Age Concern and Help the Aged Charity Director Michelle Mitchell said: "Age Concern and Help the Aged has worked closely with the Met Office on this issue and welcomes the distribution of warnings and advice during heat waves. "Our bodies are less able to cope with hot weather as we get older so it is very important that older people take sensible precautions, particularly if they are on medication. "Many older people will choose to stay indoors or in the shade, drink more non-alcoholic drinks, take cool baths or showers, and keep their homes shaded and well ventilated. During successive hot days it is important that older people are able to cool down in the evening and at night.
A study of elderly patients receiving CPR in the hospital shows that rates of survival did not improve from 1992 to 2005. During that period, the proportion of hospital deaths preceded by CPR rose, and the proportion of patients who were successfully resuscitated and later discharged home fell. The researchers found that 18.3 percent of the Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older who underwent in-hospital CPR survived to discharge. Elderly black patients were more likely to receive CPR, but less likely to survive, partially because they were more likely to be treated in hospitals with lower rates of post-CPR survival and perhaps more likely to request that resuscitation be attempted, according to the report published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
While Ontario women live longer than men, a majority are more likely to suffer from disability and chronic conditions, according to a new women's health study by St. Michael's Hospital researcher Dr. Arlene Bierman. What's more, low-income women have more chronic conditions, greater disability and a shorter life expectancy than women in high-income groups. While inequities in health among men and women have been well documented, the findings strongly suggest that the size of the inequities among women is often larger than the overall differences between men and women. "Women with less education and low income were found to experience a greater burden of illness overall compared to men and women with higher incomes, " said Dr.
Older eyewitnesses can inadvertently add or change aspects of their account if they have the chance to speak to another eyewitness. This is one of the findings of Jane Montague and colleagues from University of Derby who will present their research at the British Psychological Society's Division of Forensic Psychology's Annual Conference today, Wednesday 24th June. The conference is being held the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. A group of 32 older participants were split in to two groups. The participants in the first group witnessed a DVD recording of a crime and recounted what they remembered - just after witnessing it and again one week later.
Among Older People, Lessening Social Activity Linked To Decline In Motor Functions Such As Dexterity And Strength
A new study from the US suggests that the less socially active an older person is, the higher the chances that their motor ability such as strength and dexterity will decline. The study was the work of Dr Aron S. Buchman, and colleagues at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and is published in the 22 June issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal. Reducing motor function is a common feature of old age, characterized by a gradual loss of motor ability ranging from mild reduction in bulk, muscle strength, speed and dexterity, to severe impairment and disability, wrote the authors in their background information.
Shingles is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster (or simply zoster) virus. This virus also causes chickenpox. Most of us get chickenpox during childhood, but after we recover the virus remains inactive (dormant) in our nervous system. Our immune system stops the virus from becoming active. However, later in life it may become reactivated, causing shingles. Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary, herpes zoster (shingles) is "an infection caused by a herpes virus (varicella-zoster virus), characterized by an eruption of groups of vesicles on one side of the body following the course of a nerve due to inflammation of ganglia and dorsal nerve roots resulting from activation of the virus, which in many instances has remained latent for years following a primary chickenpox infection;