Sweltering summer temperatures are uncomfortable for everyone. But for older adults, excessive heat can prove dangerous. Among the 12,000 heat-related deaths in the United States annually, 80 percent involve individuals aged 60 or over.
Among the many stereotypes associated with senior living communities is the perception that residents are lonelier than they would be if they remained living in their homes. Cut off from family members and friends—this common assumption maintains—older adults will unavoidably experience the detrimental effects of social isolation. But being apart from loved-ones is not limited to senior individuals living in nursing homes. Indeed, loneliness can occur anywhere.
Each May, Older Americans Month serves as an opportunity to recognize the countless ways in which seniors contribute to our communities. This year’s theme, Make Your Mark, highlights the unique and enduring contributions older adults make to society.
After a cold and snowy winter, the initial hints of springtime weather make most people anxious to spend time outdoors. Fresh air, warm sunshine, and awakening foliage go a long way toward curing months-long feelings of boredom and isolation—as well as recent sheltering-in-place frustrations.
Whatever your preferred news source—newspapers, newsfeeds, news networks—it’s hard to avoid headlines about the latest coronavirus outbreak. The extensive media coverage is helping to raise awareness of steps people can take to reduce their chances of contracting the virus. But, at the same time, conflicting news stories are causing many people to panic.
As we age, changes in our hearts and blood vessels increase our risk of developing heart disease. Our arteries could harden, for example, or narrow from plaque that builds up over time. Our heart muscles might naturally weaken as we get older, or we could experience hypertension and high blood pressure. It’s little wonder that cardiovascular disease is most prevalent among people age 65 and older.
The beginning of a new year—and in the case of 2020, a new decade—is a time when nearly half of all American adults resolve to make changes intended to improve their lives. While not everyone follows through on those goals, a good many people do. So here are three new year's resolution ideas that older adults might consider to kick off 2020 with improvement in mind.
Winter holds the joys of holidays and first snowfalls but, simultaneously, the winter blues and flu season. If only we could avoid the second half of that spectrum and remain healthy, vibrant, and cheery in the colder months.
Below are six tips for staying physically, emotionally, and mentally well this winter. Older adults can—and should—thrive as temperatures drop with these guidelines in hand.
Whatever their ages, Americans love to be mobile. And for many people, that means driving an automobile. In this country, three out of four adults have valid driver’s licenses, and 40 million of those drivers are age 65 or older.