Category Archives: Senior Health

Understanding The Common Causes Of Balance Issues In Seniors 

With age, we can experience many challenges with common things like nutrition, memory, taste and even body balance. As per many senior care experts, balance issues are one of the most common reasons for seniors above the age of sixty-five to see their healthcare providers. Balance issues are very common in seniors and can be caused by a variety of things like age-related changes in the body, health issues, prescription medications, environmental changes, etc. Various coping mechanisms can help elderly adults manage balance issues and some of them are regular exercise, taking safety precautions, and vision correction.  It can be quite scary if you or your senior loved one is suffering from balancing problems. This is because the fear of falling can negatively impact the quality of life, and some seniors may even choose to stay more sedentary to avoid worrying about falling. But, a sedentary lifestyle can result in decreased strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. Luckily, there are many ways to help your senior loved one work on improving balance and as per the experienced caregivers in our senior assisted living facility, it is never too late to begin. Apart from working with your doctor and physical therapist, it can be beneficial to move to a more supportive environment like a senior assisted facility to combat your balance fears.  What Causes Balance Issues In Seniors?  The first step to improving the balance problem is to understand the cause of the problem. Older adults might experience balance issues due to […]

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Tips To Improve Life Of Seniors At Risk Of Depression 

Elderly adults can show signs of depression and the symptoms can increase with the age of the person due to an increase in chronic medical conditions and a decrease in physical functions. Many people think that depression is a normal part of aging, but it is not. As per the reports of the CDC, most elderly adults who are depressed are under-treated, meaning that there are many seniors out there who are experiencing feelings of sadness, sleep issues, and many other problems arising from depression.  For senior caregivers, it is vital to approach both diagnosed and undiagnosed depression from different angles. Apart from the clinical side of depression treatment, healthy socialization and life improvement opportunities should be provided to seniors. Our experts in seniors assisted living and senior care shares some ways to improve the life of seniors at risk of depression via life enrichment activities.  Concentrate On The Physical  Endorphins are feel-good hormones that are released in our brains when we exercise. As per the experts in senior care, moving around, like walking, lifting small weights, jogging, stretching, etc can make seniors feel better. For a depressed person, it can be very difficult to get up and perform physical activities. Therefore, it is vital to offer kind encouragement to the person to get up and move.  Select Different Activity Times  The best time to perform physical activities can differ from person to person. Some of us may feel energized in the morning while others may enjoy taking part in […]

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An Alzheimer’s Care Guide For Family Caregivers

Alzheimer’s is one of the most common forms of dementia and affects more than six million Americans. Even though it is very prevalent, there are many misconceptions about the meaning of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This stigma can make people living with Alzheimer’s feel lonely and misunderstood. Also, it can contribute to a faster progression of the condition, and lower quality of life.  If a senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or if you doubt that a loved one might be developing symptoms, it is important for both of you to understand that people with the condition can live satisfying lives for many years after the diagnosis. Living with Alzheimer’s is worthwhile, especially with the help and support from friends and family, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.  Early Intervention  As per many experts in memory care, it is important to consult a healthcare provider if your senior loved one starts to experience memory loss or disorientation. These must be warning signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Getting a diagnosis and starting treatment in the early stages can let people with Alzheimer’s enjoy life for years after the diagnosis. Early diagnosis can offer patients access to modern treatment that can slow down the progression of the disease and manage the symptoms of the conditions effectively.  Apart from early diagnosis and intervention, it is significant to maintain an active lifestyle and seek chances to build interpersonal relationships as these can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the patient. […]

