These days, people are living lives that are much different from previous generations. Maybe technology has something to do with it, or perhaps it has something to do with the way our world is so connected, but today s typical senior Read more
As you ve gotten older, you may have noticed that your sleep patterns have changed over time. As a younger individual, you may have experienced long periods of deep, full unconscious sleep with lots of time spent in dreamland. You also Read more
For older individuals, getting outside and enjoying the spring and summer months is essential, but finding activities that are appropriate for the weather — and for aging bodies — can be challenging. That’s why gardening is such a favorite activity among the senior set. Perhaps you are caring for an aging loved one who could use some more activity in their life. If this is the case, encouraging them to build and tend a small garden is a terrific idea. There are many benefits to gardening, some of which might surprise you! Benefit #1: It Reduces Stress Gardening is one of the best ways for seniors to reduce various bodily stresses and strains. That goes for the mind, too. Gardening offers many opportunities for getting into a calm, meditative state, which can help to reduce feelings of stress, which, in turn, can lead to better sleep and a higher quality of life, in general. Benefit #2: It Can Help Prevent Disease Being outside and active in the fresh air keeps the body flexible
As people get older, they become increasingly dependent upon various medications. Medications help seniors live longer, healthier lives, but they are only effective when they are taken in accordance with physician instructions. Whether the meds are for heart conditions, diseases, high blood pressure or anything else, they must be taken in the right dosages at the right times. And for many seniors, there are multiple medications to keep track of at any given time. Seniors don’t always do the best job keeping up with their meds, and it’s common for them to avoid taking them altogether because they fear certain side effects, or they are concerned about keeping costs down. These are very real concerns, but adhering to doctors’ guidelines and prescriptions is much more important in terms of keeping seniors safe and healthy. What You Can Do Following are a few tips that can help you ensure that the senior loved one in your life manages their medication properly. Using a Special Pill B
As you get older, your body ages. It can be harder to lose weight, muscles weaken and eyesight can fail. Your health can be affected as well. You can develop medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, all of which can affect your lifestyle and your independence. The older you get, the more at risk you are of developing one of these conditions. Since aging is a natural progression that no one can escape, it’s important to focus on your body’s health in order to offset the effects of age. One way to increase your body’s health and to lessen your chances of developing one of these diseases and disabilities is to exercise. Since age can affect your joints and muscle mass, low-impact exercises can be used. Not only are these exercises easier on your joints, they also have a low-risk for exercise-related injuries. If you’d like to get started on your journey to better health and an active lifestyle, try out some of the following low-impact workouts for seniors
As a person grows older, they may find it more difficult to rise from a chair or walk around their home. Weakened muscles and frail bones make these everyday activities exhausting, time consuming and dangerous. Professional in-home care providers and family caregivers use special techniques to make standing and walking easier and safer for older people, surgical patients, and those recovering from serious illness or injury. Helping Someone Stand Make sure the senior is wearing shoes or non-skid socks, if his feet tend to slide Ask him to move to the front of the chair and place his feet directly under his center of gravity Block his knees with your knees to help him keep his legs under him Place your arms around his waist Instruct the senior to put his or her hands on the arms of the chair, never around your neck Ask the senior to lean forward so that their nose is directly over their toes Tell him to push off with his hands, if possible, on the count of three Count to three, and th
More than 78 million Americans enjoy the benefits of gardening, including millions of older adults. Gardening provides an open-air sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life, restoring physical, mental and spiritual strength to all who play in the dirt. Unfortunately, many older adults think they have to give up gardening as they age. These tips make gardening easier, extending the lifespan of all those experienced green thumbs out there.