Seniors and Cataracts

“By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.” – National Eye Institute A cataract is a clouding of the lens…

Pruritus – what it means for your favorite senior

Pruritus is the most common skin ailment in people over 65 years old. So why do so few people know what it is? Defined by Medscape as the unpleasant sensation…

Colorectal Cancer: 1 in 17

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the third most common, behind lung and prostate cancer. The Mayo Clinic reports that one in every 17 Americans will have colorectal…

Seniors and Parkinson’s Disease

Some quick, interesting facts: According to the National Parkinson Foundation, over a million people have Parkinson’s disease, and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year – usually among those over 65….

Essential Tremor: What is it?

Uncontrollable shaking. Nodding head. Hands that shift back and forth on their own while holding an object. Loss of balance. These are all symptoms of a disease that affects over…

Hearing Loss in Seniors

The official medical term for the age-related hearing loss is presbycusis. According to the National Institute of Health, the most common form of hearing loss in people over 55, presbycusis…

Taste Loss In Seniors

You were born with over 50,000 taste buds. But between the ages of 50-60, they begin to go away. The Mayo Clinic reports that medical professionals do not yet know…

Shingles: Seniors Are Still At Risk

Did you know that a whopping fifty percent of all people living in the United States will contract shingles by the time they are 80 years old? How about this:…

Seniors and Osteoporosis

Over 3 million people in this country are diagnosed with osteoporosis each year. 44 million people have low bone density. While the effects of osteoporosis can begin even as early…

Caffeine: The Good, Bad and Otherwise for Seniors

Coffee. Do we have your attention now? This seemingly magical elixir seems to be the life force for many of us, especially as we prepare to greet (and sometimes even…