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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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Heart Failure

Heart failure is a complex condition that can result from any disorder that affects the ability of the heart to pump blood adequately to meet the demands of the body.Prevalence increases with advancing age. Causes of heart failure: Coronary heart disease High blood pressure Heart valve problems Abnormalities of heart …

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Lung

Introduction Lung function gradually declines after age 20. In the absence of lung insults (eg, smoking, exposure to environmental toxins or previous lung infections), most elderly people have enough lung reserve to avoid any breathing symptoms. However, in smokers/ former smokers and those exposed to environmental toxins, injury due to …

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Heart

Introduction As people age, the heart and blood vessels change in many ways. However, regular exercise can reduce many of the effects of aging on the heart and blood vessels. Sign & Symptoms The walls of the arteries (a type of blood vessel) become thicker and less elastic. The arteries …

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Hair

Introduction Hair starts to gray in about 50% of people by age 50, mainly due to the loss of melanocytes (pigment-producing cells). The degree of hair graying often runs in families, however, the responsible genes are unknown. Sign & Symptoms As people age, hair becomes thinner, more brittle and loses …

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Skin

Introduction The skin changes in many ways as people age. On the positive side, the skin tends to become less sensitive to substances, so allergic rashes become less common. On the negative side, the skin thins and becomes drier, less elastic, and more fragile. Thus, as people age, skin disorders …

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Teeth

Introduction The likelihood of reaching age 65 year with all or most teeth intact is much greater than in previous generations. However, about 1/3 of adults more than age 65 are missing part or all of their teeth (edentulism). Although dentition (or teeth) may be well preserved in the absence …

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