Seniors' ConcernsAcupuncturist Damon Lee

The 'Holisticmasters.com' sincerely wishes that seniors in every corner of this world can enjoy their Golden Years happily. Here are tips for you to promote and maintain your physical and psychological health. WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO CONSULT YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR OR PROFESSIONALS WHEN YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS AND CONCERNS REGARDING HEALTH CHANGES SUCH AS SUDDEN PAIN, NUMBNESS, FREQUENT URINATION, DIZZINESS AND FATIGUE, ETC.THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS CAN ONLY BE USED ACCORDING TO YOUR PHYSICAL ABILITIES OR HEALTH CONDITIONS. ASK YOUR DOCTORS FOR GUIDANCE AND DIRECTIONS.

1. Stop smoking but drink weak tea.

2. Cut down salt and sugar intake but go for rice or apple cider vinegar and fresh fruit .

3. Avoid alcohol but you may use small amount of wine and have sufficient water intake.

4. Eat less meats but eat more vegetables.

5. Control your anger but enjoy life.

6. Stop unrealistic goals or desires but be satisfied with what you have.

7. Don't become a couch potato but keep moving.

8. Eliminate worries but take a rest or sleep to rejuvenate your energy.

9. Don't fill your stomach full but be sure that eating to 70% will not over load your stomach.

10.Don't mumble but use your hands more. Don't look unkempt but pay attention to your hygiene and the LOOK!

11. Use your car less but move on with your legs.

12. Avoid unnecessary extra medications but turn to the natural ways.

Please start to do the above suggestions one by one. Don't be scare to start something fresh - you may just need some time to adjust.

Common Concerns for Your Health

FALLING ACCIDENTS

This is the most common accident seen in our Emergency departments, nursing homes and even at your living facilities. It causes tremendous physical and mental tremor. The complications after FALLING are always fatal.

CAUSES OF ACCIDENTAL FALLING

  1. Dizziness. It is very common seen that people have blood pressure and anaemic problems.

  2. Unsteady gaits. This could be the side effects of certain medications especially sedatives and sleeping  pills. Other common diseases such as Parkinson, Arthritis of various joints, Muscle weakness and  general physical deteriorations could be the factors.

  3. Wet and slippery surfaces. Do you have tile floor in your kitchen? Is your bath tub too high or slippery when you use it? Did you have to walk on icy road during Winter time?

SUGGESTION TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL FALLING

1.Posturing adjustments. While getting up from bed, toilet seat or a chair, you have the dizziness tendency. You should take your time and do it very slowly. Consult you doctor to find out the reasons why. Is it necessary to review your medications. If you have more then one doctor to prescribe different medications for you, you should tell you family physician about it.

2. Use walker, cane or other devices to help you if you have unsteady gaits. Consult your doctor, physiotherapist, and other professionals regarding your physical weakness.

3.Wear non-slippery shoes. Cover your bath tub or shower areas with non-slippery mats. Install supportive bars beside your tub or shower room. Be sure your floor is dry before you step on it. Install dim lights so that you can see at night when you get up. Don't wax your floor!!

4. Should you consider to have the ALERT SYSTEM for emergency use? A cellular or wireless phone beside your bed or in your pocket. We hope these suggestions may help you to prevent the accidental falls.

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE The disease was first observed in 1907 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German neuropathologist. Clinically, 2/3 of all the dementias are of the Alzheimer type. The following information and suggestions are collected from the writer's clinical observations, experiences and related medical books. For detail further information can be obtained from the ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF CANADA, 1-800-616-8816 0R (416) 488-8772, www.alzheimer.ca. You can also contact your nearby agency in your country or ask your doctor for further info.

WARNING SIGNS:

** MEMORY LOSS - can't remember usual phone numbers, names and recent events.

** PERSONALITY CHANGES - odd behaviors described by family members such as withdrawn, insomnia, inappropriate sexual activities, increased anger outbursts, suspicious and fearful,etc.

** DISORIENTATION- place, person and time. May not fine their way home; have problems to recognize family members, friends or even their own names; can't tell the year, month and the date.

** STOP SNORING - most of the hospitalized patients don't snore in comparison with other non-Alzheimer patients with the same age group. Some patients' spouses May recall that they do stop snoring before and during the onset of illness. The writer attempted to fine out more about this phenomena with no satisfactory results. Doctors, psychiatrists and other related scientists don't work night shift as the front line care givers to observe this symptom.

** MOOD SWINGS - different kinds of mood changes could be observed such as unpredictable anger, irritability (usually will become more irritable in the evening, called sundowning), from happiness to sadness and period of calmness like normal usual self.

** DIFFICULTY IN DOING DAILY ROUTINE - can't cook anymore; forget to turn off stove; become unkempt; can't take of self.

** LOSS OF INTEREST - usually wouldn't initiate conversation or other activities; becoming quite passive.

** COGNITION FUNCTIONS - they may have difficulty with awareness of perception, reasoning, intuition, and memory. This mental process by which knowledge is acquired.

** COMMUNICATION - they may experience thought block like of thinking during conversation; cannot find the word or words to express. They have problem to link events or words together so that their sentences become odd and can't be understood by others. They become frustrated and embarrassed.

