Amada Senior Care Blog

Why It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

quit smoking

Each year, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the US. The deadly effects of cigarettes are widely known, yet millions of Americans, senior citizens included, find it a difficult habit to break. There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking. Maybe you are worried about your health, and your doctor recommends it. Perhaps you want to save the money for other things – smoking one pack per day can cost upwards of $1,825 per year. You may be tired of the inconvenience the addiction…

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Signs that a Senior Needs Assistance

Senior Needs Assistance

At a recent family barbecue, you notice your elderly mother’s clothes are getting loose – she’s lost weight due to her arthritis making it hard to cook meals for herself. You might see a few dents in your dad’s truck, or notice that he has trouble getting up out of his favorite chair. As our senior loved ones age, these subtle changes we notice are often signs that they need help. Seniors are susceptible to a number of chronic illnesses (and often times, two or more at the same time) that can affect their hygiene, mobility, cognitive skills, driving, and…

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Recognizing and Preventing Strokes in Seniors

Stroke Prevention

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability in the US. While stroke is a serious issue that threatens and affects millions of people, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The American Stroke Association recognizes May as American Stroke Month, and works to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of stroke. Amada Senior Care recognizes the threat that stroke poses to seniors and their loved ones. While stroke can be caused by a variety of factors, aging puts you at a higher risk year by year. According to the National Institutes…

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Guest Blog: Can Dogs Protect Seniors Against Heart Disease?

Can Dogs Protect Seniors Against Heart Disease

For thousands of years, dogs have been considered “man’s best friend.” Current research now suggests that not only do our furry friends make us smile as we come through the door, but they may be a friend for our health too. By contributing to lower cholesterol levels, increase in daily physical activity, and reduced risk of depression and anxiety, owning a dog may help protect against heart disease.   Seniors and Cardiovascular Health According to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, in 2010, 37.2 percent of the 41.4 million elderly persons (age 65 and older) in the U.S reported that they…

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The Top Brain Power Foods for Seniors

Brain Power Foods for Seniors

It’s no secret that a healthy diet contributes to a healthy body, but eating nutritious foods can also lower the risk of cognitive decline as we age. A team of researchers recently found that elderly people who consumed the most nutritious food lowered their risk of cognitive decline by nearly 25 percent, compared to those with the least healthy diets. “It is likely that a healthy diet has effects on cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease, and that this is an important mechanism for reducing the risk of cognitive decline,” said the study’s lead author, Andrew Smyth, a researcher at…

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