Most people think that doctors possess supernatural powers, that they can locate pain and its severity by one look at the patient. Unfortunately, this is not true. A doctor will not understand your agony unless you speak it out. Elderly patients often refrain from explaining the nature and depth of their pain. Some patients forget to talk about their problems. Others think that the pain they are experiencing is not worth revealing. Unfortunately, their reluctance can lead to misdiagnosis, or ignoring the symptoms of serious diseases. It is therefore necessary to bridge the communication gap between patients and doctors.
Most patients are hesitant or embarrassed to state their problems. Some do not know how to express their agony in clear terms. The difficulty is that a symptom or pain cannot be treated unless the doctor clearly understands how it is adversely affecting your life. Continue reading Bridge the communication gap with your doctor
As we become old, we start expecting a variety of problems, and when they occur, we throw our hands up in the air and give up, thinking that nothing can be done to relieve the imminent pain. Most often than not, pain relief is possible and long lasting too, mostly because not all symptoms faced by the elderly are caused by the ageing process. Continue reading Effective Pain relief for common ailments
Laughter is the elixir of life, it is said to be the best medicine. And what more, it is for free. Laughter is known to cure diseases, bring about miracles in people’s lives. Laughter makes us feel better, reduces stress levels, generates a warm fuzzy feeling, and takes our mind off negative thoughts and events. A good hearty laughter touches our emotional core and brings out the child in us. We begin to see things more clearly, without judgments, without pain. Laughter ignites our creativity and our power to heal. The mind has infinite power to change and adapt, to heal and cure. Laughter can set the mind free.
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Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine originating from the Indian subcontinent, developed more than thousands of years ago, and has eight branches for different fields of medicine. The word Ayurveda is a combination of ayus meaning life and veda meaning knowledge. Ayurveda therefore means knowledge of life, in terms of body, organs, senses, mind and soul.
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Health screening tests are used to detect whether any individual is suffering from a disease or is likely to develop a health problem. Regular health check ups are particularly necessary for elderly citizens, since they are at a higher risk of developing old-age related ailments. Early detection of a disease or finding disease-creating symptoms can be vital for preventing, curing and reducing severity of the disease.
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Of all human needs, companionship is the most important necessity for a happy, contented life. We are all social beings requiring interaction with other people at a variety of levels. We tend to perform better when placed in a group, rather than left alone. Our relationships address our different needs, be it social, emotional, physical or spiritual. Social isolation can lead to depression, and even cause diseases such as cancer, chronic pain or heart problems. Knowing that we have someone in this whole world to call upon, lean on, chat with or trust can help us live long, healthy lives.
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Aromatherapy, as the name suggests, is a healing procedure using natural aromatic oils derived from plants. This alternative therapy technique pleases the senses, and is therefore enjoyable.
The oils used for aromatherapy, are quite concentrated and fragrant. The essence is distilled from flowers, leaves or root of a plant. Each essential oil serves a specific purpose. For example, oil derived from rose or lavender is used to calm, relax and rejuvenate a person. It can also reduce depression, alleviate pain, remove congestion, and heal stiff joints or muscles.
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Elderly people often feel unwanted, lonely, secluded and unloved, partly due to their ageing body and mind. However, the main reason for their depression is that they spend a majority of time at home, away from friends and new experiences. Instead of sulking in self-created distress, the elderly can participate in a variety of activities, and learn new skills, even if they are suffering from any physical or mental disability. In fact, when elderly people keep themselves occupied by group activities of any kind, they can reap huge physical, mental and psychological benefits.
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Just as regular physical exercise is required for a healthy, fit and strong body; mental exercise is essential to retain and even enhance cognitive powers for elderly citizens. Ageing is usually associated with several physical and mental disabilities, reducing the general quality of life for the elderly. Although these disabilities cannot be completely avoided, their occurrence can be significantly delayed. Mental problems such as lethargic thinking, memory loss, reduced cognition, absentmindedness, poor judgment and childish behavior are quite common. Severe mental illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and amnesia can spoil any chances of living a long, healthy and happy life.
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Massage therapy is used to alleviate body pain and joint aches for elderly citizens. It systematically manipulates the different soft tissues of the body including the muscles, organs and tendons. Geriatric massage is specifically designed for senior citizens, involving tender, gentle strokes suitable for an aging body. Senior’s massage targets mainly the hands and legs, where majority of the pain is located, and requires very little movement from the elderly.
Geriatric massages include stimulating, loving movements such as rubbing, tapping, rolling, pressing, kneading and feather touch. The main purpose of a massage is to relax each and every part of the body, which in turn alleviates the pain. Massage therapy has several benefits, and no side effects. Massage significantly reduces anxiety and lowers stress-generating hormones. It can diminish stiffness of the body, and eliminate fatigue, depression and insomnia. Frequent massage can increase immunity, especially for HIV patients, and rid the body of toxic waste. Toxic substances, such as lactic and uric acid present within the muscles, are released and ejected from the body. Massage therapy increases blood circulation by warming up the body using repetitive strokes.
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