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As a result of multiple factors, superficial skin tears are very common as people get older. They can often be caused by minor trauma such as bumping against something (the edge of the dishwasher is all too common), a fall or even someone grabbing an arm too vigorously. With age the skin loses some of its’ supportive structures and strength. The underlying capillaries and blood vessels also become more fragile and as a result break more easily causing bleeding and bruising. Past sun exposure and smoking are additional factors that aggravate skin problems like this. We recommend the following when people sustain a skin tear

 

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Many factors can influence driving ability including vision problems, hearing problems, memory disturbances, limited mobility due to arthritis, medication effect and others. If you have a concern, please discuss this with Dr. Koop. If there is any significant uncertainty, there is an organization that does special driving evaluations to insure the individual is safe to drive.

safe level of alcohol consumption depends on many factors and varies from person to person.  Alcohol can interact with many prescription medications. As a general rule people should limit themselves to 1 or 1.5 drinks a day, where one drink is equivalent to one standard glass of wine, one beer or one mixed drink with one ounce of alcohol. As one ages, alcohol can have many negative effects on memory, balance, sleep quality, energy levels and sexual function.  Just two standard drinks can impair your driving ability and put you over the legal limit of 0.08.

The latest recommendations are that all adults do some form of aerobic exercise for thirty minutes every day. Aerobic exercise would include walking, biking, swimming, and jogging. This allows the heart rate to elevate and stay elevated to improve cardiovascular fitness. This can have many positive effects on weight, blood pressure control, blood fat control, diabetes, arthritis and circulation problems.

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