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Undergoing a medical test is rarely an enjoyable experience, with some requiring unpleasant advance preparation, and then all the poking and prodding that may be involved. But researchers are finding better, easier ways to do tests that can provide more information, many times in a less invasive or uncomfortable manner. Here are six of the newer and more exciting developments in medical testing. Check with your doctor to… read more
With a fatality rate in seniors of between 30% and 40%, pneumonia kills more people worldwide than any other infectious disease. These alarming statistics alone should prompt anyone over the age of 65 to seek out the pneumonia vaccine, but additionally, the bacterium that causes pneumonia (pneumococcus) can also cause ear infections, deadly blood infections, and meningitis.
Posted September 30, 2014
While the flu vaccination is commonly known to be essential for seniors, there’s another crucial vaccine you may not be as familiar with: the shingles vaccine, Zostavax. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging those age 60 and over to get this one-time vaccination, since this age group is at highest risk of the one in three Americans who… read more
Posted September 23, 2014
Fall is a favorite season for many of us, for good reason: the bright, vibrant colors of changing leaves, and refreshing, cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, however, it also indicates the start of flu season. As discussed in our previous blog, seniors are at an especially great risk of complications from the flu and pneumonia, making proper vaccinations imperative.
Thankfully,… read more
Posted September 16, 2014
Influenza is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to the elderly. The statistics speak for themselves:
- Influenza and pneumonia together represent the 7th leading cause of death for people age 65 and over in America.
- The chance of death from influenza and pneumonia is greater than the risk of death from an automobile accident for the elderly.
- Of around 32,400 annual American flu-related deaths,… read more
Posted September 09, 2014