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3 Surprisingly Easy Things You Can Do to Live Longer
By David B. Agus, MD, author, "A Short Guide to a Long Life" | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 24, 2014 5:04 PM EST
Most of us have only a general sense of what we can do to live a good, long life, and eating well, exercising, and getting a good night's sleep are the go-to, standard health tips we all know. But beyond these universal wisdoms, I believe we can all further increase our odds of an even longer and higher-quality life with few other strategies most of us rarely think about.
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Stroke Prevention for Seniors
Here are the three screenings that can help you avert a stroke:
Plus, obtain these two supplementary screenings:
(From Life Line Screening)
Alcohol and Seniors
While alcoholism can affect everyone, it is an increasing concern for seniors.
Alcoholic drinks, imbibed in a careful and responsible way, can improve the taste of good; add to a food recipe; or celebrate a milestone in life that seniors deserve to have.
Nevertheless, seniors face different and frequently underestimated risk factors for substance abuse. These age-related factors range from life-altering incidences, such as retirement or grief, to mixing alcohol with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Because of these causes among others, alcoholism among seniors has turned into a “hidden epidemic”.
Alcohol and Medication
If you are a senior taking medication, it is critical to be cognizant of potential interactions with alcohol:
Some questions to ask your health care professional or pharmacist about the medication are:
Prevention through Education
At times, seniors do not reach out for help with alcoholism because there is a stigma attached to it.
If you think you have an issue with alcoholism, please seek help through family, friends, doctors, mental health providers, religious leaders, treatment facilities, or aging agencies. Treatment will increase your physical and mental quality of life. Your life will be improved as you are able to give back to the community.
Alcoholic seniors have been efficiently treated in age-integrated and age-specific programs. When seniors seek treatment for an alcohol problem, they have the highest recovery rate for completion of treatment.
A Message to Adult Children or Concerned Citizens
A number of signs and symptoms may indicate that a senior has an alcohol problem. These indicators can be hard to detect and are often misconstrued as signs of aging, dementia, or clinical depression – when, in fact, the person may be drinking too much or mixing alcohol with medications.
Take these signs and symptoms into account when identifying alcoholism in a senior citizen.
Signs and Symptoms
(From Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control)