Along with the traditions of family gatherings and holiday meals, holidays tend to add to the stress a caregiver may feel. Holidays can lead to depression and feelings of isolation and loneliness for the seniors in your life. While loneliness and isolation can be year-round elements, holidays tend to amplify them.
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Maintaining a healthy diet can significantly reduce you and your loved one's risk of heart disease. Poor nutrition and deficiencies in the diet are detrimental to heart health. Choosing a heart conscious diet should center around decreasing saturated fat intake, reducing sodium levels and maintaining a healthy weight.
Determining if the time is right for your loved one to have full time caregiving can be difficult. The burden to make that decision usually falls upon family members to recognize the signs that their aging parents may need some help. At LIfeFone, we have some questions to help you make that determination.
If you are a baby boomer, an age group defined by being born between 1946 and 1964, you are one of more than 74 million people across the country. Unfortunately, most of you have spent the last several decades sitting behind a desk, in your vehicle, on the phone, or other types of sedentary activities that have taken a toll on your muscles, joints and organs, often resulting in pain, poor posture, loss of mobility, and often times, added stress.
It’s no secret, as we age, we begin to lose brain power. You may not realize it, but in some regards you could be adding to that loss.
According to most, rushed when going to a doctor's appointment seems to be the norm rather than an exception. Older adults especially may feel rushed and may hesitate to ask their doctor any questions other than for the medical issue at hand. Being unable to speak freely with your physician though can lead to health consequences as a small issue may escalate into a much larger health concern if unaddressed.
The longer you live the more money you will have to spend, or conversely, the more money you should start saving now to prepare for living into your 100s. Modern medicine and the fact that many diseases and illnesses are able to be caught and even corrected early means that many of us are living longer, and in many cases, healthier lives.
Fats and oils are part of a healthy diet and play many important roles in the body. Healthy fats provide energy and are a carrier of essential nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, K, and carotenoids. But many older adults have been told to decrease the amount of fat in their diets and are confused about what to do.
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to a healthy, happy life. Unfortunately, about 40% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep every night—the minimum recommended amount for adults. On average, we’re sleeping a whole hour less than we did 70 years ago! Whether due to busy schedules, sleep disorders, or just plain procrastination, sleep deprivation is all too common. If you're struggling to get the shut-eye you need, these natural tips can help you sleep better without turning to prescription medication.
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.