How an Active Social Life Improves Senior Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), loneliness and social isolation are linked to serious health conditions in older adults.  A report published in 2020 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine indicated that social isolation was associated with about a 50 percent increased risk of developing dementia and other … Continued

Dangers of Pneumonia in the Elderly

Pneumonia can be a serious illness in older adults.  While people can get pneumonia at any time of the year, it is more common in the fall and winter months.  Those over age 65 are more at risk for complications from pneumonia and are more likely to die from the infection than younger populations. What … Continued

How Shingles Affects Seniors

Shingles is a skin condition that manifests in a rash with painful blisters that cause a burning or tingling sensation.  The rash can occur anywhere on the body but usually affects a small section on one side.  Symptoms can last for weeks.  While people of all ages can develop shingles, it is more common among … Continued

Games Keep Seniors Mentally Active

Playing games has been a popular activity for centuries.  At one time, games were one of the most widespread evening activities for families.  Customs may have changed over the years, from a preference for board games and cards to video games.  However, some of the benefits have remained the same.  Playing games entertains us, challenges … Continued

Senior adult friends playing dominoes. Home or community center setting.

Older Adults May Be Neglecting Oral Health

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for older adults.  Oral health directly affects quality of life and the ability to eat and enjoy food.  Regular dental care can help prevent tooth decay, tooth loss, and periodontal disease, as well as identify oral cancer in its early stages. Why might seniors forego dental care? When people … Continued

Happy senior woman brushing her teeth.

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

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