Health Articles Category: Geriatric Care

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) turned... Read more

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a common injury in our aging population. Because they can be devastating for a person who already has several other health problems, it is best to take steps to avoid fractures. “In the older population, you have to be very honest with yourselves... Read more

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 right... Read more

Hearing Aid Picks Up Good Vibrations

A Baha device picks up good vibrations – and helps patients with hearing loss hear again. “A Baha device is like a bolt that’s placed into the back part of your skull, in your hair, so that nobody can see it,” says Adam S. Morgan, MD, otolaryngologist... Read more

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 Wellness... Read more

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 (problems... Read more

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 not... Read more

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 event... Read more

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 ways... Read more

Rehab Reduces Risk of Repeat Fractures

Broken bones heal, but they can break again. The older generation is particularly at risk. Patients with osteoporosis have low bone density, which means that if they fall, they are more likely to break a bone either once or repeatedly. Patrick R. Knight, MD To prevent broken bones... Read more

Replace Your Joint, Reclaim Your Life

No more pain. No more stiffness. No more sitting out. Joint replacement surgery offers all these things and more. That’s why patients are saying yes – they want to reclaim their active, pain-free lives. At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision, more patients... Read more

Replacement Recovery Takes Joint Effort

Recovering from a joint replacement surgery is not a one-person job. “The most important aspect of a patient’s recovery is their support system – their family, friends and coaches that are going to be in the hospital with them,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint... Read more

Saint Francis Earns Blue Distinction Honors

Saint Francis Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Saint Francis is one of only six facilities in Missouri to receive the spine... Read more

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 the... Read more

Take Steps to Be Safe Before Taking Steps

Accidents happen. People fall and break their bones. Follow this advice to reduce your risk – and possibly prevent falls completely. Patients with medical conditions that cause imbalance should see their physician for medication, physical therapy and assistive devices (e.g., walkers and canes) to help them keep... Read more


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