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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.
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.
Winter can make it more challenging to stick with your fitness goals. Not only does the cold, snowy weather make many people less inclined to leave the comforts of home to exercise, it may also be hazardous to do so. Icy parking lots and slippery sidewalks can present fall risks, especially for seniors.
The topic of isolation and how it impacts older adults has garnered a great deal of research over the past decade. From studies conducted at the National Institute on Aging at NIH to a special report created by the Administration for Community Living and the Administration on Aging, science repeatedly demonstrates the dangers of being socially isolated as you grow older.
The cold winds of winter can do more than make your teeth chatter. It can also be tough on the skin, especially if you are an older adult. Seniors are already prone to aging-related skin issues, such as Eczema craquelé and Seborrheic dermatitis. Both can leave skin itchy and irritated.
Most of us look forward to the day we can retire and spend our days pursuing favorite pastimes. While having the freedom to follow your dreams is nice, it isn’t always enough. Some seniors find themselves struggling to settle into a healthy, productive lifestyle.
The hustle and bustle of holiday festivities make for a joyous season. From the carols that play on the radio to the decorations that adorn your home, it’s a magical time to build lasting memories with family and friends. Once the festivities are over, however, the days can seem long and lonely. When combined with winter weather, the impact may be even more challenging.