So how to cut down on post-surgery opioids? Researchers publishing in the British Medical Journal showed the way. Surprisingly, it is the words and music you hear when you’re put out during anesthesia that just might help. Listening to soothing words and music during surgery appears to reduce post-operative pain levels.
People age 65 and older are much more likely than younger people to suffer a heart attack, to have a stroke, or to develop coronary heart disease (commonly called heart disease) and heart failure. Heart disease is also a major cause of disability, limiting the activity and eroding the quality of life of millions of older people.
People rarely talk about bladder health, but everyone is affected by it. Each day, adults pass about a quart and a half of urine through the bladder and out of the body.
PSA Testing Until recently, many doctors encouraged yearly PSA testing for all men beginning at age 50, or even earlier for men at high risk of prostate cancer. As doctors have learned more about the benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening, they have begun to caution against annual PSA testing. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you.
See your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms: Frequent urge to urinate Need to get up many times during the night to urinate Blood in urine or semen Pain or burning urination Painful ejaculation Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, pelvic or rectal area, or upper thighs Dribbling of urine
It’s true that prostate problems are common after age 50. The good news is there are many things you can do.
Despite the changes in cognition that may come with age, older adults can still do many of the things they have enjoyed their whole lives. Research shows that older adults can still: • Learn new skills • Form new memories • Improve vocabulary and language skills
It’s no secret that our immune system function declines as we age, which can make older adults more susceptible to a variety of viral and bacterial pathogens including COVID-19. But the role of sex in immune system aging is not well understood. An NIA-supported study took a closer look at how the timing and degree of aging-related changes in the immune system varies among men and women and identified how particular immunity characteristics diverge as we grow older.
Older adults and people who have certain underlying conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 illness.