Regular exercise brings many physical and emotional benefits, ranging from weight loss to improved mood. Exercising is particularly important for seniors. Improved strength, balance and coordination are a few of the benefits regular exercise can provide. Doctors recommend regular exercise as an important preventative health measure. To make gyms more accessible to everyone, gyms that…

According to new research published in the International Psychogeriatrics, the challenge of loneliness is a specific concern to seniors in their late 80s. Causes of loneliness are varied, but declining mobility is a common culprit. Visiting family and friends can become physically challenging. Limited opportunities for outings and social experiences often lead to increased loneliness….

Several hospitals have transformed their emergency rooms, including New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Mount Sinai is the first hospital in New York to open a Geriatric Emergency Department. Geriatric emergency rooms are specifically designed for older patients, who often find regular emergency rooms chaotic and overwhelming. “The emergency department is not a great place to…

New programs in England are paving the way for better health for seniors. One program involves a paradigm shift: instead of prescribing medication, medical practitioners can prescribe dance lessons, cooking clubs and art classes. Called “social prescriptions,” these funded programs are aimed at reducing loneliness among seniors. Another innovative program will allow postal workers from…

As technology evolves and becomes more sophisticated, it can be leveraged to help seniors who are experiencing a health crisis. Specific programs can record the movements of the elderly, providing details such as eating and sleeping patterns. This information can be used to alert caregivers to physical or cognitive changes. These programs, which can be…

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