Senior’s Health – RateMDs Health News https://www.ratemds.com/blog Doctors You Can Trust Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Keeping Active: All the Staff at This Restaurant Had Dementia https://www.ratemds.com/blog/keeping-active-staff-restaurant-dementia/ Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:00:44 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184221 It was only open for 5 weeks last December, but still, it was impressive. Named The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, this establishment placed in an old fire hall. It was  staffed entirely with people suffering from dementia, and filmed for TV in Britain. The aim was simple. “We want employers to realise that just because someone has been diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they can’t work,” Dr. Zoe Wyrko, a consultant geriatrician and associate medical director at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, told the Daily Mail. The forgetful crew was directed by award-winning chef Josh Eggleton. All were in the

The post Keeping Active: All the Staff at This Restaurant Had Dementia appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

It was only open for 5 weeks last December, but still, it was impressive. Named The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, this establishment placed in an old fire hall. It was  staffed entirely with people suffering from dementia, and filmed for TV in Britain.

The aim was simple. “We want employers to realise that just because someone has been diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they can’t work,” Dr. Zoe Wyrko, a consultant geriatrician and associate medical director at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, told the Daily Mail.

The forgetful crew was directed by award-winning chef Josh Eggleton. All were in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. Many staff members were in their 50s and 60s, and some had lost the ability to read and write, but could chat up a storm and had some remaining short term memory.

Others were good with a pen and paper, which proved to be a well-used tool.

Related: If You’re Creative, Your Brain is Wired Differently

Why try such a difficult project? As stated, the goal of the event was to challenge the bias that can exist around dementia. It’s a common belief that once you’re diagnosed with the disease, you’re no longer capable of being a valuable contributor to society.

“A huge part of this involves people with dementia being empowered to live the life they want in their community,” said Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at the Alzheimer’s Society in England.

A restaurant with forgetful staff isn’t up your alley? Try something else. You can always visit the entire village inhabited by people with dementia. Complete with a a security system designed to keep the community safe, it’s sure to please.

 

The post Keeping Active: All the Staff at This Restaurant Had Dementia appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
This ‘Pacemaker for the Brain’ May Treat Parkinson’s and Other Disorders https://www.ratemds.com/blog/this-pacemaker-for-the-brain-may-treat-parkinsons-and-other-disorders/ Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:00:51 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184109 It tracks what’s happening in the brain, and responds accordingly. Watching family and friends suffer from terrible neurological disease like Parkinson’s and epilepsy can be very difficult. One of the most frustrating things is the lack of a cure. The very long journey researchers seem to be on, to find one seems endless. A new development out of the University of California at Berkeley offers a tiny glimmer of hope, however, even if faint. Researchers have developed a new neurostimulator that can listen to the brain while it stimulates brain activity. It’s been named the WAND, short for “wireless artifact-free

The post This ‘Pacemaker for the Brain’ May Treat Parkinson’s and Other Disorders appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

It tracks what’s happening in the brain, and responds accordingly.

Watching family and friends suffer from terrible neurological disease like Parkinson’s and epilepsy can be very difficult. One of the most frustrating things is the lack of a cure. The very long journey researchers seem to be on, to find one seems endless.

A new development out of the University of California at Berkeley offers a tiny glimmer of hope, however, even if faint.

Researchers have developed a new neurostimulator that can listen to the brain while it stimulates brain activity. It’s been named the WAND, short for “wireless artifact-free neuromodulation device”.

The WAND acts like a pacemaker for the brain by monitoring the brain’s electrical activity and delivering electrical stimulation if it detects something is lacking or firing incorrectly.

Related: Empathy Can Push Former Drug Users to Relapse

“Because we can actually stimulate and record in the same brain region, we know exactly what is happening when we are providing a therapy,” said Rikky Muller a researcher at Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc.

Effectively, the WAND can learn to recognize the signs of a tremor or a seizure. According to researchers, it can also adjust its stimulation parameters on its own, in order to prevent the unwanted movements. And it can do all this in real-time.

While research isn’t complete, in the future experts hope to incorporate learning into WAND’s closed-loop platformed. This would mean patients would have a device that could figure out how to best treat them individually, and essentially remove the doctor from having to constantly intervene in treatment.  

