How Antibiotic Resistance Happens
Antibiotic resistance is a naturally occurring process. However, increases in antibiotic resistance are driven by a combination of germs exposed to antibiotics, and the spread of those germs and their resistance mechanisms.
Home Care & Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is designed to help individuals maintain or restore their physical health. It can be used to strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, and reduce pain. Elderly persons who have had an accident, stroke, or surgery may receive physical therapy rehabilitation after being discharged from the hospital.
This treatment is administered by physical therapists in an inpatient or outpatient setting. During outpatient rehab, individuals are prescribed certain exercises to complete regularly between appointments. Caregivers can assist seniors in carrying out their exercises safely at home. And here’s how!
Healthy Body, Healthier Brain
Brain health and physical health are both important, especially as we age. A recent CDC study found that people with one or more chronic health conditions were more likely to report worsening or more frequent memory problems, also called subjective cognitive decline (SCD). Chronic health conditions included in the report were diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and kidney disease. SCD was most common among adults with COPD or heart disease, or who had had a stroke.
How to Stay Hydrated for Better Health
• Water is essential to almost all bodily functions, from lubricating our joints to pumping blood to our heart.
• Older adults are more prone to becoming dehydrated for a number of reasons, including a diminished sense of thirst.
• Finding simple ways to increase your water intake can help you avoid the complications of dehydration and stay healthy.
Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions
Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks affecting a significant number of people in the United States and putting them at risk for dementia and other serious medical conditions.
A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) points out that more than one-third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. Older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss.
Treat and Recover from Stroke
Calling 9-1-1 at the first symptom of stroke can help you get to the hospital in time for lifesaving stroke care.
Your stroke treatment begins the moment emergency medical services (EMS) arrive to take you to the hospital.
Once at the hospital, you may receive emergency care, treatment to prevent another stroke, rehabilitation to treat the side effects of stroke, or all three.
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Learn what to do if you or someone else is having a stroke.
During a stroke, every minute counts! Fast treatment can lessen the brain damage that a stroke can cause.
By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life—maybe even your own.
Prevent Stroke: What You Can Do
You can help prevent stroke by making healthy choices and controlling any health conditions you may have. Many strokes could be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and working with your health care team to control health conditions that raise your risk for stroke.
Take Action and Get Inspired. Find tips and resources to help you make healthy choices that are right for you.
Know Your Risk for Stroke
Reduce Your Risk for Stroke: Tips and Resources
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Anyone can have a stroke at any age. But certain things can increase your chances of having a stroke. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from a stroke is to understand your risk and how to control it.
While you can’t control your age or family history, you can take steps to lower your chances of having a stroke.