Most older Americans wake up every day with at least some arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness. Weather changes, over-exertion or even normal daily activities can worsen their achy joints. And, more serious arthritis flare-ups can even cause a senior to feel stressed out, frustrated and depressed.
There’s an old saying that “laughter is the best medicine”, but will laughing more also benefit those with serious medical conditions like cancer, dementia and heart disease? Many studies have shown that humor and laughter are beneficial for people with chronic illnesses- notably those aged 65-and-over.
More and more older Americans are choosing to independently age in place at home every year, including many who are well into their 70s and 80s. One way that this empowered generation of seniors is staying more physically active and independent is by exercising. If you’re currently caring for an aging in place senior who needs more exercise, have you considered introducing them to Yoga?
For older people living in Southeastern Massachusetts, springtime is a refreshing time of year punctuated by bright flowers, fresh air and warmer temperatures. That much-anticipated time of year also ushers in a plethora of spring activities for seniors, including many found within an hour’s drive of Middleboro.
As autumn slowly fades away each year, it’s not uncommon for seniors in Massachusetts to experience some seasonal changes of their own. Clinically called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or “SAD”, the annual onset of these winter “blahs” is brought on by reduced amounts of sunlight combined with inactivity.
As a senior caregiver it’s also important to keep their hands busy and minds sharp through various activities. Crafts are a great way to spend some quality time together, and there are literally dozens of fun craft ideas for seniors to choose from. Here are 5 fun craft ideas for seniors that should bring a smile to both your faces.
Seniors are often most vulnerable during winter. The days are cold and short, and it’s harder to get out of the house amid snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures. That’s why it’s so important to help seniors prepare their homes for winter — and to help them prepare to thrive during these difficult months. If you have an aging loved one in your life, consider these tips to help get your senior's home winter ready.
Many seniors with chronic discomfort also struggle with anxiety, depression, sadness, poor nutrition and limited mobility. The good news is that there are now many proven alternatives for seniors to manage chronic pain that don’t require drugs. Here are a few of the better ones.
Dementia can be an overwhelming syndrome for both the person suffering from it and those who love and care for them. But this doesn’t mean that all of life’s fun has to stop. In fact, those who have dementia need enjoyable experiences to provide them with some sense of normalcy. The list below offers several activities to entertain seniors with dementia regardless of if they are receiving respite care, in an elderly home, or aging in place.
You’ve seen the news reports. Sitting too much harms our health. Knowing more about the health risks would be helpful. You’d also welcome some tips on how to be active and enjoy it! The fitness exercises for seniors presented here can be useful for both you and your parent.