** MISPLACING THINGS - keys, shoes, wallets, purses, rings, eye-glasses, books, cheque-books, dentures, and clothings, etc. are the common objects misplaced. They might become suspicious, paranoid and blaming others of stealing their belongings.

** SEXUAL ACTIVITIES - Some Alzheimer sufferers may demonstrate sexual inappropriate behaviors; may mistaken other female residents ( in the nursing home) as their wives.

** AGE FACTORS - generally the onset starts from 40-65 years of age, quite common from 60-65group.

** BRAIN DAMAGE - the following incidents can be quite important before onset such as multiple stokes, MVAs and alcohol abuse, etc.

CAUSES OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

** CAUSE UNKNOWN - there is no clear causes for the majority cases.

** GENES - four genes are identified to cause Alzheimer's Disease.

** AMYLOID PLAQUES - Beta amyloid, an abnormal protein in the brain, mixes with fibrous tangles to form the amyloid plaques which kill the brain cells for memory, reasoning, communication and decision making functions.

** ACETYLCHOLINE REDUCTIONS - Acetylcholine helps to transmit messages between brain cells. Some Alzheimer patients are lack of this chemical.

TREATMENTS FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

** SUPPORT: This is very important that the family members, friends and health care givers to form the support group. Some patients can live comfortably at home or nursing facilities.

** HOSPITALIZATION: When the patients cannot be managed in the community, they should be considered to stay in hospital for assessment and treatments according to their symptoms and needs. Active treatments, such as medications, active nursing cares, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, social worker interventions, psychological and psychiatric consultations,etc., are implemented in order to help the patient to settle and return to the community. New drugs such as Aricept(Donepezil), Rivastigmine(Exelon) are helpful to block the breakdown of acetylcholine so that the cognitive ability is improved. Of course, other medications such as sedatives, nti-depressants, mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics are used accordingly.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

Herbal medications are considered helpful in Alzheimer's Disease such as Vitamin E in combination with Gingo Biloba, coenzyme Q10, huperzine A or phosphatidle serine. It is thought that anti-oxidants rich vegetables can help to prevent this disease.

ACUPUNCTURE: According to the ' Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, June/2001, Vol 20,No 3', eight patients received acupuncture treatments for one month. Results - there was a significant difference in gnosia (the perceptive faculty of recognizing persons, things, and forms) between pre-treatment and post-treatment with acupuncture (P<0.01); there was no significant difference in acetylcholin esterase activity between pre-treatment and post-treatment ( P>0.05). CONCLUSION: Acupuncture has a certain improving effect on gnosia in senile dementia; one month 's acupuncture treatment had little on serum acetylcholinesterase activity.

HOLISTIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM: This program was designed by the writer to help patients to relax in order to decrease agitation and promote sleep. The program includes psychiatric empathetic approach, massage, acupressure, and bio-energy therapies. patients do feel more relaxed and enjoy the human warm touch.

NON-VIOLENT CRISIS INTERVENTION PROGRAM: This program is designed by the Crisis Prevention Institute. It helps the care givers to recognize the crisis development and how to prevent and intervene in an effective way. The goal of this program is to provide the best CARE, WELFARE, SAFETY AND SECURITY for all people involved in the care of our clients. Writer: Damon Lee /RPN;R.Ac., TCMP.

NEW FINDINGS FROM RESEARCHES ABOUT NSAIDs.

Since 1997, researches have been studying some non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as Advil and Motrin their effects of inhabiting production of amyloid-beta 42 which is found in the tangled plaques that clog and kill the brain cells of Alzheimer patients. It remains a mystery how they protect the brain cells. It is not advisable to take the NSAIDs of any kind by yourself without consulting your doctors.

HI, FOLKS. LET'S ENHANCE OUR SOCIAL IMAGE !!!!! Written by a senior-to-be, born in 1942.

There is no doubt that we senior citizens do receive a lot of respects and considerations from the younger generations.We also heard some unrespectful commands from some people. Should we look around and investigate the truth and make some changes?

** Are we seniors being considered always sick and helpless?

  No, we do suffer some chronic illnesses but we still look after ourselves. Some do need medical help but only a small percentage. Let's do regular exercises; eat sensible diet; be happy inside and outside. Be a young looking senior!!

** Are we losing our self care ability?

  The truth is : only about 5% of seniors citizens are living in nursing homes. 90% of us are independent. If you have some physical problems, ask your doctor, physiotherapist and other professionals for advice. Look for appropriate health aids to compensate. We can do it!!

** Are most of the seniors demented? No way, how often you see a young individual as the head of the country?

  The truth is: there are 4% of the seniors suffering from dementia.

** Seniors are not offering to this society!!

The truth is: Most seniors are continuing learning and extensively using their valuable experiences. They have time and healthy financial resources.

** Are seniors always lonely and socially detached?

The truth is: Most of the senior centres are very active; the golf courses are their paradise; cruises, they love it! Everybody needs his/her own space, so as the seniors.

** Sex!!!

The truth is: Well, every human being needs it !! Sex, is just like climbing mountain. When we were young, we like the bottom of the mountain because of the streams, trees, flowers and the colours of nature. Middle age people enjoy the middle views and they call it romantic. Seniors,we probably love the peak of the mountain with flesh air and touch the clouds. We call it, spiritual!!

Everything is in our hands. If we don't stretch our hands out, we will never grab it. LET'S DO IT!!