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What is Geriatrics

Geriatrics is best described as the the branch of medicine that focuses on health of elderly patients. It's focus is to prevent and treat disease and disability, as well as promote general health of seniors. There is no specific age at which a patient is prescribed geriatric treatments, as this is generally determined by the patients profile, and the symptoms that the patient suffers from. Some of the most common treatments are for immobility, incontinence and degradation of memory.

Current Trends in Geriatrics

One of the most important trends in geriatrics today is the continuing efforts to treat and prevent delirium in hospitalized elderly patients. Symptoms of this condition surface when the hospitalized elderly patient becomes disoriented and confused while hospitalized. The result is a degradation of health, and it can also lead to prolonged hospitalization and other health complications. Treatment of this disorder includes mental stimulation and keeping the patient oriented in reality.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Certification

The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Certification is designed to help healthcare providers identify and event treat potentially life threatening cardiac emergency situations. Due to the urgent nature of these types of events, empasis is placed on providing initial care information in the event of a stroke, cardiac arrest, and other coronary syndromes.

Every second counts, so this course teaches the urgent treatment of a person who is suffering cardiopulmonary related emergencies. Healthcare professionals who have their Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Certification haveh the necessary medical knowledge and skills needed to be able to respond to urgent cardiovascular emergencies.


In order to become certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), the healthcare provider mst be able to complete an online course as well as a skill test completed in person. There are many practice exams available for you to prepare yourself with. Test results for both the practice test and real test are immediate.

These certification tests are made up fifty questions, normally in multiple choice format, and you normally have about 90 minutes to finish the test. A grade of eighty four percent or greater is considered passing. If you don't pass the exam the first time, you cna always review the questions you missed and take the exam again.

One you have passed the exam and completed the course, yoru certification is valid for two years. This course follows the American Heart Association (AHA) 2010 guidelines.

Muscle Stimulators In Geriatric Health

One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of geriatric health is pysical therapy. However, deterioration of health that is often accompanied with advancing age and the ability to care for one's self can be direclty attributable to muscle loss and the deterioration of physical well being due to the lack of physical excecise. Becuse physical deteriroation increased the older we get, it is important that we excersize regularly and participate in physical activity.

While many geriatric patients go and see a physical therapist to improve and prolong their functionaly ability, it can be expensive and inconvenient. An alternative many geriatirc patients are now considering is electionic Muscle Stimulators. In addition to the physical therapy benefits that muscle stimulators can provide, they can also be an effective treament for chronic pain.

Muscle stimulators can be very effecive and have few side effects, however, they should onlky be used after consulting a physician, and they should only be purchsed from a reputable source.

Where To Find Affordable Health Insurance

In a troubled economy, where should an average, everyday senior look to find affordable health insurance coverage? The staggering number of uninsured senior american indicates that many seniors are asking this question but are unable to come up with adequate answers.

The first thing you want to do is to look into the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). This allows many people who are not currently employed to leverage the health benefits of their most recent employer.