Health

A Geriatrician’s Top 20 Tips to Stay Healthy & Safe


“At all times of the year, older adults can take simple steps to be safe, recommit to healthy eating and regularly exercise at whatever level they can,” says Neela K. Patel, M.D., a UT Health San Antonio geriatrician. Dr. Patel provides these tips to help her patients stay safe and healthy:...
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Hospice Wish Come True


For Maybell, her dream came true. Maybell is a long-time resident of New Braunfels, Texas, and she spent the better part of her career as a seamstress designing and making traditional German folkloric dress attire for women known as dirndls. Known and loved throughout the community, Maybell, a Kindred Hospice patient, had a dream – to...
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Landmark Study Identifies New Genetic Risk Factors for Stroke


Shared by Will Sansom A landmark international study of DNA samples from 520,000 individuals worldwide—including 67,000 affected individuals—identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke. Sudha Seshadri, M.D., of UT Health San Antonio, is senior co-author of this largest genetic study of stroke to date. Nature Genetics published the results online March 12. Previously, only 10 genetic risk factors had...
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Shoulder Pain: Common Causes and Cures


Of the aches and pains that inevitably cloud the senior years, those affecting the shoulder can be the most frustrating. In this article, we will discuss how to know if your pain is really coming from the shoulder, the most common causes of shoulder pain in seniors, and some of the ways shoulder pain can...
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Getting and Using the Right Medical Equipment


According to the latest data from our local civilian Level 1 Trauma Center, falls are the number one cause of injury to persons of ANY age group in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Seniors have the advantage for prevention. Using the right medical equipment, or having grab bars installed in your home, can work wonders...
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How to Help Your Loved One


Allow them to talk. Listen without judgment. Acknowledge and validate their feelings, and let them express their feelings in many ways. Avoid taking any negative feelings personally. Let them have control over their situation as much as possible. Include them in decision-making and discussions. Let them do as much as they want and have...
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5 Ways Hospice Can Help Make Moments Count


Hospice gives you comfort. Hospices are experts at managing life-limiting illness. The hospice team ensures that medication, therapies and treatments all support a care plan that is centered on patients’ goals. Hospice services can be offered wherever the patient calls home, allowing friends and family to visit freely. Hospice gives you peace. Beyond physical relief, hospice...
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Take Simple Steps to Stay Safe


“At all times of the year, older adults should take simple steps to be safe, recommit to eating healthy and exercise at whatever level they can,” says Neela K. Patel, M.D., who cares for patients at UT Medicine Senior Health. “Sometimes we in medicine take care of older adults by having them go to a different...
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Getting and Using the Right Medical Equipment


If you have a piece of equipment that was provided to you without the recommendation of a medical professional, follow some of these helpful guidelines, or better yet, get in touch with your doctor, nurse or physical therapist to get their evaluation regarding the best piece or best fit for your specific needs. Equipment: Canes: All canes should...
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The Importance of Stretching


As we age, muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. Aging can affect the structure of your bones and muscles causing pain and decreased range of motion in the shoulders, spine and hips. Stretching is an excellent way to relax and relieve tension. It becomes very important for seniors to maintain range of motion and your...
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