Happy senior woman eating chocolate cookie at home

Sometimes we just feel a little … down. Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe you’ve just had a bad day. You may not feel like it’s enough to talk to a doctor about, or you don’t want to risk taking supplements that might affect your prescriptions or your body chemistry. But there are many natural…

Happy senior couple in love during retirement - Joyful elderly lifestyle with man whispering and smiling with her wife

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou With Valentine’s Day here, your head may be swimming with thoughts of flowers and chocolates, greeting cards festooned with hearts, and romantic candlelit dinners. But before you get caught up in all the…

Senior Couple on Date

A recent AARP study sums it up like this: “Freedom rocks, but loneliness is a downer.” About 45% of Americans 65 and over are widowed, separated, or divorced – so if you’re one of these single seniors, you can probably relate. Loneliness isn’t healthy; it can lead to depression and other health problems. So where do…

Religion

Religion certainly adds depth to people’s lives, but can it also add years? A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in 2016 found that in fact it can. The research, which studied women only,* found that those who attend religious services (most of the participants in the study were Protestant or Catholic) more…

Senior Woman with Loved Pet

Seniors are the least likely people to have a pet. Pet ownership seems to be the domain of the young: 78% of parents with children own a pet, but only 41% of retired older couples are pet owners. And even fewer single people over 65 have a pet – only 29%. You may hesitate to…

Restless senior woman glaring at alarm clock during nighttime while in bed

  If you’re tossing and turning at night, you’re not the only one. Over half of people 65 and older say they have trouble sleeping. Sleep issues vary; you may have trouble falling asleep, feel like your sleep is disrupted, or wake up too early in the morning. The relationship between quality of health and…

Seasonal Affective Disorder Winter Blues

  The darker, colder months of winter can get you down. The holidays are over, the days are short and dark, and the weather can be miserable. Whether it’s winter-induced SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or simply a case of the “winter blues,” winter can trigger a change in your mental state. Some people – especially…

exercising

Exercising All Your Life? Your Muscles Could Be Much Younger Than Your Years… You may think that becoming less agile and energetic is an inevitable part of aging. Not necessarily so, says a 2018 study of septuagenarians. In this study, published in August in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at Ball State University in Muncie,…

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Skilled nursing facilities are places where patients go when they need 24/7 medical care from skilled nurses. They generally have beds in rooms that patients share during their time at the facility. The purpose of this type of situation is to have a licensed nurse take care of health care needs that only a skilled…

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