The Effects of Heat in Older Adults

Extreme heat can pose a problem for anyone, but senior citizens are especially at risk. As people get older, their natural defenses begin to break down, leaving people age 65 and older more likely to develop heat stress. That means that older adults need to be careful during warm months and watch out for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Dr. Evan Rae explains why people over the age of 65 need to be especially careful to avoid heat stroke during the warm summer months. Image of an older woman smiling. Learn more about how heat affects older adults.

Cold Weather Health Tips for Seniors

As the winter in Northeast Ohio settles in, negative temperatures can become a frequent occurrence. But wintry weather is always a threat, especially for senior citizens.

Elderly individuals can face a number of issues during cold weather, so make sure to follow these tips – or pass them along to someone you may know – to keep safe while there’s still a nip in the air.

Seniors shouldn’t feel trapped by the cold weather. These tips can help them stay healthy and happy in chillier times.


Exercises for Seniors

As you get older, your body starts to change. Arthritis, weakening muscles, and the danger of potential falls are a reality during your golden years, but your life shouldn’t be dictated by aches and pains. 

Seniors can improve the quality of their lives by staying in shape with low-impact exercises.

Exercising as a senior can help you stay active during your golden years. Contact Westshore if you have any injuries or conditions that may impact your ability to exercise.


Alzheimer’s Symptoms or Normal Aging? How to Tell the Difference

It’s important to look for warning signs when it comes to your health. Early detection of a disease can help you and your physicians come up with a treatment plan. 

When it comes to Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult to tell whether the changes you may be experiencing are due to natural aging or the disease. However, there are signs that you can watch for in both yourself and your loved ones that may help you detect any issues earlier in the process.

Occasional forgetfulness is one thing, but warning signs for Alzheimer’s is another.


Recap: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer? Millions of new cases are opened each year for the disease, making it the fourth most common type of cancer in the U.S. 

Fortunately, if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, six out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, here are some signs to look out for and how you can make a difference.

Schedule a screening during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and follow these tips to help stop the disease.

What is Palliative Care?

Caring for loved ones with a serious or long-term illness is stressful. Spending time agonizing over decisions and trying to determine what the best course is for treatment can be daunting even for those who have been through it before.  

Patients and families who want more control of their health care, or the health care of a loved one, have turned to palliative care. You can get palliative care at the same time as treatment for the disease so that you can live your life as well as possible. 


What is Palliative Care?

Think of palliative care as a team approach to caring for someone with a chronic illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient and family while focusing on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. 

I often talk about palliative care as having two arms: one is addressing goals of medical care and treatments and the other is aggressively trying to manage symptoms. Neither of these should prevent a person from continuing active treatment or pursuing a cure (if possible) of their disease. 

Palliative care is intended to better educate patients on the course and progression of their disease, to help their medical team better understand the patients’ goals and priorities, and to do all this while improving the patients’ everyday life and controlling symptoms.