Visual and Vestibular Balance Issues Affecting Older Adults: What You Can Do to Stay On Your Feet

Visual and Vestibular Balance Issues Affecting Older Adults: What You Can Do to Stay On Your Feet

Health content
Simply standing up is harder than it looks! When you add in shifting your weight, stepping, navigating hazards and more, it’s no wonder that so many older adults struggle with balance. Because balance issues can lead to falls, it’s important to understand why you might be struggling with balance. With that knowledge, you can notice potential problems and resolve them before you stumble or tumble. Your vision and your balance How well you see influences your balance. If you can’t see well, you may miss potential hazards or spend so much energy trying to see better that you trip and fall. How you see, referred to as "visual processing," also is important. This has to do with how your brain takes in and organizes the information that comes in through your…
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How to Improve Your Hand Arthritis Without Surgery

How to Improve Your Hand Arthritis Without Surgery

Arthritis, Health content, Pain
It seems the older we get, the harder it is to perform precision movements like buttoning shirts or grip tasks like picking up a fork or opening a jar. Hand arthritis can cause joint damage and is one of the health conditions that can accelerate the hand’s aging. Hand arthritis can make it hard to complete mundane tasks with our fingers. But with physical therapy, you can stop and sometimes even reverse the effects of hand arthritis.  Hand osteoarthritis vs. hand rheumatoid arthritis We hear a lot about arthritis in the hands, hips and knees. Two primary types of arthritis can cause pain in the hands. Osteoarthritis (OA) is by far the more common of the two, with 32.5 million adults suffering from it. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects a much smaller percentage…
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