How Poor Nutrition Affects the Elderly

Poor nutrition in older adults is a challenging health concern.  It has been associated with physical and mental decline and a reduced quality of life.  Poor nutrition has been linked to chronic disease, a weakened immune system, muscle weakness, decreased bone mass, poor wound healing, and cognitive decline. Seniors living alone may be at particular … Continued

Senior man eating burger in fast food restaurant

Meet Jean M. | A Lover of Card Games

Jean M. was born in Saginaw, Michigan. She was the second child and first daughter of her parents. Jack was her older brother, and she had two younger siblings, Nancy and David. They were all very close. Her father lived to be 81, and her mother lived until she was 92. Jean recalls both of … Continued

Exercise Benefits Seniors with High Blood Pressure

Physical activity is good for people with high blood pressure, or hypertension.  Regular exercise can help lower blood pressure to less harmful levels.  Uncontrolled hypertension can damage the heart and coronary arteries, often leading to heart attack, stroke, and congestive heart failure. High Blood Pressure and Seniors The risk for developing high blood pressure increases … Continued

Retirement, fitness and walking with dog and couple in neighborhood park for relax, health and sports workout. Love, wellness and pet with old man and senior woman in outdoor morning walk together to lower high blood pressure

Helping Seniors Prepare for Successful Doctor Visits

As people age, it’s common to have several doctor visits scheduled each year.  In addition to a primary care physician, they may have medical specialists who focus on specific health conditions.  A senior may periodically see a cardiologist, urologist, rheumatologist, pulmonologist, ophthalmologist, or audiologist.  These specialists help manage common age-related health challenges. Since an average … Continued

Smiling Senior Woman At A Medical Check Up Appointment

Minimizing Fall Risks in Seniors

Many seniors are injured each year in falls.  While some people will be able to recover at home after a trip to the emergency room, others will experience serious consequences including fractures, head trauma, and chronic pain.  Recovery from a fall may take months.  A serious fall can result in surgery, a long hospital stay, … Continued

senior Asian couple laughing while walking with walker to prevent fall risk

Postoperative Care for Seniors Presents Challenges

Surgery can present unique challenges for older adults.  The risk of developing postoperative infections is greater for this age group.  Seniors may need significant help and support during their recovery including transportation to follow-up appointments, meal preparation, bathing, light housekeeping, laundry, and medication management.  There may also be mobility challenges.  These added responsibilities can become … Continued

daughter sitting near senior mother in bed and holding hands in hospital - Postoperative Care

How Summer Heat Affects Seniors

Hot summer days can be brutal for everyone.  Unfortunately, older adults often have a more difficult time handling the heat.  Murrieta, California summers are hot and dry, with high temperatures regularly reaching the upper 80s and low 90s.  It’s important during hot weather to keep in touch and check on elderly family members and neighbors … Continued

Senior man taking a break after exercising in the park.

Cataracts – An Age-Related Vision Problem

Cataracts are very common in older adults.  A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye.  The cloudiness distorts the light passing through the lens.  A cataract may form in one or both eyes.  Most cataracts are related to age, and people may start to notice symptoms after age 60.  However, those … Continued

Senior woman patient checking vision in optician's office. Eye exam and vision diagnostic

Karyl D. Extends Kindness to All

Meet Karyl D. Born and raised in Visalia, California, Karyl D. was the only child of her parents. When she was two, her parents divorced, and her mother moved them to her parents’ home. Karyl spent much time at church, which became the foundation of her life as a Christian. Karyl believes the Lord blessed … Continued

Recognizing Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking ability, language skills, and behavior. The CDC estimates approximately 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Age and a family history of Alzheimer’s are the biggest risk factors for developing the disease. Most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are age 65 or older. Alzheimer’s is … Continued

Woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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