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Urinary incontinence: offering solutions that make a difference by Susan L. Jackson, PT-1151

Urinary incontinence: offering solutions that make a difference by Susan L. Jackson, PT

Although urinary incontinence affects a significant number of women and men, most don’t talk about it. Research on this problem—a much more common health issue for women—typically focuses on females, with studies showing that only half of women ever discuss the problem with their doctor. Possible reasons include embarrassment, the belief that bladder leakage is to be expected with aging, the misconception that nothing can be done about the problem, and the fear of being directed to surgery.

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Protect the spine through exercise  by Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT-1126

Protect the spine through exercise by Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to fracture. In the US today, approximately 10 million individuals already have the disease, and an estimated 34 million more have low bone density, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Of the 10 million Americans estimated to have osteoporosis, eight million (80%)
are women and two million (20%) are men (1).

Bone loss and osteoporosis most often occur in individuals ages 50 and older. As age increases, fracture risk also increases. Women can lose up to 20% of bone density during the five to seven years following menopause (2). Bone loss tends to progress at a slower rate in men, and it usually occurs at a later age than in women (3).

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Can strength training reverse the side effects of cancer treatment? by Ben Hurley, PhD, FACSM, and Erik Hanson, MA, CSCS-1066

Can strength training reverse the side effects of cancer treatment? by Ben Hurley, PhD, FACSM, and Erik Hanson, MA, CSCS

Professionals who promote active aging know that strength training offers important health benefits for older adults, from preserving or restoring physical function, and maintaining independence, to preventing or managing chronic medical disorders. But what do we know about the benefits of strength training for those who are undergoing cancer treatment?

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Sleep and the older adult by Diana M. Taibi, PhD, RN-665

Sleep and the older adult by Diana M. Taibi, PhD, RN

Sleep disturbances are among the most common difficulties experienced by older persons. Over half of older adults in the United States experience insomnia symptoms several nights a week (National Sleep Foundation, 2002; Ohayon, Carskadon, Guilleminault & Vitiello, 2004). Compared to younger adults, older adults tend to:

· take longer to fall asleep,
· wake up more frequently at night,
· spend more time awake during the night,
· get less total sleep, and
· feel unrefreshed after sleeping.

Older adults may not report difficulty sleeping because they believe it is a normal part of aging, although current evidence supports that both younger and older adults need 7-9 hours of sleep.

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The neck/shoulder connection  by Dean Smith, BScPT-662

The neck/shoulder connection by Dean Smith, BScPT

As a physical therapist, I frequently work with clients who experience pain and disability in the neck and shoulder region. What are the causes of these issues?

Work injuries
Car accidents
Other trauma (falls, sport-related)
Disease, especially arthritis
Chronic poor postural habits at work, home and during sleep

When people suffer pain in this region of the body, I frequently observe postural issues and muscle imbalances. I can only speculate as to whether these were there prior to the onset of pain or if the dysfunctions developed afterward.

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Outdoor exercise and air quality by Patricia Ryan, MS-643

Outdoor exercise and air quality by Patricia Ryan, MS

When you listen to the nightly news or read the newspaper, you are likely to hear a short announcement of the air quality index. This number may be followed by a caution for people who are sensitive to air quality.

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