One of the major issues seniors often have to grapple with is balance and gait. There are various exercises that can alleviate the issue since if it is not managed well, it can result in falls.  Given the weakened bones of the elderly, falling is no simple matter and can then spiral into a whole…

The psychology of taking vitamin and mineral supplements for most people is that “if some is good, more is better.” This thinking however, at least when it comes to taking vitamin D supplements, is not only incorrect, it could even be dangerous, especially for the elderly. Pamela L. Lutsey, PhD, MPH, and her colleagues from…

A recent study has indicated that elderly people (those over 65 and over) who own a dog will a) lead a less sedentary life and b) take more than 2,500 extra steps than their dog-ownerless peers. Given that the WHO recommended physical activity levels are at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity…

Doctors and other health professionals have come to the understanding in recent years that there are many different approaches to improving the health of the elderly. Seniors should continue to consult with traditional health care personnel, but in addition it is beneficial to explore some alternative practices known to improve health. One such practice is…

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…

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