We all want to model healthy aging behaviors, but the concept packs so much into two words that setting “healthy aging” goals can make achievement feel distantly attainable. One way to bring it closer to home is to partake in Healthy Aging® Month, a national health observance occurring each September to remind us of the concrete ways we can work the concepts of healthy aging into our life styles.
We all know collectors – those who seem to never have enough stamps, salt shakers, or seashells. Some people start collections because they love the objects they collect, while others amass large collections as an investment, hoping their collection will increase in value. While some collecting may seem a bit eccentric, it’s all innocent enough – right?
But when does collecting become excessive and tip from collecting to hoarding? And even more importantly, when does hoarding become a real health hazard?
Elder abuse and neglect is emerging as a critical public health issue. It is one of the most under-acknowledged and under-reported public health threats.
The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as a "a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
It can be broken down into 5 distinctive types of abuse:
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You declare, “I want to eat healthier!,” and one week later you’re back to your old eating habits. Or, you say, “I’ll learn to play guitar!,” and never get around to it. Sometimes it can be hard to take the leap from setting a goal to actually achieving it. If this sounds like you — then SMART goals might be just the tool you need.
Earlier this year Hebrew SeniorLife Communities sponsored the “Senior Living Communities of the Future Forum” at NewBridge on the Charles as an opportunity for our residents’ adult children to hear from experts in their fields on the future of senior living communities.
We sought insights to some of their most significant concerns as they relate to aging as well as important questions about their vision of the life they want to lead in later years. Concerns such as:
Ahhh the summertime and outdoors beckons. From golf to gardening, there is no lack of excuses to get outside and soak up some sun. There are so many activities that not only offer a great workout, but are fun to boot – and we all know that exercise is key to aging well, right?
At the same time there are precautions that you should take when participating in outdoor activities to make sure risks don’t outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to get you on the right track:
1. Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program, even if it’s billed as an easy exercise for seniors.
Summertime is filled with picnics, day trips to the beach and nights under the stars. It’s also a season known for insects, bugs and mosquitoes.
Just the mention of mosquitoes is enough to put people on edge because of the Zika virus. It’s a growing concern. To date, much of the attention the Zika virus has received in the news has focused on pregnant women and the severe birth defects in babies born to women suspected of having the virus. While pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant are being advised to take precautions, including postponing travel to regions where the risk is high, what about older adults?
The Zika virus can make people sick for up to a week with generally mild symptoms that include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes and headache.