Spring officially arrived on March 20th and with that comes better weather and the chance to venture outside and enjoy it. Many parts of the country have been dealing with snow and bitter cold temperatures over the past months and with that, our senior population tends to slow down while spending more time inside. However, spring brings the opportunity to rejuvenate your health by getting outside and becoming more active. It also means enjoying the warmth of the sun and breathing in the fresh air. Here are a few tips for our seniors (and caregivers) to help invigorate their health this spring.
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It’s not your imagination if you feel more tired after you “spring forward” in March. Daylight savings time begins on March 13 this year at 2 AM, meaning once you go to bed for the night, you lose an hour of sleep. Coincidently, Sleep Awareness Week also occurs the week of March 13th through the 19th. Although there are benefits such as longer daylight and the anticipation that spring and summer are on their way, it can take a toll on your mind and body. As daylight savings time (DST) approaches, it’s important to understand the effect it can have on a person.
As Presidents’ Day approaches, we are reminded of the history of the United States. This day of remembrance was originally established as a national holiday in 1885 as a day to honor George Washington’s birthday and became popularly known as Presidents Day in 1971. It is now celebrated on the third Monday of February.
Studies have shown that older adults are more likely to stay alone in the U.S. than the rest of the world. Living all alone in a house with no friends or family members around can result in isolation that may lead to mental disorders like depression. Many alternative housing arrangements have emerged to avoid such problems. These arrangements promise safety and companionship to the elderly — senior house-sharing is one of them.
Managing weight as we age is extremely important as it affects mobility, strength and overall wellbeing. Seniors and caregivers alike often find themselves struggling to control their weight. While it can be more difficult for some than others, proper nutrition and exercise can help maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent obesity related conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Started in 1994, Healthy Weight Week falls on the third full week of January every year and was launched as an awareness campaign to help develop healthy nutrition and improve healthy habits.
Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations (CO2) today are higher than at any point in at least the past 800,000 years! Is that a bad thing? Yes! There is a lot of buzz about CO2 on the internet and its harmful impact on the environment. People know it as a greenhouse gas (a gas that absorbs and radiates heat) which is the primary contributor to rising global temperatures. Carbon dioxide is a colorless and odorless chemical gas composed of two oxygen (O) atoms and one carbon (C) atom. Emitted by cement production, deforestation as well as the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, rising levels of CO2 are not only hazardous for the environment, but they can also pose many health dangers for us.
The holiday season is a time for friends and family to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Many times, the home is bustling with noise, the dinner table is full of food and people are reminiscing about the past, present and future. But for the seniors in our lives, many have a much different experience. With family spread across the country, possibly hundreds of miles away from each other, remembering to include them in the spirit of the holidays can be challenging.
One of the most common problems that older adults have to grapple with is unsteadiness. As their bones and muscles weaken, it can become more difficult to maintain a good posture and balance and this can lead to a fall. The only way to prevent and treat this problem is to exercise regularly. Performing exercises designed to improve balance and stability will improve your physical strength and decrease injuries caused due to falling.
November has arrived ushering in big changes in the weather. It also reminds us that the holiday season is near and that the year 2021 is almost behind us. What we often don’t recognize is that November is also National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the roles, responsibilities and sacrifices that caregivers endure day-in and day-out. Here are a few things to consider when recognizing all that caregivers do to keep our loved ones safe and comfortable as they age.