One in four Americans of 65 years or older falls every year. According to an online report by the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room as a result of a fall. Many falls can be prevented by making appropriate home modifications and promptly addressing related health issues and lifestyle factors.
Limited social interaction and chronic isolation at age 60 can have adverse outcomes on the cognitive health and emotional wellbeing of adults 60 and older. In fact, a recent report published in the journal Plos Medicine suggests that social interaction may provide some protection against dementia. According to the report, University College London researchers in the United Kingdom found that a higher frequency of social interaction at 60 was associated with a lower risk of developing dementia. In a previous study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers found that loneliness and depression may be contributing factors to mental decline in older adults.
Do you want to enjoy caregiving activities and experience less stress? Preparing in advance for activities outside the home can reduce stress for both the family caregiver and the person in his or her care.
While visiting senior loved ones during family reunions, Sunday brunches, or holiday breaks, we usually make sure we catch up on the latest family news and on any medical updates our loved ones care to share.
Family members can help seniors enjoy a more meaningful holiday season if they provide them with gifts that enhance emotional and cognitive well-being, increase social interaction, and promote physical wellness.
Getting to safety when faced with an impending weather emergency or natural disaster is a top priority for families and local authorities.
Family caregivers can enhance daily caregiving by adding creative and stimulating activities to their daily schedule and that of the person under their care.
When older adults retire and family and friends have moved to other areas or passed away, some retirees find themselves entering a time of unexpected isolation.
Want to reduce caregiver stress and promote overall health? One solution is a daily walking routine that incorporates social interaction.
It’s common to hear retirees and older adults say, “I am not going anywhere. I’m staying in my own home!” Many seniors want to age in place and do not want to leave their home.
When family members are faced with having to take care of an older adult, they are often taken aback by the seemingly insurmountable number of care essentials involved, especially when acting as the sole caregiver or a first-time caregiver.
Thanksgiving and the winter break are right around the corner, so family trips and holiday reunions will soon start. Are you ready for them?
Every 11 seconds, an older American will end up at a hospital emergency room due to a fall. And every 19 minutes, an older adult over 65 will die after sustaining a fall, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
With the help of a noninvasive retinal scan, a team of neuroscientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has found that signs of Alzheimer's disease (AD) can be identified in the retina in the early stages of the disease.
Summer months in Florida often remind us of family reunions: charcoal grills smelling up the yard and the constant hum of the overhead fan at grandma's. But the steamy 98º outdoor temperature is almost unbearable.
We have finally reached that time of the year when families are beginning to plan family reunions and long-awaited trips. If you didn’t take a family trip during the winter months, don’t worry; spring has just arrived and the hot summer months are just around the corner.
Creating a list of yearly resolutions may be a simple task for some; however, achieving all those goals may be a much harder task to accomplish for adults 50 and older. According to an online report in Statistical Brain, published Jan. 1, 2017, adults 50 and older are less likely to achieve their yearly resolutions than younger adults in their twenties.
If you are 65 and older, your chances of having serious flu-related complications are higher than in younger adult populations. As we age, our immune system weakens.
Being a full-time family caregiver is not an easy task, especially when providing care for someone with dementia. It's not unusual for family caregivers to be impacted by work overload and constant stress when trying to provide 24/7 care for an older spouse or parent diagnosed with a neurodegenerative illness such Alzheimer’s disease.
If you want to help improve the quality of life of older adults, think about including music in a senior’s daily list of activities.
If you want to encourage older adults to stay active, try combining some fun activities into one daily outing.