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Avoiding heart disease

Elderly people are susceptible to a range of illnesses, but few are as potentially serious as heart disease. This condition can pose a significant threat to older people, and can be fatal. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can reduce your chance of developing heart disease, many of which are inexpensive and can have a lasting impact.

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Yoga for older people

In recent years, yoga has become a popular fitness activity across virtually all age ranges, including senior citizens. Yoga is ideal for older people, as many of the poses are achievable without placing too much strain on the body and have a range of health benefits.

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Choosing between nursing homes and in-home care

For anyone with a relative who suffers from dementia, Parkinson's disease or similar medical condition, it can be a major worry about how much they can take care of themselves. For older people, there is the choice of moving into an assisted living community when their condition worsens, but some caregivers struggle with the idea of care homes compared to in-home care. Which option is right for you and your family?

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Understanding aggression and Alzheimer's disease

Although many caregivers find memory loss to be one of the hardest aspects of Alzheimer's disease to cope with, heightened aggression is also a common side effect of dementia. If you're concerned about the mental health or cognitive decline in someone you know or care for, you might already be considering helping them move into an assisted living community. While this is can be a very effective way of helping a loved one living with dementia, it's important to understand what causes some people to become aggressive as their condition worsens.

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Are you at risk of glaucoma?

It's normal for your eyesight to worsen a little with age, but many older people confuse symptoms of age-related macular degeneration with the warning signs of glaucoma.

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Exploring the science behind slips, trips and falls

For elderly people, slips, trips and falls present a serious health risk. A fractured hip or broken bone can be life-threatening in some cases, and unfortunately, these kind of injuries are all too common among older people. Until now, some doctors assumed that older individuals' reduced muscle strength and balance were responsible for these incidents, but new research by scientists in the United States could indicate a different cause for slips, trips and falls among elderly people.

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Music can help in dementia treatment

For families affected by Alzheimer's disease, optimism can be hard to come by. With no known cure, severe dementia can be a debilitating illness, and for some families, the prospect of an ageing loved one gradually losing their mental faculties can be too much to bear. Fortunately, there are some treatments that have shown promise for treating Alzheimer's and similar conditions, and the use of music in some therapies has proven rather effective.

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Recognising the signs of depression

Everyone feels a little low from time to time, but many people confuse feeling sad with depression. For individuals suffering from this debilitating condition, the comparison couldn't be further from the truth, and depression is a serious illness that needs to be treated. Many older people experience depression, particularly following significant life changes like having to move into an assisted living community. It's important to recognise the symptoms of depression and intervene before the condition worsens.

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