Seniors

Making the Holidays Merry and Bright for Seniors – Even from Afar

Senior exchanging holiday gifts

While the holiday season is a time of joyous anticipation and good cheer for most of us, the holidays can also bring a sense of loss and sadness for some senior adults. These feelings can result from the effects of aging and illness, or the sense of loneliness and isolation that accompany the loss of a spouse. 

Even for the most physically and emotionally healthy seniors, it is essential to remember that your love, presence and involvement with them during the holiday season can be the most meaningful gift they receive.

7 Warning Signs Your Aging Parent Needs More Care

Senior and adult child spending time together

For any adult child, the realization that our parents are aging can be a difficult one. Since childhood, our parents have always been there for us and provided love, support and a sense of security. 

Aging brings changes to all of our lives, including our roles and responsibilities as adult children. Just as our parents protected and cared for us, the time eventually comes for us to ensure their health and safety as well. This oversight is especially important for a parent that is now living alone.

The Benefit of Video Chat for Seniors

Senior couple using an iPad

When we think of users of the latest communications technologies, senior adults don’t usually come to mind. However, an increasing number of seniors are using these technologies today and are benefitting in a variety of ways. 

One of these important technologies is video chat. 

The Dangers of Anxiety in Caregiving

Senior and caregiver laughing and relaxing together

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is a well-established link between being a family caregiver and stress, anxiety, and the danger of physical and psychological health problems. 

Why Seniors Have Difficulty Getting a Good Night's Sleep and 9 Tips That Can Help

Senior with sleep difficulties

According to “Sleep Tips for Older Adults,” “As we age, we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns, such as becoming sleepy earlier, waking up earlier, or experiencing less deep sleep.”

“A good night’s sleep is especially important to older adults because it helps improve concentration and memory formation, allows your body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day, and refreshes your immune system, which in turn helps to prevent disease.”

Seniors, Summer and Hydration: Preventing Dehydration in Aging Adults

Senior doing yoga outside

Drinking water is not something we think much about, yet it’s an essential ingredient for our good health. 

As they say, “Water is Life.” And for the lives of older Americans, hydration is especially important. Why? Because dehydration, i.e., a lack of sufficient water in the body, can be extremely dangerous for them.

7 Steps to Maintain Brain Health for Seniors

Senior exercises with resistance bands

We’ve all heard the saying, “Use it or lose it,” regarding the need for physical exercise to keep our bodies fit and healthy. But as it turns out, the same can be also said for our minds.

Today, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than five million seniors in the U.S. And as a result, the need for older adults to focus on brain health has never been greater.

The good news for seniors is that there is growing evidence that older Americans can preserve their brain function and safeguard their memory by adopting specific healthy lifestyle activities.

The Great Outdoors: 7 Beneficial Springtime Activities for Seniors

Senior gardening and planting flowers

It’s spring! The ideal time to open the windows, breath in the fresh air and spend time outdoors.

However, government estimates say that Americans spend about 90% of their lives indoors. And for senior adults, the number is even higher as they become less and less inclined to venture outside. 

Daylight Saving Time: 7 Tips to Help Senior Adults Adjust

Clock

It’s March and that means daylight saving time and spring are right around the corner!

First conceived by Benjamin Franklin, the primary purpose of daylight saving time is to make better use of daylight. And for many of us, daylight saving time means we have more hours of daylight in the evening to enjoy the more pleasant weather.

However, for senior adults, daylight savings can also spell health problems.

Overcoming Downsizing Dilemmas: Moving Your Aging Parent into Senior Living

Moving boxes in a home

Moving out of a home of many years and leaving cherished memories behind can be a challenge for any of us. But for aging parents, downsizing and moving from the comfort and familiarity of a long-time home to senior living can be especially difficult.

Older adults often view moving to senior living as a sign that they are losing their independence. And having to organize, downsize and pack a house full of belongings can seem like an overwhelming task.

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