Little Physical Activity for Seniors Prevents Heart Disease

Senior Doing Some Push Ups

Senior Doing Some Push Ups

According to the new United States study, elderly people who found it difficult in getting around, they can do the simple household activities than doing nothing at all to have better heart health.


Over the 10-year period, scientists profiled risk of heart diseases in senior citizens; Further it was seen that the more active they are – no matter what the intensity is – the risk reduces.

Senior author of the study Thomas Buford of University of Florida in Gainesville said, “If you can spend less of your time being sedentary and just incorporate more activity – even light activity – in your day that can translate to benefits.”


According to the researchers of this study, physical activity is among the best ways to improve the heart health along with lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and its associated complications.

According to Buford, many studies recommend physical activities in the older people that are of vigorous intensity, but for the people who have trouble in getting up and moving around, these activities become very unrealistic.

For this research, data were utilized from national trial that formerly checked the affect of physical activity in the older adults of age between 70 and 89 years having problem with moving and retaining their positions.

The study found that among 1,170 participants about 77 percent of the people spent their time without much physical activity. The study found that being inactive in a day increases the risk of heart disease by one percent.

It’s important for seniors to take care of their health and do what it takes to prolong their lives. Little physical activity can go a long way!

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The Most Common Diseases in Seniors

Arthritis

Arthritis

When people get older, time is usually spent to relax after all the hard work in the previous years. Unfortunately, some seniors are diagnosed with a disease that may make relaxing a difficult task.

Here are some common senior diseases:

Arthritis

It involves damage to the joints in the human body and is seen most often in elderly patients. The most common complaint reported for this type of arthritis is pain and suffering in the area. Although it can be confined to one area, there are also cases where it gets worse, spreading to different locations.

Alzheimer’s

Another common illness seen in senior citizens is Alzheimer’s. This is the most widespread form of dementia, and is, unfortunately, incurable. Although there is no known cure for alzheimer’s, there are some known causes which include poor cardiovascular health, poor dietary intake, and lack of intellectual stimulation.

Heart Failure

This is simply the state where the blood is not pumped in adequate amounts to satisfy the needs of the body. There are a number of underlying causes for this illness and they include hypertension, obesity, valve problems, and heart attacks.

Cancer

It is another problem seen in the elderly and it is the unrestrained growth of certain cells in the body. Sometimes this involves the invasion of other cells which can spread to other parts of the body.

Parkinson’s disease

The last of our five is Parkinson’s disease, which can affect people who are at least sixty years of age, although it can be seen in younger groups too. The symptoms of this condition include fatigue, tremors, problems with balance, and joint stiffness, among others.

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Changes in Seniors

Difficulty hearing

Difficulty hearing

There are many reasons our bodies change as we get older, including physiological, perceptual and general age-related conditions. These changes all influence the performance of our body as a whole, which in turn, influences our eating, nutritional intake and overall health.
Physiological Changes
One reason nutritional needs change is due to physiological changes that occur later in life. Energy expenditure generally decreases with advancing age because of a decrease in basal metabolic rate and physical activity, thus decreasing our caloric needs. Our bodies also begin to experience a decrease in kidney function, re-distribution of body composition and changes in our nervous system.
Perceptual Changes
Perceptual changes later in life can also influence our nutrition, such as changes in hearing, taste, smell and vision. Taste buds are known to decrease when people age. This is the reason why to some seniors food may taste bitterer than it actually is. Also, diminished hearing may prevent seniors from eating outside with their partner or children because it is upsetting when one cannot hold a conversation.
Other Aging-Related Changes
Other changes in body function may impact nutritional intake, such as dentition, or the makeup of a set of teeth. When seniors lose their teeth, they often avoid the hard or sticky food, which may cause malnutrition in some.
These factors alone may contribute to why 3.7 million seniors are malnourished and shed light on the importance of educating caregivers and aging seniors as to specific dietary need options, as well as, catered senior diets and nutritional needs.

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Tips to avoid having HIV/AIDS in Japan

There are many sickness or illness that can easily spread in the world now a days. There are the simple cough, colds, fever and there are complicated sickness like tuberculosis, Sars, birds flu and one of the oldest and most common contiguous sickness nowadays HIV or AIDS.

