Tips for getting better sleep

Tips for getting better sleep

Many people believe that seniors need less sleep than younger people. In fact, most people need about the same amount of sleep time in their senior years as they did as young adults, although there is some variation in the exact number of hours. Sleep studies vary some, but the consensus is that from 7 to 8 hours of sleep time is the healthy norm for adults. For a variety of reasons, many seniors get less sleep than they need and this can have serious consequences. Sleep deprivation in seniors can be debilitating, and it may be more common than it is in younger people. Health issues, anxiety and some medications can all be involved as well as changes in normal sleep patterns that some seniors try to ignore. As adults age, it is normal for the body's internal clock to alter, resetting to earlier wakening and falling asleep times. If the senior attempts to continue the late-night habits of younger...
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How to know the signs of atrial fibrillation

How to know the signs of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and rapid heart rate that causes poor blood flow. Making sure that people are more aware of the symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation can help with early diagnosis and early diagnosis means quick access to treatment which in turn will reduce the risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation decreases your heart pumping ability. The irregularity that it causes decreases the efficiency of your heart and if it occurs over long periods, it could weaken the heart and cause heart failure. This is exactly why it's so vital for not only seniors but everyone to be aware of. AFib or Paroxysmal AFib does not often cause serious problems but it's always highly recommended to see your doctor at any point that you might have a concern about your episodes or to call 911 if you are not able to get to the hospital in the incident that you cannot wait to see your primary care physician. Your physician may often...
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These are the best pets for seniors

These are the best pets for seniors

You may be thinking about getting a pet or rather, you want one but you aren't sure what pet may be best for you. After all, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. The types of animals that you do and don't like, how much attention you're willing to give, where you live, and if pets are even allowed, and if so what types meet the breed policies. You also have to think about your mobility and how much space you have and even give your allergies a bit of thought if you have any. There are a lot of factors to consider before getting a pet but don't worry about a thing. Here we will lay out the top pets for seniors and we'll go into useful detail for some as well. Keep reading to uncover what pet could be your new companion. Dogs Dogs are great and they make for wonderful furry companions and emotional support animals. Most...
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Making sure your joints are in the correct position

Making sure your joints are in the correct position

| Article provided by Fitworks Perfect Posture | Did you know that you have 360 joints, 640 muscles, and 206 bones in your body?  A lot is going on inside of you that gives you the ability to look, see, taste, smell, touch, and move around so you can experience all the wonderful things in life AND look fabulous while doing so! It all must be in perfect balance to allow this to occur. But what if something happens to cause an imbalance? What if one or more joints are no longer in their proper position? What happens then? And how do you even know if this has happened to your body? A misalignment may impair your range of motion and severe issues can affect your quality of life. There may be signs that your spine is misaligned, along with pain around several joints in the body. Hip pain will present with tight muscles on the hip and low back approximately two inches right or left...
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Here are a few ideas for staying fit in the summer

Here are a few ideas for staying fit in the summer

Staying in shape can be difficult especially during the summer months if you enjoy outdoor workouts and activities. If you didn't already know, seniors that are 65 and older technically should be getting to 2.5 hours of moderately based aerobic exercise every week. This could be anything from walking, swimming, or light jogging. If you do more than a light jog or any type of cardio you would need about 1 hour and 15 minutes to satisfy that standard of wellness. Strength training can and should easily be on your weekly agenda. You should be doing at least two days of strength training out of a regular week. If you do any form of strength training consistently you can help to prevent bone loss and this even allows you to build new bones. Doing these forms of exercise such as weight training can help to prevent and alleviate osteoporosis as well. This goes for tons of other health-related issues. There are other...
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Are you wearing the right shoes?

Are you wearing the right shoes?

Walking is a highly beneficial activity for people of all ages, seniors included. The National Institute on Aging specifically recommends walking as an exercise for seniors because it is relatively low impact, unlikely to produce injury, and its intensity level can be raised at the senior’s own pace. The benefits of walking are too great to ignore. Even so, there is one caution about that “special equipment” feature - a walker needs good shoes, fitted to his or her special requirements. Seniors are more likely to have these special requirements because foot problems become more common as we age. The normal wear on feet through the years inevitably produces changes. Feet tend to become wider, and the fatty pads that cushion the bottoms of feet become thin or disappear. Seniors should have their feet measured more often than younger people, not assuming that their shoe sizes remain unchanged. Shoes are a part of a person’s wardrobe, but they are also functional items...
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The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

For decades, seniors and their loved ones have sometimes been confused by the terms, “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease.” Some people use the terms interchangeably, as if they were one and the same thing, but they are not. “Dementia” is a broad term that means a decline in mental function, including impaired thinking and memory. Although it is often associated with aging, dementia can occur in younger people and it may be caused by several different issues. Chronic alcoholism or drug abuse and Parkinson’s disease are sometimes the origin of a broad set of symptoms that doctors call “dementia.” Vascular dementia, caused by conditions that block or reduce blood flow to the brain, is the second most common cause of dementia in older people. Often, people don't suspect vascular dementia when forgetfulness becomes difficult. Whatever the cause, when these symptoms become severe enough to interfere with daily living, a physician may make the diagnosis of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific medical condition that...
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Easy ways for seniors to stay active with grandkids

Easy ways for seniors to stay active with grandkids

Are you tired of the same old routine? Want to spend more time with your grandchildren stuck at home? Then set up a play date with your grandkids! If you've ever seen children on a playground, you will know how much they love to run around. A few hours outside with the little humans will surely get your heart racing. Moving around and being physically active comes naturally to children, so it's an excellent motivation to move around. The best part is that playtime will benefit you and help them. Swimming in a pool or climbing to the top of a slide encourages your grandchildren to a lifetime of being active, especially during this digital age. Here are six ways you and your grandkids can stay active together: Take them for a nature walk around your neighborhood or local park. Play a video fitness app together and see who wins! Go for a bike ride, don't forget your helmets! Build a magical...
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These are the best diet options for people with type 2 diabetes

These are the best diet options for people with type 2 diabetes

Losing weight and trying to maintain your blood sugar under control can seem unattainable. Though the journey is far from comfortable with a little grit and a positive attitude, you can achieve your weight loss goals. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, you do not have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight. By practicing moderation and eating the correct amounts at the right time will keep your blood sugar in its target range and help you drop pounds. A good rule of thumb is to try and fill our plate up with tons of greens and vegetables as well as lean protein, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, whole grains, small amounts of dairy, and some fruits for dessert. There are plenty of programs available to help support you and keep you on track while you are on your journey. Here are a few programs to help guide you: The DASH Diet Mark Bittman's VB6 Diet The...
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Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and how to know if you have it

Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and how to know if you have it

It’s summertime, so we all know what that means: extreme heat. While living in Florida has its perks like year-round warm weather and beautiful beaches, the downside is the high temperatures that come with it. Seeing 100+ degrees on our car dashboard is nothing unusual for us Floridians but even though we have lived through it for many years, that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful. During the warmer months, remember to always: Wear light, loose-fitting clothing Stay in shaded areas Avoid strenuous activities Drink lots of water Stay inside between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you begin to feel symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea, or cold skin with goosebumps, it’s important to go into an air-conditioned place and drink liquids with electrolytes. Should the symptoms persist after an hour, it may be time to seek medical attention....
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