For older adults, getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis can be challenging. Lower melatonin levels, anxiety about aging, medications, and age-related health conditions like sleep apnea can cause seniors to have difficulties sleeping. In fact, according to a National Sleep Foundation study, 44% of older adults will experience insomnia at least a few nights a week or more. Many sleep experts believe seniors need at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, while others think they need as many hours as young adults: about 8 or nine hours a night. All experts agree, however, that getting a good night’s sleep is equally as important for seniors as maintaining a healthy diet and exercise. … Read More
The colder months can pose challenges for older adults when it comes to healthy eating when cold weather and dangerous snowy roads can mean less trips to the grocery store for fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s easy to get our required daily dose of fresh produce in the summer when delicious tomatoes and peaches are in season, but it’s equally important to eat fresh in the winter months.
You don’t have to be young and flexible to do yoga. In fact, the ancient practice is perfect for seniors who want to keep their mind sharp, muscles strong and stress at bay. Recent studies have found that yoga is a great addition to other forms of physical exercise for older adults thanks to its focus on calming the mind while moving the body.
Thanks to advancements in technology, today’s senior has more opportunities than ever to stay healthy and active and be better connected with family and friends. Growing older in a high-tech world means you can communicate with loved ones faster and easier, track your health and fitness goals, and continue to enjoy your favorite activities, like reading and exploring your community, with ease.
It may be the smallest room in your home, but it’s certainly not the safest. According the Centers for Disease Control, every year about 200,000 people visit emergency rooms due to injuries sustained in the bathroom. In fact, about 70% of injuries at home happen in the bathroom. … Read More