Seniors' Health

Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica Completes Its First Robotic-Assisted Surgery
The surgical services team at Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica recently completed the hospital's first robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery in its new state-of-the-art surgical services center.
 
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Know Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. That’s why all adults aged 50 and older — and some younger adults, depending on their risk factors — should receive regular colorectal screenings, including a colonoscopy. Take a free online risk assessment from Tanner now to know your risk.

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Who’s Quarterbacking Your Care?
Every successful football team relies on a good quarterback — someone who can see the field, call the plays and deliver the ball safely to a receiver or tailback to help their team keep moving down the field.
 
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Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 -- A solid minority of senior citizens still struggles to afford their prescription medications, a new government report shows.

About 5% of adults 65 and older don't take their medication as prescribed to cut costs, according to survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Anger a Threat to Health in Old Age

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 -- The loss of loved ones can hit the elderly particularly hard, but a new study suggests it's anger, and not sadness, that may damage the aging body more.

Anger can increase inflammation, which is linked with conditions such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis, the researchers said.

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Quick Test Helps Predict Hospital Readmission Risk After Heart Attack

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 -- For elderly heart attack survivors, how well they perform on a simple mobility test could help predict whether they will be back in the hospital within a month, researchers say.

Nearly one in five of these heart patients are readmitted with complications such as heart failure, bleeding or irregular heart beat within 30 days after leaving the hospital.

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