While remaining isolated is not something typically encouraged for seniors, there are times when it’s a must. The rapidly spreading outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, is one such time.
Family caregivers often find themselves navigating unchartered waters. Some learn how to change dressings on a senior’s wound after surgery, while others master tasks like grooming and bathing. Adult children may even learn how to protect a loved one’s dignity when dementia is trying to rob them of it. The newest challenge for family caregivers is among the most serious— the novel coronavirus.
Changes in vision are more common with aging. The need for eyeglasses increases as we age, especially readers, but a surprising number of other vision issues are also more prevalent. Research shows that one in three people will have some form of vision loss by the age of 65.
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.
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.
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.