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Senior Health

Treating Cancer Like a Virus: The Stunning Outcome

Treating Cancer Like a Virus: The Stunning Outcome Fall is the kickoff to cold and flu season, which is also the time our immune systems get a workout. Thankfully, our natural immunity is amazing in its ability to detect and eradicate invading infections. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if treating cancer worked this way too? Actually, the https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2022/cancer-immunotherapy-cmv-peptideshttps://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2022/cancer-immunotherapy-cmv-peptideshad the same thought. Researchers decided to test whether disguising cancer as a viral infection would prompt the immune system to kick into gear, and the results were spectacular. By injecting small bits of peptides (viral proteins) into tumors in mice, the immune cells were activated, shrank the tumors, and even prevented them from growing back. The viral peptides used were from CMV (cytomegalovirus), a common virus that is recognized by most people’s immune systems and typically doesn’t cause any symptoms. Once someone…

Noticing Mood Changes in a Senior You Love? It Could Be One of These Health Conditions.

Noticing Mood Changes in a Senior You Love? It Could Be One of These Health Conditions. We all have good days and bad days, and we’re all entitled to a little crankiness or negative thinking from time to time. If you’re noticing an ongoing pattern of negativity, complaining, or other mood changes in a senior loved one, it’s worth exploring whether a health problem could be the culprit. Here are several reasons for chronic negativity, and how you can help. Urinary tract infections. A UTI’s classic symptoms of burning, pain, and urgency to urinate can include additional effects for older adults, such as angry outbursts, confusion, irritability, and other changes in behavior or mood. Check with the doctor to rule out a urinary tract infection if you notice these types of atypical behaviors. Pain. A recent study revealed that participants who were experiencing chronic pain reported an increase in negative moods, including anger, depression, anxiety, tension, fatigue, and more. It’s important to share any of these mood changes in a senior with the doctor, as these symptoms…

Tips to Incorporate More Fruits and Veggies for a Healthier Senior Diet

Tips to Incorporate More Fruits and Veggies for a Healthier Senior Diet If you are preparing meals for a senior who prefers carbs to carrots (and honestly – who doesn’t?), you might find it challenging to guarantee that their nutritional needs are being met. And you are not alone. Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation shares that slightly more than half of Canadian adults eat less than the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Multiple studies have revealed that seniors who do follow a healthier senior diet that meets these guidelines reduce their risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions, and subsequently live longer lives. Perhaps it is the perfect time to think outside the box to promote healthier eating habits. For instance: Make it smooth. Sauces and smoothies are great ways to incorporate a variety of superfoods. You can easily create a refreshing, delicious drink by blending a little spinach, yogurt and fresh fruit. Or experiment with pureeing an assortment of vegetables to blend in with marinara…

How Treating Hearing Loss May Reduce the Risk of Dementia

How Treating Hearing Loss May Reduce the Risk of Dementia Are you finding the need to turn the TV up louder for a senior you love? Speaking more loudly? Repeating conversations a senior loved one missed hearing the first time? Hearing loss in seniors is not uncommon. But emerging scientific studies are pointing to a startling connection between hearing loss and an increased risk for dementia. How Hearing and Cognitive Functioning Are Connected There are a few hypotheses researchers are investigating to explain the link between hearing loss and dementia: Decreased social interaction contributes to less mental stimulation and a less active and engaged brain. The brain’s memory and thinking systems are affected when it has to focus harder to strain to hear and also to fill in the gaps when communication is missed. An older brain shrinks more rapidly due to hearing loss. It is extremely important to pinpoint the specific reason for this connection and to determine if treating hearing loss can help. The number of individuals who may be impacted…

Improve Senior Health in Six Easy Steps

Improve Senior Health in Six Easy Steps Lots of people have cast aside their New Year's resolutions by the end of January, but who says resolutions should only be made at the start of the year? There is no time like the present to start a new habit or goal, especially if you’re trying to improve senior health and wellness. We have six recommendations you can implement today. Select one to start, or jump right into all of them to attain the most benefit: Make an appointment for a physical. Instead of waiting for an injury or illness to call the physician, an annual check-up is a good way for older adults to stay on top of their health and potentially prevent problems before they occur. Get physical. With the doctor’s approval and recommendations in hand, begin a brand new physical fitness routine – together! Working out with a senior you love enables you to motivate one another and serve as accountability partners. Agree to sticking to it for a minimum of 21 days, after which it ought to be an ingrained, pleasurable…

How We’re Missing the Mark in Meeting Senior Health Care Needs

How We’re Missing the Mark in Meeting Senior Health Care Needs If your child developed a high fever, who would you call? It’s a no-brainer; many parents have the number on speed dial for the pediatrician they’ve carefully selected to manage the health care needs of their children. With their specialized training, working with a trusted pediatrician ensures the best possible care. Likewise, choosing a health care provider who specializes in senior health care needs is just as important. Yet sadly, the health care system as a whole has not placed a great emphasis on the unique health care needs of seniors. Dr. Carla Perissinotto, geriatrician and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, shares her concern over this age-related health care gap, and how little professors in med school are focused on elder care. In fact, in her residency, she shares, “We literally did the same thing for forty-year-olds as we did for eighty-year-olds, and we’d treat all eighty-year-olds the same whether they’re dependent or independent,…

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