Health Page Archive: Geriatric Care

In the Pool with Arthritis 

If you suffer from arthritis, Arthritis Aquatics classes at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus may be the perfect way for you to find relief from your pain. “The water’s buoyancy takes pressure off your joints,” says Sandy Duncan, MSA, ACSM, EP-C, manager for Health and ...
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Exercising Seniors Need Strength, Not Pain

For seniors who want to begin an exercise program, there is one important rule to keep in mind: If it hurts, do not do it. “Older adults sometimes remember exercises they were able to do in their younger years and try to return to those activities ...
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Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a form of dementia that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families. It is sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease because it causes similar symptoms. While every person is different, the main symptoms of LBD are: Progressive dementia ...
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Symptoms of Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of your joints. The most common early symptoms include: Fatigue – Before you experience the typical pain and stiffness, you may feel tired and generally ill. Morning stiffness – “When people with RA wake up in ...
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A Heart Procedure that is the Right Fit for Older Patients

When doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center recommended a surgical procedure to repair Lottie Meese’s heart valve, her daughter Kim Buehler was a little apprehensive. She wondered whether her 92-year-old mother would be able to withstand any type of procedure. But the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) ...
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Manage Arthritis in the Morning

If you suffer from rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, you should start moving as soon as you wake up in the morning. “People with arthritis wake up with stiff joints,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They will experience flare-ups if they do ...
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National Senior Health & Fitness Day 

WANTED: individuals 50 years and older. Join us for two hours of fun activities at Fitness Plus for National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Get ready to kick up your heels and have some fun on Tuesday, May 5, from 10 am to noon. The ...
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Prevent Falls at Home

Each year, one out of every three older adults experiences a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While icy weather is certainly a culprit, many of these falls occur at home – and can often be prevented. Here are seven ...
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Wounds Heal Slower With High Blood Sugar

If you have diabetes, you know you are at risk for many serious health problems if you do not control your blood sugar levels. One problem many diabetics face is slow wound healing. “There are many reasons why uncontrolled diabetes can affect your body’s ability to ...
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