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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.
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.