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Recovering from a Heart Attack

July 9, 2013

Recovering from a Heart Attack

Having a heart attack can be a frightening experience, but with the appropriate recovery approach, it’s possible to return to normal life with productive activity. It’s important to understand that having a heart attack means you will have to make changes in your life, depending on how badly your heart was damaged and what degree of heart disease you have.

Checking Blood Pressure

July 5, 2013

Checking Blood Pressure

Checking blood pressure is a normal part of most visits to your doctor’s office, but many patients don’t understand what the numbers mean from a medical and health perspective. It’s important to understand the basics of blood pressure, especially as we age, since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and stroke, contributing to more than 275,000 deaths each year.

How to Improve Hearing

Use Clear Speech

June 27, 2013

How to Improve Hearing

I often hear my patients say, “If only people spoke more clearly, I wouldn’t have as much trouble hearing.” Although damage to the hair cells of the inner ear does cause some inherent distortion in the received speech signal, it is true that clear spoken speech CAN make listening easier for hearing impaired people. Research suggests that in less than an hour, partners of people with a hearing loss can improve their ability to be understood by 40% or more, even in noisy backgrounds. So, what IS “clear speech”?

•           Speaking slightly slower, with more precise pronunciation

How to Stay Hydrated

June 25, 2013

It’s one of the most simple, but important things you can do for your body – drink plenty of water. Next to oxygen, water is the most significant nutrient your body needs to function properly. It makes up nearly 70 percent of the human body and plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function, including regulating temperature and carrying nutrients throughout the body.

Aging Men's Health

HSL Celebrates Men’s Health Month

June 13, 2013

Men’s Health Month

Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country as a way to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. I’m thrilled by any opportunity to offer patients more information when it comes to their health, so that they are empowered to make the best decisions possible.

Nutrition for Older Adults

What Seniors Can Gain From Good Diet Choices

June 11, 2013

Nutrition for Older Adults

With summer upon us, we tend to hear a great deal about healthy eating and getting in tip-top shape. There is no shortage of diets, drinks and pills being marketed, all promising slim waistlines for the summer season. But the truth is – healthy eating isn’t limited to a particular time of year. It’s a lifestyle and one that is incredibly important as we age.

Hearing Loss and Depression

Research Says Hearing Loss Linked to Depression

May 30, 2013

Hearing Loss and Depression

Many studies indicate that people with untreated hearing loss may be at an increased risk of depression. Further, when these people use hearing aids, they experience significant improvements in quality of life and a decrease in depressive symptoms. A study published in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics examined the effects of hearing aids on cognitive function and depressive signs in people 65 and older. Researchers found that after three months of using a hearing aid, all patients showed significant improvement in their psychosocial and cognitive conditions.

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Understanding the Connection

May 28, 2013

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss often occurs with age. However, research has revealed that hearing loss can actually be accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled with medication and diet.

Improving Quality of Life in Long-Term Care

It’s all in the details

May 14, 2013

Improving life in long-term care

When new residents first come to long-term care, we spend a lot of time asking questions about their past experiences and interests. Specifically, we hope to learn who they are and what brings them joy. This is the most authentic version of themselves – and the one we want to cater to and welcome into our community. This includes incorporating who they are into their physical space and making their new home, truly a home.

Mixing Medications

How to Avoid Dangerous Combinations

May 9, 2013

It’s no secret that seniors are often taking more than one prescription medication. As we age, we are more likely to develop chronic illnesses – and frequently need medication to lead healthy and active lives. However, medications in older adults come with safety concerns, especially when multiple prescriptions are involved. There are more chances for overdoses, under-doses and dangerous side effects.

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