Seniors’ Health

Did you know... seniors may represent 25-30% of Canada’s population by 2056? The golden years can bring with them certain health conditions. Learn more about how seniors can help prevent joint and eye problems.

Joint health

Senior citizens often have aches and pains caused by arthritis, which is caused by cartilage in the joints wearing down over time, causing swelling, stiffness and pain.
Some of these problems can be prevented. You can help your joints if you:
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Avoid putting excessive stress on your joints

Treating sore joints

Ways to manage or treat pain in your joints include:
  • Regular exercise to help strengthen joints and make them more flexible
  • Assisted devices (canes, walkers) and corrective footwear
  • Joint protection with braces
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Heat/ice therapy
  • Pain medications:*
    • Acetaminophen
    • Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen or ASA)
    • Prescription pain relievers
  • For severe cases, surgery may be an option
*Be sure to ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for help when you are considering a pain medication. Some over-the-counter medications interact with other medications or health conditions.


Macular degeneration

Eye health and vision-related problems are high among seniors’ health concerns.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) ranks third as a cause of blindness, so it’s a serious problem.
Possible causes of AMD may include:
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • A history of smoking within the last 20 years
  • White race
  • Poor diet
  • Other health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Advanced age

Preventing AMD

To help prevent or delay the onset of age-related macular degeneration, try the following:
  • Eat a balanced, low-fat diet containing many fruits and vegetables (remember what your mother always told you about eating your carrots, which are rich in vitamin A!)
  • Take an eye care vitamin containing vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zinc
  • Smokers should talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart before buying a vitamin for their eyes because there are special formulations made just for them
  • Quit smoking
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight


Treating AMD

Treatment options are available for age-related macular degeneration, including:

  • Different types of laser therapy
  • Injections of specialized drugs into the eye
  • Working with an eye specialist to help make the most of remaining vision

Dry eye

As the name implies, dry eye is simply your eyes not making enough tears to keep the eyes moist and comfortable. This is a very common condition and often occurs as people age.
Dry eye is also linked to certain drugs, so if you are noticing this symptom, it is important to talk with the Pharmacist at Walmart. Let them know all of the medications that you are taking, including the drugs and vitamins that you buy without a prescription.
Dry eye can be diagnosed by an eye care professional.


Treating dry eye

Consider prevention by avoiding irritants such as smoke, hair dryers or overly warm rooms. Trying a humidifier in your room may also help.
There are treatment options available:
  • Eye drops known as artificial tears are available over-the-counter without a prescription (your eye specialist or the Pharmacist at Walmart can help recommend eye drops)


Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart has advice to help seniors make the most of the golden years. 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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