4 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Free from Back Pain

4 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Free from Back Pain

Back pain is an extremely common problem for people of all ages with an estimated 80% of Americans expected to experience it at some point in their lives. And unfortunately, this pain becomes even more likely when you are approaching your senior years. Which is bad news as persistent back pain can have a massive impact on your health, well-being and overall quality of life. So, you need to box clever as you get older by making a few small lifestyle adjustments to keep your back healthy and happy. And the following 4 things will all help you to do

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How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

The research speaks for itself -- learning new skills and keeping the brain active are among the tools with the best chance of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Ongoing social connectivity and cognitive exercises are some of the pillars of Nexus at Silverado, a specially designed program that uses clinical findings to help slow the progression of dementia. One of the newest and most recent programs to be put into action is the American Sign Language program at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community. How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia? The inspiration for the program came

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Cardiovascular Health

Alzheimer’s Disease and Cardiovascular Health

Alzheimer’s is a growing disease that currently affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans. This number is expected to climb because of the growing number of individuals living far longer than in any previous generation. Although longer life expectancy is a sign of a healthier and better cared for population, it is also an indicator that diseases which afflict the elderly will become more prevalent as the population ages. 10% of individuals older than 65 are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, and two-thirds of these are women. These rates are also far higher in Hispanic and African American, although researchers do not

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Scary Link Between Fractures and Fatalities

You’ve probably heard how a hip fracture can change your life in the blink of an eye. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 people pass away within a year of fracturing a hip. The International Osteoporosis Foundation reports more bleak numbers: 40% of hip fracture patients can no longer walk without help; a full 60% require assistance within a year; and 1 in 3 lose their independence and end up in an assisted living facility by year’s end. Yet the largest study of its kind shows any fracture after age 45 can mean the worst...   Scary Link Between Fractures and

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The Parkinson’s Disease Refrain: Do You See What I See?

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Mobile dating apps aren’t just for millennials. Ricky N., 78, met his future wife Glynda G., 71, online more than two years ago. His diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease never deterred her from their relationship, and themotor symptoms that are characteristic of Parkinson’s disease did not stop them from enjoying suburban Nashville or engaging in activities they enjoy. Some of the Parkinson’s symptoms Ricky experienced were more visible than others. His vocal range changed, becoming deeper, but that did not prevent him from singing in choruses at the local community center and with his local Parkinson’s disease organization. In addition, in

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Older Adults and Depression

Depression can happen at any age and many older adults find they are experiencing symptoms, including a decrease in energy and a reduced interest in hobbies and friendships. Feeling sad and lonely isn’t a normal part of aging. The truth is having hard times can happen to anyone, at any point in life, regardless of their societal status, income level, or achievements. The difference is, sometimes when you get older, there can be more life challenges. Losing a loved one or having health issues, for example, may exacerbate depression symptoms. If this sounds familiar, reach out for help to improve

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Rosacea Is More Severe In Those Over 50

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, visible blood vessels, and acne-like bumps. The skin may become itchy and tender and it can also affect the eyes. Rosacea is often believed to be prevalent in adults from the age of 30 to 50, but a survey by the National Rosacea Society found that 43% of people first noticed their symptoms after the age of 50. In many cases, symptoms are more severe in older people as rosacea is a progressive condition and seniors are more likely to delay treatment. The causes and triggers to rosacea It’s unclear what causes rosacea, but

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Home Care for Osteoporosis

Home Care for Osteoporosis

As we grow older, bone health becomes increasingly important. That’s especially true for seniors coping with osteoporosis and those at high risk of developing it. If you provide home care for a family member who is dealing with osteoporosis, it’s important that you know how to manage the difficulties and risks of this condition. Home Care for Osteoporosis To help, the team at Visiting Angels has put together this short guide to home care for osteoporosis. In it, we’ve included many of the same guidelines that our professional caregivers follow when caring for seniors with osteoporosis. We hope you’ll find this

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How can you Live a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle and Why is it Important?

In recent years a major recurring theme has taken center stage in scientific research on the human brain: The lifestyle a person leads plays a major factor in how the brain ages and can directly affect the arc of memory-impairing diseases. From diet and exercise to stress management and social interaction, there are very few parts of a person’s lifestyle that don’t affect how their brain will age. Though the level of detail provided by these studies can vary greatly, there has never been a better understanding of how the lifestyle choices a person can make to increase their chances

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