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Nutrition for Older Adults

What Seniors Can Gain From Good Diet Choices

June 11, 2013

Nutrition for Older Adults

With summer upon us, we tend to hear a great deal about healthy eating and getting in tip-top shape. There is no shortage of diets, drinks and pills being marketed, all promising slim waistlines for the summer season. But the truth is – healthy eating isn’t limited to a particular time of year. It’s a lifestyle and one that is incredibly important as we age.

Aging and Eyesight

HSL celebrates Cataract Awareness Month

June 6, 2013

HSL celebrates Cataract Awareness Month

June is National Cataract Awareness Month. To celebrate the month, we take on this commonly known myth about carrots and vision.  

Myth: Eating carrots will improve your vision.

Hearing Loss and Depression

Research Says Hearing Loss Linked to Depression

May 30, 2013

Hearing Loss and Depression

Many studies indicate that people with untreated hearing loss may be at an increased risk of depression. Further, when these people use hearing aids, they experience significant improvements in quality of life and a decrease in depressive symptoms. A study published in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics examined the effects of hearing aids on cognitive function and depressive signs in people 65 and older. Researchers found that after three months of using a hearing aid, all patients showed significant improvement in their psychosocial and cognitive conditions.

Preventing Mosquito Tick and Bites

May 23, 2013

Preventing Mosquito Tick and Bites

While tiny in size, mosquitoes can still manage to be pesky and persistent insects. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk during the warmer months.

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

April 23, 2013

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

We often hear about the importance of losing weight – and the struggles that come along with it. The truth, however, is that maintaining a healthy weight can be just as challenging. Once you reach an ideal weight, seniors should still evaluate food choices and commit to exercising regularly. It’s truly about embracing an overall healthy lifestyle.

This lifestyle is rewarded with significant health benefits including lowering your risk for certain conditions including diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Health Goals for Older Adults

Embracing the Potential of Aging

April 11, 2013

Health Goals for Older Adults

I’m always impressed by seniors in our community and their commitment to healthy living. As Orchard Cove’s Vitalize360 coach, I regularly have the opportunity to help residents set and work on personal goals. It’s exciting to witness an 86-year-old woman recover from a hip fracture and commit to improve her physical fitness by taking on new activities such as swimming and Zumba. Sometimes, the goals are not related to fitness.

Personalized Senior Health Care at Hebrew SeniorLife

March 28, 2013

personalized senior health care

Long-term care at Hebrew SeniorLife is designed to obtain the maximum level of care for each patient in a multidisciplinary setting. Our residents in long-term care work one-on-one with a multitude of specialists—doctors, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists and spiritual workers. Our continuum of care model ensures that the unique and fluctuating health needs of every individual are addressed through our care management plans.   

Hear more of my thoughts on long-term care at Hebrew SeniorLife:

 

Walking Health for Seniors

March 26, 2013

Walking Health for Seniors

Fitness can be intimidating to many seniors. What’s safe? What’s effective? Where’s a good place to begin? The good news is you don’t need fancy gym equipment or a high-impact aerobics class to complete quality exercise that’s beneficial to your health. All you need is motivation and your own two feet.

Walking regularly is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise available. You can proceed at your own pace and reap the benefits – including a healthier heart, lower stress and higher energy levels.

March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a… ram?

Nuances of Hearing Loss

March 25, 2013

Nuances of Hearing Loss

Okay, we KNOW it should be lamb, but very often, a person with hearing impairment may hear a similar word, but one that very much changes the meaning of the phrase. In the above example, familiarity with the phrase would help. But, what about this exchange?

“Hey, nice watch. What kind is it?”

“Oh, it’s 12:30.”

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.