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Simple Solutions to Ease Your Back Pain

Back pain like you're experiencing is very common; the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that during a three-month period around 25 percent of Americans experience at least one bout of back pain. Following some simple steps can greatly reduce or completely eliminate your suffering.

Get Moving

Regular exercise can help you eliminate the pain. Bending forward in exercises reduces pressure on the nerves in your back and strengthens your core for greater support of your spine. Bending backwards allows you to develop the muscles in your spine, further reducing pain. At a loss of how to start with exercising? Try Tai Chi! The poses employ extensive bending and have the added benefit of deep-breathing and relaxation techniques to help you cope with chronic pain.

Watch Your Body Alignment

Your mother's advice to stand up straight had wisdom; slouching causes compression on the spine, exacerbating back pain. If your job or another activity makes it necessary to stand up for long periods, find something that you can rest your foot on as you stand. When you sit, make sure your hips and knees remain level and that your chair hasRead More

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5 Tips for Living with Multiple Sclerosis

It’s always difficult to find out you have a chronic disease like multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately, it’s not a curable disease, but new treatments for M.S. are being developed all the time and existing medications can help prevent progression of this sometimes unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.

The good news? If you have multiple sclerosis, there are ways to tackle the challenges of living with this disease. Simple lifestyle changes can make a difference in how you deal with the daily problems people experience with multiple sclerosis. Here are some tips for living life fully with a diagnosis of M.S.

1. Having multiple sclerosis is stressful because the symptoms are so unpredictable. You may feel relatively normal one day and have a relapse the next that makes it hard to get around. It’s important to reduce your stress level as much as possible. Hiring a home helper or someone to assist with chores can help lift some of the daily burdens of home life. Other ways to deal with stress are enrolling in yoga classes or signing up for massage therapy or relaxation therapy. Joining a local support group or an online multiple sclerosis forumRead More

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Canes

Difficulty with mobility is a reality of the aging process, but armed with a bit of knowledge, you can assist your loved ones to retain their independence for as long as possible. Each individual is different, but when your loved one is beginning to experience instability while walking, it may be time to consider choosing an appropriate mobility aid as slips and falls in older individuals can result in serious injury. Walking aids may be divided into three broad categories: canes, walkers and rollators. For many individuals, the first mobility aid purchased is also the simplest: the cane. However, there are a wide number of cane types, and there are a number of considerations in choosing which cane is most helpful. A canes is most appropriate for individuals who are experiencing some minor difficulty walking. It provides some measure of stability, but is not appropriate for individuals who are already at serious risk of falling. Canes are better suited for those who experience some leg or joint weakness or pain, as weight can be redistributed to the cane instead of the less stable leg. The choice of a cane is a highly individualized process, and if you are assistingRead More

How to Prevent the Long-Term Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes affects 7 out of every 100 Americans, and many are unaware that they have this disease. Diabetes is more than just a short-term problem where blood sugars climb too high; diabetes can lead to serious complications that shorten lifespan. The most common complications are heart disease, blood vessel disease, kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic nerve damage. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of developing these long-term complications of diabetes – so you can live a longer and healthier life with diabetes.

Long-Term Complications of Diabetes: Factors You Can’t Control

Unfortunately, there are factors you can’t control when it comes to warding off diabetic complications. If you’ve had diabetes for a long time or were diagnosed at a young age, you’re more at risk for developing complications. Genetics play a role too. If you have a family history of heart disease and you have diabetes, your risk of heart-related complications will be higher. If you’ve had diabetes for many years, and your sugars have not been well-controlled, this also increases the risk of diabetes complications.

Preventing Diabetic Complications: Factors You Can Control

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Whether or not to move parents to assisted living?

When elderly parents have an illness or a serious fall, you may find that you will have to temporarily leave your current situation to take care of them. Seniors that live independently but have health issues are walking on a perilous tightrope. It's a fragile situation that can change in a blink of an eye. You may find that they cannot manage on their own anymore.

Making the decision to go into an assisted care facility is never an easy one. If your parents are like most, they don't even want to discuss the topic. However, sometimes a sudden crisis or accident can catapult this topic into the forefront. What can make things a little easier for the caregiver are services that help find the appropriate assisted living centers. There are assisted living referral agencies that have trained professionals that can link you to the facility that best suits your parents' needs. These agencies are free for your use and are paid by the assisted living facilities when your parents sign up with them.

Once the decision to move to an assisted care apartment is made, the next task is to figure out what needs toRead More

Preventing Falls

The main threat to an elderly person's life is not disease or illness, it's falls. A simple fall can be detrimental. Fractures or internal damage to muscles and tissues can occur.  A study in Canada showed that over a 9-year period, the second cause of hospitalization for women were falls (Wilkins,1999). In 1996-1997, around 132,000 people age 65 or older had a serious injury due to a fall. That represented about 4% of the total household senior population.  The majority of these accidents occurred in the home or nearby. Arms and hands were most commonly broken, with hips coming in third.

There are numerous ways to prevent falls. One is to exercise regularly. Joining a tai chi program is beneficial because it will strengthen muscles and promote good balance. Doing any type of activity that develops the core muscles and improves your center of gravity is helpful.

Another thing you can do is safety-proof your home. Remove obstacles such as rugs and clutter that can cause you to trip. Hallways and living areas should be well lit. Try lowering the clothes hanging in closets or kitchen items that you commonly use, so you won’t have toRead More