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.
They say misery loves company, but in reality, company may have the opposite effect and improve the quality of life and longevity for seniors, according to The New York Times. While loneliness is a risk factor for cognitive decline and early death, keeping close connections to family members and friends may help seniors ward off health problems and extend the lives of older adults.
Commercials are a highly anticipated part of the Super Bowl for many viewers. Companies go all out to compete for attention during one of the most watched—and most expensive—television events of the year. It is a powerful medium in which important messages can be communicated to the public at large, and this year’s called attention to the memory challenges faced by our aging population.
With aging comes an increased risk for bone loss and a disease known as osteoporosis. This condition causes bones to become porous and less dense. The result is a high risk for bone fractures. Because it is largely a symptomless disease, you may not realize you have it. A broken bone is often the first sign of osteoporosis.
If it seems like you know more women who have Alzheimer’s than men, you aren’t alone. Research shows that almost two-thirds of seniors who have the disease are female. While both men and women can develop Alzheimer’s disease, women seem to be at higher risk. But are they really?
In the months leading up to a senior loved one’s transition to an assisted living community, family members are often busy juggling all of the details of the move. From helping the senior to downsize and sell their home to figuring out a floor plan for their new suite or villa, the busy days often leave little time for much else.
Enjoying a long and healthy retirement requires taking good care of yourself. While many people focus on living a heart-smart lifestyle, taking proactive steps to maintain healthy lungs is essential, too. As we age, the lungs become weaker and less flexible. This can contribute to a variety of diseases and chronic health conditions.
If you are the caregiver for a senior loved one, a common duty may be managing multiple types of medications. From timely ordering to administering the right dosage, medication oversight is a process family caregivers often find confusing and stressful. When several physicians are involved in an older adult’s care, there is a greater likelihood of problems.
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