If you have a loved one needing the help of a skilled nurse, you may have to place them where they can receive medical assistance on a daily basis. These facilities – once called nursing homes – are now “skilled nursing facilities.” Depending on the type of care your loved one needs, these facilities offer…

senior divorce stats

While the number of married couples splitting up of all ages is disconcertingly high, divorce for those 50 and older is rising faster than any other age group. In fact, since 1990, the divorce rate for older folks has doubled, with 50- to 64-year-olds leading the pack. The reasons for this increase in seniors uncoupling,…

apple watch series 4

Could a watch improve your health … even save your life?  Believe it or not, the new Apple Watch actually could! Heart rhythms The most notable health feature of the recently released Apple Watch Series 4 will be the ability to take an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) simply by pressing a button. With this watch…

senior sleep issues

As we age, there are a number of physical changes that our bodies undergo. Changes in sleep patterns, for example, are a normal part of the aging process. Whether it is trouble falling or staying asleep or tiredness throughout the day, there are a handful of ways aging adults can effectively treat common sleep disorders.…

older politicians

People in most professions retire at around 63. But not politicians. Remember we just elected the oldest president in history. And currently, there are 18 members of the Senate who are age 70 and older, with some, such as Dianne Feinstein, Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley, well into their 80s. In fact, for the past…

Senior Friends

Senior citizen friendships are essential and can be both similar and dissimilar from friendships in younger years. Making and keeping friends may appear to become more difficult as we age, but that is far from the truth. Senior Friendships As we get older and become new people (in some good and some not so good…

preservatives

There are many reasons why food additives and preservatives are so prevalent in packaged, processed foods.  For one, they help keep food fresh longer and reduce the risk of contamination.  In some cases, like vitamin fortification in cereal, additives can enhance the nutrient value of foods. While some food additives and preservatives aren’t harmful to…

hydrated

Have you been feeling tired, dizzy, disoriented or confused lately? You could be dehydrated. That’s right. Losing more fluids than you’re taking in, or dehydration, can affect you not only physically, including rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, constipation and fever, but also mentally. Your brain is composed of about 75 percent water. According to…

mental health senior

Mental illnesses do not magically go away as we age, though it may seem that way because there is little discussion about mental illness in seniors. In fact, not only does mental illness not go away but instead, it can actually begin in our later years. Factors For Mental Illness In Seniors As people age,…

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