As we get older, our bodies experience many physical changes, and our vision is no exception. Age-related eye problems can affect a senior’s quality of life, lead to loss of independence and increase the risk of injuries and falls. In honor of Vision Health Month this May, here are some simple precautions older adults can take to maintain optimum eye health in their senior years.
Your retirement years are an exciting time in life. After years of working, you can finally make time for the things and people you love the most. An important part of living your retirement to the fullest is taking care of your body and mind. Whether you are just entering retirement, or you’ve been retired for years, here are some simple ways to ensure you enjoy a healthy, happy life in your golden years.
Almost half of older adults — more than 26 million people 65 and older — have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Living with prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are elevated but not enough to be considered within the type 2 diabetic range. Without serious lifestyle changes, prediabetes can turn into type 2 diabetes, a chronic health condition in which your body is unable to effectively absorb glucose for metabolism, resulting in high blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to an array of health complications including stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and a string of other life-threatening health issues.
If you’ve ever had a migraine, then you know just how debilitating and disabling intense head pain can be. Migraines can strike at any age, seniors included. Understanding your migraines and their causes is key to alleviating your symptoms in your older years.
We’ve all been (or have known) the parents who trick or bribe their picky kids into eating their vegetables. This may be somewhat of a stereotype because the reality is, it can be hard to eat enough fruits and vegetables at any age. According to the CDC, only one in ten adults get the recommended servings—one and a half cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables—each day.
Anyone who has heard the soft purr of a cat or pet the fluffy coat of a dog knows how therapeutic animals can be. A pet provides countless benefits to the people around them, whether it’s for companionship, comfort, or confidence.
At any age, it’s important to be aware of the common signs of health concerns. Everyone knows to keep an eye out for stomach pain, chest tightness, or fever and chills. What if you experience symptoms that seem irregular, though? Symptoms that don’t seem to be connected to any health concern that you’re aware of?
As technology continues to advance, digital tools are always being created that improve our daily tasks and simplify our life. Many are even available in the palm of your hand! With the press of a finger, you can find resources that provide you with useful tips and tools that can help maintain senior health conditions or concerns.
Finding the time to cook a healthy and nutritious meal every day can be challenging. Especially during times where you have to get up and go. Healthy meal prepping can help alleviate stress while giving you a better, healthier diet.
It is not unusual to see a loss of appetite in a senior as he or she ages. However, the body still needs to be nourished, and your parent or loved one needs to be healthy and strong to ward off or recover from illness or other health problems.