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This Program Requires Belief and Commitment…..

This Program Requires Belief and Commitment…..

The article “Namaste: Honoring the spirit within” from Long Term Living Magazine is both educational and thought-provoking. The Sanskrit word “Namaste”  roughly translates to “not to me but you” or “I salute the god within you”. It’s used often as a salutation at the end of yoga practices and holistic treatments. The story focuses on a nursing … Continue reading

Punishing toll of surgery on residents of SNC Homes

Punishing toll of surgery on residents of SNC Homes

The NY Times featured this piece last year on the long-term effect even routine surgeries have on elderly nursing home residents. The Annals of Surgery published the study, conducted by a practicing surgeon. The author says surgeons focus too much on the  30- day mortality rate and not enough on how the patient is faring three months after the operation. … Continue reading

Elderly Diet Advice from an Indian Newspaper

Elderly Diet Advice from an Indian Newspaper

Kind of funny seeing the dietary recommendations the Times of India makes for senior citizens. The suggestions are sounder, I’m sure, than what you’d see in a mainstream tabloid here but stand out simply because of the vastly different Indian climate and culture. The article recommends seniors drink 15 (!) glasses of water a day, eat cumin … Continue reading

Falls in the Elderly

Falls in the Elderly

According to the journal American Family Physician: falls are responsible for 70% of all accidental deaths in people over the age of 75 more than 90% of hip fractures are the result of falls, with most of them occurring in people over 70 years of age 1/3 of the elderly living at home and 60% … Continue reading

Sleep patterns in the elderly

From Web MD  (www.webmd.com): Why Does Grandpa Nap All Day? By the time we reach our senior years, we may have more time for sleep — but once again, we’re not getting it. There’s a general notion that the elderly need less sleep, but that may not be true, says Simpson, who’s just completed a … Continue reading

Sleep disturbances and suicide in elderly

Sleep disturbances and suicide in elderly

This may not be news…..who hasn’t thought about dying after a few nights of little sleep? But, according to this study, sleep disturbance even when controlling for depression, predicted an increase in risk of suicide. The author suggests sleep evaluation as a necessary component of care for at-risk patients.

Strong 80 year olds??

Strong 80 year olds??

Strong 80 year olds?? In a published study, 40 competitive athletes ranging from ages 40 through 80 showed little variance in the amount of musculature, body fat percentage and leg strength.