We all know how important a nutritious diet is to good health. For older people eating well can be a huge challenge for many reasons. There can be physical challenges to eating that hinder a balanced diet, such as wearing dentures, weak or shaking hands, the loss of the sense of smell which makes food…

Historically – and in the present time – it has often been a challenge to get senior citizens out of their homes. There are various reasons for this: fear (perhaps of falling, due to past experiences) habit (they’ve stayed indoors so long they’ve gotten used to it lack of opportunity (a lot of their peers…

As the average longevity of the population continues to climb, so does the number of people living beyond that average. It is no longer unusual to know friends and relatives who seem to have easily managed to get to 90 years old and beyond. We are still wowed, however by people who get to 100,…

Young and old alike love a day at the beach. But until a recent study, it was not clear if visit to the beach was anything more than just fun. Now we know that going to the beach for the day has medicinal benefits for seniors as well as others. The researchers studied census data…

While the Electronic Health Records (HER) System was initially created to aid in organizing a patient’s records digitally, the Indiana University School of Medicine is now broadening its use to eldercare. First launched by both the AMA and the Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute, the Regenstrief-EHR Clinical Learning Platform provides the caretaker with extensive data from over…

The world is changing quickly, especially in the realm of technological advances designed particularly to make life easier and more enjoyable. Most people have embraced the new technologies hook, line and sinker, but there is one group for whom change can be challenging and therefore resisted. Seniors are in general slower to change their habits…

Summer is a time for vacations, time outside, and all kinds of great activities that would otherwise be impossible when the weather is cold and stormy. However, don’t let the pleasant days distract you from the very real risks the warmer, dryer weather present, especially to the elderly. The hottest days of summer cause thousands…

Following research undertaken by academics at NC State University and the UNC University on balance loss, it is possible that elderly people struggling with this issue can now be helped. A system has been devised which can identify and reverse balance deterioration in seniors. Using virtual reality, the researchers were able to recreate the visual…

As one ages, being diagnosed with dementia becomes increasingly likely. As recorded by the Alzheimer’s Association, out of the approximately 5.5 million Americans in 2017 who were diagnosed with dementia, around 5.3 million are 65 and older. As such, different communities are investigating different ways to facilitate those suffering from the disease, and their caretakers….

Choosing the right shoes at any age is important but as one ages it becomes even more important. According to a recent paper by Science Daily entitled, Elderly People who Choose the Wrong Shoes have a Lower Quality of Life,’ a staggering 83% of individuals are wearing the wrong shoes. (The study in its originality…

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