Sound promising? For more on this study, click here.

The post This ‘Pacemaker for the Brain’ May Treat Parkinson’s and Other Disorders appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
To Avoid Depression, Get Your Hearing Checked https://www.ratemds.com/blog/avoid-depression-get-hearing-checked/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:00:14 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184124 Suffering from hearing loss can greatly increase your odds of depression, among other health problems. Not being able to hear well when you go out and get together with friends or family can be a real problem as you grow older. Plainly put, it can be a real downer. Age-related hearing loss is the third-most common chronic condition in older adults, and not only can it raise the risk of developing dementia, but it contributes highly to depression. “Most people over age 70 have at least mild hearing loss, yet relatively few are diagnosed, much less treated, for this condition,”

The post To Avoid Depression, Get Your Hearing Checked appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

Suffering from hearing loss can greatly increase your odds of depression, among other health problems.

Not being able to hear well when you go out and get together with friends or family can be a real problem as you grow older. Plainly put, it can be a real downer. Age-related hearing loss is the third-most common chronic condition in older adults, and not only can it raise the risk of developing dementia, but it contributes highly to depression.

“Most people over age 70 have at least mild hearing loss, yet relatively few are diagnosed, much less treated, for this condition,” says the lead author of a new study, Justin S. Golub, MD, MS.

The new study published online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, analyzed health data from 5,239 Hispanic  individuals over the age of 50.

Related: Empathy Can Push Former Drug Users to Relapse

Each participant had an audiometric hearing test, and was screened for depression.

It was found that individuals with mild hearing loss were almost twice as likely to have clinically significant symptoms of depression than those with normal hearing.

And those participants suffering from severe hearing loss had over four times the odds of having depressive symptoms.

The greater the hearing loss, the greater the risk. While the findings were specific to the Hispanic community, researchers feel they can be applied to anyone with age-related hearing loss.

Having trouble keeping up in conversation, or watching content on TV? Talk to your doctor about hearing solutions that can help and get tested.

 

The post To Avoid Depression, Get Your Hearing Checked appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
Does Herpes Really Cause Alzheimer’s? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/does-herpes-really-cause-alzheimers/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:00:14 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184128 Researchers have studied data from Asia and found some substantial links between the two conditions. Preventing Alzheimer’s may not be as complicated as it seems. While scientists are looking into the benefits of doing daily crossword puzzles, getting enough exercise and developing memory techniques to prevent dementia from showing up, there may be other avenues. For part of the population, it could be as simple as preventing the spread of the herpes virus. “HSV1 (a herpes virus) could account for 50% or more of Alzheimer’s disease cases,” says Professor Itzhaki, who has spent over 25 years at the University of

The post Does Herpes Really Cause Alzheimer’s? appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

Researchers have studied data from Asia and found some substantial links between the two conditions.

Preventing Alzheimer’s may not be as complicated as it seems. While scientists are looking into the benefits of doing daily crossword puzzles, getting enough exercise and developing memory techniques to prevent dementia from showing up, there may be other avenues. For part of the population, it could be as simple as preventing the spread of the herpes virus.

“HSV1 (a herpes virus) could account for 50% or more of Alzheimer’s disease cases,” says Professor Itzhaki, who has spent over 25 years at the University of Manchester investigating a potential link.

Itzhaki and his team studied data in Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database to come up with their findings.  

Related: Starting January, All Hospitals in the U.S Will Now Have to Post Price Lists Online

It was found that the risk of developing senile dementia is much greater in people who have suffered from a severe herpes infection.  And when these patients take anti-herpes antiviral medication, it causes a dramatic decrease in the number who develop dementia.

It must be said the not everyone who suffers from mild cold sores is at an increased dementia risk. The link between the two illnesses applies to those who have had a severe herpes outbreak. And it’s also restricted to people who carry a specific gene- APOE-ε4- researchers said.

Is a cure on the horizon? Maybe. At the very least, these new results present the prospect of developing an effective preventive treatment for at least some individuals.