A Background on HIV or AIDS is that it had been in the world since the 1980’s so imagine that until now it is affecting the lives of many and that there are no exact medicine to cure it. One of the countries that has a high rate of person, whether it is young or old, that have HIV/AIDS is Japan. This sickness or illness was indeed a certain health issue in japan and given the fact that the public does not have the overall awareness on what the sickness can do to the person. Commonly the sickness is transferred by Japan comfort women that have already attained the sickness from their past sexual intercourse.  Record shows that the average age of the person that attains this sickness are the ones that belongs to the senior years due to fact that they don’t have the urge anymore to have sexual intercourse with their special someone and they prefer younger ones.

In order for a person, whether he/she is old or young, to avoid having HIV/AIDS make sure that when having a sexual intercourse the person will use protections, however the best way of not having HIV or AIDS and making your life miserable at the senior stage is that make sure to know the person you’re going to have sexual intercourse with and make sure he/she does not have these sickness.

Maintaining a Happy Life

Maintaining a Happy Life

Act Against Aids

Act Against Aids

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Changes that a person undergoes at the senior stage

We all know that as a person gets older, he/she experiences changes in his/her body, we have experienced it during our the early years in our life and indeed, we will experience it in the later part of it which is the senior years. One of the changes that a person undergoes that cannot be seen visually is that his/her immune system will decrease that will make him/her more vulnerable to different kinds of sickness. However , physically, the different changes that happen to a person’s body as he/she grows some of them will be discussed at this article. In terms of the body shape, it can be observed that when a person reaches his/her senior stage his body shape become leaner and shorter; this is because of the muscles loss and thinning of the bone. Another physical change that a person undergoes when he/she becomes old is that wrinkles and age spots start to show up on his/her face. In terms of his/her skin, when a person gets old his/her skin becomes more flexible, less thinner more fragile and may also be dry. When it comes to the person’s teeth, just like the bones of an old person it also becomes weaker and more brittle and more vulnerable to infection. One of the most common indication when a person is getting old is his/her hair color, it does not matter if your hair color is black, brown, blonde or any other color but as a person gets older his/her hair color will turn into white and the hair is more vulnerable to fall compared to the hair that person has during his/her early years.

young to old transformation

young to old transformation

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One of the problem of Seniors, Cardiovascular disease

There  are many diseases that an old person can experience during his/her senior stage. Examples of the diseases that a person can have as he/she gets into Senior stage are cancer, lung diseases, blood diseases, brain diseases and one of the most famous disease that takes lives of an old person, Cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular Disease is a disease where in the heart of the person did not function as it is supposed to be. There are different kinds of Cardiovascular diseases here are some:

First of which is the most common heart disease that an old person has a high chance experiencing, this is the coronary heart disease. A coronary heart disease is happens when the a vein, whether it is a major vain or not is blocked by a plague like thing that are usually composed of fats and cholesterol. The blockage decreases the blood supply that goes to the heart and even has the possibility to totally block the entire pathway of the blood.

Heart Failure is another type of cardiovascular disease, it is when there is decrease in the rate of blood distribution because of the slower rate of pumping that the heart does.

Arrhythmia is another type of cardiovascular disease. This cardiovascular disease is defined as  a problem in the rate of pumps that the heart does in order for it to distribute blood through out the body of the person. When a person experiences Arrhythmia, his/her heart beat rate is either slower or faster than the usual and the worst event that could happen is that with the irregularity of the heart beats the blood have a chance to be pumped to the inside the different organs of the body like lungs, brain etc.

Parts of a human heart

Parts of a human heart

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Exercise benefit for the Seniors

Old man exercising

Old man exercising

People may experience different health problem as he/she becomes older, some say that these health issues are inevitable and its just the real sign of a person aging, however there is one simple way to lessen the chance of having health complications. The way to lessen its possibility is by frequently exercising. Exercise is not only beneficial to people that are not yet in the senior stage of their life, it is beneficial to almost all ages as long as he/she can still do it. A senior doing exercise does not need to do exercises that focus in strength to be healthy, every simple exercise that he/she can do will surely benefit him/her. Examples of the exercises that a Senior can do are, jogging, walking and even just stretching.

