Senior Health

Assistive Devices and Orthotics

Assistive devices and orthotics are tools that help you hold objects, open and close things, transfer weight while shifting positions, or walk. It is important to find a balance between use and rest of a painful (arthritic) joint. When exercise is not enough to control pain, assistive devices and orthotics may help to…

Asthma in Older Adults: Managing Treatment

Diagnosis and treatment of asthma can be a challenge if you are age 65 or older. You might have another medical condition that masks your asthma. Or you may be more likely to have side effects from asthma medicines or be at risk for reactions from the different medicines you may be taking. To treat your asthma, you and…

Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small device that you wear throughout the day, usually for 24 or 48 hours. The device takes your blood pressure automatically while you do your normal daily activities. The device periodically inflates and takes blood pressure measurements, which are recorded for later printout…

Babies and Older Adults Have an Increased Risk of Cold Injury

Babies Babies, especially newborns, are more likely to suffer injury from cold temperature exposure. They have a large body surface area compared with their weight. Their body heat is lost more rapidly when exposed to cold weather conditions. Their ability to regulate body temperatures is not well-developed. They are…

Behavioral Methods for Urinary Incontinence

Several types of behavioral methods are used for treating urinary incontinence : bladder training, habit training, biofeedback, and pelvic muscle exercises. People who have incontinence due to physical or mental limitations ( functional incontinence ) can try timed voiding and prompted voiding. Bladder training Bladder…