If you are involved in the well-being of your aging parent or a loved one, it’s important to recognize that people over the age of sixty are more prone to bone related injuries and disease increases. Approximately half of all women over the age of fifty, and approximately 1 in 4 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Encouraging your loved one to maintain strong bones will allow them to age in place longer.
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Statistically, elderly drivers are safer drivers than younger ones. Research finds that they wear seat belts, avoid the roads in inclement weather, avoid rush hour and overall drive fewer miles than most. That isn't to say there aren't risks that come with aging medications, reduced mobility and other medical conditions can all conspire to make driving more of a challenge for your aging relative.
There is so much information on the Internet, in magazines and given to you by friends and family about ways to stay healthy. How do you know what to believe or which advice to follow? First and foremost, before you start any fitness regime or change your diet, it's always best to discuss it with your doctor to make sure you are either healthy enough to do so or that any nutritional changes you may be considering won't impact any medications you're taking.
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.
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.