Welcome to the second midweek MedAlertHelp roundup of September! Just like the previous one, this roundup includes a diverse set of riveting senior-related reads from the past week.
Today, we’ll give you tips on how to travel better as you get older, we’ll talk about a phone line that’s improving the health and happiness of seniors, the connection between dialysis and dementia, the importance of coordination in senior healthcare, how young blood can actually keep the elderly vital, the best countries in the world to retire in, and the unique advances Apple is making that can help seniors in emergencies. Let’s begin!
Helpful Tips for Senior Travelers
As they age, it might become difficult for most people to travel with ease like they did when they were younger. Moreover, things have changed substantially in the US when it comes to travel regulations. For instance, the requirements of the Transportation Security Administration are much stricter now. Michelle Nolan created a very useful guide for senior travelers for The Bellingham Herald that, apart from TSA rules, also offers advice on medical details, disabilities, the TSA helpline, airports, travel agents, and the ADA.
How a Phone Line Is Improving Happiness in Seniors
According to a recent study by the University of California, maintaining social contacts as we age is one of the most important factors for preventing mental and physical decline, as well as decreasing the risk of death. Alarmingly, social isolation can increase the risk of death by 45% and the risk of mental and physical decline by as much as 59%. Knowing this, one senior care facility in Sacramento started a program that provides critical socialization services. How? Find out in an article at A Plus written by Anna Papachristos.
A Surprising Link Between Dialysis and Dementia
As reported by Health24, another study conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed that seniors on hemodialysis who are suffering from kidney failure also have high rates of dementia, which is, in turn, linked to an increased risk of early death. To have a look at the numbers, head over to the page that covers in detail the results of the study, which included 357,000 adults aged 66 and over.
The Best Way to Keep Seniors Vital? Young Blood!
If you’ve ever wondered how some of your peers appear so much more youthful than you, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to presume that they might be vampires, or, at least, you can suspect that they might be paying some young person to get transfusions of their blood.
In an article Dr. Ananya Mandal wrote for News Medical, you’ll find the details about a study published in the journal Nature. In it, researchers from the University College London found that blood from a young person can actually help with the symptoms of certain age-related conditions like heart disease, dementia, and even cancer.
Coordinated Medical Care Is Crucial for Better Senior Health
Seeing as 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition for which they receive treatment, and many have multiple medical conditions treated by a multitude of medications, it is only logical to assume that coordination between medical professionals specializing in different fields treating the same person needs to be properly coordinated. In fact, a reanalysis of 25 earlier studies, which included 12,579 patients, concluded that good coordination resulted in improved outcomes for seniors. More on this in Linda Carroll’s article for Reuters.
The Best Countries for Retirement
At number 16, the US is slowly climbing the list of the best countries to retire in, up one spot from the previous year. However, the top ten is still dominated by European countries that occupy seven spots. Canada landed at number nine, and the rest of the top ten is rounded up by the Oceanian tandem of Australia and New Zealand. Switzerland took the top spot thanks to outstanding results in finances, material well-being, health, and quality of life. For more, head over to Lorie Konish’s article for USA Today.
Apple Watch Series 4 Includes Fall Detection and EKG
And finally, we suggest you read Tom Warren’s article on The Verge about the newly revealed Apple Watch Series 4, which is the first-ever commercial device to feature a built-in EKG scanner. Among other advancements, the revolutionary device now also includes automatic fall detection, not unlike medical alert systems. It could potentially save many lives of seniors and others who fall by triggering an emergency call. Furthermore, it can also detect irregularities in your heart rhythm, and it has been officially approved by the FDA to be used as a medical device.
And that’s about it for this midweek MedAlertHelp roundup. Hopefully, you enjoyed the articles we picked for you as much as we did. If you think we can improve in any way and keep things more interesting for you, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment section below.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!