Senior Health

New Year, New You: The Importance of Health Screening

New Year, New You: The Importance of Health Screening

There’s an old saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” In other words, it’s never too late to make a change for the better, and the new year is the perfect opportunity to kick-off a new approach. For senior adults, one of the best changes you can make this year is by committing to regular health screenings.

The Health Benefit of Physical Therapy for an Aging Adult with Memory Loss

The Health Benefit of Physical Therapy for an Aging Adult with Memory Loss

Exercise has been proven to be beneficial for people of all ages. That goes double for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory loss. They not only receive the numerous physical benefits, but also see improvement in motor skills, a decreased risk of falls and a lower rate of diseases that are associated with cognitive decline. This results in improved memory and behavior, better communication abilities and a variety of other benefits specifically related to the unique challenges of those with dementias.

Six Ways Senior Living Promotes Healthy Aging through Dining

Six Ways Senior Living Promotes Healthy Aging through Dining

Good nutrition is such an essential part of aging well. Eating a balanced diet allows all of us to live an active lifestyle, maintain an ideal weight and stay as physically healthy as possible. For senior individuals, a healthy and well-balanced diet plays an even more important role by helping with digestion issues, improving memory and cognitive function, keeping teeth and bones strong and basically helping all body systems to work as well as possible.

How Pets & Animals Benefit Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease

Pets and other animals have the tendency to make people happy, brighten their day and distract from everyday troubles. No matter what type of animal, i.e., dog, cat, horse, bird or even fish, animals are known to have therapeutic properties. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, in particular, can benefit in an increasing number of ways from a pet or other animal’s therapeutic traits. Physical health, emotional well-being and social involvement are among the many ways seniors with memory impairments benefit from pets and animal therapy.

Get Up & Get Moving: Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Get Up & Get Moving: Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

While many seniors like to be active, it can become harder as they age as a result of various health and body restrictions. As many exercise programs can tend to be strenuous, seniors can have trouble finding classes and programs to fit their needs. However, there are still options for seniors who either desire or require a form of low-impact yet effective exercise in order to stay fit and improve their overall well-being for the long term.

Controlling Diabetes with Diet & Exercise

Controlling Diabetes with Diet & Exercise

Diabetes is a widespread problem in America with 1.4 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes each year and even more left undiagnosed. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), out of 29.1 million Americans with diabetes in 2012, only 21 million were diagnosed. Out of those who were ages 45 to 64, 13.4 million had diabetes and 11.2 million of those 65 and older were also affected by it, showing that as we age, the more the risk of diabetes increases.

Blue Skies and Sunshine: 5 Ways Being Outside Can Benefit Your Health

Senior Health Tips for Maintaining Flexibility to Combat Aging

Senior Health Guide: Maintaining Your Flexibility Is Key to Anti-Aging

Maintaining Your Flexibility Is Key to Anti-Aging

Oftentimes when we think of our retirement years, we picture a carefree life of ease, in which each new day brings another opportunity to sit back and relax. After years of working hard, raising a family and “paying your dues,” you’ve earned the right to indulge yourself, correct?

However, experts in senior health now say that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the old saying, “use it or lose it” is particularly applicable to senior health. Exercising and maintaining flexibility are actually secret weapons for anti-aging and boosting senior health.

Walking Your Way to Health: Important Benefits of Walking for Senior Adults

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