February is Heart Month, which is a good time to renew or begin your efforts to keep your heart healthy. Your heart pumps blood to all the other organs in your body. A heart that isn’t healthy is more vulnerable to disease – and that can lead to other serious health problems.
There is a lot of concern in the world right now regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly for a senior population that is at a higher health risk from the virus. With the intense and constant news coverage of the pandemic, seniors are repeatedly exposed to media messages that can spark fear and anxiety.
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.
When the Super Bowl rolls around the country is glued to their televisions to enjoy the game, commercials and half-time show. Delicious appetizers are paramount to any game day party. To make sure your viewing party is complete with tasty snacks, Elderwood Dining Services Director, Daryl Cronk has shared two recipes which are sure to be a hit at any Super Bowl party.
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.
Winter’s snow and ice makes it an especially dangerous time for seniors due to the increased risk of falling. Snow and ice on untreated walkways, parking lots and stairs result in uneven and slippery walking surfaces. This significantly increases the risk of falling – especially for seniors.
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.
Every holiday season families come together from near and far. We gather around the table to enjoy a meal with our loved ones, make memories and reminisce about days gone by.
Coming up with an interesting and delicious menu can be stressful and time consuming. Elderwood Dining Services Director Daryl Cronk is helping alleviate some of that stress by sharing his signature recipes for a holiday feast that’s sure to delight.
At the holidays, what do you give that special someone who has given so much to you? Finding that special gift for an aging parent, grandparent or even a cherished friend or neighbor can be challenging enough, but it can become even more complicated when they live in a senior care community such as an assisted living facility or even a skilled nursing facility.