Osteo-arthritis is inflammation of the joint. We know of over a hundred causes for the inflammation of the joint. Many are due to injury, infection, autoimmune disorders, due to accumulation of crystals in the joint etc. Osteoarthritis or Degenerative arthritis is the commonest form of arthritis where we have not been able to find a cause. Since it happens most often in the elderly we feel that in some way it is due to the aging process and or an accumulation of injury over the years.
Air pollution is the term that describes harmful gases or particles in the air. It is one of the leading causes of deaths across the globe. A latest research conducted by BBC shows that around 5.5. million people die every year due to Air pollution. Most of these deaths occur among senior citizens in rapidly developing economies of China and India. The main culprit is emission of small particles from power plants, factories, vehicle exhausts and from the burning of coal and wood.
When we were young, we never believed in such sayings by our elders. In that phase of our life, we were busy working hard, doing well in studies and then getting a job, buying a house, car etc. We usually do not feel the need to do anything about health till we become sick.
Ageing and high blood pressure is a common health issue with many misconceptions. There are many controversies surrounding this topic and considerable difference of opinion regarding the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.
Socializing has been redefined by the technological innovations. It has made social interaction way too easy, but one which is only virtual and not real. Without realizing we spend a huge amount of our everyday lives on various social media platforms through a host of new gadgets. It gives us a false sense of feeling connected with so people nearby and around the globe by keeping us updated on what is happening with them. We have become so comfortable in this zone that the need and thereby the effort for staying connected by meeting people face to face has declined drastically.
Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of many falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.
As we age our muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. Aging can affect the structure of the bones and muscles causing pain and decreased range of motion in the shoulders, spine and hips. It becomes very important for seniors to maintain range of motion and ability to move all joints normally with activities during the day. And thus making exercise an important thing for the people belonging to all age groups.
Growing older seems to involve an inevitable loss of strength, energy, and vigor. The frailty and decreased energy we associate with aging, such as difficulty in walking long distances, climbing stairs or carrying groceries are largely due to muscle loss. One of the best ways to keep muscles healthy and strong is through exercises called strength training—sometimes known as weight lifting or resistance training.
No other quote could have summarized the essence of preplanning for emergencies. A crisis or accident never comes announced. It can happen to anyone at any given time and our seniors are no exception. A sudden fall from the bed or in the bathroom, chest pain, difficulty in breathing or a stroke are some of the situations that can happen to any elderly. Seniors may not always have somebody around them and thus, it becomes all the more crucial for being well prepared for the unforeseen situations and uncertainties.
A physiotherapy workshop was organized at our Great Times Club for seniors last week. The workshop started with demonstration of chair exercises which can be easily done by seniors sitting on a chair. Our physiotherapy team of Dr. Lamba and Dr. Vivek talked about the importance of walking, swimming and exercises to stay fit and lead a healthy life.