The post Does Herpes Really Cause Alzheimer’s? appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
4 Best Products for a Safer Shower https://www.ratemds.com/blog/4-best-products-for-a-safer-shower/ Mon, 31 Dec 2018 09:00:34 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=183870 Grab bars, mats, chairs and steps all make the tub and shower a safer place to visit. Singing in the shower is fun. Worrying that you’re about to fall down though, is not. There are a variety of tools that can help you make your bathroom a safer place. You may find yourself in good health now, and preserving that for years to come is the goal. What steps can you take? Protect yourself before any accidents happen. Here are 4 products that could limit your risk while bathing, and give you peace of mind. 1) An Adjustable Shower Chair

The post 4 Best Products for a Safer Shower appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

Grab bars, mats, chairs and steps all make the tub and shower a safer place to visit.

Singing in the shower is fun. Worrying that you’re about to fall down though, is not. There are a variety of tools that can help you make your bathroom a safer place. You may find yourself in good health now, and preserving that for years to come is the goal.

What steps can you take? Protect yourself before any accidents happen. Here are 4 products that could limit your risk while bathing, and give you peace of mind.

1) An Adjustable Shower Chair

This shower accessory is for anyone who wishes to take control of bathing. Even if you are mobile, it can provide stability.

Good, solid grips on the legs provide a secure sit, and handles make it easy to stand up once you’re done. Available in a variety of styles.

Related: Meet the Deadly Bacterium That’s On Everyone’s Skin

2) A No-Slip Shower Floor Mat

Take away the uneasiness of standing in the tub. Available in a variety of sizes, a floor mat will suction to your tub or shower floor, and minimize your chance of slipping.

3) A Grab Bar

This device makes getting in and out of the tub or shower that much easier.

4) A Bath Step, With a Handle

Get in and out with confidence. This is like having a railing to grab onto as you step out of the tub. It makes the step over the edge of the tub’s side shorter, eliminating any struggles.

The post 4 Best Products for a Safer Shower appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
Phones That Make Calling Easier https://www.ratemds.com/blog/phones-make-calling-easier/ Fri, 28 Dec 2018 09:00:03 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=183881 Staying informed, up-to-date and in touch is simple with phones designed for seniors. Phoning friends and family is a great way to keep in touch. It doesn’t have the exact same allure as meeting in person does, but it’s the next best thing. (And sometimes, let’s face it- it’s even better!  You don’t have to do your hair, shave or get dressed to have a good time!) Of course, socializing isn’t where it stops. It’s also important to have easy access to a telephone for necessary communications, like making appointments. If you find your phone is hard to use because

The post Phones That Make Calling Easier appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

Staying informed, up-to-date and in touch is simple with phones designed for seniors.

Phoning friends and family is a great way to keep in touch. It doesn’t have the exact same allure as meeting in person does, but it’s the next best thing. (And sometimes, let’s face it- it’s even better!  You don’t have to do your hair, shave or get dressed to have a good time!)

Of course, socializing isn’t where it stops. It’s also important to have easy access to a telephone for necessary communications, like making appointments.

If you find your phone is hard to use because the keys are too small, making them hard to see and press, it could be time for a change. The good news is that there are many products on the market that can make calling and receiving calls easier. 

Related: Why Older Couples Laugh More

Investing in a device with large keys, such as these available on Amazon, could make all the difference. The keys are simpler to see, and some telephones come with photo memory buttons. This means you can press a photo of a person’s face to call them, without having to remember how you programmed your speed dial.

For cell phone users, senior-friendly versions are also available with larger buttons and easy-to-see screens.

Some cell phones are hearing-aid compatible, and come with enhanced volume features, so hearing your conversation partner is easier. An SOS button provides immediate connection with emergency services and family members. Staying independent and mobile doesn’t have to be an invitation for trouble.

Stay in touch!

The post Phones That Make Calling Easier appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
Yes, There’s a Link Between Caffeine and Your Menopause Symptoms https://www.ratemds.com/blog/yes-theres-link-caffeine-menopause-symptoms/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:00:20 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=183559 Feel like you’re jumping out of your skin? Try one less latte. Vasomotor symptoms: if you’re in the throws of menopause, you may be well acquainted with them. Vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes- they’ve all become enemies that you keep closer than your friends, whether you like it or not. Does what you eat and drink matter? Likely. The research on whether or not consuming a whole lot of coffee each day can make these better or worse is typically full of conflicting results. Some studies advise that you visit Starbucks more often and hang out for the afternoon,

The post Yes, There’s a Link Between Caffeine and Your Menopause Symptoms appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

Feel like you’re jumping out of your skin? Try one less latte.

