Heart Attack Patients May Receive Quicker Care On Weekdays

According to a recent study, patients admitted to a hospital with heart attack symptoms during the week are slightly more likely to survive and return home quickly when compared to patients admitted on a holiday or weekend. During off-times there are fewer nurses and doctors on duty that may prolong the length of care, but not enough to cause significant concern. Experts explain that the difference in time for care between on-and-off hours is statistically, but not clinically relevant. more here

Walking Speed May Detect Pre-Dementia In Seniors

A new study states that seniors who walk slowly may have a higher risk of developing dementia and may have a shorter life-span. According to the study, seniors who walk slowly have a 1 in 10 chance of developing dementia later in life. The study also included simple cognitive questions to help determine a more accurate diagnoses of pre-dementia. Early detection of pre-dementia can be extremely beneficial, and this simple walking test can be conducted in a clinical setting. Joe Verghese, M.B.B.S., professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine said, “our assessment method could enable many more people to learn if they’re at risk for dementia, since it avoids the need for complex testing and doesn’t require that the test be administered by a neurologist.” More here

Money Saving Tips To Keep Your House Cool

July and August are typically the hottest months of the summer, and keeping your home cool during these months without spending a fortune can be difficult. A few tips that may help you stay cool in your home during hot summer months are: Keep blinds and curtains closed, this will block out hot sun rays and aid in keeping your house more comfortable without touching the thermostat. Close off rooms that are not being used. Use light-weight cotton bedding to keep cool during sleep. Adjust the settings on your ceiling fans to counter-clockwise, this adjustment will keep room temperatures lower. Also, Try to avoid cooking inside as much as possible, and plant trees and tall shrubs around your house to shade it from the sun. More here

New Reverse Mortgage Rules To Help Couples

Reverse Mortgage rules are about to change for married couples making the loan process considerably easier. In the past, there have been instances where one spouse took out a reverse mortgage loan and then passed away, leaving the surviving spouse facing foreclosure. On August 4, 2014 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will pass a new rule to help protect couples. Surviving spouses will now be able to continue living in the home as long as they make the required insurance and tax payments. The new rules also state that couples can now qualify for a reverse mortgage if only one spouse is 62 or older. More here

Probiotics May Decrease Blood Pressure Problems

Researchers have found that consuming probiotics on a regular basis may aid in controlling blood pressure problems. Probiotics are found in dairy foods like cheese, milk, and yogurt and are considered to be a healthy form of bacteria. The study found that people who ate a healthy amount of probiotics had lower blood pressure readings after two months. Studies in the past have also shown that probiotics can effect cholesterol, blood sugar levels and hormones all in a positive manner. More here

Medicare Experiments With New Nursing-Home Coverage Exemptions

Medicare is experimenting with a new action that may eventually allow seniors to qualify for nursing-home care without having to spend 3 days in the hospital beforehand. The new program has begun and is currently working with numerous Medicare patients from many different hospitals. The move is meant to help save seniors money and improve Medicare’s health services. Sean Cavanaugh, Medicare’s deputy administrator said, “we’re testing whether it leads to better care and lower costs, and if those are successful, the secretary [of Health and Human Services] has the authority to expand those tests.” More here

Sleep Deprivation May Lead To Memory Loss

A new study states that memory can suffer substantially if individuals do not receive enough sleep. People who have not slept for 24 hours, or only receive five hours of sleep or less, are much more likely to not remember details or sequence of events when compared to those who received a healthy amount of sleep. Kimberly Fenn, the co-investigator on the study said, “people who repeatedly get low amounts of sleep every night could be more prone in the long run to develop these forms of memory distortion, it’s not just a full night of sleep deprivation that puts them at risk.” More here

How To Achieve The Ideal Lawn

Golf-course professionals and turf specialists have come together to provide a few tips to help achieve the ideal lawn. Experts suggest mowing your lawn high and frequently with well-maintained, sharp blades to ensure the grass grows back greener and disease free. Another tip is to avoid mowing your lawn when it has recently rained, or there is remaining dew. Mowing wet grass suffocates the roots and kills the grass. Finally, water your lawn, but not too often, only water when you are positive the lawn requires hydration. More here

Alzheimer’s Rate Decreases

According to a recent report, the rate of dementia and Alzheimer’s in the United States has decreased. 30 years ago, a 60-year-old or older American had a 44% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia than they do now. Doctors think the decrease is due to a higher level of education and control over the diseases. Dr. Kenneth Langa, an expert on aging at the University of Michigan said, “for an individual, the actual risk of dementia seems to have declined,” probably due to more education and control of health factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure.” More here

Ways To Reduce Arthritic Pain Naturally

Many older Americans struggle with arthritis and seek alternative relief for pain without using medication. Dr. Manny Alvarez has listed a few natural ways to relieve pain caused by arthritis: have a regular exercise routine, helping to reduce stiffness and maintain joint mobility while gaining muscle strength. Have a healthy diet with a large variety of healthy foods. Apply heat to help reduce pain and relax muscles, and apply cold to help numb pain and reduce muscle spasms. More here