Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Healthy Aging 2013 Follow-up



By Terry Orr

Establishing and maintaining good healthy habits early in life provide significant dividends later in life – annual checkups, monitoring your vitals and weight, keeping track of medications taken and for what, and staying current with new medical, dental and mental advancements.

Prior to each visit to my healthcare team, the following information is updated, printed provided to them – very handy paper.

Medication
Dosage
Frequency
When
Refills
Date
Coreg
80mg
Daily
Breakfast
2
8/1/13
Ecotrin
325mg
Daily
Bedtime
N/A

Fish Oil
1000mg
2 x Daily
Break/Dinner
N/A

Diovan
320mg
Daily
Lunch
3
7/17/13
Singular
10mg
Daily
Dinner
2
8/15/13

Date
Time
Glucose
Time
BP
Time
Weight
7/17/13
0700
118
0730
120/80/72
0715
180

2100
131




8/15/13
0645
121
0700
121/78/70
0710
179








Notes for Doctor:
8/27/13 – 9/4/13 Sinus infection with low-grade fever: Sinus rinse twice daily; Tylenol; and Mucinex DM maximum strength.

8/22-23/13 Stress test: two parts – reported results were good.

Upcoming Healthcare Appointments:
10/24/13         Eye Doctor (Annual)
11/12/13          Primary Care (Quarterly Checkup)
12/10/13         Dermatology (Checkup)
1/14/14           Foot & Ankle (Semi-annual)
2/10/14           Dentist (Teeth cleaning and annual checkup)

Still looking for a single app that will do most of this tracking and other items – while there are some apps that provide most of it –you generally need two or more apps. 

Our two previous post on aging can be found:



Myths About Healthy Aging (from www.helpguide.org )

MYTH: Aging means declining health and/or disability.

Fact: There are some diseases that become more common as we age. However, getting older does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to a walker or wheelchair. Plenty of older adults enjoy vigorous health, often better than many younger people. Preventive measures like healthy eating, exercising, and managing stress can help reduce the risk of chronic disease or injuries later in life.

MYTH: Memory loss is an inevitable part of aging.

Fact: As you age, you may eventually notice you don’t remember things as easily as in the past, or memories may start to take a little longer to retrieve. However, significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and new learning can occur at any age and there are many things you can do to keep your memory sharp. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits.

MYTH: You can’t teach ‘an old dog new tricks’.

Fact: One of the more damaging myths of aging is that after a certain age, you just won’t be able to try anything new or contribute things anymore. The opposite is true. Middle aged and older adults are just as capable of learning new things and thriving in new environments, plus they have the wisdom that comes with life experience. If you believe in and have confidence in yourself, you are setting up a positive environment for change no matter what your age.



A wonderful and informative health website is WebMD!  Found this neat guide while researching this article.  Do yourself a favor and bookmark this site.

WebMD’s 50 and Over Guide

Staying Healthy
Eating Right
Good Nutrition for Aging
Slideshow: Avoiding Problem Foods as You Age
Slideshow: Eating for a Long Life
Menopause, Weight Gain, and Exercise Tips
Slideshow: Brain Foods That Help You Concentrate
Staying Active
Getting Fit for Life
Over 40, Fit, and Ready to Bare Arms
Video: Repairing Boomer Athletes
Looking Good
Video: Make Hands Look Young
Premature Graying
The Effects of Aging on Skin
Wrinkles
Natural Beauty Tips for Women Over 50
Women's Hair Loss Slideshow: Thinning Hair Causes and Solutions
Men's Hair Loss: Treatments and Solutions
Healthy Sleep
Sleep and Aging
Prevention
Health Check: What Is Your Cancer Risk?
Preventing Hearing Loss
Preventing Slips and Falls
Genes vs. Lifestyle: What Matters Most for Health?
Cataract Prevention
Preventing Vision Problems
Memory & Staying Sharp
Memory
Emotional and Mental Vitality
Forgetfulness: It's Not Always What You Think
Midlife Crisis
Make a Midlife Crisis Work for You
Coping With Changes
Empty Nest: Launching Adult Children
Life Stages: Retirement
Stress Management
Depression After Age 65
Transportation and Driving
Family & Friends
Sex and Relationships
Sex and Aging
Sexual Vitality
Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging in Men
Caregiving
Caregiving Assessment
Financial Planning for Caregivers
Helping Older Adults Manage the Outside World
Caregiving and Your Loved One's Health
Legal Issues of Caregiving
Seven Tips for New Caregivers
Caring for Parents: Routine Care
Starting Your Role As Caregiver
Health Care 101
Medical Tests
Milestone Medical Tests in Your 50s
Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up
Your Health Care
Dos and Don'ts of Drug Safety
Tool: Find a Doctor
Buyer Beware: Health Scams
Generic Drugs: Answers to Common Questions
Live Longer
Video: Longevity Clues in DNA
Slideshow: 18 Secrets for a Longer Life
Planning for the Future
Independent Living
What Is Assisted Living?
Video: 'Smart' House for Aging
Video: Seniorizing Your Home
Life Choices
Advance Directives
Support & Resources
Resources
Aging Better: Resources



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