Something Old, Something New: Apothecaries And Senior Couples

Health & Medical Blog

Approximately 2.3 million couples say "I do" in the United States each year. While the average age of the bride and groom tends to center around the mid-twenties, there are also more senior couples who are also participating in nuptials. Seniors above the age of 65 may be indulging in their second, third or even first marriages. Those, along with the over 2.8 million seniors over 50 years who are cohabiting (2010), may find that intimacy at this point in their lives can pose some interesting challenges, as they may be struggling with health issues related to the normal physiological degeneration associated with aging.

There are approximately 7, 500 apothecary pharmacies in the United States which provide special blends of medication that can help with some of these concerns. So if you fall within this category, here a few ways that an apothecary pharmacy may be of help to you.

Let's get it on

No matter how old you may be, sexual activity and satisfaction can be a part of your relationship, as indicated by the 46 percent of men and the 38 percent of women between the ages of 60 to 70 who have sex at least once per week. However, age, long-term administration of certain medications such as those for diabetes and hypertension, and certain chronic illnesses such as arthritis can create problems for seniors in having satisfying sexual experiences. It is estimated that about 65 percent of men over the age of 65 years can suffer from erectile dysfunction while women may have issues with vaginal dryness and thinning of the walls of the vagina, which can make sexual activity painful and unsatisfactory.

There is both medical and non-traditional medicine for treating these issues, and while only a fraction of those who suffer from sexual dysfunction actually seek help, help is available. Under doctor's supervision, an apothecary can make mixtures of such remedies as rhodiola rosea or red ginseng for conditions such as erectile dysfunction. Women can also access lubricants and medicines for vaginal dryness. 

Keeping in good health

One way that your apothecary can help to enhance the healthy status of your home environment is through the provision of healthy herbal mixtures and oils that they can be used in place of regular store-bought household cleaners. Household cleaners can contain chemicals that are unhealthy for anyone to breathe, especially senior citizens whose health concerns may make them more vulnerable. Even though making a suitable blend of natural cleansers can also be treated as a do-it-yourself project in creating your own mixtures, an apothecary would be able to ensure a more advantageous combination of herbs and oils.

Some of these natural herbs and oils can also be used as an alternative treatment for such conditions as arthritis, which limits mobility and causes pain thereby interfering with normal life. An apothecary can also help you to enhance your intimate moments through the provision of aromatherapy products that can help to create relaxation and rejuvenation from a variety of mixtures. Contact a local apothecary, like Potter's House Apothecary, Inc, for more information.


30 July 2015

Outstanding In-Home Care

When my mother fell at home and broke her hip, we all thought that we were going to have no choice to put her in a nursing home when she got out of the hospital. My mother had always asked us kids to avoid putting her in any kind of home, but we didn’t know what else we could do. None of us were capable of giving her the kind of rehabilitation and care that she needed. Then her doctor suggested that we find out if her insurance covered in-home care. I didn’t even know that that was an option. I was pleased to discover that in-home care was covered by her plan. Now she gets great care from nurses and nurse assistants that come right to her in her home, where she wants to be. It’s a great option, and I’m so glad we have it.