Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Healthy living can help you age well and maintain your mental agility, physical strength, and overall vitality. It's never too late to begin taking better care of yourself. We offer resources and information especially for older adults.
While not all seniors are in ill health – many are vibrant and healthy into old age – at some point in the aging process, certain common conditions tend to occur. If you are living with conditions such as urinary incontinence or vision or hearing changes that get in the way of daily activities, there may be better ways to manage them. It can be frustrating if you feel that you have lost control of your body. However, there are still many aspects of your health and well-being that you can control.
You can make daily choices that can positively affect your health, from knowing the right type of sunglasses to wear to being prepared with enough medication in an emergency. By becoming more aware of your body and what is best for you, you can take important steps to keep your body and mind healthy and strong.
Although you can experience hearing loss at any time during your life, hearing loss becomes more common as people age. Age-related hearing loss eventually affects one-third of people by the time they reach age 60 and more than half of those over age 85.
Your friends and family members may notice first that you're losing your hearing. Sounds may seem muffled or distant, especially when there is background noise.
Limiting your exposure to loud noise is one thing you can do to prevent hearing loss. It is important to contact us if you suspect a problem so we can arrange a hearing test.
Hearing loss can seem challenging and frustrating, but there are many technologies available that can help you hear more clearly or receive messages in alternate ways. Here are a few examples of tools you can use to make living with hearing loss easier:
Good vision is important for safe driving, reading, meal preparation, fall prevention, and proper medication use, as well as many other aspects of daily life. It is important to be aware of changes in your vision for your health and for your safety.
There are things you can do to keep your eyes as healthy as possible:
There are certain vision problems that may develop as you age. The most common age-related conditions include glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
If you or your loved one is living with vision impairment, there are things that can make life more manageable:
There are several steps you can take to better manage your medications, including:
Keeping track of your medications is an important part of staying healthy. Keep prescriptions organized to help you remember to take them and to follow the correct dosage instructions.
Take your medications as part of your daily routine. It can help to keep them by your toothbrush, so you remember to take them after you brush your teeth, or near the table where you eat dinner. Use an alarm system to alert you when to take your pills or time your usual dose with a favorite TV show so you know when to take it.
Make sure you refill your medications before you run out. Check your medication label for the phone number to call to order your prescriptions or refill them online. You can have your prescriptions mailed to you for no extra fee, or you can pick them up at your local Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. You can also use Kaiser Permanente's prescription reminder program, which will send you an e-mail reminder when it is time to refill your prescriptions.
It is important to take your medications exactly as prescribed to you by your doctor. Do not stop taking medications unless instructed to by a clinician. Make sure you read all instructions carefully and are aware of possible side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions you are unsure about.
If you are experiencing an emergency or severe reaction to a medication, call 911 right away or go to the nearest Emergency Room.
If anything is unclear to you concerning your medications, or you have questions about dosage instructions or side effects, please talk to us so that we can help you.
The release of urine due to loss of bladder control is common as people age. This can happen when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or change positions. Men who have an enlarged prostate, postmenopausal women, smokers, and obese people may experience incontinence.
Women. As women age, lower estrogen levels cause changes in the lining of the bladder and urethra. This can decrease the ability of the urethra to tightly seal, resulting in leaking urine. Bladder muscles may weaken or become hyperactive, and tissues supporting the urethra also weaken.
Men. In men, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate gland, is a normal part of aging. As changes in hormone balance and cell growth occur, the prostate may enlarge and cause narrowing or blockage of the urethra, causing problems with urination.
Loss of bladder control is common. Try not to feel embarrassed or frustrated by it. There are steps you can take to help prevent, control, or even cure the symptoms of urinary incontinence:
Several Kaiser Permanente facilities offer classes and information about managing urinary incontinence. Contact your facility's Health Education center or logon to kp.org to send me a secure message or request more information. If you have questions about urinary incontinence, we can discuss them during your next visit.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.