How Aerobic Exercise Improves Memory in Seniors

Deep within the center of your brain there’s a small structure known as the hippocampus. Smaller than your little finger, it plays a vital role in learning and memory. Without it you’d only be able to remember old memories, not form new ones. Unfortunately, it does shrink as you age, which is why many seniors suffer from dementia. It doesn’t have to be this way though, there’s good news when you want to improve memory in senior citizens. Seeing What Research Says About Exercising There Read More +

How to Make Family Gatherings Easier for Seniors who are Hearing Challenged

It’s challenging for your loved one to communicate with you when they’re living with a hearing impairment. Fortunately, there are some things (besides getting them hearing aids) that you can do to help include them in your family gatherings so the experience is both pleasant and inclusive for everyone who’s there. Do Your Best to Communicate Clearly While you don’t want to overemphasize your words, you do want to make sure that you speak in a way that’s both clear and concise. By speaking too Read More +

Aging by Yourself Doesn’t Mean You Have to be Lonely

Today’s society holds marriage up as something we should all strive for. Unfortunately, this means they don’t understand people who don’t get married, as well as those who get divorced or become widowed because they live alone. What they fail to understand is that you can still feel “lonely” even when you’re in a relationship. This is especially true if your relationship is unhappy or lacks communication. This doesn’t mean that those who choose to live alone don’t get lonely. What it means is that Read More +

How to Effectively Communicate with the Elderly

Many elderly persons struggle with general communication skills like hearing, reading, and writing. We must do this in a way that’s different than how we’d talk to our peers because they’re harder to understand and are influenced by environmental changes too. How to Talk to the Elderly When engaging in senior communication there are a few things you should do: Maintain eye contact Speak clearly Be direct Don’t multitask – since they don’t live in a fast paced world they’re not accustomed to this and Read More +

What you Should Know About the Flu Shot

It’s that time of the year again when we start hearing all about how and why we should get our annual flu shots. Unfortunately, there are many people who are afraid to get these shots today. Typically, such fears are based on myths, half-truths, and fictitious ideas that they’ve either heard or read. Once these things are addressed and you understand why it’s a good idea to get your shot, hopefully you’ll be ready to make an appointment to do so. Getting Sick Because of Read More +

Why Good Dental Health Care is so Important for the Elderly

As we grow older, we tend to let things slide, but senior dental health shouldn’t be one of them since it affects your entire body. Instead, seniors need someone to either remind or help them prioritize their oral health. Otherwise we commonly encounter issues like dry mouth and periodontal disease. There are several reasons why we should take these issues just as seriously as we take caring for seniors’ hearts. Heart Disease Research shows there’s a connection between gum and heart diseases. Taking care of Read More +

Why High Blood Pressure May Not Be Bad In The Elderly

High blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) is defined as a systolic pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) of 140 mm Hg or greater and a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg or more. There’s been a recent study done suggesting that developing this as a senior (between the ages of 80 and 90-years-old) will help protect a person from dementia while also reducing frailty and disability. This is different from what studies have suggested about people who develop high blood pressure in their Read More +

Tips for Seniors who Want to Build Muscles

As we age, our bodies change. One process we undergo is known as sarcopenia. It can start as early as age 30 and cause a 5% loss of muscle mass each decade. Unfortunately, even the most physically fit individuals aren’t immune to its effects. Symptoms of Sarcopenia There are many things you should watch for here, including: Your body can’t convert protein into energy as well as it could in the past You’re less physically active because you feel weak or lack stamina – something Read More +

How and Why to Find Hearing Aids Near Me

Locating a hearing aid office near you can be such a helpful resource. If you’re experiencing hearing loss and are considering hearing aids, having someone local to you who can answer all your questions and help you adjust to wearing your new devices is imperative. Do I need a local hearing aid company if I am a new hearing aid customer? If you are a first time hearing aid patient you will want to experience the personal touch that comes with meeting a professional hearing Read More +

Boost Your Health by Getting More Vitamin D

Vitamin D (a.k.a. the “sunshine vitamin”) is an essential nutrient for your overall health and wellness. Not only does it help your body absorb calcium, but this leads to many other health benefits (e.g. improving the function of your bones, brain, cardiovascular and immune systems, intestines, muscles and pancreas). The Benefits of More Vitamin D The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) says it’s proven to fight against many conditions and disease, including: Autoimmune diseases Cancer Depression Falls and fractures Heart disease Influenza Type-2 diabetes Read More +