During the winter months, the cold and flu are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Especially after coronavirus, people are more mindful than ever to wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and sanitize surfaces to prevent catching germs and bacteria that may cause the flu or a cold.
Every January 1st, the new year encourages people to make resolutions, hoping to spark a positive change for the upcoming year. But, for many people, these resolutions are the same as millions of others, leading them to become almost a cliche: lose weight, save money, travel more, give up bad habits. The problem with these resolutions is that they are vague, ambitious, and simply unrealistic, resulting in only 7% of people keeping them.
Have you ever noticed that you feel more tired, detached, and unlike yourself as soon as fall and winter come around? And then spring rolls around, and you start to feel more joyful and energetic. You’re not alone. Many people experience changes in disposition as the days get shorter, colder, and darker. For some, though, these feelings take over and interrupt their lives.
Every time you visit the doctor, the physician has probably asked you a series of questions related to your family health history: “Has anyone in your family had cancer, high blood pressure, or heart disease?” “How old were your grandparents when they died?” “Was this on your mother or father’s side?”
Every fall and winter, the United States can usually count on two things: snowy weather and stuffy noses. Cold and flu season typically runs from October to March, and this is for a few reasons: the flu virus thrives in cold, dry air, and the winter is when we are most likely to be huddled indoors with friends and family allowing for easy spreading of germs.
If you live with anxiety, you may feel like you’re the only person who feels the way you do. But, believe it or not, anxiety disorders are significantly common and impact over 40 million people in America. And while it’s hard to know an exact number since many instances are undiagnosed, it’s estimated that as many as 27% of seniors live with some type of anxiety.
Today’s older adults are healthier and more active than any generation before them. You may have heard the phrase, “70 is the new 50”, and it’s true! Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and it’s changing the way society views retirement and aging.
Springtime means longer days, warmer weather, and flowers blooming. And if you’re one of the over 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies each year, it also means runny noses, watery eyes, and headaches.
Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans and at least 50 million people worldwide. The majority of Alzheimer’s instances occur in adults 65 and older. Still, a small number of people are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s—being in their fifties, forties, or even thirties, when diagnosed.
While diabetes is a worldwide health concern that doesn’t target based on age, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around 25% of those 65 and older—an estimated 12 million—have diabetes.