Unformatted text preview: q Five senses do decline: Taste, vision,
smell, hearing & touch So what can WE do? Get up and Move!
Decreased ADL decline by 0.39 (p<0.02) with
1 hour of exercise twice a week for 1 year ….. Rolland et al JAGS 2007; 55:158
q Aerobic exercise for 6 months decreased
brain atrophy….. Colcombe et al J Gerontol A 2006; 61:1166
q What’s Wrong with this Picture?
What’s Wellness care of an aging mind
Exercise your mind! (brain teasers,
crossword puzzles, Jeopardy!)
(Snowden D: “Aging with Grace”)
q Screen for depression (4th leading
cause of injury-death in aged = suicide*)
q Deep breathing, physical activity,
gingko biloba, etc.
q What’s Important In Wellness
Care of Aging Patients?
q Vigilance for marked/sudden change!
q Adjusting and giving health advice
q Watch for polypharmacy!
q Be A Team Player!!
Be Wellness of
spirit Wellness care of an aging spirit
q Volunteering improves health status,
and reduces pain in older pts.** q Laughter decreases pain, depression,
and increases “will to live” in elderly* Participation in faith based activities
increases in later years
q Higher levels of spirituality are
associated with better general health*
q Laughter truly IS the best
medicine Wellness recommendations:
The aging spirit
q Explore spirituality
q Stay Engaged
q Laugh! “Love cannot exist in isolation, it has to be
put into action, and that action is service.”
Mother Theresa So Future Doctors,
Can philosophically based
DCs promote wellness in
aging Pop Quiz: Heart Disease
q What is the patient presentation for a
patient with heart problems? q About what percent of older persons
have hypertension or heart disease? q What is “good” advice for such pts? q Isnt it too late to improve the heart
health of older patients? Some Chiropractic Cases
That Make You Think….
That Nel is a 68 year old re...
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- Summer '09
- Gerontology, normal aging