Exercising brings benefit to an old person, benefits that a senior person can attain if he/she exercises frequently are:

  • It helps in reducing blood pressure that if not decrease can lead to different complications.
  • It helps the person to increase his/her stamina and muscle strengths.
  • It lessens the chance for a person to experience arthritis, and if the person already has it reduces the pain.
  • It reduces the risk of dying from heart diseases .
  • It allows the person to maintain his/her stability and balance that can help her prevent from falling and breaking of bones.
  • Helps  the person to have a more healthier and more flexible body, strengthening the bones, joints and muscles.
  • It allows the person to live a longer life.

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Leading Cause of Death of Seniors in Japan

Some people say that a person’s average life span is also affected by his/her roots and the person’s gender. According to the data that were gathered by the World health Organization; a Japanese person has an average life span of 75 years and when it comes to the average life span of a Japanese person gender wise, a male Japanese has an average life span of 72.3 and a female has an average of 77.7. Researcher have determined the leading cause of death in japan and the results shows that a person dying at an old age is just the 5th leading cause of death in japan, there are still 4 more leading cause of death for seniors in japan. The top cause of death in japan is generally cancer, which includes lung cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer and many more. The second leading cause of death in japan is cardiac arrest, which is defined as a sudden malfunction of the heart that surely affects the persons’ entire body cycle which can eventually lead to death. The third leading cause of death in japan is lung disease, which are commonly consists of pneumonia and tuberculosis.  The fourth leading cause by which Japanese seniors die from is Cerebrovascular disease, which is simply defined as malfunction of the brain in terms of the decrease in the blood that is able to travel through it, these is caused by clogged blood vessels.

Indicated above where just the 5 leading cause of death in Japan for seniors, there are still some factors and sickness that can causes their deaths; examples are severe injuries from car accidents, Sexually transmitted disease that they can get from Japanese comfort women, liver diseases and even suicide.

Male Japanese Elder

Male Japanese Elder

Female Japanese Elder

Female Japanese Elder

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Being healthy at your senior stage

As a person grows older he/she becomes more vulnerable to the different diseases that he/she may attained, some of those diseases may just be a normal sickness that can be treated easily but some are major sickness that may even limit a person’s life span. So it is always best to prevent attaining these diseases, whether if it is a normal sickness or a major sickness, a person must concentrate in leaving a healthy lifestyle as he/she grows up. If a person lives a healthy life style the chances of him/her becoming sick is decreased for more than a half and there will be a great increase in  terms of the life span.

So how can a person live a healthy lifestyle and to be able attain the benefits in living like that. Living a healthy life style as a senior may not be as easy as it looks, especially if a person was not really expose to these kind of life style during his/her early years. In general, living a healthy life style consists of having an exercise almost everyday, the exercise can be more of a stretching or if the person finds it difficult to stretch his/her body a simple jogging or walking in the park will do. It is not just the exercise that a person needs to be healthy, but also depends on the type of food that he/she eats the right kind of food, like foods with high vitamin contents and proteins, must be eaten that would give him/her the boost in immune system that will be required to fight the diseases that can infect him/her.

 

Be Healthy

Be Healthy

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Loss of hearing

As a person gets old, different changes occurs on his/her body changes like growing from a baby to a toddler to being a kid and so on until he/she is already old. However changes in  a persons’ body does not only means increasing in size or weight, as a person gets older he/she can also decrease some functions of his/her body. One of the most common problem that a person experiences as he/she grows is that the decrease of a person’s capability of hearing or simply loss of hearing.

Hearing is one of the senses of a persons body that a person uses at the very exact time he/she was born into this world, that is why losing this sense will surely bring a large effect to the person. However unlike the sense of sight that could just be removed with a snap of a finger, the sense of hearing cannot. As a person ages his/her sense of hearing decreases until to a point where in he/she can no longer hear a thing which usually happens during his/her senior stage. This is one of the problems that an elder experience now a days luckily the losing the sense of hearing can be slowed down or even prevented nowadays. There are certain precautions that would lessen the possibility of having a loss of hearing, some of the precautions are avoid listening to loud noises it does not matter if it is a music or a construction sounds being expose to those kind of thing increase the chances of having a problem hearing. Another precaution that can prevent the loss of hearing to worsen is to immediately see a doctor if a person is already experiencing a decrease in hearing capacity because it will surely worsen if medications are not immediately applied.

problem hearing

problem hearing

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