Hearing loss is not a minor issue. One-third of Americans 65 to 74 years of age and 47 percent of those 75 and older suffer from hearing loss. Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most common treatable health issue behind arthritis and hypertension. There are many treatments-hearing aids, certain medicines, or surgery.
Muttville is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. Also, on January 31, 2013, local decision makers, health advocates, and other community leaders will convene in Millbrae to discuss the future of senior health in San Mateo County.
Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and manage diabetes.
Taking too many drugs such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) products, herbs and supplements can cause poor medication results, but there are steps seniors can follow to prevent medical harm. Pharmacies, federal and state government programs, and even the drug companies themselves offer programs to offset the high costs of drugs. Learn where you can go for low cost prescriptions.
Did you know that one in three older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, you can help them reduce their risk of falling. Sept. 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), sponsored by our Falls Free© Initiative. This year, 46 states, DC, and Puerto Rico will be hosting health fairs, falls risk screenings, and other events to educate older adults about this critical health issue. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, you can help them reduce their risk of falling. Sept. 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), sponsored by our Falls Free© Initiative.