Archive for March, 2010

Understanding Stress and the Elderly in San Diego, California

Here is an excellent article about the many stresses the elderly face.  Visit www.ageadvantagesandiego.com if you need help for an aging loved one in your life in the San Diego, CA area.

Stress and the Elderly

Contrary to what we’ve been led to believe, senior living isn’t always the way it’s portrayed in glossy sales brochures and magazine advertisements. Rather than being a carefree period of life spent on the golf course and traveling around the world, for many of today’s seniors those “golden years” are incredibly stressful times.

What causes seniors so much stress? Change is a huge trigger for stress and seniors definitely experience plenty of change. It can be in the form of declining health, death of friends and loved ones, moving, a bad financial investment, and the list goes on. Here are some other reasons why senior living is stressful.

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Stop Colon Cancer in San Diego, California-Get a Screening

Stop colon cancer now: screening equals prevention

(ARA) – Colon cancer is the second-deadliest form of cancer in the U.S., yet it doesn’t have to be. More than 90 percent of colon cancer cases are curable if caught in their early stages.

In an effort to showcase the important message that screening equals prevention when dealing with colon cancer, an awareness campaign called Stop Colon Cancer Now, and powered by AmSurg, aims to educate the public about early detection and prevention of the disease, to eliminate the stigma associated with colonoscopies and to increase regular screenings for people over 50 and for other groups at added risk for the disease.

The risk of a person having colorectal cancer in his/her lifetime is about 1 in 19. Almost 75 percent of colon cancer cases have no prior family history and most have no symptoms. Scientists are still unsure of exactly what causes colon and colorectal cancer, but some risk factors have been identified, including a high-fat diet, diabetes, smoking, alcohol, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases.

Americans continue to battle this disease at alarming rates with 49,920 reported deaths in the U.S. in 2009. It is important to understand who is at risk, and what the available prevention methods are, to eliminate the onset of colon cancer.

Colon cancer indiscriminately affects people regardless of race, sex, economic status or geography. There often are no symptoms. It is important to get screened if you are:

* 45 and older and African-American

* 50 or older

* 40 or older and have a family history of polyps or colon or rectal cancer

* Have a history of cancer or polyps found earlier

The easiest way to prevent colon cancer is to schedule a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a painless screening test that provides important information about your digestive health. For most patients, a colon cancer screening does not have to be performed at a hospital. Today, many outpatient centers provide screenings by highly skilled physicians in a more relaxed, personal environment and usually with much lower out-of pocket costs for the patient.

No matter where you live or work, stopcoloncancernow.com provides valuable education, colon cancer screening options, screening locations, insightful patient stories and more.

Additional information on colon cancer and prevention methods can be found online at www.stopcoloncancernow.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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When Your San Diego, California Loved One Resists Care

When Your Loved One Resists Care

Here is an article that is very helpful for caregivers who are struggling with the loved one they are trying so hard to care for.  It offers other ways to look at the behavior to try to understand what our loved ones are trying to communicate to us.  If you are a caregiver, and need help with an aging loved one, visit www.ageadvantagesandiego.com.

“How many times has your mother refused to change her clothes? Has your father resisted getting out of bed? Has your wife pushed you away when you tried to brush her teeth? Many times a caregiver will be particularly frustrated by her loved one’s refusal to help himself. At times she can’t help but think that the person she cares for “36 hours a day” is going out of his way to make her miserable! The increasing irrationality of individuals with dementia makes it even harder on the caregiver.”

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month-Learn More in San Diego, California

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is equally common in men and women.  An estimated 146,970 people were diagnosed in 2009, and an estimated 49,920 people will die from the disease. With recommended screening, this cancer  can be prevented (by removing polyps before they become cancerous) or detected early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.

At Risk

* Men and women age 50 and older

* People who use tobacco, are obese or are sedentary

* People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps

*  People with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as long-standing ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

*  People with a family history of inherited colorectal cancer

Risk Reduction

* Be physically active and exercise regularly.

* Maintain a healthy weight.

* Eat a high-fiber diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains.

* Consume calcium-rich foods like low-fat or skim milk.

* Limit red meat consumption and avoid processed meats.

* Don’t smoke.

* Don’t drink alcohol excessively.

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