If you have an aging parent or family member who lives on their own, you might feel a mix of emotions. On the one hand, you may feel grateful that they live in the comfort of their own home with a feeling of independence and security. On the other hand, you might constantly worry about their well-being and safety.
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For many of us, driving is a significant part of our lives—playing an essential role in some of life’s biggest milestones. Riding to prom with your high school sweetheart; driving away from your wedding in a whirlwind, the “Just Married” sign in your rearview mirror; driving home from the hospital with a tiny new life, triple-checking the car seat at every stoplight.
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Good nutrition is vital in promoting health and wellness at any age but is especially important for older adults, whose weaker immune systems make them more vulnerable to certain illnesses and conditions. And while this is true, malnutrition remains a common concern for many older adults—whether it’s due to physical changes that hinder their ability to eat or simply a loss of appetite.
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.
Everyone likes to go on fun outings. Not only are they entertaining, but there’s research that shows getting out of the house more often can increase a senior’s quality of life. Even though this is true, a recent study found that more than 2 million older adults (about 5.6% of the senior demographic) are homebound, making them more at risk for depression, anxiety, and physical health concerns due to lack of exercise.
From a young age, we’re taught the importance of dental and oral health: brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, avoid sticky candies, etc. And while it’s undoubtedly important to instill proper oral health habits in children, it seems like this practice and ideology declines with age.
Like many things, forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. As we get older, it’s completely natural and not usually a cause for concern when we misplace our keys, forget someone’s name, or miss an appointment.
It can be challenging to find the perfect gift for someone you love. What do you get for someone who has everything, or for someone who wants nothing? Or, in the case of your older parents, what do you get for someone who has received a lifetime of gifts, or may have a different idea of what a “good” gift is?
As adults, the consensus is that we should see our primary care physician once a year for a physical exam. As we get older, however, medical needs change and require more attention, and this annual exam may not be enough to stay proactively healthy. After all, “the goal for medicine should be prevention and wellness [instead of] chasing medical problems after they come up,” says Amber Tully, M.D., a family medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic.
Did you know that six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease? For older adults, this number increases to 85%. Chronic conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, COPD, Alzheimer’s, and more.