We often think of children when we think of autism, and that’s largely because autism is a fairly new condition that’s only been regularly diagnosed since the 1970s. Studies concerning autism in aging adults are few and far between, but the latest research shows that as age increases, the severity of autism may also increase.
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.
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.
Today’s seniors are more active and independent than ever before, but many still struggle with meeting the responsibilities that come with continuing to live at home. Family members may worry about whether their loved one is safe, eating properly, and enjoying life, but they often don’t want to bring up the subject of moving to a senior living facility for fear their loved one will feel abandoned. But the reality is that senior living facilities are wonderful places where seniors thrive, and here are five good reasons why.
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.
Hypothermia in the winter time is a serious risk for seniors. As we age, our bodies grow less efficient at regulating body temperature, and a number of common diseases and medications make it even more difficult to stay warm. If body temperature dips below 94 degrees, hypothermia can set in and cause confusion, slurred speech, a weak pulse, and a rapid heartbeat, and it can be fatal.
Everyone gets the blues now and then, but the winter months are particularly difficult for many seniors for a variety of reasons. If your aging loved one is suffering from depression, psychotherapy and medication can help, but first, here are some things you can try to improve your loved one’s mood.
‘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.