Exercise and the Elderly — Good for the Body and the Brain

For older individuals, regular exercise can help the body maintain strength and flexibility when it might otherwise begin to break down and become weak or frail. Unfortunately, many seniors have trouble getting into regular exercise routines, leaving them less healthy than they would be otherwise. They understand the body benefits, but it’s still not enough to motivate them to get into gear. Thankfully, there are other ways to motivate seniors to exercise! The fact is that exercise is not only good for the body; it’s also amazing for what it can do to help the brain. Let’s take a look. How Does Exercise Benefit the Brain? Here are some of the ways in which regular physical activity benefits the brain: It boosts the health of nerve cells throughout the body and in the brain It improves memory It increases overall blood flow to the brain, which, in turn, increases oxygen levels It improves overall cognitive function and “sharpness As you can see, exercise does more for the mind
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Seeing the Signs – How to Tell if Your Elderly Loved One Needs Help

People grow up becoming accustomed to their parents being strong, dependable and independent. Unfortunately, the aging process can diminish certain qualities in our loved ones, but we don t always know how to tell when it s time to step in and offer extra help or care. Moreover, the people who raised us aren t usually too keen on letting us know that they can t do it all alone anymore. If you re wondering if you need to step in and offer help when it comes to the care of an aging loved one, here are some signs to look for. Raiding the Fridge How is your elderly loved one eating? Are they getting enough of the right nutrition, or are they subsisting on easy-to-prepare but nutritionally bankrupt processed foods? Check out the refrigerator and pantry to see if Mom or Dad is eating right. If not, it s time to intervene. Bills, Bills, Bills! If your parent has always kept up with bills and other responsibilities, but seems to be slipping, you may need to step in to offer your assistance. A
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Five Hot Trends in Elder Care

As the elderly population in the U.S. increases, elder care will become an increasingly important issue for our society. By 2025, the elderly population in the U.S. is expected to grow by 80 percent. Care industry experts predict the following trends in care for seniors: The Decline of Residential Nursing Care. Nursing homes are becoming a thing of the past as economic realities, improving technology, and the desires of the elderly are pushing toward more home and community-based care models. Nursing homes will largely be reserved for severely ill or disabled seniors. Assistive Technology. Tracking devices, technology that promotes memory and health, and robots to help with tasks are expected to become more common in senior care. This technology will help seniors, previously unsuited for home care, to remain in their homes. Senior-Friendly Housing – More homes will be built that have standard senior-friendly features, such as gently sloping ramps, protective floors, handrails, and m
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Moving to Assisted Living: Three Tips

Moving an elderly parent or loved one to an assisted living facility takes careful planning and patience. Making the transition to assisted living is more than just boxing up a few things and transporting them to your loved one’s new home – it also has quite a few other emotional and practical elements that need to be considered. When preparing to help your loved one move to assisted living, think about the following: Including your loved one in the planning and execution of the move as much as possible will help make the transition easier. Many seniors moving to assisted living may feel frustrated as they feel that their autonomy is being taken away. Including your loved one in the decision-making process – giving him or her input on the move date and schedule, as well as what to bring, will help them be more accepting of the move. Helping your loved one establish a familiar environment in his or her new residence will also make the transition easier. Taking along some familiar
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