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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.
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.
Most people know that one of the keys to protecting yourself from the coronavirus is practicing good hygiene, specifically washing your hands frequently. Effective handwashing is more than just running your fingers under the water for a few seconds. To help kill any germs and viruses that may be lingering, you need to use warm, soapy water and scrub every part of your fingers, thumbs, hands, and wrists.
As people around the world continue focusing on the COVID-19 crisis, the time of year when the seasonal flu begins to make its rounds is approaching. It’s important not to overlook the safety measures designed to protect us all from the influenza virus. Compared to the severity of the coronavirus, the flu may not seem as serious of a health risk.
As the search for treatment options and a vaccine for the coronavirus continue, it’s important that seniors take extra steps to protect their overall health. We know the seasonal flu begins to make its rounds in the fall. Often, this is the time of year when the number of cases of pneumonia starts to rise as well.
Safely adhering to a medication schedule can sometimes be tough for seniors, especially those who take multiple types of medicine each day. For reasons ranging from memory loss to small print on prescription labels, seniors make dangerous mistakes with medications every day.
In the days before the COVID-19 crisis, family members were a familiar sight at Sunrise communities across the country. Whether it was visiting, participating in activities, volunteering, or stopping by to pick up a loved one for lunch, families have always been an integral part of our residents’ daily lives. As have partnerships with local care agencies and vendors, including hospice.
The isolation many may experience due to expanded social distancing and infection control protocols amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has required families to solve challenges they might never have considered before. From where to order face masks to how to have groceries delivered to a senior’s home, loved ones have had to learn a lot about a new way of living. Additionally, finding new ways to virtually connect with aging family members when in-person visits aren’t possible as become very important.