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GOLDEN YEARS

Loss of Weight

The evaluation of unexplained weight loss in the elderly sometimes yields no cause other than "unexplained". If a physical cause for the weight loss exist, it usually becomes evident within six months. Consequently, continued weight loss should be monitored, even when the initial evaluation does not supply a diagnosis.

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Arthritis

Arthritis

Introduction Although the term means joint inflammation, arthritis really refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, septic arthritis etc. The two commonest forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. What …

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Introduction and epidemiology Respiratory disease ranks as the most common cause of medical consultation and the fourth leading cause of hospital admission. COPD is a condition characterised by persistent airflow obstruction which is slowly progressive. It can also present with features of airway hyper reactivity. It is a common cause …

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Techniques of Relaxation

Deep Breathing This is the most basic technique. Breath in and out deeply. Can be done anywhere and any time. Try to practice for a few minutes 3 to 4 times daily and whenever you feel tense. (More info on procedure) Imagery It is about building pictures in the mind. …

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Exercise Programme

Knowing More About Fitness And Exercise. Four Components Of Physical Fitness: Cardio – vascular endurance: This is the sustained ability of the heart, lungs and blood vessels to carry oxygen to body cells. It involves exercise or activity that places a demand on the heart and lungs. The exercises should …

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