Vasomotor symptoms: if you’re in the throws of menopause, you may be well acquainted with them. Vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes- they’ve all become enemies that you keep closer than your friends, whether you like it or not.

Does what you eat and drink matter? Likely. The research on whether or not consuming a whole lot of coffee each day can make these better or worse is typically full of conflicting results. Some studies advise that you visit Starbucks more often and hang out for the afternoon, while others preach that you avoid it like the plague.

Related: This Is How Being Overweight Increases Your Cancer Risk

According to the Mayo Clinic, you needn’t feel confused. A recent study, states Jacqueline M. Thielen, M.D., did find a solid link between increased caffeine consumption and suffering from postmenopausal vasomotor symptoms. Women who drink caffeinated beverages regularly in the form of coffee, tea or soda, were found to experience more of the physical side effects linked with menopause than premenopausal or perimenopausal women. In essence, reducing your intake of caffeine should reflect a decrease in the severity of your symptoms.

Of course, caffeine isn’t a problem for everyone. But if you find that your hot flashes are sending you through the roof, and you have a consistent caffeine intake, perhaps it’s time to cut back. Grab a glass of OJ and feel refreshed.

For more on treating the symptoms of menopause, click here.

The post Yes, There’s a Link Between Caffeine and Your Menopause Symptoms appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
Do You Have a Hard Time Hearing in a Crowd? It Could be Your Brain https://www.ratemds.com/blog/hard-time-hearing-in-a-crowd-it-could-be-your-brain/ Sun, 09 Dec 2018 09:00:35 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=183706 It isn’t necessarily hearing loss that’s causing your comprehension problems. You’re at a large party. The crowd is loud and you’re carrying on an interesting conversation with a colleague and you’d love to express your opinions… but there’s a problem: you can’t quite follow what the other person is saying. Do you finally need a hearing aid? Maybe, but maybe not. For some, a situation like this could be a warning sign that hearing loss has begun. For others,  the problem lies in the brain. A study done by researchers from the University of Maryland concluded that sometimes people with

The post Do You Have a Hard Time Hearing in a Crowd? It Could be Your Brain appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

It isn’t necessarily hearing loss that’s causing your comprehension problems.

You’re at a large party. The crowd is loud and you’re carrying on an interesting conversation with a colleague and you’d love to express your opinions… but there’s a problem: you can’t quite follow what the other person is saying. Do you finally need a hearing aid?

Maybe, but maybe not. For some, a situation like this could be a warning sign that hearing loss has begun. For others,  the problem lies in the brain.

A study done by researchers from the University of Maryland concluded that sometimes people with normal hearing have trouble processing what they hear.

Related: Is Hot Coffee Healthier Than Cold Brew?

And listening amidst significant background noise doesn’t make things any easier.

Why does this occur? The phenomenon takes place in older adults when the auditory cortex in the brain ceases to work well. Basically, the brain has more trouble processing speech. The ears can hear it, but the brain takes a while to kick in and tell you what’s being said.

What can you do to make things better? If you feel that your hearing is fine but you can’t quite follow along, experts suggest you ask the speaker to slow down. Have them speak more clearly. You can also help matters by making sure you can see the speaker without distraction. This way your visual system can pick up what your brain’s auditory system is lacking.

To treat any hearing loss, visit your doctor and have it tested.

The post Do You Have a Hard Time Hearing in a Crowd? It Could be Your Brain appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
Fighting Alzheimer’s With HIV Cocktails: a New Future? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/fighting-alzheimers-with-hiv-cocktails-a-new-future/ Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:00:49 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=183526 The relative absence of Alzheimer’s disease in aging HIV patients on antiretroviral medication suggests this could be the case. It once seemed like treating HIV would never happen. Those diagnosed with the disease would certainly die from it, and sooner rather than later. But that’s all changed. With medications and antiretroviral therapies that really work, science has worked its way towards keeping the health problems associated with the dreaded illness at bay. People can now live productive lives with a positive diagnosis, for many years. And the same future could exist for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, someday. A study

The post Fighting Alzheimer’s With HIV Cocktails: a New Future? appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

The relative absence of Alzheimer’s disease in aging HIV patients on antiretroviral medication suggests this could be the case.

