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Aging Eyes Play Role In Many Diseases According To Study

BridgeToCloudMany of us become aware of vision changes in our early to mid-40s, when we find, as my mother used to say, that “the print in the newspaper keeps getting smaller.” What’s happening, of course, is presbyopia. As the eye ages, the lens of the eye gradually loses its ability to focus on close objects, thus the prevalence of reading glasses in our mid-years. 

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Managing Diabetes Helps Prevent Cognitive Decline

BlueberriesHugeAn article on the UCSF website reports on a 9-year long study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study enrolled 3,069 adults over 70 at two community clinics in Memphis, TN and Pittsburgh, PA beginning in 1997. All the patients provided periodic blood samples and took regular cognitive tests over time. 

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Breaking the Sacred Promise: It’s Time for a Nursing Home

WomanRainyWindowIt’s something many of us have done. Our parents are in their middle years and have come home from visiting someone in a nursing home. The hospital-like structure of the older nursing home was disturbing to them. While relating their experience to you they say that they’d hate to end up in a place like that. You jump in and say with feeling and genuine belief, “I’d never put you in a nursing home!”

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Transitioning Care from Family to Facility

SadWomanMost people are aware that transition to facility care may be hard on elders but many don’t realize that it can be hard on caregivers, too. We’ve tried our best but our best is no longer enough. Irrational as it may seem to others, at this stage we may feel like we’ve failed.

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Why Does My Aging Parent Sleep All Day?

Dandelion_210571...Daytime sleeping only becomes a problem when an elder spends the majority of the day dozing in a chair rather than engaging in life. People with dementia seem especially prone to this type of daytime sleeping, sometimes losing interest in meals and even failing to notice that they need to use the bathroom.

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Spouse Continues Unhealthy Lifestyle Even After Diabetes Diagnosis

Dear Carol: My husband has Type 2 diabetes and refuses to take care of himself. He’s overweight and is haphazard about taking his medications. He eats what he wants without a thought toward his disease. I try to cook healthy meals aimed at his needs but he complains and wants his old favorites. I try to get him to go for walks so that he gets some exercise but he’s always got an excuse. 

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How To Help Older People Live With Vision Problems

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), older adults represent the majority of the visually impaired population, with visual impairment included among the 10 most prevalent causes of disability in the U.S.

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Managing Diabetes Prevents Cognitive Decline According to Study

An article on the UCSF website reports on a 9-year long study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study enrolled 3,069 adults over 70 at two community clinics in Memphis, TN and Pittsburgh, PA beginning in 1997. All the patients provided periodic blood samples and took regular cognitive tests over time. 

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January Is Eye Health Awareness Month

Many of the readers on Minding Our Elders are aware of the importance of eye health as we age. However, it's easy to become passive when it comes to a painless sight stealer like glaucoma. The National Eye Institute wants us to remember:

Each year in January, Glaucoma Awareness Month is observed and the National Eye Institute (NEI) National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) continues educating to the adult population on the topic of glaucoma and eye health to avoid blindness.  Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals to the brain. It can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of this disease. Adults age 40 and older and everyone age 60 and older are at higher risk and should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every 1  GAM_Infocard_Page_2to 2 years.
 

 

 

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9-Year Study Shows Preventing or Managing Diabetes Lowers Alzheimer's Risk

As far back as 2006, the New York Times was reporting on the deepening link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, new results from a study led by researchers from the University of California San Francisco show that there is a link between the risk of cognitive decline and the severity of diabetes. 

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