Category Archives: Meds and Remedies

Dental Problems Faced by 55 Plus Seniors

As a senior, you may be at risk for a number of dental problems. These problems, most often, do not stem from lack of oral hygiene, but from other factors. Your dental problems are very different from the dental problems you would have experienced in the past. Therefore, it is recommended you visit a dentist at least, once every three months. Early diagnosis of the problem can ensure a quick recovery. Below are six dental problems you need to stay alert to in your senior years.

Gum Recession

This occurs when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away. This problem exposes more than normal amounts of the teeth, sometimes even the tooth’s root. Gums recede for a number of reasons. These are bacterial gum infections, aggressive brushing of teeth, insufficient dental care, genes, and grinding and clenching teeth, etc. Your dentist may be able to treat mild gum recession by deeply cleaning the affected area. However, you may require surgery if deep cleaning is not an option.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is a naturally occurring substance that helps us keep our mouths moist and also enable in the digestion process. Saliva also enables us to keep our mouths free of bacteria and fungi infections. Dry mouth occurs when there is insufficient saliva in the mouth. Most often, dry mouth is a side effect of a medication. Medication for pain, anxiety, allergies, urinary incontinence, Parkinson’s diseases, etc. cause dry mouth. Chemotherapy too causes dry mouth. Dry mouth increases the risk of developing cavities and gum disease, and also causes bad breath. If you think this condition is because of your medications, speak with your doctor about your concerns. If the doctor approves a change of medication, you can also consider an oral rinse which will help add moisture to your mouth.

Denture-Induced Stomatitis

This is a fungal infection of the oral mucosa, causing inflammation, in the area covered by a denture. This usually occurs if you wear ill-fitting, unclean dentures. Denture-induced stomatitis requires medical attention. Therefore, you should consult your dentist and rinse with a medicated mouthwash as per the dentist’s instructions. Keep in mind, you need to remove the dentures every night before you go to bed and clean your dentures thoroughly to avoid fungal build-up.

Periodontitis

This is commonly known as gum disease. This is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Most often, periodontitis is caused by poor oral hygiene which causes plaque build-up on the teeth. Scaling and root-planting can be considered to treat periodontitis and restore the teeth.

Seniors suffer from oral problems because of various factors that may not be related to poor oral hygiene. A weakened immune system, due to the aging process, increases the risk of various dental problems. In addition, brushing and flossing your teeth may be a challenging task, especially if you suffer from diseases such as arthritis.

If you have trouble brushing your teeth, consider the purchase of an electric toothbrush and a floss-holder. This will help you to maintain good oral hygiene in order to avoid dental problems, such as the above. Regular visits to your dentist too can help protect your mouth from diseases.

Home Remedies for Back Pain

Nothing ruins a good day than a gnawing backache.  Chronic back pain can be a major discomfort, and rather debilitating for some, especially for those who are past 55+ age.  Your back pain could be because you lifted something heavy in the wrong manner or twisted your back playing golf. It could also be a symptom of some other underlying illness.  Whatever the cause there are several home remedies that can provide relief for this situation.  However, we strongly advise that you consider the advice of a doctor if the back pain persists for longer than one week and is accompanied by numbness in the legs or loss of bowel or bladder control.  Here are some simple remedies that can help relieve back pain that is mild and resulting mainly from a muscle strain.

How to Ease Arthritis Pain, Naturally

Approximately one in five American adults is diagnosed with arthritis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states arthritis is one of the main causes of disability in American seniors. The CDC further estimates the number of people suffering from arthritis will rise to 67 million by 2030. This ailment can cause extreme discomfort and pain. There are several different types of arthritis and the cause depends on what type you are affected with. This condition which affects the joints occurs due to wear and tear of cartilage, lack of synovial fluid that nourishes the joints and cartilage, or due to infection, autoimmunity and a combination of many factors. Arthritis affects you in different ways. The severity and length of pain depend on the type you are affected with. However, pain is the main factor. So, what do you do? How can you overcome arthritis pain? Arthritis medication can be extremely costly. Therefore, you should consider a few natural remedies that may help overcome the pain.

Home Remedies for Senior Health

With the staggering health care costs and evidence of long term side effects of certain medications, the trend towards adopting natural home remedies is gaining more and more popularity these days.  These can be easily made at home with natural ingredients from your own backyard or grocery store.  Home remedies have been in use for hundreds of thousands of years.  There are a myriad of home remedies that have been known to cure various illnesses.  Below are four home remedies that are effective in helping with common ailments that afflict the elderly.

Ordering Your Medicines Online

Are You Ordering Your Meds Online?

Having your prescription Meds ordered online can be useful for active adults

Active adults often rely on prescription Meds more than any other age group. According to the HealthCare Financing Agency, about 89% of older adults use one or more prescription drugs. It also states that on average active adults spend around $700 to $800 on prescription Meds monthly. Ordering prescription Meds online can save time and sometimes money, but you need to be careful. You need to safeguard your finances and health with simple measures before you opt for ordering Meds online. Buying online Meds is relatively easy. The point, click and buy. Active adults already do it for books, groceries, tickets and even cars. You can buy prescription meds online through a pharmacy or by mail order offered by your health insurance. Before you buy Medicines online, here are some essential dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Alzheimer’s Dementia

Should You Take a Memory Test When Going Past 55?

Have you noticed any signs of starting to forget things more often than before? It is common for people to lose their ability to remember things. Memory loss is gradual and is due to the loss of more brain cells than the ones being newly produced. Misplacing items like keys, your mobile phone or eyeglasses are common signs. Inability or difficulty to recall names of people or places you know and forgetting important appointments or tasks is not uncommon among people when they get older. Have you faced such situations? Are these situations becoming more frequent?

Don’t worry. It may be due to normal aging. But it may be a good idea to take a memory test as there are more serious illnesses and other causes linked to memory loss. Many of these illnesses can be treated to cure, minimize the effects or delay the progress. There are memory tests that can help to diagnose Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that are serious conditions causing older people to lose memory and other brain functions.

Are the Blues Making You Lose Sleep?

Experts recommend adults get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, but how many of us are still lying awake counting sheep? I personally don’t recall the last time I slept in, and it seems like today’s society is all about how much one can get done in a day with sleep deprivation almost becoming a bragging right. Not only are we trying to burn the candle at both ends, but technology is actually sabotaging the ability to wind down, and switch our brains to the off position.

Settling down at night with an e-reader or surfing the net may sound benign, but research has shown that the “blue” light emitted from our devices actually stimulates the brain into wake mode having a profound effect on sleep patterns. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for a healthy sleep rhythm, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, is naturally released into the body as the sun sets. An article published by Harvard University found people losing sleep from night time lighting particularly blue light, had an increased risk of pre-diabetes, obesity, and lower levels of melatonin.

Keeping Track of Medications in Senior Years

Studies show that seniors take two to seven prescription drugs a day. For many older adults, keeping track of all these medications can be quite a challenge. However, it is vital that all these medications be taken as prescribed. Here are a few tips on how you can keep track of your medications.