Taking medications when you’re older: Common problems and simple solutions

The older you are, the more likely you take several medications. According to the American Geriatric Society, people over 65 buy more than 25 percent of all prescription medicines and 30 percent of all nonprescription medicines. For many reasons, elderly people often have difficulty taking their medications as prescribed. We have some simple solutions that might help.
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For people living with Parkinson’s, Rock Steady Boxing offers the chance to be active again

Laurie Hadlock was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009. She doesn’t have much of a tremor, which is one of the classic symptoms, but she does have lots of coordination problems. There are so many things Laurie loved doing that are nearly impossible now, like dancing and skiing. She also loves to exercise and recently discovered Rock Steady Boxing, a high-intensity exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted for people with Parkinson’s.
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Fitness for life: Maintaining your vitality

Have you ever thought about what happens inside your body when you exercise? At a recent presentation for people 55 and older, the fitness team at OceanView, a retirement community in Falmouth, explained what happens before, during and after exercise. 
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What is normal blood pressure?

What makes your blood pressure rise? Feel free to answer in the comment box at the end of the page. It may help relieve any stress you’re feeling at the moment. Stress does make your blood pressure go up. That’s because when you’re under stress, your body releases hormones that make your heart beat faster. They also narrow your blood vessels. It’s meant to be a temporary thing.
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It is a cold or the flu and why it matters

A cold My husband has had a cold for the past 10 days. It started with a runny nose and a little congestion and then he got a lumpy feeling in his throat. For several days he sneezed and sneezed and coughed and coughed.
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Benefits of massage for people who are elderly or have dementia (and caregivers, too)

I’ve long believed that if we could all start each day with a good back and shoulder massage the world would be a more peaceful place. Not only does massage help relieve stress and tension, it’s being used more and more as a complement to traditional medical treatments. For example, in some cancer centers, volunteer massage therapists give soothing massages to patients undergoing chemotherapy.
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