Getting older comes with new responsibilities, including issues that may have not been at the front of your mind a few decades before. Exercise, for example, may have been a normal part of your active workday before you retired. However, now you may find yourself with a chronic medical condition that leaves you with no energy to take a stroll around the block. Beyond exercise, choosing the right foods and maintaining a healthy diet can keep your body and mind strong. Senior nutrition can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with the right information and support systems in place, you can feed your body the fuel that will keep it running well.
Dementia affects 47 million people around the world, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. Finding ways to provide more efficient and effective dementia care will be among the world’s top public health priorities in the years ahead.
Moving to a senior community isn’t always the first choice for older adults. After all, living at home for as long as possible is often considered healthy aging by most Americans. Many seniors and their family members try to stay at home for as long as they can, even while fighting with chronic medical conditions, loneliness, and memory loss. This desire to stay at home can often lead to unhealthy and isolated living conditions, which isn’t healthy aging at all.
Starting the “moving” conversation with an aging parent is never easy. The idea of leaving a home after spending decades there brings a great deal of uncertainty and unpredictable reactions.
First and foremost, don’t go it alone. Family members, elder care planning experts, and resources such as the Talking to Your Parent Guide will provide support and tools to help start the “moving” conversation.
Spring is approaching. Birds are chirping, and colorful flowers are pushing up from the ground. As you throw open your windows and begin your usual spring cleaning routine, consider starting the downsizing process. Although downsizing your family home into a more manageable (and engaging) senior living community apartment can seem overwhelming and emotional, following a reasonable timeline and set of tasks can keep you on target for achieving your upcoming move.
If you have ever walked into a room only to forget why you were there in the first place, you have experienced firsthand the frustration that can come with memory loss. Fortunately, these “where did I put my keys?” moments are typically few and far between for healthy adults. However, seniors run the risk of experiencing more memory loss issues as they age. The risk of memory loss can increase without regular brain exercise. The saying “use it or lose it” rings true when it comes to maintaining a healthy mind as we age.
Multiple studies have shown that active brain engagement can lead to decreased memory loss or even a slowing down the process of progressive dementia. If you are currently not in the practice of making a focused daily effort to exercise your brain, here are six activities that can get you moving in the right direction:
Mealtime is supposed to be an enjoyable, social reprieve from the grind of everyday life. But many seniors find that meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation eventually become more exhausting than enjoyable.
Between clipping coupons, budgeting for food, meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation, meals can be a real hassle. Seniors might need to ask family members and friends for help, thus making meals even less enjoyable. But understanding assisted living means understanding that assisted living takes the pain out of preparing and planning meals.
Just 40 to 50 percent of dementia cases have been diagnosed. That means most people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia aren’t receiving the care they need.
Signs of dementia may be overlooked—but more often they’re ignored by seniors and loved ones who aren’t prepared to confront the difficult reality of a life-limiting disease. And the real danger of ignoring the warning signs of dementia can be medical complications, accidents and injuries, and financial crises that jeopardize our loved ones’ future stability.
Aging can bring about many new opportunities, for better or for worse. For many seniors, there can be quite a learning curve when it comes to issues that face aging adults, from Medicare questions to chronic medical condition management. Knowing where to go to find the answers to questions you have is the key to arming yourself with reliable information. Some seniors or well-meaning family members will turn to technology to find out the answers to questions. Unfortunately, internet searches are often riddled with incorrect or outdated information that can just cause even more confusion.