Category Archives: Meds and Remedies

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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.

Home Remedies for the Removal of Brown Spots on Skin

Brown spots on the skin can be alarming for most 55 and over seniors. They appear on your face, back, arms and neck. Some spots are common and may disappear after the application of certain creams and lotions. However, age spots, which appear with the aging process, are not that easy to get rid of. So, how can you get rid of these unwanted spots on your skin? Some home remedies are provided below that may help take away the spots.

5 Benefits of Drinking Chamomile Tea before Bed

Most often, with the advancement of age, we all have trouble sleeping. I, too have this problem. I have tried just about everything I could think of from acupuncture to aromatherapy, and just about anything anyone has told me to try. However, nothing worked for me until the day someone told me to try drinking chamomile tea before bed. That night, I slept like a newborn baby. I did some research about the benefits of drinking chamomile tea, and I thought I should share the information I got with my readers. Here are five benefits of drinking chamomile tea before bed.

Soursop – The Cancer Killer we Never Knew About…

I have heard many stories about various fruits and vegetables that reduce the risk of cancer. So, when a friend told me about this cancer-fighting fruit called soursop, and to add it to my breakfast routine, I wondered a bit as to why she was insistent on this fruit being such a good preventer of cancer. I was also a bit curious as to why if it was so good, that we don’t hear much about this wonder-fruit. As is the usual case, I conducted a little research and came up with a few facts, which I decided has to be shared with you, my readers. 

How can Seniors Sleep through the Night

The older you get the more difficult it becomes to sleep through the night. Insomnia has become an epidemic and many adults, over the age of 50, suffer with insomnia. We, as older adults, require approximately 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Why do I highlight the word, “uninterrupted” is because most of us get up at various times during the night to visit the bathroom! There are two reasons why we cannot sleep properly in the night. This could be because we nap often during the day or because we tend to sleep earlier and earlier and wake up earlier as a result. So, bottom line is, you and I both need some much needed sleep. What do we do?

Problems that Occur with Inadequate Sleep

A whole load of problems, health-wise, can crop up because of sleep deprivation. Inadequate sleep can increase our risk of heart disease, diabetes, stress, lower immunity and more. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University also concluded that sleep deprivation can also take away our independence as we age. According to this study, researchers found that sleep deprived women who were monitored over half a decade, were more likely to be placed in nursing homes within those five years. Sleep deprivation also increases our risk of dementia and can cause mobility issues. Sleep deprivation can also increase our risk of obesity. It is stated that people who sleep less than six hours have a higher than average body mass index (BMI). This coupled with lack of exercise and the consumption of wrong foods raises our risk considerably. So, the question remains, what do we do about sleep deprivation?

Home Remedies for Indigestion in the Elderly

Indigestion is a frequent and common occurrence among the elderly. Burping, gas and bloating can be extremely discomforting and is usually a sign of something that you ate that does not agree with you. Most often, there are several remedies for indigestion in our homes. If you do not have any remedies in your kitchen to treat indigestion, a visit to the grocery store may be necessary as the ingredients can be purchased there. Most home remedies for indigestion are safe, effective and affordable. However, due to your advanced age, we suggest that you consider medical advice if symptoms of indigestion progress.