Category 'Aging'

Combating Ageism in America

At times, life can be harsh for older people. Comedians joke about “senior moments.” Corporations downsize, particularly letting go of employees over age 55. Hair products press for covering up the gray, while anti-aging cream and Botox® promise to smooth wrinkles.

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Can Home-Monitoring Technology Prevent Falls in Elders?

Up to 50% of elders fall each year in their home. Many of these falls result in broken bones, hospital admissions and relocation to nursing homes for ongoing care. Can an elder, who is growing frailer with age, remain at home safely?

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The Overall Benefits of Dance

Dancing had the biggest cognitive and physical benefits – including a whopping 76 percent reduction of the risk of developing dementia.

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The Benefits of Social Media for Older Adults

The 65-plus crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of social media users in America.

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Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Doubles Fall Risk

Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is a common complaint among elders (up to 15 percent of individuals experience difficulties) and is associated with a twofold increased risk for falls.

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Senior Citizens Caring for Other Seniors

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, a nonprofit advocate for America’s workers caring for the elderly and disabled, projects that by 2018, 29 percent of direct senior care providers will be age 55 and older. Many seniors are drawn to work in elderly care to supplement their retirement income despite the physical demands and risk for injury.

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The Dangers of Consuming Too Much Sodium

Studies have shown that a diet high in sodium can increase blood pressure levels and the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and even osteoporosis.

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Brittle Bones and Broken Hips

Falling and fracturing a hip is one of the greatest fears many elders have, and for good reason.

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Grandparents Mending Fences

Most grandparents face some delicate negotiations on how to stay active in their grandchildren’s lives without overstepping parental boundaries.

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Summer Travel With Seniors

Summers are often the ideal time for family caregivers to take their senior loved ones on vacation, to reunions or on group outings with family and friends. Planning ahead will help ensure older adults stay safe and comfortable when traveling.

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