Day-To-Day Calendar To Healthy Heart

Use this Senior Helpers Day-to-Day Calendar to a Healthy Heart to help you establish habits that promote a healthier lifestyle, resulting in a healthier and stronger heart. The calendar includes 28 days of suggested physical activities such as gardening, dancing, and Laughter Yoga. It also has tips for heart-healthy eating habits. They are all easy to-do daily activities.

 


The Vaccines You Need at 50+

If the word “vaccination” evokes images of childhood, it may be time to raise the subject with your doctor. It’s not just kid stuff: All adults — including those age 50 and older — need vaccines. And some of the adult vaccine recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have changed recently. So even if you think you’ve been keeping up with your vaccines, you’ll want to review the CDC’s list of vaccine recommendations. 

Influenza vaccine 

Who needs it: Everyone over 6 months of age unless you:

  • Have had a severe reaction to the flu shot in the past
  • Are allergic to eggs
  • Have or have had Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Have a fever. If you do, wait until you are no longer sick to get the vaccine.
  • How often: Annually


Notes: Flu kills around 36,000 people every year in the United States, and older Americans are among the most vulnerable groups. Because each year’s vaccine is formulated to combat that season’s influenza strains, you should get a dose every year. Flu shots are given during the September-to-March flu season. If you are 50 or older, don’t get the nasal spray form of the vaccine, which did not prove effective in clinical trials in people over age 49.

 


More Americans Living to 90, U.S. Census Finds

More Americans are living to 90 and beyond, and by 2050 their ranks could reach almost 9 million, a new U.S. Census Bureau report finds.

In fact, the number of nonagenarians has nearly tripled — from 720,000 in 1980 to 1.9 million in 2010, researchers found.Most of them — 74 percent — are women, particularly white women who live alone or in nursing homes, according to the report.

"The older population is aging rapidly and people have to prepare for a higher probability of living to 90 and adapting their lifestyle and savings behavior to that fact," said Richard Suzman, director of the division of behavioral and social research at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, which commissioned the report.

"In addition, we need to redouble efforts at finding ways to prevent and treat dementia and frailty," he said.

Those people living to 90 and beyond are the fastest-growing group in the older population, Suzman said. "This is in part due to the size of older cohorts coupled with increases in life expectancy," he said. Because of the rapid growth in the number of 90-year-olds, the report also suggests that the definition of the oldest of the old be changed from 85 to 90.

Among other demographic features of this 90-plus population: Most are widowed white women living alone or in a nursing home. Most are high school graduates. Almost half of their income comes from Social Security and almost all are covered by Medicare and/or Medicaid. Most have one or more disabilities.

Although more older people are living alone, it does not mean they are healthy or independent, Suzman said. Many are living in assisted living facilities or have other home services such as visiting nurses, meals-on-wheels or help from family, he said.

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Health Aging: How Lifelong Learning Helps

The first things that come to mind when we think of being healthy are medical care, diet and exercise. It’s also pretty well accepted that lifestyle has a significant bearing on our health and that there are many other factors that can affect senior well being–both directly and indirectly. In this, the second of our series on “Healthy Aging,” we continue to explore activities that are not ordinarily thought of as health-related, but have been proven to provide significant health benefits. We do it in a way that considers the physical, mental and financial aspects for the senior citizen in today’s society. 

In our first article, Healthy Aging: How Volunteering Helps, we mentioned the importance of socialization and that volunteering will help combat the isolation that can begin to occur as the aging process causes seniors to lose contact with family and friends. Volunteerism also contributes to healthy aging by enhancing life satisfaction and well being, sense of purpose, self-confidence and personal growth. These benefits of volunteering are also found in lifelong learning. Taking classes in a community adult continuing education program or at a college or university can be socially invigorating while also improving memory and cognitive abilities. 

Learning can take place in many different forms and forums. Reading newspapers and books, listening to lectures and presentations, self-study courses, taking classes—all of these and more can be done on your own or in groups, at home, at the library, in a community room or a classroom, on the telephone, with a CD or over the internet. Learning in whatever form and wherever it takes place is fuel for the mind, giving our brains exercise, providing us with new interests and making us more interesting. 

We are going to focus on multiple session class learning since that is where the greatest benefits can be attained. This may not be appropriate for many seniors due to conditions such as physical limitations. We do not mean to diminish the value of reading newspapers, magazines and books or attending presentations at libraries, museums and community centers—or to suggest that these activities be replaced. And while the computer and the internet are valuable resources for learning, they do not provide the personal contact where much of the enjoyment and benefits of learning come from for seniors.




 

Refer a Friend

Know someone who can use a hand? We can speak privately with your family or friends about how we can help. We have caregivers all over.

It starts with a complimentary consultation where we meet with the family to see what the greatest needs are and to set goals for daily living. We can meet in your home, your friend's home, or our offices - whatever is most convenient. Senior Helpers makes life easier.

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 If you are already our client we will give you $100 credit toward services when your friend has received 40 hours of service from Senior Helpers!

Thanks for taking the time to read and learn!

Sincerely,
Senior Helpers team