Choosing the best type of living situation for your loved one is a decision that should involve both parties, if possible. Talk with your loved one about how they prefer to live, either in their home or at an assisted living home with other people. Consider any medical treatment they need and how much help they need on a day to day basis, if they have a cognitive impairment, and if they have enough mobility to live on their own or not. Think about the costs of each arrangement and thoroughly investigate the staff that will be taking care of your loved one. Look for reviews and comments from other people who have used these services. Making an informed decision that is the best for both parties is important to prevent any unfortunate elderly abuse or accidents.
As men age, there are subtle changes within our bodies that we may not be aware of. This is why it is necesssry that we pay attention to what we eat. Proper Nutrition plays a larger role in our health than we may realize. Healthline reveals that aging is linked to a number of different changes in the male body, which include less stomach acid, muscle loss, and thinner skin. It’s easy to see changes in muscle mass and skin but you won’t realize your body is producing less stomach acid, until you have symptoms of indigestion or acid reflux. My wife recently asked if there were something in the water because so many people complained of acid indigestion. Now we know that decreasing stomach acid is normal for older adults.
As we age, a simple yet highly effective way to guard against injuries when older is to lead a healthy lifestyle and make the effort to stay fit through the years. This article has simple steps seniors can take to make them surroundings safer - and to be fitter to guard against falls and other common injuries.
Without proper support, seniors may face a wide range of issues including limited mobility, chronic conditions, improper nutrition and feelings of loneliness. For example, older adults can have problems chewing or may take medications which interfere with their appetites. However, research shows lack of companionship may be the biggest challenge. Small gestures, like these simple acts of kindness, can go a long way toward improving a senior's day.
After many years of not worrying about aging, I am beginning to worry. I don't know why, as I take birthdays as being another day older rather than a whole year. Its not the aches and pains as I have always had them, in fact I take the Facebook post of "if I woke up and something didn't hurt I would think I was dead" as my own.
Geoff was 52 when he felt that he was losing focus. He had trouble paying attention through an entire presentation until the end. He remembered that it was not like that a few years ago. In fact, he was the first with questions and objections, the most lively part of any presentation.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) urge Americans to help manage fall risks by learning why and how they happen.
I was asked a question recently that was very deep and thought-provoking. A friend asked me if I had to choose between an old age spent losing my physical abilities but keeping my mental faculties, or an old age spent losing my mental faculties and keeping my physical abilities—Which one would I choose? The question gave me pause because I normally do not focus a lot on my impending aging, but it’s natural to think of what life will be like once you are an elderly person. My friend did not hesitate to say that he would choose having his physical abilities intact since he is a very active person and enjoys running, hiking, and exercising at the gym.
I dashed for the elevator, happy to be done with yet another session of physical therapy on my surgically repaired shoulder. How much longer before my upper body feels normal again? Will I ever be able to play basketball or suffer through yoga or lift a barbell again? What about the basics… reaching for the top shelf of the pantry or exiting the car, without a twinge or a pull or a jolt? I’m 62 years old, and my weekend warrior body has been breaking down for a while now... Has the inevitable finally arrived?
Getting older is a fact of life for those of us who are lucky enough to make it past 60. I am well past that age, so I feel I have the knowledge to talk about old age. Personally I have found that as I get older, I still find life to be fun and exciting. However, some people I know do not share my outlook on what getting older means. They believe life after fifty or sixty will be full of challenges. Instead of concentrating on ways to remain active, they seem to fixate on the things they perceive they will eventually be unable to do. It drives me crazy to see how quickly they go downhill after they have constantly self-prophesied how they expect old age to affect them.