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Many of the factors that promote healthy aging are commonly known—exercising, eating a balanced diet, and getting 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep per night. These habits are important at every stage of life. For the seniors, however, friendships have a particularly important influence on healthy aging. As relationships evolve over time, having a strong, supportive circle of friends can help you live a longer, healthier life.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about vaccines. From COVID-19 to the seasonal flu, many people are weighing in and debating about how beneficial immunizations really are. One vaccine that isn’t getting the attention it deserves is the one used to guard against shingles
Social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram can be used by people of all ages. During the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors in particular are learning to enjoy the many benefits of connecting online.
If you are the spouse or adult child of a parent whose health is declining, you might find yourself struggling to juggle their needs with your own, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Some family caregivers work outside the home and have children or grandchildren of their own to support. The term “sandwich generation” was coined to describe situations like these.
Caregiving for a senior with Alzheimer’s brings many unique challenges. One of which is how to respond when your loved one repeatedly says the phrase “I want to go home.” In many cases, they are already home. Because they have memory loss, however, the environment no longer seems familiar to them.
As we head into the holidays, concerns about the spread of the coronavirus persist. Many older adults and their families are uncertain of how to plan for what is typically the most festive time of year. Unlike the warm days of summer when families could gather in small groups outdoors where social distancing is easier, the cold weather makes that impossible for many.
Senior living communities are vibrant homes where older adults can spend their days with lively companionship, socially engaging programming, nutritious dining, and the personalized care they need from trained, supportive team members. Just like so many other institutions and businesses, though, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused communities to make several changes to normal operations.
The emotional side of witnessing a senior struggle with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult. It often leaves family members and friends feeling powerless to find ways to offer support. If you find yourself in this situation, one avenue to consider is becoming an advocate in the search for treatment options and, eventually, a cure for Alzheimer’s.
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