There’s never been a better time to age with medical advances, technology that can monitor health, and services that help seniors stay in their homes as they get older. Here are some of the most interesting products and services we have come across.
Having a pet is a great way to enjoy life. Whether you introduce a child to the importance of being responsible over the life of a small fish, to having a dog or cat become a part of your family, people can benefit at any age with a pet in their lives. Having a pet increases both the cognitive and physical benefits of an individual as well.
From the very first day on your job many of us think ahead to the end. Not the end of the shift, but the end of working completely. Known as “retirement”, it’s a goal all of us in the workplace hope to arrive in both good health and financially comfortable. The age in which retirement hits however, has been changing. It’s interesting to see these days us people are actually working past our retirement ages.
It has been said that aging is not for the faint of heart. Ailments, losing loved ones, general aches and pains make getting older quite a challenge both physically and mentally. Many people struggle to remain optimistic as they age, but it IS possible to find joy and contentment at each stage of life. Here are some things that can get you going on your path to happiness.
As we all spend more time online, we are increasingly vulnerable to common scams that attempt get our personal and financial information or to install malware, software that is designed to damage or disable our computers and computer systems. It's no reason to give up your online activities; it's just important to be aware of the scams that exist and know how to avoid them.
The thought of a broken bone — the cast, long recovery, missed activities, limited mobility, extra cost, rehabilitation — is especially frightening to older people. It takes longer for older bones to heal. And, many seniors — especially older women — are at a heightened risk for broken bones because of osteoporosis.
Growing older doesn’t mean you’ll get absent-minded. A growing body of research suggests that you can improve your mental well-being —and minimize those senior moments—by exercising your brain. Just like you do with your body, experts recommend a regular regimen of exercise to keep your brain strong and fit.
A 5,000-year-old practice may be just the cure for your arthritis pain. A growing number of seniors are finding that some simple, gentle, senior-friendly yoga exercises can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort from osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.
Naturally, as human’s age, different ailments tend to become a part of normal life. Hearing loss in the elderly, which is extremely common, can become a much larger issue if not treated by a Hearing Care Practitioner with a thorough hearing examination.
Seniors need exercise. It strengthens the heart and lungs, lowers blood pressure, decreases stress and reduces the risk for illness. It even improves one’s memory. But older people need exercise that puts less stress on joints and bones.
A soothing massage can certainly help you relax, and it can soothe aching muscles, but massage is far more than a way of pampering yourself. Massage is increasingly being offered to seniors as standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions – from anxiety to digestive disorder to chronic migraines.
Scientists studying the relationship between human beings and pets have found that pets do more than make us happier — they also make us healthier. And, several recent studies have shown that owning and handling a pet is especially helpful to seniors.
Seniors who care for pets live longer, healthier, and more enjoyable lives than their non-pet owning peers.
Can I live alone safely? That is the big question for millions of seniors and their families each year. And for more and more people, the answer is YES – you can live in your home. It’s all thanks to some new technologies designed to help seniors live independently with a host of age-related challenges.
When your back aches, sometimes the last thing in the world you want to do is exercise. But, taking it easy is often the worst thing you can do. Done in a controlled manner, active back exercises distribute nutrients into the disc space and soft tissues of the back, keeping discs, muscles, ligaments and joints healthy. And for seniors, it’s especially important because vertebrae and cartilage wear down with age.