Roughly one-fourth of the U.S. population has diabetes, including millions of Americans aged 65-and-over. Although there’s no cure, a senior with diabetes can still enjoy a good quality-of-life through diet, exercise and medications. But if their diabetes isn’t managed, it can cause more serious health conditions like heart problems, kidney failure and blindness.
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?
Getting your elderly mom or dad to say “yes” to eliminating some of their unhealthy habits can be very challenging and stressful. Fortunately, there are several proven ways to convince an aging parent to make some positive lifestyle changes, starting with these.
Experts on aging have found that when a senior participates in activities while positively interacting with others, it typically results in a longer, healthier and happier life. For many caregivers, entertaining aging loved ones is also rewarding when it comes to their own health and wellbeing. If you’re currently serving as a caregiver, here are 5 fun activities you can do with seniors guaranteed to make them smile.
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.
Maintaining healthy body balance is one of the most important tasks for people of any age, but this is especially true for seniors. Often, we ignore balance problems, assuming that it is just a part of growing older. But balance difficulties can cause a wide variety of issues, one of the most dangerous being an increased risk of falling. But thankfully, there are ways to keep yourself or your family member well-balanced and out of an elderly home. Really, all it takes is a little exercise and self-care.
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.