Winter has arrived. Even if you are a fan of the colder weather this season brings, there is no doubt it presents some possible safety hazards, many of which are even more dangerous for older adults. Below are some tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy during the winter months.
Even if taking care of an elderly loved one is something you are doing quite happily and willingly, there is no question that it has a great impact on your life. In fact, research conducted by the National Institutes of Health shows that being in a caregiving role creates chronic physical and psychological stress which […]
Bright with promise, a new year is a perfect time to start fresh and establish some new habits. Psychologists recommend that you are more likely to succeed in your resolutions if you keep the following in mind: Don’t try to go it alone. Share your goals with a friend or relative that will hold you […]
While healthy eating is recommended for all ages, it becomes more important the older you get. For adults 50 and over, eating healthy can help you stay mentally sharp, give you higher energy levels, improve your immune system, and keep chronic health problems at bay. While healthy eating is not the same as dieting, it […]
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a cyclical form of depression that occurs only during a specific time of year, which is usually the winter. Signs may begin in the fall after daylight savings time occurs. The exact cause of SAD is unknown, but mental health professionals attribute the condition to changes in body temperature, hormone […]
With the holiday season fast approaching, you may find yourself out shopping more than usual. While you are enjoying the spirit of the season, you must still remain aware of your surroundings. Police nationwide report an increase in crime around the holidays, particularly in retail areas. As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, senior citizens are […]
A 2010 survey conducted by the journal American Nurse Today found that 44% of men and 57% of women age 65 and over take 5 or more medications per week, and approximately 12% of both men and women take 10 or more medications per week. While medications can help keep you healthy, the more pills […]
If you live a distance from your aging parents, the holidays may be the first time you have seen them in a while. While this is a time for joy and celebration, it can also be a time for you to assess your parents and their health. Really take the time to look at your […]
We have previously discussed a variety of ways to help seniors stay safe in their home, including owning a medical alert device, installing grab bars near slippery tile floors and bathtubs, and having a preparedness plan in place in the event of a natural disaster. Now, we’d like to tell you about one very simple […]
Being prepared in the event of a natural disaster is important for everyone. However, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) stresses that it is especially important for older Americans to have plans in place, and reassess them at regular intervals to make sure they are in line with their current needs and capabilities. If […]
Medical preventive care is defined as services your doctor provides to help you both avoid health problems and detect any issues you may have early on, when they would be more likely to respond to treatment. This is important for all citizens, as it is the most proactive way to manage your future health. However, […]
As the baby boomer generation ages, the quantity and type of senior citizen discounts has vastly expanded nationwide. If you’re willing to disclose your age, you can cash in on hundreds of discounts on a wide variety of goods and services from businesses who value you as a customer.