More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that’s expected to grow to 16 million by 2050. The race is on to find a cure for this devastating disease, and so far, 2017 has seen some promising breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research.
According to the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, around 18,000 adults over the age of 65 die every year from pneumococcal pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and meningitis. These infections are caused by pneumococcal bacteria, which can also cause ear and sinus infections.
‘Tis the season of snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures, which means that Americans will be out in force shoveling driveways and sidewalks as Mother Nature unleashes winter weather across the country. Unfortunately, 12,000 people are injured every year as a result of shoveling snow, and around 100 lose their lives. This year, make sure your elderly loved one stays safe while clearing the white stuff with these helpful tips.
The holidays are often a time of joy, but they can also be a sad or stressful time, especially for senior citizens. From feelings of loneliness to empty cupboards, many seniors struggle during the holidays. Here’s how you can combat those struggles or help to bring joy to your favorite senior this holiday season.
Good nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy body, especially as we age. Even small changes in your loved one’s diet can make a big difference when it comes to good health, a high quality of life, and feelings of wellbeing.
If your aging loved one struggles with mobility or certain health issues that make traveling difficult, taking a trip can seem like an insurmountable task. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning ahead, you and your loved one can enjoy a wonderful, trouble-free vacay and make some great memories to cherish. These special tips can help.
Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s lens. In order for our vision to be clear, the lens, through which light travels to the retina, must also be clear. Initially, as cataracts begin to develop, you may not notice any change in your vision. But as it progresses, your vision will become blurry or cloudy, as though looking through a dirty window, and colors won’t be as bright as they once were.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week to reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. Even better, the CDC cites gardening as a moderate-intensity activity, which means that an avid gardener can catch two birds with one net and enjoy good health and a beautiful green space.
More than five million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and while a number of breakthroughs have occurred over the past few years, there is currently no cure for this devastating disease.
It’s well known that regular exercise can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but two recent studies have found that regular vigorous physical activity can also positively impact the symptoms of the disease and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
Saucon Valley Manor (Hellertown, PA) and Whitehall Manor (Allentown, PA) recently became the only locally and state approved Assisted Living Facilities (ALRs) in Pennsylvania. Assisted Living Facilities allow a resident to “age in place” for a longer period of time and receive patient centered care, giving them control of their care. Assisted Living Facility certification recognizes that a community offers extra levels of care. Personal Care Facilities that seek certification as an ALR undergo a strict accreditation process that takes into account concept, construction, and levels of care offered.