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Foot Problems in the Elderly

Taking the Right Steps to Understand Foot Ailments

March 21, 2013

Elderly Foot Problem

We expect a lot from our feet. They get us to all the places we need to go, while providing the anchor and balance crucial to physical activity. As we age, foot problems can become common. From aches and pain to bunions and corns, our feet are prone to many conditions that can cause discomfort and impact mobility.  This shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that the distance people walk in a lifetime would take them around the globe nearly six times.

Laughter and Health

The Best Medicine?

February 28, 2013

laughter as medicine

When was the last time you had a good laugh? It may be more important than you think. Over time, we have learned there are numerous health benefits of laughter. Not only can it relieve physical stress and tension, but boost our immune systems, including reducing stress hormones and increasing the activity of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.

Making Winter Fun for Seniors

Turn Winter Doldrums into Winter Fun

February 26, 2013

senior crafts

As children, we often have fond memories of the winter months. Remember eagerly waiting for that first snow? How about enjoying sledding or joyfully making snow angels when it finally arrived? Or hoping for a storm big enough to close school? As adults and seniors, the once beloved winter often transforms into inconvenience and isolation.

It’s important, however, to stay active and engaged when the temperatures dip. There’s fun to be had, if you have the right attitude. Don’t hibernate, but instead, look for new ventures to engage your inner child.

Here are some ways how:

Protecting Against Cold

Keeping Warm in Winter Months

February 21, 2013

Protecting against cold

It seems to go without saying – make sure to dress warmly during the cold winter months. For seniors, however, it’s particularly important to protect against the cold. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at retaining heat, making older people more vulnerable to hypothermia (low body temperature) often brought on by extreme temperatures.

Hypothermia symptoms often develop slowly. You can become confused, drowsy, and have trouble speaking. If not treated immediately, hypothermia can cause life-threatening emergencies. Stay warm and safe this winter with the following tips:

Heart Health and Hearing Loss

The Whisper of Sweet Nothings….Can you hear them?

February 13, 2013

heart health and hearing

Here it is: February. A short month in terms of days, but a long month for many, as it is usually cold and falls between the excitement of the holidays and the anticipation of spring.

February also claims Valentine’s Day and American Heart Health Month. Speaking of hearts, did you know that there is a link between heart health and hearing health? The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins, has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

February 7, 2013

Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s no secret that New Englanders are well versed in the “winter blues.” With shortened daylight and chilly temperatures, it’s easy to feel sluggish and left longing for the summer months. For some people, however, depression during the winter is a serious problem. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs the same time every year, usually beginning in the fall as the days get shorter.

Long-term Care Planning Checklist

Long-term care planning for your loved one

January 24, 2013

long term care

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

What is Gerontology?

January 17, 2013

geriatric care

Do you know the difference between gerontology and geriatrics? Or understand what a gerontologist does versus a geriatric specialist? While both strive to improve life for seniors, and are clearly related, there is a difference between the two disciplines.

Gerontology is the study of the aging process including investigation of the physical, mental, and social changes that affect people as they age. Geriatrics is a branch of medicine that focuses on health promotion, as well as the treatment of disease and disability later in life.

Don’t Let Hearing Problems Weigh You Down in 2013

New Year, New Ears

January 15, 2013

senior hearing

We all make resolutions when the New Year rolls around. And usually, our resolutions are chosen to improve ourselves in some way. Do we want to eat better? Lose weight? Exercise more? Find ways to lessen stress?

If you, or any of your loved ones, have been struggling with hearing problems, perhaps 2013 is the time to resolve to hear BETTER!

New Year, New Goals

Fitness in the new year

January 3, 2013

senior fitness

I want to lose weight. I want to be healthier. I want to get in shape. As Orchard Cove’s Vitalize360 Coach, I often hear these goals, especially as the New Year approaches. And while made with positive intentions, they are sometimes flawed in their vagueness. 

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