Yoga has become a mainstream practice. It incorporates deep breathing, gentle physical movement, and, often, spiritual lessons for a holistic approach to good health. For seniors who struggle with pain, mobility issues, and other physical problems or limitations, a daily yoga practice can produce marked benefits.
One in ten Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to soar in the coming years as the younger Baby Boomers continue to age. Researchers are hard at work trying to solve the complex puzzles of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and while breakthroughs are becoming more frequent, these devastating diseases still have no cure.
The number of aging adults with a substance use disorder is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, only a fraction of people who need help for an addiction receive treatment, and this is especially true for seniors.
After a long winter spent mostly indoors, spring is a welcome time for many seniors. Abundant sunshine, warm temperatures, and blooming flowers lift the mood and renew the spirit, and getting out in the thick of it all is good for body and soul. Here, then, are eight springtime activities the senior in your life will likely enjoy.
Dehydration is particularly dangerous for seniors and can lead to serious medical complications, including swelling in the brain, seizures, kidney failure, coma, and even death. As we age, the risk of dehydration is increased due to several factors:
Spring is a time of growth and renewal, and it’s also the time when many of us get the itch to do some serious cleaning and culling of our belongings. While living in a senior living facility makes it difficult to collect too much clutter, things tend to pile up nevertheless, and putting things in order can improve seniors’ state of mind as well as their safety.