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The Best Exercises to Prevent Falls

A large review of studies confirms that exercise can be a good way to help reduce the frequency of falls in the elderly. The analysis, in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, included 108 randomized controlled trials with more than 23,000 participants. Their average age was 76, and 77 percent were women. As controls, the trials used either educational information about fall prevention, or no intervention at all. The researchers found high-quality evidence that exercise reduces the rate of falls by 23 percent, and the number of people who fall by 15 percent. Five studies suggested that exercise reduced the number of falls involving serious injury, though there were not enough cases to draw statistically significant conclusions. Exercises that required standing up rather than si...

Seniors in Pain Hop Aboard the Canna-bus

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options. “It’s very painful, sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon said. So for the second time in two months, she’s climbed on board a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary. The retired manager of an oncology office says she’s seeking the same relief she saw cancer patients get from smoking marijuana 25 years ago. “At that time [marijuana] wasn’t legal, so they used to get it off their children,” she said with a laugh. “It was fantastic wha...

Medical Marijuana Shown to Ease Pain, Sleep Problems and More in Senior Citizens

Original Article Courtesy of PsychCentral Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders, or anxiety due to chronic conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage, and multiple sclerosis, according to a new study. The preliminary study not only found medical marijuana may be safe and effective, it also found that one-third of participants reduced their use of opioids. However, researchers advise the study was retrospective and relied on participants reporting whether they experienced symptom relief, so it is possible that the placebo effect may have played a role. Additional randomized, placebo-controlled studies are needed, researchers added. “With legalization in ma...

How to Use Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Dependence

The overuse and misuse of opioid medications is major public health problem for which we don’t currently have an effective solution. Nearly 2.5 million Americans struggle with opioid addiction and over 100 people die every day from opioid overdose. Though controversial, more and more evidence is showing that medical cannabis could be a lifesaving component of a strategy to solve to this epidemic. I recently had the opportunity to work with Sanjay Gupta on the fourth installment of his groundbreaking series on CNN, Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills, which aired last month, helping to explain how cannabis can be a solution to this epidemic. How Cannabis Reduces Opioid Dependence Thousands of people have used cannabis to help them reduce and replace opioid medications, as demonstrated in numero...

Retired Electrician, 70, Completes 20 Marathons

Yu Yonghe, 70, has run through nearly the whole county over the past eight years, and he has completed 20-plus full marathons, feats that have won him great support from young runners, according to Changchun Daily. Yu, a retired electrician in Changchun, capital city of Northeast China’s Jilin province, started training for long-distance running daily after retirement in 2009, it said. He’s famous among local marathon enthusiasts and has attracted lots of followers. “Long-distance running requires perseverance and good physical strength,” he said in the report. “Initially, physical strength was a challenge, but my perseverance conquered it.” He has also received support and encouragement from his family members. Yu’s 21-year-old granddaughter made ...

The Health Benefits of Gardening for Older Adults & 7 Great Tips for Early Spring Gardening

For older adults, staying active and finding fulfilling hobbies to pass the time are important and beneficial to their physical and mental health.  After all, no one wants to spend their golden years feeling bored and unfit. But as people age, a number of ailments like arthritis, osteoporosis or heart conditions can make it more challenging to stay active and get exercise. Seniors need to find hobbies that can help keep them fit and mentally stimulated without putting too much strain on their bodies. Fortunately, now is the perfect time of year for older adults to participate in such an activity: gardening. The mental health perks of working in a gardenProperly maintaining a garden takes effort and dedication, which makes it a great project to take on for people looking...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Simple Irish Soda Bread Recipe

It appears everyone has their favorite Irish soda bread recipe. Some with caraway seeds, some with raisins, some with both, some with neither. The essential ingredients in a traditional Irish soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The acid in buttermilk reacts with the base of the baking soda to provide the bread’s leavening. This leavening from buttermilk and baking soda is what gives the bread its name, “soda bread”. Why the cross in the center? Scoring the dough will help the heat reach the center of the loaf while baking. This soda bread is a slightly fancied up Americanized version of the Irish classic, with a little butter, sugar, an egg, and some currants or raisins added to the base. You can bake it in a cast iron frying pan (now that’s traditional!) or an a ...

24 St. Patrick’s Day Quotes to Bring You the Luck of the Irish

Raise a glass on March 17 and share the luck of the Irish with these St. Paddy’s day quotes! DESIGN: EMILY SCHIFF-SLATERAdrienne Cook “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time—a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”8 OF 24 DESIGN: EMILY SCHIFF-SLATERGeorge Bernard Shaw “The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.”9 OF 24

5 Silly St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Seniors

1. Bake Green Treats  Instead of traditional cupcakes, cookies, and cakes, get creative in the kitchen and bake green treats with your loved one. All you need is green food coloring and the traditional ingredients for his or her favorite sweet treats. Top the cakes and cookies with clovers made from green icing, or purchase St. Patrick’s Day toppers that make the treats more festive. Cooking allows your loved one to use his or her thinking skills while increasing his or her dexterity.  If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. El Dorado County seniors can maint...

Alaska Approves Regulations For Marijuana Consumption In Retail Shops

Alaska is now the first in the country with statewide rules allowing onsite use of marijuana at specially authorized stores. On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer signed the regulations that were approved by marijuana regulators in December. Last week the Department of Law found no legal problems with the rules. The rules go into effect April 11, at which point interested retail businesses can start applying for onsite use. Marijuana distributors will have to apply for a special onsite use endorsement and devise plans that meet security, ventilation and other standards and pass muster with the Marijuana Control Board. Under the rules, local governments can protest onsite consumption endorsements and use an ordinance or a vote of the people to prohibit onsite use or aspects o...

Boulder Company Conducting Study on Effects of CBD on Brain Injury

Boulder-based Real-Time Diagnostics Ventures Inc. is conducting a first-of-its kind study in the United States to assess the role of plant-derived hemp supplements containing CBD in recovery from traumatic brain injury. Vince Chandler, The Denver PostBottles of hemp-derived extracts labeled CBD oil are on display at the Lucky’s Market on Oct. 6, 2017, in Boulder.  The study grew from anecdotal evidence about improved pain relief and better sleep that some varieties of hemp strains are said to provide. It is sponsored by Boulder’s Flowering Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the medicinal use of plant-derived cannabinoids, and Clover Leaf University, which works to create safety procedures and compliant business training programs specific to the cannabis industry...

Illinois Is Prioritizing Pot Over Pills — Why Aren’t More States Following?

Illinois is actively embracing medical marijuana to curtail the opioid crisis. Could the state’s model be a potential blueprint for the rest of the country? “When we are dealing with opioids as the single biggest health crisis this state has ever had, you are going to tell me legalizing more drugs is the answer?” This was the quote offered to the New York Times by New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu last fall when asked if cannabis may be a viable option to combat the opioid epidemic currently ravaging the United States. While Gov. Sununu’s analysis is disheartening for cannabis advocates who see pot as a safe alternative to prescription painkillers, his words are reflective of a larger consensus that refuses to accept the medicinal value of cannabis by instead re...