Many factors make driving unsafe from time to time for all of us. Bad weather, medications, dusk & dawn, and aging and youthfulness all impact safety. Young, first time drivers often experience the most accidents and fatalities. However, the Federal Highway Administration reports that drivers age 70 and older are next in line for motor vehicle fatalities. While many older Americans learn to compensate for any limitations, sometimes it becomes necessary to let someone else do the driving.
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Aging tends to push the ones we love into smaller and smaller circles, withdrawing from wider-reaching social groups and activities. Removing oneself from certain facets of the outside world is commonplace for senior citizens, as they downsize their home, move into retirement communities, and forgo activities their bodies can no longer physically handle.
At any age, too much heat can be dangerous. However, as we age, your body has an even harder time dealing with extreme heat, which puts you at a higher risk of overheating and heat stroke. Learning how to avoid overheating will allow you to enjoy the benefits of the warmer days.
We all know that exercise is great for our muscles, our bones, joints, how we look, and how we feel. However, what about exercise for better brain health? It's true. You may not believe it but the stakes of not exercising are higher than you might have thought.
When it comes to getting your body in motion, one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise is stretching. Aging does not mean you will automatically lose your flexibility. The pain and stiffness that many individuals associate with aging begins as temporary tensions that become learned habits if the individual does not begin counterbalancing the effects of their increased stiffness. When muscles begin to tighten, they cease to be elastic and thus can restrict movement. With increased stiffness and restriction, many individuals may begin to limit movements that require stiff muscles, leading to disuse.
As we age, it's often easier to kick back and relax, but that can have adverse effects on your health and well-being. You can also do gentle stretching or bending exercises during television commercials. Moving about helps address arthritic joints and also keeps the brain active.
Mark the Date: September 23, 2019 View & Download PDF The National Council on Aging sponsors the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD). This day raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate others about the impact of falls, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community fall prevention programs.The NCOA has prepared a helpful flyer with "6 Steps to Prevent a Fall" which is available for download by clicking on the image above. Watch the video below, created by the National Council on Aging with helpful suggestions to Prevent a Fall. Click here to find events in your community scheduled for Monday September 23rd to raise awareness
Summer will bring with it long; lazy days of sunshine and chances are heat emergencies will also arise as a result. As a general rule, the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory when the heat index meets a certain threshold. These are the days when checking on your loved one is ever more important!
One of the most common and most prevalent forms of diabetes is Type 2 (formerly called adult-onset and/or non-insulin dependent diabetes). This form of diabetes impacts close to 95% of the 26 million Americans that have been diagnosed with diabetes.