A popular myth suggests that depression is a normal part of aging. This is untrue. Depression is a serious illness, much like diabetes or heart disease. It’s not a normal part of aging, and with the right support, seniors can lead engaging, joyful, meaningful lives. Yet depression is common in seniors. An estimated 1-5 percent of the general senior population is affected by depression. In seniors with health conditions, the figure is much higher. As many as 13.5 percent of seniors requiring home health assistance and 11.5 percent of hospitalized seniors are depressed.
Nearly 40 percent of seniors have at least one disability. Mobility issues are the most common disability for elders. This frustrating reality can make it difficult to spend enjoyable time together. Boisterous grandkids may want to run, while many seniors prefer a slower pace. Even for healthy seniors, aging can present significant limitations; they’re more vulnerable to heat-related injuries, and may be anxious about falling. Yet activities for elderly parents can be fun, meaningful, and even adventurous. Check out some of these family-friendly options:
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. Now, every year, you can find plenty of low-key celebrations surrounding this national observance, including discounts at stores and restaurants or fun events at local senior centers. If you are looking to celebrate the senior citizens in your life (including yourself), here are a few ways to take your celebrations to the next level. Cheers to seniors everywhere!
The baby boomer generation is changing the face of aging, and teaching younger generations that growing older doesn’t have to mean growing sicker or moving slower. One way boomers are leading the charge of healthy aging is by choosing to remain active throughout retirement. While some are running marathons or lifting weights, other seniors are falling in love with the ancient practice of yoga.
You’re never too old to enjoy Independence Day. Indeed, for many people the 4th of July sparks fond memories of childhood barbecues, early parenthood, and joyful celebrations with beloved friends. For seniors who have mobility or cognitive issues or who have transitioned to independent living, a change in how they celebrate the 4th of July can feel demoralizing.
Sunny days and warmer temperatures are here, which signals all summer fun to begin. However, in the midst of the fun family get-togethers and neighborhood barbeques, the dangers of summer for older adults are significant. If you find yourself caring for an elderly loved one, you may already be preoccupied with keeping them safe while at home and while out and about. You may not, however, be aware of a few key safety measures to take during the summer months.
No matter how excited you may be to move into your new apartment at a senior living community, there can still be some accompanying anxiety. Transition at any age can be overwhelming, and moving into a senior living community is no different. Fortunately, the transition trauma doesn’t have to last too long or feel too sad. There are many ways to ease into your new home and new routine, including a bit of help from your furry best friend.
You’re never too old to be physically fit. Age accelerates the loss of muscle and bone mass. This can lead to weakness, play a role in osteoporosis and increase the risk of falls. Exercise can reduce this risk. Seniors who remain physically active may live longer, maintain a more independent lifestyle, have less physical pain due to joint health issues and arthritis, have a lower risk of dementia and have better mental health.