Dehydration is a very common cause of hospitalization in older adults. Although it is always important to stay hydrated, it is particularly important to make it a priority as we age because older people are especially prone to suffering from the serious effects of dehydration. This is due to several factors, including a decrease in body water content and as the result of medications. Dehydration can lead to a myriad of health conditions, including constipation, low blood pressure, urinary tract infections, confusion and even worse. Dehydration is especially problematic during the summer months because warmer temperatures increase the risk that the elderly will suffer from heat stroke. Here are some tips to stay hydrated as you age. Keep water bottles (or a water cooler) easily accessible. For example, if you tend to spend a lot of time in your living room, have water bottles within reach. Consider putting your daily…> Read More
Conflict with an aging parent, although stressful, is very common. Perhaps your parents are unwilling to accept that they cannot keep up with daily tasks that they once did every day. They may be hostile because acknowledging that they cannot do these things anymore because it would mean that they are admitting to their losing independence. Although this type of conflict can be difficult for everyone involved, it may be helpful for you to know that there are ways to diffuse the tension. Consider Home Health Care ServicesHome health care, whereby elderly patients receive customized services and care while remaining in their own home, is a very beneficial option for many seniors as it allows them to retain their independence while having some assistance. Home health care services provide assistance with everything from grocery shopping to light housekeeping and more. Many elderly people are open to this type of help…> Read More
Over the the average person’s lifespan, the amount of time spent sleeping each day varies drastically. Newborns spend anywhere from 16 to 20 hours per day sleeping. Between the ages of one and four the amount of sleep we need decreases to 11 or 12 hours. The required sleep declines further as a person progresses through childhood, and entering adolescence we typically require roughly nine hours of sleep per 24-hour cycle to function at our physical and cognitive best. Adults through middle age typically need at least eight hours, and although the elderly require roughly the same, they may find it hard to acquire all eight of these hours in one block of time. Additionally, our sleep patterns—the way in which we sleep and the degree to which we sleep—also change. A newborn’s sleep in incredibly sporadic. The need to eat and sleep are cyclical and frequent; one often begins…> Read More
One of, if not the, principal preoccupations of the human race is the fact that our time on this earth is finite. We are born into consciousness and spend a good part of our lives, especially while we are young, completely oblivious to the slow march of time. When the realization finally sets in that you have seen more sunsets than you are going to see, we can begin to feel morose, even morbid, about our own existence. Aging, however, does not have to be an unpleasant experience. It’s all about perspective. Below are five pieces of advice to help you overcome feelings of unhappiness about aging. Cultivate a positive mindset. The mere fact that we exist is a miracle. The fact that we exist in a time when we are able to experience and live through so much, thanks to incredible advancements in medicine and healthcare, is spectacular in…> Read More
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