Stroke Survivors Support Group: June 15, 2017

June 12th, 2017 by Doris Bersing

Therapy session facilitated by Living Well

Kaiser Permanente, 450 6th Avenue, 1st Floor Room Board, San Francisco, CA 94118

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: June 13, 2017

June 10th, 2017 by Doris Bersing

Informational Session presented by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, 4141 Geary Boulevard Room F1 (between 5th and 6th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94118

Osteoporosis and Arthritis Affect The Life of Many Seniors

May 27th, 2017 by Doris Bersing

Also known as the elderly disease, osteoporosis is a chronic disease that affects the bones. Several of the most serious consequences are fractures; in senior people, these have a detrimental effect on their general wellbeing. Osteoporosis affects the quality of one’s lifestyle, and even though there are preventive treatments that one can opt for, there’s no definitive treatment.

 

An undertreated disease

Many seniors don’t take osteoporosis seriously, and they undergo treatment when the disease is too advanced. There are things you can do to prevent its onset. For example, you should quit smoking and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Including healthy foods in your daily diet, and exercising is extremely important. Furthermore, a physician may recommend supplementation and vitamins to help strengthen the bones and restore mobility.

Why aren’t older seniors receiving proper treatment for osteoporosis?

Most seniors don’t get proper treatment because the symptoms are misleading. In other cases, they might even receive the wrong treatment. Some don’t want to consult with a physician, and choose to take supplements or vitamins at random. With a complete set of blood tests, it’s literally impossible to keep the condition under control.

In time, osteoporosis can severely affect your lifestyle. Sadly, the system is faulty and it needs to improve. There are seniors who can’t afford medical insurance, and even if they do, oftentimes prescription medication to keep the condition under control is not discounted. This discourages the elderly from buying them.

Preventive measures

If osteoporosis is spotted in time, it can easily be supervised. However, without a change in lifestyle and diet, there’s really not much you can do. It’s crucial that you convince your aging parent to eat more dairy products, vegetables, lean meat and fruits. Proper nutrition matters because it strengthens the bones and keeps the whole body feeling strong and vigorous. Also, it’s equally important to take walks and engage in mild exercise. Vitamin D matters just as much as best source of the power of the sun. In senior adults vitamin D deficiency is extremely common. Bone cartilages become extremely weak as people age. To prevent bone loss, supplementation might be required. However, seniors are not advised to take supplements at random. Visiting a physician is recommended, to make sure you are given the right type of treatment.

Is your mom or dad losing a lot of weight?

Do you feel that your mom or dad is losing a lot of weight, too fast? Osteoporosis is the kind of disease that doesn’t always present clear symptoms. It can be tough to tell that your parent has weak bones. In some circumstances, the symptoms may come too late. The good news is there are things you can do to make things better.

Take mom to the doctor’s office and get a bone density test. The most popular type of test is the DEXA. It’s a painless test that only takes a few minutes, and it is extremely accurate. Following the results, you should start the treatment. You shouldn’t wait because things can get worse, and you wouldn’t want to see mom struggle to get out, walk or get out of bed.

Misdiagnosis

Whether we like it or not, we have to mention that oftentimes physicians make mistakes. Older adults don’t get the right treatment because their condition is misdiagnosed. Osteoporosis must not be confused with arthritis.  To begin with, osteoporosis is a chronic disease that affects bone density. Basically, fractures occur more often when you suffer from osteoporosis. In the US, over 53 million older adults suffer from this condition. The side effects are acute: back pain, height loss and evident changes in body posture. Bone tissue is lost, and your parent’s physical condition may be severely affected triggering impairment and the inability to perform daily activity, such as walk or lift heavy items.  Bottom line is the body becomes extremely fragile with age. As a last resort, you may be compelled to consider care homes or assisted living facilities where professional caregivers will be with your parent every step of the way, providing treatment and extra care. But if you start treatment ahead of time, you have the best chances of postponing the onset of osteoporosis.

Stroke Survivors Support Group: May 18, 2017

May 15th, 2017 by Doris Bersing

Informational session facilitated by guest speaker Dr. Peter Nelson, physician and stroke survivor

Kaiser Permanente, 450 6th Avenue, 1st Floor Room Board, San Francisco, CA 94118

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: May 9, 2017

May 6th, 2017 by Doris Bersing

Therapy Session by Living Well Assisted Living At Home

Kaiser Permanente, 4141 Geary Boulevard Room F1 (between 5th and 6th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94118

Stroke Survivors Support Group: April 20, 2017

April 17th, 2017 by Doris Bersing

Therapy session facilitated by Living Well

Kaiser Permanente, 450 6th Avenue, 1st Floor Room Board, San Francisco, CA 94118

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: April 11, 2017

April 8th, 2017 by Doris Bersing

Informational Session presented by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, 4141 Geary Boulevard Room F1 (between 5th and 6th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94118