Doctors have found that dehydration is one of the most common fluid and electrolyte disturbances among the elderly. Water is crucial to all bodily processes from carrying hormones, disease fighting cells, nutrients and antibodies throughout the body as well as flushing toxins and waste products from the body, ingesting enough is critical to good health. Individuals over age 65, however, find that their thirst diminishes and because of that they don't drink enough. Not drinking enough water can lead to diseases and disorders including kidney stones, hypertension, circulation disorders and common indigestion problems and, as a caregiver, you can see how important it is that your aging relatives are getting enough water in their diets.
The American Heart Association wants to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. And we know that starts with taking care of your health. American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is a great way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. Together, we can build a culture where making the healthy choice is the easy choice. Why? Because Life is “why”.
It's dollars vs. sense! All of us want to save money on our utility bills but according to the World Health Organization (WHO) temperatures in your home should be at least 64 degrees F for most individuals and at least 70 for homes where babies, the elderly and frail reside.
Your family health history is important. To emphasize that, the Surgeon General, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, launched a national public health campaign called the Surgeon General's Family History Initiative, to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health history.
In September we focused on falling, how to prevent them, how to equip a home to cut down the risk of falling, and how to help your loved one bounce back after a fall. September was also a month to focus on fruits and vegetables, and how healthy eating matters and is important to your overall health.
If your loved one has recently fallen, we want you to know they aren’t alone. The fact is, one out of every three seniors fall each year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injuries for older Americans each year. These statistics help gain perspective as to why falling is a major concern, not only for you but for your loved one as well.
Anxiety – you never know when it will creep up, wrap you in its arms, and refuse to let go. Physiologically, younger people have the ability to process and heal from a stressful situation, and can more appropriately work through reducing anxiety. On the other hand, older people have a higher risk of experiencing troublesome anxiety and it becomes disruptive to their everyday lives.
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.