Arthritis

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Arthritis is one of the most debilitating conditions affecting mostly people over the age of 55. It doesn't only affect that specific age group, but also a percentage of young adults. It's not just a simple disease but a group of conditions that may cause damage not only to your bones but also to other organs in the body. Different forms of arthritis manifest different symptoms. Common symptoms of arthritis include: persistent joint pain; tenderness in a joint which is aggravated by movement; inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth; pain and stiffness in … [Read more...]

Hydration and the Elderly

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Water, it’s the most essential chemical substances for life. We could not survive without this clear, odorless and tasteless (1) nutrient within a matter of days. Water is regulated by the kidneys, and therefore drinking plenty of water on a daily basis will protect these two vital organs. However, as the healthy kidneys age, they will function normal but slower. The kidney’s function decrease due to physiological changes such as the reduction of the number of filtering units (the nephrons) which filter waste from the blood, and a decrease in the kidneys tissue and blood supply (2).  In … [Read more...]

Senior Summer Slimdown

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People of ALL ages think that the best way to lose weight is to eat less. Especially seniors! They figure because they are less active, the should eat less to accomodate for the less activity in their lives. That is true...to a point. Your body is like a car...if you drive down the road with the gas light on, your car will run out and gas, and eventually your car will start sputtering, and then stop driving. You don't want that to happen to your body, do you? You won't drop dead...what happens is your body starts to store everything you eat as fat.   It begins to hibernate...to store all … [Read more...]

Fit or Fiction – Baby Boomers’ Fitness

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Whether you're old or young, in shape or never picked up a weight in your life, you've probably heard a lot of fitness myths.  There are all kinds of ideas about weight loss and exercise out there, ranging from credible to downright crazy.  Here are just a few of the common myths baby boomers hear about their fitness and the real truth behind them. Myth 1:  You can't be in great shape. When you think of healthy, sculpted bodies, your mind generally cuts to people in their 20's.  While many people want to be more fit and healthy, they have convinced themselves that they are simply too old … [Read more...]