Health and Chronic Disease Category
Health & Chronic Disease – By the age of fifty most of us will be diagnosed with one or more chronic diseases for which we will be prescribed medication. Chronic diseases include heart disease, diabetes, breathing difficulties, cancer and other diseases treated by medication. How does one disease relate to another? Does the diagnosis of one disease result in another disease? Managing health and chronic disease becomes a part of our daily life. Learn helpful information to make the best of health and daily life.
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Research indicates that intelligence predicts mid-life biological aging.1 Low intelligence is associated not just with premature death, but also with a range of health conditions, beginning with obesity and the metabolic syndrome in the first half of the life course, followed by type 2 diabetes and heart disease in later life, and dementia in old age.(2)
Meditation, but not just any kind, has the potential to lower your blood pressure, increase your ability to learn and clear your mind. Transcendental meditation, a technique offered in the United States since 1959 has medically and statistically proven benefits to your health.
When I was a child, Valentine’s Day was a significant day. My mom purchased the small box of cards on which I would print the names of all of my classmates; especially the one boy who I hoped would like me. As I grew up, Valentine’s Day continued to have special meaning. Flowers would (or would not) show up in the workplace, dinners would (or would not) occur, I would (or would not) have a special person to acknowledge on this date. Then I began to realize that I didn’t really need this date to do something special for someone, or for myself. I could recognize myself or others anytime during the year.
Managing Urinary Tract Infections Interview with Martha Klay, RN,MSN,APRN– Podcast Time 28:34
Martha Klay is a clinician and owner of a private practice focusing on women’s health issues. In this interview with Pamela D. Wilson she discusses issues related to treatment and diagnosis of urinary tract infections as well as medications to treat this diagnosis.
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Research conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in a report called Chronic Conditions: Making the Case for Ongoing Care (2002) reports that 33% of the chronically ill in America are not receiving information and services needed to successfully manage their illnesses.
Several months ago I met a married couple aged 97 and 95 and was amazed that they were still living at home and were fairly active. Most clients I meet who are this advanced in age have multiple chronic diseases and great difficulty with daily activities. This was not the case with Jim and Barbara. I met with them because they were beginning to wonder IF they should move from their home into a retirement community.
More than 35% of adults, age 65 and older, report limitations with basic activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. Research completed relative to the skills of executive function, illustrated by the ability to plan, coordinate tasks, multi-task, recall, control inhibitions and make decisions, indicates that these skills are important in the ability to perform tasks that support independent living.1 Does cognitive decline, or a diagnosis of dementia, support a loss of independence, lower quality of life and difficulty completing activities of self-care? Does caring for an individual with dementia result in physical decline?
Urinary incontinence is common among older adults and represents a stressful and often embarrassing
situation resulting in increased isolation evidenced by fear of venturing out into the public due to the possibility of an accident. Older people are less likely than younger people to discuss incontinence with their doctor. Only about half of older people with incontinence seek help for their symptoms because they believe incontinence to be a normal part of aging. 1
Caregiving is more often than not an unexpected event. Many caregivers have a daily routine caring for a loved one. Some caregivers continue working; some stay at home to caregive. Most important is the caregiver’s ability for self-care including attending to healthcare and medical needs. Care-receiving is also an unexpected and unwelcome event; who wants to admit that he or she needs care?