Many adults who enjoyed active lifestyles when they were younger and healthier find themselves suffering from stiff, painful backs as they age. Life with an aching back can be a miserable experience. Back pain is one of the most common reasons older people visit their doctors for a back exam, diagnosis, pain relief and treatment.
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.
Ellen is a grandmother who now must care for her husband, who has Alzheimer’s disease. She no longer has the family over on holidays, misses her grandchildren’s activities, and even going to get her hair done has become an unpleasant chore. Caring for her husband has made her stressed and isolated.