For many people, summer is a time for relaxation. For senior citizens, hot summer weather can be dangerous if they don’t take the proper steps to stay safe.
So today we want to share some summer safety tips for seniors. You can still enjoy a summer vacation without having to take a break from safety.
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There are few experiences more frightening in the lives of seniors than the slow deterioration of the brain. Perhaps just as frightening—maybe even more so—is the fact that even the best and most accomplished doctors and scientists still don’t fully understand what causes the decline of the brain’s cognitive abilities.
But here’s what we do know for sure about brain health in seniors: Keeping your brain strong, healthy, and in regular use has been proven to significantly slow the approach of afflictions like dementia and Alzheimer’s. We also know there are many specific activities which, when practiced with regularity as we age, can significantly help slow the process of cognitive deterioration.
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Exercise is something of a double-edged sword for older people.
On one hand, regular exercise is important as we age. It helps us live longer and reduces our risk for chronic illnesses.
On the other hand, strength training and high-intensity cardio workouts can be tough on our bodies.
That’s one of the reasons why yoga is such a great form of exercise for seniors.
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If you’re someone who has recently entered the so-called “sunset years” of life, you’re aware that growing older comes with its fair share of both positive and negative attributes.
Maybe you’ve managed to comfortably retire, and are now spending your days traveling, or playing with your grandchildren. There’s no denying the fact that the last decades of life, under the right circumstances, can be some of your very best.
But growing older can also be a struggle. This is the time of life when our bodies and our minds begin to rebel against the many years of hard labor we’ve put them through. The result can be very serious pain, and sometimes an inability to properly take care of ourselves, even in the most basic of ways.
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As the Baby Boom generation ages, more and more people will turn to home health care as an alternative to residential care (retirement communities, assisted living, etc.).
Part of that is a growing wish to age in place and boomers’ embrace of new patient-managed technology, and part of it is just math: The number of senior citizens in America is expected to jump to 71 million by 2029, the year the last group of boomers hits the retirement age.
In the face of that shift, policymakers are pushing home health care as a solution to the cost of hospitalization, writes Liz Seegert in Covering Health, a publication of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
“Hospitals or nursing homes are no longer the only options,” U.S. Senator Harry Reid told a home health care conference in 2013. “In the months and years to come, the home health care industry will become the de facto solution for many as our aging population requires more care.”
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More than 34 million Americans live with osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones weak and fragile.
People who have it are a risk for breaking bones when they fall, with the most common injuries occurring to the wrist, hip and spine.
However, it’s possible to live with osteoporosis without experiencing fractures, says Dr. Felicia Cosman, an expert in the condition.
“You can live with osteoporosis for a long, long time and never have complications such as fractures – if you take certain precautions,” she tells WebMD.
If you’re concerned about osteoporosis and falls, here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:
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