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Caring For Your Loved One With End-Stage COPD 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, in short COPD, is a progressive condition for which the scientific world has not come up with a cure yet. It is a condition in which the lungs of the sufferer will be inflamed in a way that can cause obstruction to the airway with mucus production and swelling. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are two conditions that can lead to COPD. Bronchitis is characterized by frequent coughing and shortness of breath is the most common symptom of emphysema.  COPD In Seniors  As per many studies conducted in senior assisted living and other senior care facilities, many seniors in the country suffer from COPD. The condition has four stages of progression and the last stage is called advanced COPD or end-stage COPD. If you are caring for a senior loved one with COPD at home, the support you offer, together with medical treatment can help slow down the progression of the condition.  COPD – Stages Of Progression The different stages of COPD are based on the ability of the sufferer to breathe with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. A Forced Expiratory Volume test is the main lung function test that is used to assess the disease progression of a patient. The test makes use of equipment to measure the amount of air that the person can release forcefully from his/her lungs in a second. For instance, an FEV1 reading of 36 shows that a patient expelled 36% of the expected volume. These classifications allow a physician to understand […]

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Being Widowed Does Not Mean Spending Your Retirement Alone 

Becoming a widower or widow will not be a part of anyone’s retirement plan.  After all, spending time with your life partner is one of the biggest perks of retirement life. However, all of us might not be lucky enough to enjoy such a life. If you find yourself grieving your partner or spouse in your retirement life, you can find comfort in knowing that you need not live your retirement life alone. There are many ways in which you can find stability and connection in your retirement life, without losing the love that you shared with your life partner. Some of these ways are shared below.  Make New Connections  Seniors in retirement facilities will be vulnerable to health issues from feelings of loneliness. Losing a spouse can add to the feelings of loneliness and loss. Even though new connections cannot replace the relationship shared by you and your life partner, you can always continue to make new connections in assisted living facilities. Finding new friends might not be difficult in your retirement life. Instead of that, you can focus on making new connections by sharing your life experiences. To make new connections, you can attend an outdoor concert, attend a book club, etc. Always keep in mind that shared experiences are the building block of a new friendship.  Continue Traditions  Even though continuing the traditions that you and your spouse shared can make you sad, continuing the traditions can help you feel connected to your life partner and can […]

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Things That Can Affect The Driving Of Your Senior Loved One 

Are you worried about the driving of your senior loved one? Have your friends or family expressed concerns about his/her driving? Changes in health and age-related problems can affect the driving skills of your senior loved one. Do not risk hurting your senior loved one or others. As per the opinion of the experts in our senior living and assisted living facility, you need to talk to the doctor of your senior loved one about the concerns that you have about the health and driving skills of your senior loved one. A few things that can affect the driving capability of your senior loved one are discussed below for your knowledge.  Stiff Muscles And Joints  With age, the joints and muscles of your senior loved one can get stiff and weak. Arthritis is a common problem among seniors and can affect their ability to drive. With age, it can be difficult for seniors to turn their heads to look back, brake safely, or turn the steering wheel quickly. Make sure that your senior loved one sees his or her doctor if arthritis, pain, or stiffness is getting in the way of his or her driving. Also, you can make them drive a vehicle with automatic transmission, large mirrors, and power brakes.  Trouble Hearing  With age, the hearing abilities of seniors can change, making it difficult for them to notice horns or even noises from their own vehicles. Hearing loss can affect the driving capability of seniors as these sounds can […]

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Importance Of In-Home Patient Care For Hip Replacement Surgery 

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure that is usually performed on seniors above the age of sixty. This procedure is typically performed when hip problems significantly interfere with the day-to-day activities of the person. People suffering from hip problems can experience severe pain from arthritic conditions. The condition can become so bad that the mobility of the person can be negatively affected. It can make it difficult for seniors to feel independent at home when they are struggling with mobility issues and are unable to perform daily routines.    After a person undergoes hip replacement surgery, the home of the person plays an important role in helping the person return to normal life after the hospital stay. Also, senior caregivers play a significant role in the recovery of the person after the surgery. Let us see how senior care providers can help patients recover quickly from hip replacement surgery.    Caregivers Can Let Patients Focus On Healing  When a senior person who has undergone hip replacement has the support of caregivers, the person can focus on his or her healing. Despite being a major surgery, the patient should be able to return to their daily life in time after their hip replacement. The care team of the person should prepare the senior caregiver for all the things to expect at home in the healing period. Seniors getting new hips should focus on getting stronger and this will include pain management and taking part in regular but moderate exercise. The exercise […]

