The topic of isolation and how it impacts older adults has garnered a great deal of research over the past decade. From studies conducted at the National Institute on Aging at NIH to a special report created by the Administration for Community Living and the Administration on Aging, science repeatedly demonstrates the dangers of being socially isolated as you grow older.
In today’s transient society, families are often separated by long distances. Education and career opportunities may lead adult children to other cities and states. Once settled, they may be unlikely to return to their hometown.
The cold winds of winter can do more than make your teeth chatter. It can also be tough on the skin, especially if you are an older adult. Seniors are already prone to aging-related skin issues, such as Eczema craquelé and Seborrheic dermatitis. Both can leave skin itchy and irritated.
After a grandparent moves to an assisted living community, visits from the youngest generation are more important than ever. Besides the enjoyment they bring, there is the opportunity to show off the grandkids to new neighbors.
Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, or another form of memory loss, can be emotionally and physically exhausting. The days often seem long and stressful no matter how dedicated you are to your family member. Finding things to feel grateful for might be a challenge.
Most of us look forward to the day we can retire and spend our days pursuing favorite pastimes. While having the freedom to follow your dreams is nice, it isn’t always enough. Some seniors find themselves struggling to settle into a healthy, productive lifestyle.
The hustle and bustle of holiday festivities make for a joyous season. From the carols that play on the radio to the decorations that adorn your home, it’s a magical time to build lasting memories with family and friends. Once the festivities are over, however, the days can seem long and lonely. When combined with winter weather, the impact may be even more challenging.
Creative pursuits are a healthy form of self-expression. They offer people a way to connect with their innermost joys and fears. This is why you will find art therapy activities happening in a variety of health-related settings. Hospice agencies, dementia care communities, and hospitals all host creativity workshops for their residents and patients.
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