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The Web is an invaluable resource for facts to guide us in protecting our seniors from harm. This site is a one-stop summary of the current wisdom on many of these issues. Just click on a topic below to read the information we have gathered.

Drugs and seniors, Unuseful results of drugs, Psychotropic agents, Recommendation to operation

Drugs and seniors

Seniors often have health problem. Nearly 80 percent suffer from one or some illnesses. That's why a lot of Seniors use drugs. The income from selling the drugs to Seniors for treatment in 1988 was 4,6 billion dollars, so we wait that in 1995 this point reach 10,1 billion dollars. (More)

It is thought that aging is caused by stressors in our genes and environment

Why people age

Aging can be defined as our bodies becoming increasingly vulnerable to stressors. We inherit some of these stressors, and others are things we are exposed to in our environment. (More)

By the year 2030 one in every five Americans will be over 65

The rapidly aging US population

More than 35 million persons, or about 13% of the population, in the US today are 65 years of age or older. The 77 million baby boomers are turning 50 at the rate of 10,000 more per day every day for the next 10 years. (More)

Senior fall risks can be identified and prevented

Reducing seniors' risks for falling

One-third of Americans over age 65 fall each year. A recent study of men and women between the ages of 70 and 90 years old found that regular Tai Chi lessons cut the risk of falling by 25 percent. *SEO (More)

Moderate, sustained exercise can increase bone density, bolster the immune system, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure

Exercise is worth the effort at all ages

According to the Baylor College of Medicine, Huffington Center on Aging, "short of being able to pick your ancestors who lived past 85 and watching out for the proverbial Mack truck, exercise is probably your best bet to enjoy however many years you're going to have."

"Senior moments" may not be inevitable

Senior brain power – use it or lose it!

Most of us experience annoying slips of the mind and memories as we enter middle age. We may joke about having "senior moments," yet medical researchers now suggest that they may be completely avoidable. (More)

High levels of antioxidants protect cells from damage by free radicals

Food for thought – you age how you eat

Recent research from the US Department of Agriculture shows that fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, and spinach improve short-term memory. In general, the most powerful tool for keeping the human brain sharp, appears to be a healthy diet. (More)

Medical illnesses, medication, psychiatric disorders, social changes, and poor sleep habits can keep seniors from getting enough rest

Senior sleep

Sleep difficulties are common among older individuals. Typical symptoms for individuals over age 65 include problems falling asleep and maintaining sleep, early-morning awakening, and excessive daytime sleepiness. A variety of reasons keep seniors from getting enough rest. (More)

Demands on a caregiver's time and the stresses of caring for an elder are leading causes for elder abuse

It isn't always easy to care – elder abuse in the US. . .

According to the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, each year more than half a million Americans over the age of 60 experience abuse, neglect, and/or self-neglect. Ninety percent of the known perpetrators were family members. (More)

The vulnerability of seniors is what makes them a target for scam artists

Protecting seniors from fraudulent scams

Seniors belong to a generation given to trust and fair dealing; most are honest and polite, finding it hard to terminate a telephone conversation, even if they're not interested. (More)

The safety of elders is often compromised because their family members live at too great a distance from them

Keeping seniors safe from violent crimes

In its most current report, the US Department of Justice reports that persons age 65 or older were victims of 2.7 million property and violent crimes, either completed or attempted, in the five-year period between 1992 and 1997. (More)

Social isolation is both a cause and effect of problems for the elderly

Social isolation of seniors

Studies show that prolonged social isolation will result in a lack of support both physically and mentally. This may include exaggerated reactions to physical illnesses or pain, or a decrease in the ability to adapt to changes in life. (More)

AARP's Final Checklist is an essential resource for elders grieving the loss of a loved one

Protecting your future after the loss of a loved one

The death of a loved one can be emotionally devastating, but asking trusted friends and family members to help take care of important money and legal matters can ease or prevent future losses. (More)

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