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Here Is How Yoga Is Beneficial For Seniors 

Seniors these days understand that growing older does not have to mean moving slower or growing sicker. Many seniors choose to remain active throughout retirement and assisted living and other senior rehab facilities help them with this. While some seniors are lifting weights or running marathons, many choose to go with the ancient practice of yoga. As per the experts in senior living, yoga can be beneficial for people of all ages, including seniors. Shared below are some of the important benefits of yoga for seniors.    Improved Flexibility  Yoga can help improve the flexibility of the practitioner. With the increase in flexibility, the rate of injury from falls can be minimized. In addition, seniors practicing yoga can recover quickly from pain and other injuries.    More Balance  With age, our balance can suffer. When seniors take part in yoga sessions, they are actively working on their body balance. Many yoga poses like the tree pose can help the practitioner improve his/her balance. With an improvement in balance, the chances of injury from falls are reduced.    Improved Body Awareness  In yoga sessions, practitioners are made to pay attention to specific areas and parts of their bodies. This can improve body awareness which can translate to reduced falls and increased awareness when they are ill or fatigued.    Enhanced Brain Activity  Experts claim that taking a yoga class offers much more than just physical benefits. The majority of the yoga poses entail outstretching an arm over the body of the […]

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Take Note Of These Tips While Planning A Vacation With Your Favorite Senior

Indeed, people of all ages can be consumed by wanderlust. No one can dispute the sense of relaxation offered by a trip. Science has also backed up the happy feelings offered by a vacation, no matter if your trip is to a nearby town or across the ocean to another country. A study that was published by the American psychological association noted that trips can help combat negative emotions and stress by taking us away from our stressful lives. However, the benefits of travel and vacation go much beyond stress relief.   Vacations are important and seniors can benefit from traveling. If you are planning to travel with your senior loved one, you will have to plan appropriately to ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable. As a senior assisted living and senior care facility, we share some tips to help you plan your trip with your senior loved one.   Consult The Physician  Before traveling with your senior loved one, you need to consult a geriatrician. Make sure to book an appointment with the doctor of your senior loved one or call the doctor’s office to ask about the possible negative consequences of traveling. Most doctors will be happy to offer advice and any potential contraindications of travel. Once you have received a green flag from the doctor, you can commence the process of planning the vacation.    Do Not Forget Medications  Ensure that you have all the prescriptions ordered and ready for the travel. A call or […]

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How Can Coffee Be A Healthy Alternative For Seniors? 

 How many of you think that healthy aging means giving up your morning cup of coffee? If you counted yourself in, you need to think again. As per many senior care experts, a morning cup of coffee can help prevent many diseases like heart health issues and dementia.    Caffeine And Heart Health  Many studies and research suggest that coffee can help improve your heart health. However, the mechanism of action of coffee was not clear until recently. A study on mice offers clarity in this respect. In this study, researchers looked at heart attacks in mice and the way caffeine changed the working of the cardiovascular system. The team of researchers discovered that caffeine promoted the movement of a protein called p27 into the heart cells. This protein helped the endothelial cells of the heart to move.    The study also revealed that p27 protein stimulated by caffeine prevented the death of heart cells during a heart attack. In addition, the protein encourages the differentiation of cells with contractile fiber that is very important for heart health and function. With age, our blood vessels can harden, increasing the danger of stroke or a heart attack. By supporting the healthy movement of the endothelial cells, coffee can also slow the effects of age on the cardiovascular system.    Additional Health Benefits Of Coffee  Caffeine present in coffee is an antioxidant, meaning that it can fight oxidative damage due to aging. Some of the other benefits of including coffee in your […]

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