ElderCarelink Blog

Elders’ heart health and exercise: What’s the connection?

by Dorian Martin
November 28th, 2012 at 10:10 am

So how important is exercise for elders? Studies make a connection between physical activity and heart health in seniors. A new study out of the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine found that older adults who regularly get moderate physical activity are less likely to have biological indicators of heart failure. And it doesn’t require seniors to run half-marathons — the benefits can come from typical exercise like walking five times a week for 30 minutes.

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4 tips for patients, caregivers with limited English

by Dorian Martin
November 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hospitals can be very confusing places for anybody, but one can only imagine how difficult they can be for someone who has limited or no proficiency in English. The machines, the doctors coming in at odd times for examinations, the nursing staff coming in to adjust the tubes entering the patient’s body — all of these things may cause additional stress for both the patient and the caregiver who can’t really understand English.

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Tips for caregivers: how to talk to doctors

by Dorian Martin
November 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Early in my caregiving role for Mom, I really didn’t know what to ask health care personnel about her condition. Often when I’d accompany her to doctor’s appointments, the physician would come in, take some readings (blood pressure, heart rate), check her lungs, say a sentence or two to us, and then leave. One particular pulmonologist rarely stayed more than three minutes with Mom.

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Balanced diet: brain food for elders

by Dorian Martin
November 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am

My mother had a sweet tooth. Mom’s diet would regularly include sweet food, whether it was a doughnut for breakfast, fruit-flavored yogurt for lunch, a sugar-laden dressing on top of her dinner salad or a cookie for dessert. While she was able to stay slim for most of her life, this type of diet may actually have harmed her brain’s health.

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