By: M. Lee Johnston, RN Educator, LIFE Lawrence County
As the weather gets colder and wetter, we start to hear a lot about flu season, but it is also important to stay informed about another infection that is potentially dangerous for older loved ones – pneumonia.
Recent studies have assessed walking speed and determined that an individual’s walking speed can be used to determine life expectancy. Walking speed has been associated with survival among older adults and is shown to reflect health and functional status. It is also an indicator that your doctor... Continue Reading >
Falls are a serious health concern with the senior population. Each year, one in three adults aged 65 and older fall. Every 18 seconds, an adult goes to the emergency room due to a fall and falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions. Women are more likely to fall, but men are more likely... Continue Reading >
By: Christine Wissner, social services manager, LIFE Beaver County
The winter months and cold weather can increase the risk of loneliness in many of us, particularly older adults. Many folks also have increased feelings of anxiety and depression during the cold, dark days of... Continue Reading >
At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the last 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. However, for some people, back pain can return or linger, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to... Continue Reading >
When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite and falls in ice and snow. Here are a few precautions everyone should take this time of year, especially older adults.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is commonly known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. According to the National Institute on Health (NIH), COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major contributor to long term disability. People with COPD suffer with chronic cough... Continue Reading >