Sing and Grow Younger

Many work hard to counter the effects of aging. However that may be too modest a goal. For example, Deepak Chopra sets out in his book, “Grow Younger, Live Longer” Ten Steps to Reverse Aging.

He and his associate, David Simon, M.D., show how it is essential to renew all dimensions of the self—the body, mind, and spirit — in order to feel and look younger. Continue reading “Sing and Grow Younger”

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”

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”

International Day of Older Persons – October 1

chinese womenEvery year, October 1 celebrates the United Nations backed International Day of Older Persons. For 2014 the theme is Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All. The photograph on the right shows Elderly women in Chengdu as displayed on the UN website. Continue reading “International Day of Older Persons – October 1”

Nutrition for Seniors

 

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This article is contributed by Emily Newhook.

We all know that a well-balanced diet can help people of all ages lead healthier lives, but seniors in particular stand to gain a lot from proper nutrition. Eating well can help reduce the risk of serious chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, among others. Even if you’ve already been diagnosed with a chronic condition, maintaining a healthy diet can allow you to manage it more effectively. Healthy eating can also help seniors manage their weight and keep energy levels up throughout the day. Continue reading “Nutrition for Seniors”

Can Acupuncture Really Help You Stop Smoking

This article is contributed by Ron Barker.

Smoking is a very strong addiction, and while everybody knows the dangers and hazards associated with it, they can still find it hard to finally kick the habit into touch. Smoking causes all manner of health problems and it is strongly linked to a number of different cancers. Once you have decided that you want to give up, it can be a long path to finally getting there. Continue reading “Can Acupuncture Really Help You Stop Smoking”

Keeping Your Brain Fit as You Get Older

active seniorsThis article is contributed by Ken Myers.

The passage of time can do a lot of things to your body. Joints start to hurt all the time, you may not have the stamina you once did and your mind can begin to feel unfocussed. Fortunately, there are many ways you can fix all of these problems including maintaining a greater focus. If you’re diligent about keeping your brain fit, it can be as sharp as it was when you were in your twenties. Continue reading “Keeping Your Brain Fit as You Get Older”