Hearing Loss in Older Adults

Age-related hearing loss is common in older adults. Approximately one-third of seniors have some degree of hearing impairment. Some people don’t realize the extent to which their hearing has changed, since it may have occurred gradually. Friends and families may notice the problem first. Age-related hearing loss usually affects both ears equally. Common Signs of … Continued

Senior man with hearing aid at dinner

Mental Health Conditions and the Elderly

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to reflect on mental health conditions, access to mental health services for those who are struggling, and focus on preventative care. The CDC estimates about 20 percent of the elderly population are affected by mental health disorders, although many don’t receive treatment. Older adults are less likely … Continued

Senior man with depression looking out of window at home

Skin Cancer Screenings Are for Everyone

The American Cancer Society recommends a professional skin cancer screening every three years for people ages 20-40, especially those living in sunny climates. People ages 40 and older should have a screening annually. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. If you haven’t had a recent screening, make an appointment today. Skin cancer is the most … Continued

Dermatologist examining mole of female patient with magnifying glass

Benefits of Antioxidants for Seniors

Eating foods rich in antioxidants can have benefits for seniors.  According to the National Institutes of Health, antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some type of cell damage.  People who eat a diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables get many health benefits, as well as antioxidants, from their … Continued

Macular Degeneration and Vision Loss in Seniors

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss in older adults.  The disease affects nearly 20 million Americans.  The macula is the part of the retina which controls central vision.  People with macular degeneration lose the ability to see things in front of them but will retain their peripheral, … Continued

Diane O. Holds Her Memories Close

Diane O. was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 22, 1932. She spent most of her young life raised by her grandmother and aunt. Diane always wanted to be like her grandmother, who kept a happy and loving home. Her earliest memories include the pink satin comforter on her grandmother’s bed, which they shared. … Continued

Recognizing Signs of Stroke

According to the CDC, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year.  More than 600,000 of these are first time occurrences. Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death. Many stroke survivors will have another stroke within five years. Stroke risk increases after age 65. Medical conditions such as high blood … Continued

Can Lifestyle Choices Protect Against Cognitive Decline?

Advancing age is associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline or impairment. Some signs of decline include forgetfulness, losing your train of thought, missing appointments or events, difficulty following a conversation, difficulty finishing a task or making a decision, and getting lost in familiar areas. Some mild decline is expected with aging and may … Continued

Chef Taylor Harris Is Serving Up Smiles

We are pleased to share that Chef Taylor Harris joined the Renaissance Village Family as our Director of Dining Services. Chef Taylor is an excellent addition to our team, and we are excited to see his talent and overall zeal for everything he sets his mind to in the kitchen and Dining Room. Chef Taylor … Continued

Recognizing Common Infections in the Elderly

Recognizing infections in the elderly is often challenging. This is because symptoms of infection in the older population are sometimes different than those in younger people. Some symptoms can be subtle or complaints may be non-specific. Their immune systems tend to be more compromised due to other chronic health problems. Cognitive impairment may make it … Continued

Senior Patient in Hospital Bed with with infection

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