Most people entering their golden years find that their body is moving a little slower these days. For men, however, there are a few distinctive health concerns to start thinking about on top of the general wear and tear.
Until recently, health related cholesterol guidelines had remained stagnant, but recent trends in health care has prompted new studies and a sweeping reassessment of our understanding of cholesterol, how it impacts heart disease, and how it should be treated.
With the Affordable Care Act bringing a broad spectrum of changes to healthcare in the United States– the first major overhaul we’ve seen in decades– senior healthcare, in particular, is seeing some significant changes and improvements.
At first glance, the reduction of $716 billion in Medicare funding over the course of the next 10 years comes off as treachery. It's the most severe and costly cut to the program yet. And if your elderly parents or other loved ones rely on Medicare for health coverage, it will have a direct impact on your family.
Chances are that if your parents are over 65, they’re taking at least 3 medications at any given time to treat different health issues. And regardless of how long they’ve been taking those medicines, there’s also a good chance they will need a strict regimen of medication management to make sure that all of their medications are taken correctly and at the right time.
If your parents live in a retirement community that offers assisted care, they probably already have their medications taken care of for them, but seniors who live at home will need to find ways to manage on their own. Luckily, there are some easy ways for you and your parents to monitor and maintain their medication usage.
Health insurance has seen some major changes in the U.S. over the last several years – including changes made to Medicare. These changes have made healthcare more widely available – and at more competitive rates – for a large portion of the population. As these options have expanded, those looking for senior healthcare have been given some new options both within and outside of Medicare.
At ERH, we believe in taking a holistic approach to living well.
Our wellness experts cultivate six dimensions of wellness that create a caring, integrative environment where residents find that life’s third act is the best one yet.
While we do believe that physical fitness is an important aspect of living well as we get older, it is by no means the only aspect of senior health. Emotional, spiritual, intellectual, vocational, and social health all contribute in their own way to mental wellness and general wellbeing.