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Arthritis is more than just a minor health issue. For the more than 50 million people who live with it, the disease can be painful and even debilitating. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Management says that the pain and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis limits one in twenty adults ability to work for pay.
As we head into the holiday season, you may be wondering what gift to buy for a senior in your life. Whether your loved one lives in a private home or an assisted living community, finding the perfect present for someone who seems to have everything isn’t easy.
Older adults are at higher risk for vision problems than their younger counterparts. From a detached retina to glaucoma, some age-related vision changes might be unavoidable. Others, however, may be prevented or delayed with good nutrition.
Women find themselves living alone during retirement in greater numbers than their male counterparts. Researchers say forty percent of female retirees are single, compared with thirty to thirty-five percent for men. That gap continues to widen as the age of the retiree increases.
Emergencies happen from time to time but are more common as we age. In fact, older adults visit hospital emergency rooms at higher rates than most other age groups. Research shows 16 percent of adults age 65 and older are patients in a hospital emergency room (ER) each year.
The myths surrounding senior nutrition are plentiful. While some aren’t harmful, others may keep an older adult from getting the protein, vitamins, and minerals needed to stay healthy. We’ll bust some of the common myths surrounding senior nutrition and share resources for planning healthy meals during retirement.
Exercise typically leads to better health, but does it lead to a longer life? A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology says “yes.” Exercise helps extend your life, and you don’t need to do that much of it.
Hearing loss is one of the most common and most significant health challenges seniors face. In fact, one in three adults over the age of 65 have some degree of difficulty hearing. This “invisible disability” can impact an older adult’s quality of life, interpersonal relationships, and even their physical and mental well-being.