Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

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Senior Health

What are Common Mental Health Issues as People Age?

mental health issues

It’s not easy getting older. It’s not easy watching your parents get older. You remember when they were younger and in great health. Aside from failing physical health, as people age, they can also begin to deal with mental health issues. Not every adult child prepares themselves for the mental health issues their parents will deal with as they age. Let’s explore some of the most common senior citizens’ mental health issues. Disorders Related to Anxiety One of the most common senior mental health issues prevalent today is that of anxiety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports… Read More

Why Your Annual Physical Exam Is a Must

Why Your Annual Physical Exam Is a Must

It’s a question that’s been asked time and time again: “Do I really need an annual physical exam?” In short, yes. Preventing health problems, saving money, and keeping your doctor up-to-date on your health are just a few of the many benefits there are to getting an annual physical exam. At GMP Medical, we understand the value of annual exams. Be it a gynecological exam, a general primary doctor visit, or visiting a specialist, maintaining your health is the most important thing you can do – especially the older you get. Read on to find out why getting an annual… Read More

If You’re a Senior and Can’t Sleep, Read This.

If You’re a Senior and Can’t Sleep, Read This

As the years go by, you might begin to notice that you are waking up earlier, waking up more often throughout the night, or simply having difficulties sleeping for most nights. More and more people are beginning to report lack of sleep or difficulty sleeping as they age. Although there is not really a “right” amount of sleep, sleeping for a good amount of hours is crucial to one’s health. While experts say that it is important to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night, it is also important to remember that in all cases, it is not… Read More

Bracing Yourself for the Changing Seasons: How to Keep Healthy

Bracing Yourself for the Changing Seasons- How to Keep Healthy

This hot Miami Summer is slowly fading into Autumn. From there, Winter will come next with its storms and wind. As your local Hialeah general practitioner, we want you to stay healthy when the temperature drops. Check out our guide to help you when the weather turns south. Get your flu shot In America, our flu season starts in October and lasts through May. We see a peak in February, but people can get the flu throughout Fall and Winter. Getting a flu vaccine will save you a massive headache, literally. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should… Read More

4 Meal Planning Tips for Seniors

Eating a balanced diet is important for seniors in order to be physically strong and be healthy emotionally and mentally. This is also required to help them recuperate from a recent illness or injury. Unfortunately, planning the meals of your loved ones can get stressful especially if you lack knowledge and training to do so. Lucky for you, there are some strategies you can use to ensure that the people you love always gets the nutrition that they need. Here are some of them: Use other sources of protein. Proteins play a vital role in helping the body to heal… Read More

Why Breathing Exercises Are Important After Having Surgery

After your surgery, your doctor will give you instructions on what exercises to do regularly that will help you recover quicker and get back to normal life. Below, we share information about the importance of breathing exercises that help you feel like your old self. Most surgeries are done under anesthesia. With it, you are put to sleep and your breathing is slower. The breaths you take aren’t as deep as your normal breaths that you take when you’re active. These breaths keep little air sacs, known as alveoli, in your lungs from filling with oxygen. After the surgery, these… Read More

5 Activities That Can Help Your Mental Health

Maintaining a healthy mind is just as important as keeping a healthy body. If you make a conscious effort concerning what you eat and what you put on your skin, you must also make an effort to protect yourself from mental illness. Here are five activities that can help you stay mentally healthy and live a balanced life. Taking care of your body. Stick to a nutritious diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free dairy, lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts. Avoid sugary food. Watch your caffeine intake. Drink lots of water. Do not smoke. Exercise for… Read More

4 Easy Exercises for Senior Men

According to the American Heart Association, about 42.2 million Americans over the age of 60 have some form of cardiovascular disease. Exercising is good for more than just your heart though. Having a healthy routine is more than just good for elongating your life expectancy, but it also makes senior men more energetic and independent. As part of our commitment to our community, we have prepared a list of the best exercises for senior men. Walking This is the easiest one. It costs nothing, and anyone can do it. Walking is incredibly easy on your joints as well. Before you… Read More

5 Must Haves for Senior Safety

Improving seniors’ homes and getting new devices is essential to ensure their safety and good quality of life. These are 5 simple modifications and upgrades that should be done to make aging the most convenient for your loved one. Shower Upgrades If we have to name only one home modification, it would be your shower or bathtub. The safest way is to get a walk-in shower, which is easy to enter and exit. There are also walk-in tubs designed to help seniors avoid slipping hazards. If you want to keep your old bathtub or can’t get a new one, there… Read More

5 Exercises for Women Over 60

The American College of Sports Medicine says that a 60-year-old woman who exercises regularly can be as strong as an inactive 40-year-old woman. You do not have to be ashamed if you are already aged 60 and above. You can still do exercises in order to lose fat, improve stamina and retain the strength of your bones and muscles.   Exercises For Weight Loss   The chances for gaining weight increases when you reach 60 years old and above. This is due to the fact that aging causes you to lose muscle mass which affects the body’s metabolic rate and… Read More