Unformatted text preview: chest wall compliance.
q ↓ lung tissue compliance. q ↓ alveolar size w/ ↓ O2 exchange.
q ↓ in vital capacity. So what can WE do? Top 3...
q Heart Disease-Top killer, and 2nd cause
of disability. Several million deaths/yr. US* q Cancer-2nd leading cause of death w/ 2
million deaths/yr. in US, 5 million new
diagnoses/yr.* q Stroke- 3rd leading cause of death w/
>150,000 deaths and many more disabled
(Nat’l Center for Health Statistics,
CDC) ♥♥HEART ♥♥:
What can WE do?
q Encourage patients to stop smoking!!
q Increase water consumption (for Hi BP)
q Physical activities (of course!)
q Hi fiber, hi veggie/fruit and fish diet
(Mediterranean diet*) Ascerio, Serving, et al.
q Stress management/reduction (How?)
q Supplements: A, B, C, E, Omega 3s
q Cancers: What can we do?
q Lung-QUIT smoking; avoid 2nd hand smoke
– Breast: ↓ fat & alcohol, ↑ phys activ, early
detection (self exam, mammogr)
– Prostate: Lo fat, early detection (DRE+)*
q Colo-rectal- FOB, ↑ fiber & CA++, ↓ fat
(Amer. Cancer Society: www.acs.org)
q Injury Prevention
Injury If Not Us, Then Who?
Injuries are a leading
cause of death in all age
groups, including the
elderly. Injuries In The Elderly
q Occur mostly at home*
q WAY more serious in elderly pts
q Are most often due to falls*
q Kill even our healthiest patients Who’s At Risk For Falls?*
q Osteoporotic patients
q Pts on several medications*
q Confused or depressed patients
q Visually or hearing impaired
q Caffeine or alcohol consumers
(www.CDC/NIOSH) Injury Prevention 101
q Keep your patient adjusted!!! q Assess & reassess your patient.
q Ask questions and listen well.
q Give advice; sound advice.
q Follow up and follow through! Wellness of
spirit... Normal Neurologic Changes
nerve conduction: ↓ nerve
cells & brain weight. q Slower q Changing sleep patterns: 8 Hrs?*...
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- Summer '09
- Gerontology, normal aging