Want to live longer? Age really might be just a number if you have a positive attitude toward aging. A new study suggests that people who have a positive attitude toward aging may be healthier and happier. Other research supports this conclusion, pointing to the benefits of feeling young at heart. So go ahead and embrace your inner youthfulness. Age is what you make it.
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.
Senior nutrition is more than just a source of comfort. The foods we eat directly affect our health. Food is fuel for the body, and to get good results, you have to use high-quality fuel. Healthy eating can help you feel healthier, and may even help you live longer. The right diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, or if you already have heart health issues, lower your risk of heart complications. A healthy diet may even prevent dementia. Here’s what you need to know in order to eat food that’s both tasty and nutritious.
Most older adults benefit from having a family member accompany them to doctor appointments. Family members can keep track of information or recommended follow-up steps, as well as advocate for the senior during the visit. Family members can share specific concerns in regards to memory or pain management with the doctor, as well as give realistic accounts of symptoms the senior could be experiencing.
Everyone knows the saying, “you are what you eat,” and current research only continues to demonstrate the importance of nutrition choices. Eating the proper foods can do more than decrease weight gain. Now we know that foods can decrease inflammation, diminish the effects of chronic skin disorders and even aid in decreasing gastrointestinal complications. For older adults, nutrition is even more vital because the body requires a different mix of vitamins and protein to maintain wellness.
The summer season is on its way, bringing warmer temperatures and more sunshine. Before you participate in your favorite seasonal activities with your aging loved one, be sure you are caring for elderly parents by taking a few precautions. Seniors are especially prone to health risks in the summer months, including complications from dehydration or overheating. However, a few easy precautions can keep your summer activities safe for everyone involved.
Seniors across the country are living more active lifestyles than the generations that came before them. Retirement years are now the years for you to pursue new hobbies, make new friends, and learn new things. Thanks, in part, to longer lifespans and increased financial security, today’s seniors are finding new ways to connect with one another and stay engaged with the communities around them.
Do you or a loved one in your life suffer from memory loss? Have you ever wondered if it's dementia, or is it just normal aging? Watch our episode of Senior Living LIVE as we discuss the difference between what should be considered "normal aging" and what would be the warning signs of actual dementia.