Tips: Seniors’ Health

Here are a few tips for coping with minor aches and pains and keeping your eyes in good shape. Be sure to speak with your doctor if you are having pain or eye troubles that do not improve.

Non-drug pain management

There are many non-drug ways to help deal with your aches and pains, including:
  • Apply heat or ice
    • Talk to the Pharmacist first; heat will help relax tense muscles and cold helps reduce inflammation
  • Alternative therapies
  • Consider “distraction” and/or relaxation
    • Reading, watching TV
    • Listening to music
    • Crossword puzzles
    • Sudoku
    • Yoga
    • Talking to a friend or loved one
  • Use helpful devices
    • Canes, walkers, grab bars, larger non-slip handles/grips
    • For more information about devices that can help people with arthritis, go to

Pain medications

The Pharmacist at Walmart can help you choose a pain reliever that’s right for you :
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Topical medications (rubs, creams)
  • Prescription medications
    • If over-the-counter medications do not relieve your pain symptoms, anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription mediation may be recommended. These medications may cause side effects that need to be monitored by you and your healthcare practitioner. These medications should only be taken under the supervision of your doctor.
    • Some doctors will also use cortisone (steroid) joint injections to help lower the pain in certain joints

Eye health: diet

Keeping your eyes healthy will help you keep your vision strong. Consider these tips for healthy eyes.

A healthy diet including foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and minerals copper and zinc, can help keep your eyes healthy. Try these foods:

  • Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables (e.g., broccoli, oranges, kiwi, tomatoes and leafy greens)
  • Nuts, seeds
  • Dairy products
  • Cold water fish, seafood
  • Enriched grain products
  • Eggs

Eye health: vitamins

If recommended by your doctor, consider a vitamin supplement that is specific for eye health. Many of these are called AREDS vitamins and they often include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Beta-carotene
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Lutein
Smokers should talk to their Walmart Pharmacist before starting an eye vitamin because there are products made just for them.

Eye health: exercise

Exercise is important for eye health:
• Regular exercise helps the tiny blood vessels in your eyes to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue in your eyes
• If you have glaucoma or diabetes, be careful when exercising, especially if you are lifting weights
• Speak with your doctor about the exercise you are doing


Eye health: lifestyle

Some lifestyle changes you should consider to help improve your eye health:
• Quit smoking
•Wear sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection all year long
• VisitWalmart Vision Centre to ensure your eye glasses, sunglasses and contacts are well-fitted and up-to-date


Eye health: diabetes

If you have diabetes, be sure to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range to reduce the risk of eye complications.


Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is knowledgeable about pain management and eye care, and can answer questions about medications and/or non-drug treatments for managing your symptoms. Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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