4 Reasons Why Seniors Need Plenty of Exercise

This article is contributed by Vee Cecil.

Of course, with each day, hour, and minute that passes us by, we’re all getting older. But what many may not know or consider is that we’re actually getting older as a nation, too. The U.S. Census Bureau notes that in 2012 there were 43.1 million people in the country who were 65 or older. By 2050, that number is expected to almost double to 83.7 million. Continue reading “4 Reasons Why Seniors Need Plenty of Exercise”

How Seniors Can Maintain a Healthy Diet

balanced diets for seniorsGuest contribution by Emily Hunter

Getting older is a fact of life, and for those of us lucky enough to have parents and loved ones who are considered senior citizens, making sure they are healthy is extremely important. Being healthy as a senior includes exercise and a good diet, just like for those of us who are younger. But older age can also bring challenges. Continue reading “How Seniors Can Maintain a Healthy Diet”

Summer Health How-Tos for Seniors

Summer Health for SeniorsGuest contribution by Ruth Folger Weiss

Summer is a great time to take things at a slower pace and enjoy the beautiful weather. From participating in outdoor activities, to spending time with grandchildren, and all of the other summer activities you’ll be engaging in, it’s important to be mindful of the heat and its effect on your health. Spending too much time in the harsh sun or even inside a room that is too hot can lead to health complications. With these how-tos, you’ll be able to have a happy and healthy summer! Continue reading “Summer Health How-Tos for Seniors”

10 reasons why seniors sometimes don’t eat properly

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Guest contribution by Peter Smith.

Caring for an older relative can be hard work – and one of the hardest parts is often trying to ensure they’ve eaten enough, or eaten the right foods. A good start to solving this problem is to figure out just exactly why they aren’t eating properly – there are lots of potential reasons for it, and narrowing it down can help you target the source of the issue. Here are ten reasons seniors sometimes don’t eat properly: Continue reading “10 reasons why seniors sometimes don’t eat properly”

Strength Training for Seniors

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Guest contribution by Tiffany Miller

Why is strength training such a great idea for seniors? Can someone in their 80’s really benefit from strength training? Strength training is useful for all ages if done properly. Seniors can benefit from strength training in the areas of muscular degeneration, bone degeneration, and balance. Continue reading “Strength Training for Seniors”

Landscaping Ideas for Seniors

gladeGuest contribution by Dane O’Leary

Garden therapy has been recommended to treat ailments both physical as well as emotional and to individuals of all ages. Especially for seniors, gardening also provides a productive form of exercise too. Bending, planting, and pruning are great for the body, allowing limbs to stretch and improving circulation. Sunshine is a source of vitamin D while taking part in the natural environment by growing new plant life and helping it to thrive is good for the soul. Continue reading “Landscaping Ideas for Seniors”

Age-related changes influence your dietary needs and your appetite

stomacheThis article is contributed by Peter Smith.

It is an indisputable fact that as we age our bodies change. Our metabolisms tend to slow down and we slowly get weaker. Good diet and exercise can stave off the majority of these effects but they cannot adjust nature’s cycle. As people mature, they use their body in a different way to when they were younger. Their nutritional needs are different and the whole system is not as good at absorbing important nutrients anymore. An old person’s appetite decreases with age, and his/her dietary needs change too. Here are some of the most common changes: Continue reading “Age-related changes influence your dietary needs and your appetite”

Live long, live well

live long live wellWith so many living longer, it is important to do the right things that will give you a full and fulfilling life. Eating right and exercising are key activities in that plan. Even more fundamental is ensuring your finances don’t run out before you are ready to go. The infographic below provides some important considerations that you should take into account. Continue reading “Live long, live well”

Top 10 Things to Prepare the House for an Aging Adult

seniorThis article is contributed by Charlie Kimball.

Just as new parents have to baby-proof their homes for safety, it’s often necessary to elder-proof the home. With a bit of planning and a few accoutrements, the transition can be smooth as silk. Here are the top 10 items that you can install in your home to make it safer for your loved one. Continue reading “Top 10 Things to Prepare the House for an Aging Adult”

Treating Underlying Mental Disorders

despairA new type of dual treatment for addiction involves treating a patient’s underlying mental disorders. A prime example is soldiers returning from combat suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who drink or use drugs to escape the symptoms of PTSD. Due to the complex nature of the process of diagnosing mental disorders while treating addiction, it’s important for patients to look for the appropriate help.   Continue reading “Treating Underlying Mental Disorders”