Aging

It is never too late to reinvent yourself, whether it be your career, health or passion. Since September is Healthy Aging Month, it’s the perfect time to get started on a new you.

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Tags: Aging, Health

When we touch something, the nerves in the fingers send impulses to the brain that instantly identifies the sensation – whether it is hot or cold, soft or hard. As we age, however, our sense of touch becomes less sensitive.

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As we age, the likelihood of developing cataracts increases. Cataracts are one of the most common vision problems in the U.S. and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

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It’s time to take advantage of your chronological credentials and use your senior discount. If you saved a dollar a day by asking for your 50+ benefit, you’d have over $300 at the end of the year. Check out this website that lists more than 250,000 businesses that offer discounts to people over 50.

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With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next 10-20 years, and most of those people hoping to stay living at home for as long as they can, it’s no wonder businesses catering to the senior market are booming.

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If you provide 24 hour senior care, here are some lifestyle changes your clients can make for better heart health.

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At-home senior care providers and their clients should follow these five cold prevention guidelines.

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As a provider of elderly home care services, there's a good chance you've had to deal with some stressful situations, whether it was a medical emergency or a confused and frustrated client.

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As people get older, it may become more challenging to get a good night's sleep.

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Proper nutrition is important at any age, but for seniors it can play an even bigger role in overall health. Including the right foods in an older adult's diet is a critical aspect of senior care.

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While eating ill-prepared or old food is not recommended for anyone, it's of greater importance that seniors, especially those with chronic illnesses, avoid these choices as they are at an increased risk of food poisoning when compared to the younger population.

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Nutritious meals are important for keeping seniors healthy, and focusing on meal preparation can be a great way to eat well. As we age, our metabolic rates slow and many older people are not consuming foods and beverages that contain sufficient nutrients. This can lead to chronic fatigue, depression and a weakened immune system. Take a look at these quick tips for eating better and increasing your quality of life as you age.

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A large portion of the baby boomer population is beginning to get older and develop age-related eye diseases. Millions are already struggling with an eye disease and about 25 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts while another 2.5 million suffer from glaucoma. 

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A recent study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that seniors who sit for extended periods of time each day are more likely to be disabled, regardless of how much time they spend being active.

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Unfortunately the risk of falling increases as people age, and during the winter when snow and ice make everything slick, the chances of slipping get even higher.

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When people dine, they often either rush through their meals or take their time with it. According to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating slower can help people consume less calories and feel full faster, and it can increase energy.

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A new study published in The American Journal of Cardiology found cardiologists overlooked memory issues in almost 50 percent of elderly heart patients.

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A recent study published in the journal Physical Biology found that a new medical test looking for rare cells in the blood could predict which patients are at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack.

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Recent research at the Mayo Clinic has uncovered a stronger link to Alzheimer's and a history of concussions, according to published results recently shared in Neurology.

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Herbs such as rosemary and spearmint may help to fight off Alzheimer's by improving learning and memory, according to a study conducted by professionals at Saint Louis University. The enhanced extracts made from special antioxidants in these herbs can reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.

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AARP said that it's becoming common knowledge that organic food and produce is a healthier option because it has fewer pesticides. However, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, organic milk actually has more healthy fatty acids than milk from more conventional farms.

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There are a number of superfoods out there for your loved one to eat in order to help them live a longer, healthier life.

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Have you ever heard of elderspeak? This is talking to older adults in a “babytalk” way. Even though many caregivers are very conscientious about their tone when they talk to their clients, sometimes elderspeak happens anyway. This can be challenging when you care for an older adult who is hard of hearing, but it’s important to keep some practices in mind when you communicate with your clients.

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Most medications must be taken daily, but the instructions don't always specify what time of day is the best to take them.

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If you're spending a lot of the day watching TV, why not try to get in some exercises while you do it? Physical activity can keep you healthier, build muscles and help improve brain health. 

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, there will come a point when you need to explain to grandchildren what is happening to Grandma or Grandpa.

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Older adults who suffer from debilitating headaches, such as chronic migraines, could benefit from senior care services to assist with the tasks of daily living as well as help with taking the right dosage of medications when they are experiencing an episode.

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A new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that the average lifespan of an American is 1 year lower than the international average. According to the Washington Post, Americans can expect to live for 78.7 years, 8 years longer than in 1970. 

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The Senate passed the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will give the Food and Drug Administration more power when it comes to policing drug compounding pharmacies, the New York Times reported.

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Back pain doesn't have to be an inevitable part of aging.

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The most important thing is for family members to make sure to spend plenty of time with their elderly relatives. Of course, this is important during the rest of the year, but once the holidays roll around, why not spend time with them cooking or decorating?

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Although the study's co-author Ifat Levy stated that further research is needed to directly connect the measures to real-life behavior, the ability of seniors to consider risk when it comes to their finances is still the issue at consideration, the source reported

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The latest Global AgeWatch Index by the United Nations Population Fund determined the best and worst countries in the world for the elderly. According to the study, the U.S. is No. 8 in the world for the well-being of aging adults.

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Although 62 has long been seen as the normal retirement age, there are several reasons why 70 might be even better. 

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