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Seniors Wellness and the Technology to Improve It

Senior Wellness and Technology For many seniors, it can be difficult to find ways to stay healthy and active. A tight budget, health or mobility issues, and lack of access to the right nutrition or exercise are all factors. Fortunately, there are many ways older adults can utilize technology in order to boost their physical and mental wellness, and even combat senior loneliness. These days, there are so many options out there for those who want to focus on their well-being, and they don’t have to bust their budget. From…

5 Heart Health Tips for Women Over 65

It’s February, which means that hearts are everywhere! As sweet as candy hearts can be, we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day. Instead, we’re thinking about American Heart Health Month and the heart health of women over 65. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 1 in 3 deaths among women every year. That number represents more women’s deaths from cardiovascular diseases than from all cancers combined. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. The American Heart Association also…

Create A Senior Exercise Routine And Stay Fit As You Age 

The key to staying healthy as you age? Regular exercise — it can boost your mood and energy levels, maintain a healthy weight, and even reduce common symptoms of aging. In fact, getting fit in older age has been proven to reduce risk of stroke by half, a study at Oslo University reveals. Whether you’re completely new to fitness, need to lose weight, or simply want to feel healthier overall, it’s never too late to get active. What exercise should you do? That depends on your individual fitness abilities and goals.…

Tips To Make A Home Senior Citizen Friendly And Safe

With the advances in medical care, people are living longer than ever before. Rather than going to an assisted living facility, many elderly members of society prefer to remain at home. As the baby boomers join the ranks of senior citizens, the need for home safety measures is on the rise. While a caregiver may visit regularly to perform certain tasks, it is vital that someone close go through the entire home to upgrade where necessary. By employing these safety tips, the elderly person is less likely to become seriously…

Older Americans Act Signed Into Law (Again)

President Obama recently reauthorized the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016. The act re-signs into law and updates the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The new OAA is valid for three years. The goal of the act is to help seniors live as independently as possible in their communities. The OAA funds essential services for older adults, including: Senior Centers Transportation Caregiver Support Meals Health Promotion Enrollment in Benefits Falls Prevention Disease Prevention The OAA also highlights economic welfare, elder justice and legal services, and modernizing senior centers.…

Do You Need An Elder Care Mediator?

Families don’t always agree on care giving issues for older adults. A trained, impartial, and compassionate adviser may be just what a family needs – before arguments start. Enter elder care mediators, professionals experienced in conflict resolution. Often they’re attorneys, social workers, psychologists, or counselors. Mediators talk family members through difficult situations and misunderstandings, and help brainstorm solutions. As a neutral third party, mediators can advocate for both elderly adults and caregivers when the tough decisions come around. The mediator does not provide advice or “take sides” but facilitates dialogue,…

New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Tomorrow

When you picture a retirement community, do you think of modern and sustainable architecture, allowing residents to age in place and engage with others? Architect Matthias Hollwich of New Aging does. When Hollwich turned forty, he began to prepare for aging. He researched the designs of current retirement communities and realized he wanted to create something new. So he set his firm, HWKN, to work. “A retirement community could become an empowerment environment,” Hollwich writes on the website for his recently released book New Aging. “[A] nursing home could turn…

New Alzheimer’s Data: 2016 Alzheimer’s Facts And Figures Released

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released updated Facts and Figures, with emphasis on the disease’s effect on families and caregivers. The 2016 edition includes a special report of the financial impact of Alzheimer’s on families. Other highlights from the report include: Prevalence More and more Americans – 5.4 million in 2016 – are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number may rise to 13.8 million. Mortality Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. 700,000 deaths from Alzheimer’s are projected in 2016. Fatalities from the disease…

Oral Health And Stroke Prevention Go Together

Need a reminder to brush your teeth? Oral bacteria are linked to the risk of stroke, according to a study done by researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan. The single hospital study observed hemorrhagic stroke patients. In a hemorrhagic stroke, blood vessels rupture in the brain and cause bleeding. The researchers found that 26 percent of patients who suffered hemorrhagic strokes also had the cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) oral bacteria in their saliva. Patients with the S. mutans bacteria also had more cerebral microbleeds,…

Medicare and Social Security: Resources To Know

Medicare offers a new interactive map showing geographic disparities in chronic disease among Medicare recipients. This map examines racial and ethnic disparities, as well as geographic, across the United States. Take a closer look for data on many specific topics, including: The prevalence of 18 chronic conditions Medicare spending Hospital utilization, preventable hospitalizations and readmissions Mortality rates Offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health, the map is designed to help target populations for interventions. Users can sort by state or county of residence, age,…

Aging Well In The 21st Century

How can we make the future better for aging adults? The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recently released a report (which you can read in full here) on how to improve life for older Americans long-term. Their recommendations intend to “reduce the burden of illness, enhance quality of life, and maintain health among older adults.” With a population of 72 million Americans over 65 expected by 2030, the NIA’s strategies are both timely and promising. The NIA plans to: Better Understand the Aging Process Investigate the biology of aging as…

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Restores Memory Function

Can ultrasound technology restore memory function in Alzheimer’s patients? Researchers from Australia’s University of Queensland are looking to do just that. The treatment targets neurotoxic amyloid plaques in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is caused by two kinds of brain lesions – amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Both lesions attack the neurons in the brain. The research team, from the Queensland Brain Institute, uses a focused therapeutic ultrasound to beam sound waves into the brain tissue. The waves open up the blood-brain barrier. Once the barrier is open, the waves stimulate…