Studies have shown that seniors who own a pet have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and are healthier overall compared to non-pet owners. A pet is more than just an animal that is kept around the house; it also serves as a loyal and nonjudgmental companion for seniors who live alone.
It is a sad fact that there are individuals who prey on the elderly, whether it's a door-to-door sales person or a telemarketer scams. It's been reported recently there are fraudulent telemarketing calls being made to the elderly with offers of installing home alarm systems free of charge.
Is your loved one squinting or having trouble reading small print? As we age so do our eyes, so it is important to address vision problems as they occur and have frequent eye checkups. Visits to the eye doctor should occur once every two years or if the loved one begins to experience problems with their vision.
It is important for seniors to practice safe food storage methods to preserve food freshness and prevent it from spoiling. Food that has spoiled is filled with bacteria and other microorganisms that cause the food to emit an odor or give off a slimy texture. While not all spoiled food is harmful, seniors are at a greater risk of developing illness from eating food that is well beyond its expiration date. For them, it is even more pivotal that they practice safe food storage habits.
Malnutrition, or malnourishment, is a serious condition that aging individuals can face. Problems with joints, teeth, or the digestive system can make it difficult to obtain all of the nutrients that a body needs in order to function at peak efficiency, and the lack of nourishment that results is only going to make the problems worse over time. Fortunately, however, there are a number of easy ways to avoid malnutrition.
It is important that both you and your spouse have a durable mattress that you can use on a daily basis for quality, uninterrupted sleep. However, many of us buy a mattress and never think to replace it until years later when our bodies show signs of pain and stiffness.