As many individuals age, there might come a time when living alone begins to present challenges. Perhaps normal activities of daily living become too hard to accomplish without help. Or the amount of required assistance suddenly exceeds that which a family caregiver can adequately provide. In those cases, it may be time to consider a move to assisted living.
There is no denying the importance of physical exercise to our overall wellness. Whatever our age, staying active can help us manage our weight, blood pressure, pain, and emotions. That’s why health experts recommend that older adults who are fit enough for physical activity perform at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has enacted a statewide mask mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m.
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.