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Integrative Medicine in Elder Care: Mind-Body and Energy Medicine

Interprofessional care improves the outcomes of older adults with complex health problems

What is Integrative Medicine?

The National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as the following: a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be a part of conventional medicine.

Do Elders Use CAM?
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Recent studies show that between 30% and 58% of older adults use CAM, and CAM use is continuing to rise. A major concern is, of elders who use CAM, 58% do not discuss these therapies with their medical doctor. Further, only 35% of reported CAM use was recorded in the patient chart.

What is Mind-Body Medicine?

Mind-body medicine uses a variety of techniques designed to enhance the mind’s capacity to affect bodily
function and symptoms. Some techniques that were considered CAM in the past are today considered main
stream (patient support groups and cognitive behavioral therapy).

Do Elders Take Supplements ?

Over 1/2 of adults age 65 and up that take daily vitamins take other supplements. It is apparent that body requirements for the elderly are needed due to lack of micronutrients, changes in the aging process and life expectancy. There is NEW science "Redox Signaling" that is changing life for Seniors!

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Senior Care & Wellness

10 Interesting Facts About Senior Citizens

  1. Senior Citizens are Still Active in the Workforce
  2. Senior Citizens Are More Likely to Vote
  3. Senior Citizens Have a Day of Recognition
  4. Senior Citizens are More Likely to Commit Suicide
  5. Poverty Is Still a Serious Issue for Senior Citizens
  6. Senior Citizens Still Have Sex
  7. Senior Citizens are Tech Savvy
  8. Seniors Citizens Still Drive, Even When They Shouldn't
  9. Senior Citizens Enjoy Hobbies they are Creative
  10. Senior Citizens are Individuals

* Interesting Facts Courtesy of The Elder Care Issues Blog

As we age, our bodies handle medicines and medical treatments (i.e., surgery) differently than when we were young. This is partly a result of our aging bodies increase in body fat and decrease in body water content and lean body mass. The aging population also begins to use more and more medications at the same time in their lives that they tend to be most vulnerable to the adverse affects from these drugs.
An Ohio State University Study stated that “70 percent of older Americans turn to alternative medicines to treat their health problems.”

Statistics show that there are more than 40 million individuals greater than 65 years old in the United States. This group of the population deserves special attention and consideration, particularly when it comes to health care. The new “senior” ranges from mildly active to the likes of the beloved Betty White, still working at age 91! Unfortunately, however, the elderly population often suffers from many medical problems that go untreated or undiagnosed.

All too often, because there are so many chronic conditions that seem to afflict older persons, there is the mistaken perception that diabetes and arthritis, are just “part of growing old” — and nothing can be done about them. The truth is most of these diseases and conditions are treatable and should be addressed by a physician. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the most common chronic diseases afflicting the elderly are:

Adult onset diabetes
Kidney and bladder problems
Parkinson’s disease
Lung disease
Enlarged prostate
Alzheimer’s disease
Macular degeneration
Cardiovascular disease

It should be noted that although more and more elders are moving towards alternative methods of treatment to resolve serious medical issues (i.e., cancer, pain management, etc.), the vast majority of the American elder population continues to rely on the Western medical system for the treatment of whatever ails them.

We find it encouraging that we are beginning to view our bodies in slightly different ways than we once did, and that unique view is leading us in an alternative direction for our health related treatments, both proactively (through wellness programs) and reactively (through a combination of Western medicine and many alternative treatment options).

Once we are able to fully integrate the various options for treatment that are available, we may find our children and our children’s children living routinely to 100 years of age and up.

In a general sense, many folks are reassessing the method in which they approach their overall health. For example, elders once thought of doctors as god-like in their abilities (not in the literal sense mind you). Today, with the proliferation of publicly known lawsuits and the media reporting every failure discovered that a doctor may have, the elder population is seeking alternatives to Westernized medicine and its doctors.

An area that has come out from under its hiding spot is Naturopathy – the healing process that employs the use of more natural forces; such as air, water, sunshine to treat diseases while rejecting more Western medical practices. And it should also be noted that many people in general, not just the elderly, are turning to these alternative forms of treatment (if we can use that term). Check Out A New State Of The Art Technology Offer By Dr. Stephen Dalton at Lubbock Integrative Medical Associates - TELSAMAX

For Seniors Interested in Integrative Medicine

  • Remember our goal is for all patients to be healthy and pain free while participating in the daily activities of their choice.
  • Be open minded regarding safe alternatives and complementary medicine techniques which may help patients realize their health goals.
  • Remember to ask about complementary and alternative medicine practices and how they are aiding the elder population.
  • Ask about non prescription / over the counter supplements like ASEA and amazing new medical alternative technologies - ie: Stem Cell Therapies, TeslaMax and many other alternative therapies that Dr. Dalton recommends.

Whether you’re in your 20's or your 90's, we’ve got you covered. Click on the Request An Appointment Button Below or Call our Office At 806-795-1393 to make a Senior Care Appointment.

"Dr. Stephen Dalton, DO."

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At LIMA Lubbock we uses a series of questioners and testing along with state of the art technology to identify the source not just the symptom. We will create a customized plan compiled directly from your test results, symptoms and your health questionnaires to get to the true source or cause of the health issue.

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