When we are young, we are blessed with many friends and acquaintances. We are never at a loss for things to do or for opportunities to socialize. That changes as we age. Seniors slowly lose their friends, their spouse, and family members with the passing of time. This phenomenon is a serious problem, and can affect a senior’s risk of illness. Anyone can feel isolated or alone at any age, but it presents a particular threat to the elderly. In fact, isolation and loneliness have consequences that can shorten the lifespan of a senior. The Mental Consequences When a senior is alone and socially isolated, they become anxious, stressed, and afraid. Cognitive abilities suffer as depression sets in, causing a lonely senior to isolate themselves further. They shy away from social interaction, and it can devolve into a downward spiral. Doctors have known about this effect for some time, and…> Read More
Aging brings many physical changes and vision is no exception. Whether you are a senior or a senior caregiver, maintaining good eye health should be a priority, so let’s look at 5 vision care tips for seniors. Choose Proper Nutrition and Exercise Seniors should eat a diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A and C. Leafy green vegetables should be high on the list, along with essential Omega 3 fatty acids that promote good eye health. Fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut assist with promoting good central vision. Seniors should avoid too much alcohol and saturated fats. Exercise plays a part in eye health too. Not only is moderate exercise good for the heart, it stimulates blood flow providing oxygen to the eyes. 15 to 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise several times a week can help improve eye health for seniors. See An Ophthalmologist At Least Once A…> Read More
Aging occurs whether we like it or not, whether we’re ready for it or not, and it happens to everyone. How well we age though is something that is affected by many factors. Why are certain 80-year old seniors able to outsmart younger family members and be in great physical condition? Yet a 65-year old senior may be struggling with driving, memory and making decisions. Changes in cognitive health and abilities is uneven and depends on many lifelong interactions. Environmental factors seem to have a negative effect on cognitive health. Let’s look at what studies have shown: What’s Normal? As people age, they find that they have diminished speed of processing information. They also have a reduced volume of information they can take in at the same time. And they have a slower rate of new learning abilities. Most young people can attest to that last one when trying to…> Read More
Because our brain helps us to remember, organize tasks, make decisions and plan, its health is essential to living a healthy and independent life. As we age, many changes occur within our bodies. Muscles are less flexible, our vision changes, it becomes more difficult to do certain physical tasks. Our brain experiences changes as well. One common change in seniors is mild forgetfulness. The depth of this symptom is a marker for normal aging. We are all going to get older, as are our parents, so let’s look at 6 ways aging affects the brain. Some Undisputed Facts Brain functions tend to decline as we age but vary from person to person. There is no size fits all. Blood flow is reduced in certain parts of the brain especially those related to learning abilities. This is exacerbated by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and fats, as well as smoking. Consequently,…> Read More
Let’s face it. When a family member develops Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it affects the entire family in some way. Caring for a parent in their home or having them move into a family member’s home brings on a myriad of issues. Lots of adjustments must be made. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget about the most vulnerable and sensitive members of the family: the children. Youngsters see things through different eyes and conger up all sorts of misconceptions and fears. If you are dealing with Alzheimer’s home care, let us give you some direction for how to help kids understand Alzheimer’s. Don’t Pretend Everything Is The Same It’s important to spend time with children talking them through changes they are witnessing. Even in the early stages of the disease, explain what is going on in a language a child can grasp. If a loved one with Alzheimer’s has moved into a caregiver’s…> Read More
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