The statistics surrounding older adults and fires are startling. The odds a senior will be injured or die in a fire are double that of the rest of the population. For those 85 years of age and older, the risk shoots up to four times greater than younger adults. If a senior you love lives alone, those numbers can be especially frightening.
Freezing temperatures, dark skies, snow and ice make exercise nearly impossible in the winter, yet physical activity is exactly what you need to stay sharp and healthy in the winter. Regular exercise helps you burn off calories, build muscle mass to help you walk on slippery ice, boost your immune system to ward off colds and flu and improve your heart and lung function.
Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins that keep you in a cheerful mood through the dreary, dark days of winter. Many seniors struggle with vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder (SAD)–also known as winter depression–because they cannot get outdoors during the winter.
Every year, one in three seniors will experience a fall. If you talk with emergency department physicians and first responders they will confirm just how dangerous falls can be for older adults. They are the number one source of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for seniors.
If you are trying to find your way back into a regular exercise regimen after you’ve been away from it for a while, knowing how to stay safe and motivated are two of the challenges you will no doubt face. Once an exercise routine has been broken, getting started again can be difficult. It is all too easy to set your goal to begin again “tomorrow.”
Every fall we receive questions about the flu shot from the older adults and their adult children we work with in Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.Some seniors are convinced receiving the influenza vaccine will cause them to get the flu, while others don’t think they need the shot every year. To help separate fact from fiction, we have pulled together the most common myths associated with the vaccine.
Over the past few summers, natural disasters have been a mainstay of the evening news. Tornadoes and floods can displace Pennsylvanians from their homes for many weeks. Because older adults often have health conditions, it is important that adult children and loved ones help them prepare ahead of time in case a crisis hits close to home. We thought it would help if we shared a few ideas on how to get started.
Unfortunately the aging population is a target for scam artists to make money. Elder Fraud seems to accelerate as the summer heats up. Crime prevention experts tell us the statistics on summer scams against seniors shouldn’t be ignored. If you are the adult child of an older adult, educating them on the most common types of scams is the best defense.
The Internet, social media, and technology in general have all made identify theft a growing problem. Seniors are often targeted for a variety of reasons. Experts say some of the more common ones include:
• Home loans that are paid in full
• Lower debt makes applying for credit in their name easier
• Seniors are less likely to check their credit report or apply for a loan
Taking good care of your skin is important at any age. And it goes beyond just the cosmetics of trying to look younger. Did you know that skin cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States. It has become an epidemic in more recent years. Research shows that over the past three decades, more people in this country have been treated for skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. One in five people will be treated for it in their lifetime.
The holidays can be a tough time of year to eat healthy. For older adults who live with chronic health conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes, making healthy food choices at holiday gatherings and events is important, as is avoiding the extra few pounds many people pack on during the season. To help you make better choices during this year’s festivities, we’ve pulled together a few suggestions.