Despite the USA being such a wealthy country, malnutrition is a fact of life for some seniors, who may be on medications that cause nausea or lack of appetite, or have conditions that impact their ability to eat certain foods. Providing a nutrient-rich diet is actually one of the key ways to boost the health and well-being of an older adult. Seniors who eat healthy diets can lower high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss and anemia. Making sure that seniors eat well can be a bit of a tricky business though, as they generally need fewer calories than younger adults but the same amount of nutrients, if not more.
When it comes to senior health, reducing the risk of falling is a serious business. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults, with more than half of fall injuries among seniors occurring inside their home. Along with exercise (which can greatly improve balance), one of the most effective fall prevention strategies you can make is to “fall-proof” your house. Read on to discover seven simple ways you can decrease your chances of taking a tumble inside your home and prevent falls.
After a long and sometimes dark winter, you might feel inspired to make changes to enhance your health. If that is the case, read on to find out how you can rejuvenate your life this spring. Whether you're living in a senior community already, living independently, living with a family member, or caring for one, these spring health tips are worth taking into account.
As we age, we find ourselves at a greater risk for certain health conditions or situations. For many older adults, falls are a major concern, and for good reason. The CDC reports that as many as 1 in 3 seniors fall every year. Even more troubling is that only half of those who do fall actually report it to their physician, which means that no recommendations or steps can be taken to prevent falling again in the future. Falls are the cause for many unplanned emergency room visits, prolonged hospital stays, and even deaths. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of every 5 falls results in a broken bone - arm, hip, leg, or otherwise - and falls are often the source of traumatic brain injuries.
In short, falls are bad. But, seniors often find themselves with decreased strength and balance, due to a multitude of reasons, which makes this set especially prone to ending up on the floor from a fall. The good news is that falls do not have to be a part of the aging narrative, as long as you are actively working to prevent falling in the first place. Keep yourself and your loved ones upright as you take a look at preventing falls in your home.
Boredom can feel mind-numbing, making each moment more intolerable than the last. As it turns out, it can also prove fatal. In one study, researchers followed more than 7,500 British civil servants who ranged in age from 35 to 55. People who said they were very bored at work were 250 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than their peers.
Terms like ‘active’ and ‘successful’ are increasingly used to describe aging, especially with Baby Boomers refusing to ride off into the proverbial sunset in a wheelchair like their parents did. Instead, aging is being viewed as a privilege and an opportunity to truly enjoy the Golden Years. But with health concerns and memory loss anxieties looming in the back of many seniors’ minds, it can be hard to age gracefully without a bit of worry. However, with just a few lifestyle habits and hobbies, you can thrive in your senior years, making 70 the new 50.
Here are our best tips and tricks for life enrichment activities that can help you stay young no matter how old you are.
As an antidote to our youth-obsessed culture—which tends to put a negative spin on anything to do with growing older—we bust a few misunderstandings about the physical, emotional, mental and sexual state of seniors’ health.
Although there’s nothing like being outside on a crispy, cold day, playing in the snow with the grandkids, cold weather can be hard on you if you are over 65. So, to keep you outside as much and as safely as possible, we’ve prepared this handy senior wellness guide on how to hold your own in winter weather.
Summer is a great time of year. Travel, outdoor activities, picnics, summer festivals and visiting with grandchildren are popular summer pastimes. However, seniors need to be careful to avoid the health risks that come along with these fun activities.