Our immune system and other body functions change with age, making adults over 65 years old at higher risk of developing complications associated with the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “between 50 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people [65 years and older].”
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Assisted living is a long-term care option that combines and provides housing, assistance, and care on an as-needed basis. Through personalized services, individuals living in an assisted living community maintain as much of their independence as possible while receiving help with the activities of daily living (ADLs).
When looking into senior living options for yourself or a family member, it is important to understand the differences between each type of care. Finding care that is right for you or your family’s needs is vital to supporting a safe and healthy lifestyle.
This year, health and safety have been significant concerns for all of us. With the uncertainties that the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought, we have been left wondering what the safest practices are in promoting and protecting our health and wellness.
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, “Nearly 25% of those aged 65-74, and half of those older than 75, have disabling hearing loss. Among adults ages 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30%) has ever used them.”
When you think of the holiday season, what do you picture? Colorful lights, wrapping yourself in a blanket by the fireplace, and scents of freshly cut pine trees? Or do you stress about decorating your home, preparing for extended family to come, and getting all of your shopping done? Both of these images paint a different picture, but they are both aspects of the holiday season.
The first assisted living facility (as we know them today) came into being in 1981 after Dr. Keren Brown Wilson needed a living solution for her mother. At that time, the only option for senior care was a more institutionalized nursing home setting that focused only on medical care. Dr. Brown Wilson’s mother did not need this type of intensive care but did require some assistance, and the concept of assisted living emerged.
As the winter months approach, it is important that we take the time to prepare, but this preparation goes deeper than simply getting your home ready for colder weather. You also need to make sure that you set yourself up with stimulating activities to do during the months that you will spend more time indoors.
According to Medical West, “one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. When breast cancer is found and treated early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.”