What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common affliction in this age of computers, affecting up to 15% of the general population. The majority of sufferers are in the 45 to 60 year age group, and more women are affected than men. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most commonly associated with computer use, but people engaged in any job where there is forceful and repetitive movement are also likely to develop the condition.
The carpal tunnel is a small passageway through which nerves and muscle tendons pass between the forearm and the hand, and when the median nerve is squeezed and irritated, the result is pain, a tingling sensation and weakness of the thumb, index, (more…)
Aging and Emotional Health
Emotional and mental vitality are as important to health as physical activity. In fact, one is no more important than the other. When you are physically active, you will find your outlook and attitude are more positive. Your mind has a powerful effect on your body, and your physical state can affect how you feel and think. Social interaction, exercise and being involved in activities, can make a big difference in how you feel.
Sometime seniors become depressed because they are not as “active” as they once were. (more…)
Women’s Health Problems
Men and Women share many of the problems of aging. But women face many health problems unique to them as they grow older. Doctors have rated five medical conditions for women that are of the greatest concern to them:
Heart Disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Although more men die of heart disease, women tend to be under diagnosed, often to the point that it’s too late to help them once the condition is discovered. (more…)
Nurse Practitioners May Ease the Physician Shortage in the Coming Years
The July issue of Medical Care reports that the number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. will almost double by the year 2025. A nurse practitioner receives post graduate training through a Master’s or PHD program after receiving a nursing license. The number of physician’s assistants is also increasing and both groups are expected to ease some of the burden anticipated on the health care system in the future.
According to recent statistics, the aging rate of the American population may contribute (more…)
Sixteen Percent of the American Population Provides Some Form of Eldercare
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the results of a recent survey. They have found that 16% of Americans over the age of 15 provide some form of unpaid care to a person needing assistance due to a condition brought on by age. The help provided to these seniors includes anything from companionship to helping with activities of daily living like grooming, transportation and doing household chores.
Twenty-three percent of those giving some form of elder care also have at least one child at home under the age of eighteen. The majority of these caregivers are women (56%). (more…)
PACE Program offers an Alternative to Nursing Home Care
With the recent Supreme Court decision allowing the continuation of The Affordable Health Care Act there are other government programs under examination to see if their budget should be cut. The effectiveness of these programs will hopefully be the deciding factor in whether they are kept or not.
CBS News recently looked at one program that has been successful and does reduce costs as it allows older Americans to continue to live at home. (more…)
The Aging of America Continues
The Census Bureau has analyzed the data and it appears that North America will have more people aged 65 and over than aged 15 and under by 2050. The medical advances that have been made over the years are certainly a large contributing factor in this trend.
An increase in the senior population in the U.S. means there will be a continuing need for family members to offer some form of caregiving. A person new to this job should be careful to avoid the pitfalls that they will encounter. (more…)
Health Care Reform Act is Given the Green Light by The Supreme Court
The Affordable Health Care Act, which was before the Supreme Court due to the requirement that those without insurance must buy the plan from the government, has been upheld. This is good news for seniors as many of the bills changes have a direct effect on Medicare and other services that affect older Americans. If the bill had been overturned because of the mandate issue it would have really hurt as seniors who have Medicare already have insurance in place.
The time before the decision (more…)
Caregiver Differences may be Related to Gender
A new study shows that husbands who have been a caregiver for a number of years may not be as badly affected as wives in the same position. The study followed 745 pairs of spouses and found that wives were more prone to say they were depressed both before and after their spouse had passed away.
Both genders reported needing help with activities of daily living three years after their spouses passing but the percentage of women that needed help was greater. Both sexes reported better health a year after the death of a spouse. Researchers thought this improvement in health was related to the respite from caregiving duties but three years later the female subjects reported poorer health than the male.
Some of the statistics may be due to the fact that men and women usually behave this way in general. On average men tend to report less depression and physical problems than women but the researchers believe that providing full time care could take a greater toll on women.
At Specialty Care Services we can help with everything from laundry to medication management for those in need of some respite from caregiving. Visit our website to find out how our expert senior care providers can help ease the burden of your role as a caregiver.
Affordable Care Act to Be Ruled on By the End of June
The Supreme Court may decide by the end of June on the constitution of the Affordable Care Act. The ruling will focus on the idea that if health care is offered to those without coverage it must be purchased but there are many parts of the Act that could be affected.
One aspect of the Act that could be affected is the eventual removal of “the Donut hole”. The “Donut hole” is part of Medicare D coverage that involves how and how much seniors pay for prescription medications. As prescription medications are an integral part of many seniors’ health this portion of the Affordable Health Care Act (more…)