the joints called osteoarthritis.  

  Osteoarthritis : Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is a chronic, irreversible and degenerative condition ranging from very mild to very severe. It is characterised by the breakdown of cartilage in joints, which causes affected bones to rub against each other leading to permanent damage.

  Gout: Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body, which then accumulates in certain joints. It causes sudden attacks of severe pain and tenderness, usually in a single joint and most often in the big toe. The extreme pain of gout is usually accompanied by warmth, redness, and swelling.

  Prevention Steps:  Regular physical exercise and walking, a balanced diet, a healthy life style can prevent this disease. Take your recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D daily. Participate in regular weight-bearing exercise.  Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol. Take a bone density test to check the condition of your bones

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