Model, restauranteur, and lifestyle maven B. Smith lost her battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s this week. Smith was well-known for being a fabulous cook and charming entertainer. When she lost her train of thought during a live demonstration on the TODAY Show in 2013, she feared the forgetfulness that had been plaguing her might be something more serious than the result of a hectic life. Her physician soon confirmed those suspicions.
A broken hip is painful and inconvenient at any age. It can also be dangerous because it can lead to life-threatening health complications. Your odds of losing your life due to a hip fracture increases even for adults as young as age 50.
February is often associated with love and romance. The celebration of Valentine’s Day on February 14th is the reason. But February also shines its spotlight on your heart for another reason—it’s American Heart Month. This annual designation dates back to a proclamation initiated by then President Lyndon Johnson in 1963.
When a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or a similar form of dementia, families often begin to explore senior care options. Family members may need support with their elder’s personal care or help with keeping a senior safe while they are at work. Searching for short-term solutions may result in hiring a home care aide or enrolling in an adult day program.
Driving represents freedom to many people. For older adults, it’s also linked to independence. Being able to hop in your car and run errands, head off on vacation, or simply go to a friend’s home for dinner, is empowering.
If you care for a senior loved one, your days are probably very busy. It isn’t uncommon for caregivers to work outside the home while also raising a family of their own. When time is short, eating a well-balanced diet becomes more difficult to do. Convenience foods and fast food restaurants are a quick solution, but they are not usually very healthy.
Most of us associate Valentine’s Day with romance and happy couples. Ironically, the holiday springs from a tale of a kind-hearted priest who took on a grumpy emperor trying to prevent soldiers from getting married. But the day shouldn’t be limited to just a celebration between couples. It can be a day to spend time with anyone you love.
Older adults are at an increased risk for vision loss. It’s an unfortunate reality that as you grow older, your odds of developing vision problems rise. Researchers estimate that one out of every three adults age 65 and older has some type of vision impairment.
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