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 +

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 +

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 +

Simple Senior Fall Prevention Tips

Senior fall prevention is an important topic because as you age, your health and the medications you take make you prone to more falls. This is why falls are one of the leading causes of injuries among older adults. Fear of falling doesn’t have to rule your life since there are some things you can do to easily prevent them. Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment Talk to your doctor about things like: Prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements may increase your risk of falling. Your doctor Read More +

Tips to Help you Sleep Better in Your Golden Years

As you grow older you’ll probably notice yourself having difficulty falling and staying asleep. Although common, this isn’t normal nor is it a consequence of aging. Instead senior sleep issues are typically linked to lifestyle and environmental factors. This is important to pay attention to because it can gravely impact the rest of your health and life. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help you sleep better. Creating the “Perfect” Bedroom Environment Most people don’t think about their bedroom environment’s effect on Read More +

What we Know About Aging Well

Aging well means you must understand what you should do to stay healthy so you can live a longer, healthier life. While how long you live largely depends on your genetics, there are some changes you can make in your lifestyle behaviors that will help you as well. Understanding them and making a few changes can be very beneficial. Eating a Plant-Based Diet It’s interesting to note that some of the people who have lived the longest have adopted the Mediterranean diet. This is something Read More +