It's a commonly believed "fact" of senior life that as we age, we need less sleep. But that's not always the case. Because many seniors have difficulty falling and staying asleep, a good night's sleep often becomes more elusive as we age. Sometimes the answer is a change in sleeping conditions— a new bed, a sleep mask or less light or noise. And medical intervention is to be expected for more advanced cases of insomnia. But there's another element that's often overlooked— our diet.
The wellness decisions that older adults make have a direct consequences on senior healthcare. Smart wellness decisions, such as eating nutritious food and exercising regularly, keeps you healthier as you age. After the age of 55, healthy people do not require as much medical care as do unhealthy individuals. A person with uncontrolled diabetes, for example, would likely need medical intervention than someone without the conditions. Furthermore, a healthy person tends to gain more from medical treatments and suffer fewer complications.
Tired, achy feet could be a thing of the past, thanks to a new device that could revolutionize senior healthcare– the 3-D printer.
This new type of printer can print everything from body parts to pizza. In fact, people in the 3-D printing world say that “if you can draw it, you can make it.” One company is starting to use the technology to create custom orthotics that correct foot alignment problems that lead to tired, achy feet.
As many of you are no doubt aware, this month ushers in a season of lung health observances— November is both COPD and lung cancer awareness month, and the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout” falls on the 21st.
Next month is American Diabetes Month, and in honor of the observance, we wanted to share a few facts to help you get a picture of how the disease is affecting the health of Americans—especially when it comes to senior healthcare.
You probably made a number of promises to yourself when you took your first steps into retirement living—experiences that you were finally going to enjoy now that you had time. You were going to eat better, go on the European tour you planned as an idealistic youth, finally join that book club. You may have even checked a few off your list.
Senior living communities and plenty of public places have taken pains to be more accessible for Americans with visible disabilities like physical handicaps. Handicapped bathrooms, wheelchair accessible seating, and handicap parking can be found at every retirement community and office building in America.
An active senior lifestyle is about more than exercising regularly, though senior fitness is a part of active living. Being active means living well and enjoying good health in every area of life as an older adult.
We sponsor a lot of great activities and outings that keep our residents living well here at Marjorie P. Lee, and we’ve found that events that best help older adults stay active and independent have 3 key features in common:
Although Americans are enjoying longer lives, we aren’t necessarily seeing a corresponding rise in the health of older adults. In fact, just the opposite seems to be true. A new national report analyzing the health status of seniors in the United States finds a nationwide increase in rates of diseases like diabetes and other chronic conditions.