The statistics surrounding older adults and fires are startling. The odds an older adults will be injured or die in a fire are double that of the rest of the population. For those 85 years of age and older, the risk rises to four times greater than younger adults. If a senior you love lives alone, those numbers can be especially frightening.
Freezing temperatures, dark skies, snow and ice make exercise nearly impossible in the winter, yet physical activity is exactly what you need to stay sharp and healthy in the winter. Regular exercise helps you burn off calories, build muscle mass to help you walk on slippery ice, boost your immune system to ward off colds and flu and improve your heart and lung function. Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins that keep you in a cheerful mood through the dreary, dark days of winter. Many older adults struggle with Vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder because they cannot get outdoors during the winter.
Every year, one in three seniors will experience a fall. If you talk with emergency department physicians and first responders they will confirm just how dangerous falls can be for older adults. They are the number one source of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for seniors.
If you are trying to get back into a regular exercise regimen, knowing how to stay safe and motivated are two of the most common challenges you will face.
Every fall we receive questions about the flu shot from older adults and their adult children. Some older adults are convinced receiving the influenza vaccine will cause them to get the flu, while others do not think they need the shot every year. To help separate fact from fiction, we have pulled together the most common myths associated with the vaccine.
Tornadoes and floods can displace people from their homes for many weeks. Because older adults often have health conditions, it is important that adult children and loved ones help them prepare ahead of time in case a crisis hits close to home.
Unfortunately, older adults are a target for scam artists to make money. If you are the adult child of an older adult, educating them on the most common types of scams is the best defense.
The Internet, social media and technology in general have all made identify theft a growing problem. Older adults are often targeted for a variety of reasons.
Taking good care of your skin is important at any age. Did you know that skin cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States? Research shows that over the past three decades, more people in this country have been treated for skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
The holidays can be a tough time of year to eat healthy. For older adults who live with chronic health conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, making healthy food choices at holiday gatherings and events is important, as is avoiding the extra few pounds many people pack on during the season.