September 29, 2017
September 21, 2017
Did your doctor just tell you that you need to start eating a heart-healthy diet? Or maybe you just know that it’s time to make your health more of a priority. Regardless of your reasoning, adopting a heart-healthy diet can provide tremendous benefits to not only your heart but also the way you feel. Seniors and Heart Health Cardiovascular disease is a term that refers to numerous diseases that affect both the heart and blood vessels. Many cardiovascular diseases are related to a process known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis develops when plaque builds up in arterial walls. When this happens, it’s difficult for…
September 14, 2017
Caring for an aging loved one is challenging. When that loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the task can seem nearly impossible to even the best of caregivers. It’s difficult to know the person you are very close to may lose the ability to remember your name or worse recognize you. While every case is different, here are some general guidelines intended to help you provide the best possible care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for cognitive decline and memory loss….
September 7, 2017
The importance of family in a senior’s life is truly immeasurable. Not only does family provide a consistent social network, evidence has led us to believe that the relationship a senior keeps with his or her family has a direct impact on their overall quality of life. Seniors who maintain strong ties with their family have even been shown to outlive those who report less favorable relationships. If the potential for a longer life doesn’t make you want to connect with your loved ones, here are more reasons why you should make an effort to prioritize family. Changes in Social Networks As…
September 5, 2017
You’re getting older. Imagine if someone said this to you. Regardless of whether it came from someone you know or a complete stranger, you might feel like you’ve just been insulted. But it’s the truth. You are growing older every second of every day. We all are. If this is a fact of life for everyone, why does this simple statement evoke such negative emotions? Before we get into that, it can help to give attention to a fact that should change all of our perspectives on aging. Not everyone gets to age. Let that sink in for a moment….
Senior citizens deal with significantly more pain than any other age group, partly because of ailments related to the aging process, and partly because they’ve had more time to acquire painful injuries and conditions than younger folks. Opioids have long been the standard prescription for dealing with pain in the United States. Because seniors suffer most, they also get prescribed the most – which has created a crisis of sorts among the senior population. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hospitalizations for opioid overuse increased most sharply among Americans ages 45 to 85 and beyond, with rates rising more than five fold…