There is a lot of concern in the world right now regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly for a senior population
The role of a registered dietitian is to assist individuals in meeting their nutritional goals. In a senior living community, the dietitian will complete a full nutrition assessment on every resident and determine if there is a need for nutritional intervention.
There’s a common misconception that the older you are, the more you sleep: think of the stereotypical grandma nodding in her rocking chair, or grandpa snoring in front of the TV after dinner. Most seniors don’t really sleep more, nor do they need more sleep than adults 20 or 30 years younger. While adults should aim for about seven to eight hours of sleep a night, seniors may have a harder time reaching that goal.
Over 40 million people in the United States provide care for an adult over the age of 65 (source). Of those being cared for, 90% are aging parents or relatives. Becoming a caregiver can be overwhelming as roles are reversed between parent and child.
Each year, the festive and busy winter holidays quickly give way to long cold nights and often, gray days. Winter in the Northeast can be tough for even the heartiest among us, but it can be even tougher for the elderly.
Health goals are a common theme for New Year’s resolutions, and it is important as we age to take a serious look at our health. Tai Chi is a popular activity for seniors who are looking for an enjoyable activity that provides both mental and physical health benefits.
Navigating the world of senior living options, whether for yourself or a family member, can be daunting and confusing. With a range of terms used to describe senior living options including independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes, it can be difficult to understand the differences between each level of care or housing option.
It’s often said that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It’s a favorite pastime for many and has several cognitive benefits, including perhaps a favorable impact on Alzheimer’s disease.
So it’s time to leave the hospital – what’s next? Many patients recovering from illness, injury, or a surgical procedure are ready to be discharged from a hospital (acute care) but are not ready to return home. Some patients may need more carefully supervised rehabilitation, while others may lack the support system at home that they need to fully recover.
Depression is common in the elderly, but it’s often hard to recognize. Caregivers may miss the signs of depression or mistake them for side effects from medications and illness. A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 7 million adults over the age of 65 suffer from depression.