Senior Health

Alzheimer's disease
    Physiology: Alzheimer's is characterized by neuronal (nerve tissue) degeneration and buildup of amyloidal-beta formations and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain

    Onset: age-related, environmental, genetics; progresses silently. A person may live with this condition for 3-20 years, with the average of 8-10.
Risk factors:
    Genetics
    Oxidative stress and inflammation
    Low levels of protective antioxidants
    Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
    High levels of stress
    Hypertension
    Stroke
    Diabetes
    Cancer
    Ethnicity other than Caucasian: disease may present at an earlier age
Goals: Improve circulation; maintain ideal body weight and normal blood sugar levels, normal cholesterol, and a healthy emotional state.

Our clinic has much experience in working closely with mature adults or seniors. Our Naturopathic Physician has worked with seniors for many years in the medical field. Therefore we are well aware of the "Four Giants" that often plague seniors: Memory loss, urinary incontinence, depression, and falls/immobility. The memory loss and depression often then lead to dehydration, malnutrition and loss of appetite. Providing emotional support and encouragement may be all that is needed to correct imbalances.

Other common conditions:
  • Macular degeneration,
  • Parkinson's,
  • Dementia,
  • Malnourishment,
  • Depression,
  • Falls
Our assessment:
    Emotional support
    Nutrition and dietary needs
    Environment needs and/or changes