It once seemed like treating HIV would never happen. Those diagnosed with the disease would certainly die from it, and sooner rather than later. But that’s all changed. With medications and antiretroviral therapies that really work, science has worked its way towards keeping the health problems associated with the dreaded illness at bay. People can now live productive lives with a positive diagnosis, for many years.

And the same future could exist for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, someday.

A study conducted by scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) has found that the gene associated with Alzheimer’s, called APP, is recombined using the same type of enzyme found in HIV. Basically, this means the two sicknesses have something in common at a genetic level.

Related: Annoyed? Don’t Sweat It. You’ll Preserve Your Brain Health

Gene recombination is something that goes wrong in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists involved in the study believe that existing FDA-approved antiretroviral therapies for HIV might be able to halt the recombination process when it comes to dementia and could be a possible treatment.

“Today’s discovery is a step forward — but there is so much that we still don’t know,” says Jerold Chun, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the paper and senior VP of Neuroscience Drug Discovery at SBP.  “We hope to evaluate gene recombination in more brains, in different parts of the brain and involving other recombined genes-in Alzheimer’s disease as well as other neurodegenerative and neurological diseases-and (to) use this knowledge to design effective therapies targeting gene recombination.”

Experts are calling Alzheimer’s disease a public health crisis. Its cause remains unknown, and there’s no meaningful treatment.

Nearly six million people in the U.S. are living with the disease. This is expected to reach 14 million by 2060.

The post Fighting Alzheimer’s With HIV Cocktails: a New Future? appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>
Annoyed? Don’t Sweat It. You’ll Preserve Your Brain Health https://www.ratemds.com/blog/annoyed-dont-sweat-it-youll-preserve-your-brain-health/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:41:29 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=183534 Adults over 75 could benefit from a less stressful daily life. New research is confirming what we already know: don’t get your back up. When it comes to problems, it’s better to take it easy than to get all worked up. Researchers from Oregon State University have found that taking daily annoyances in stride can help to preserve your brain health, if you’re over 75. “These results confirm that people’s daily emotions and how they respond to their stressors play an important role in cognitive health,” said Robert Stawski, an associate professor in OSU and the study’s lead author. “It’s

The post Annoyed? Don’t Sweat It. You’ll Preserve Your Brain Health appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>

Adults over 75 could benefit from a less stressful daily life.

New research is confirming what we already know: don’t get your back up. When it comes to problems, it’s better to take it easy than to get all worked up.

Researchers from Oregon State University have found that taking daily annoyances in stride can help to preserve your brain health, if you’re over 75.

“These results confirm that people’s daily emotions and how they respond to their stressors play an important role in cognitive health,” said Robert Stawski, an associate professor in OSU and the study’s lead author.

“It’s not the stressor itself that contributes to mental declines but how a person responds that affects the brain.”

During the study, researchers followed 111 older adults, ranging in age from 65 to 95, for 2½ years.

Related: Strange but True: How Llama Blood Could Cure All Flu

The participants completed a series of cognitive assessments for 6 days, every six months. They were asked about daily stressors and to rate how they felt about them. They also completed cognitive tasks that assessed for dementia risk.

It was found that people in their late 60s to mid-70s did better on the test if they actually reported more stressors in their daily life.

For the oldest participants aged mid-70s to mid-90s however, this contributed to worsening cognitive function.

“These relatively younger participants may have a more active lifestyle to begin with… which could sharpen their mental functioning,” Stawski said.

For those in the older bracket though, it could be different.

“We can’t get rid of daily stressors completely,” Stawski said. “But endowing people with the skills to weather stressors when they happen could pay dividends in cognitive health.”

For more on the study, click here.

The post Annoyed? Don’t Sweat It. You’ll Preserve Your Brain Health appeared first on RateMDs Health News.

]]>