Senior Health

In this section of the site we have aimed to cover problems and illnesses we believe to be the most frequent in the older person. Don’t forget if you don’t find it under this section try our search facility as it may be under a different section. If the illness/condition you require information on is…

Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, it is also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is more common after the age of 45 and is also more common in women. Osteoarthritis commonly affects weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips, spine and feet. However, you may also get osteoarthritis…

Prostate cancer

What is the prostate gland? The prostate is a small gland found only in men. It lies below the bladder between the pubic bone and the rectum. It is shaped like a doughnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis). It is a vital part of the male…

Stroke

What is a stroke? A ‘stroke’ or cerebrovascular accident as it’s medically known is a term used to describe brain disorders, which occur when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted in some way. When the blood supply is disrupted, the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and other nutrients, causing some cells to…

Polyps

What is a polyp? A polyp is an abnormal growth. Polyps can vary in size, shape and location, they may be single or multiple. Some polyps are flat and some look like a grape with a narrow stalk, or they may take the form of many fine projections, resembling the pile of a carpet. Polyps…

Osteoporosis

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a medical term for the thinning and weakening of the bones, it literally means ‘porous bones’. If this deterioration in the bones goes untreated, our skeleton eventually becomes very fragile and some bones will be likely to break or fracture with a minor bump or fall. The bones and osteoporosis…

Blood Pressure

What is blood pressure? As the blood circulates around the body, it is under pressure. The blood pressure is a result of the pumping action of the heart and the resistance of the vessels, through which the blood flows. When blood pressure is high it puts an unnecessary strain on the heart and blood vessels.…

Cholesterol

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a soft waxy substance and is an essential body fat (lipid), that is carried around the body in the blood, it can be found in all the body’s cells. Only a small amount of the cholesterol in the body comes from your diet, it is mostly made in the body…

Breast Cancer

What is breast cancer? The organs and tissues of the body are made up of over 100 million tiny building blocks called cells. Cancer happens when something goes wrong inside just one of these cells. Although cells in different parts of the body may look and work differently, most repair and reproduce themselves in the…

Colon cancer

What is Colon cancer? Colon cancer, also known as colon and rectal cancer, is a cancer that develops as a result of abnormal changes in the cells that line the bowel. The bowel is part of the digestive system, it is divided into the small bowel (small intestine) and the large bowel (colon and rectum).…

Back Pain

What is back pain? Back pain is very common and a major cause of disability and people having days off work. The majority of back pain problems are not serious and only last a few days or weeks and will usually sort themselves out. Back pain might also be referred to as lumbago. Pain in…

Arthritis

What is arthritis and rheumatism? Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints in the body, though the term is used to describe almost all problems associated with the joints. You may have heard of arthritis referred to as rheumatism. Rheumatism is a term that most people are familiar with, it is a very…