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].”
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.”
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.
Aging is a part of life, and as we age, our lives and bodies go through a multitude of changes. These changes are how we grow and develop into the people that we want to be. What does not change, however, is the importance of nutrition.
Your eyes play a significant role in your everyday life, so it is important that you pay close attention to your eye health as you age. Our eyes can go through changes as we get older, making them more susceptible to complications.
February is Heart Health Month, but the importance of heart health is relevant throughout the year. According to the American Heart Association, from 2013 to 2016, over 120 million Americans had some form of cardiovascular disease.
Over 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and just over a quarter of those are aged 65 or older. That means that roughly 12 million seniors are currently living with diabetes in the United States alone.
While some may assume that the only way to a healthy life is through strenuous exercise, it’s important to note that, that is not the case! There are plenty of activities or exercises that provide health benefits for seniors. The key to a healthy and happy lifestyle does not have to revolve around intense workouts or exercise solely. Senior health care can come off as an intimidating topic, but it shouldn’t be one. Oaks Senior Living would like to provide you with a few activities to ensure you are leading a happier and healthier lifestyle!
As your loved one ages, it's common for doctor visits to become more frequent. At Oaks Senior Living, we create lifestyles that engage both the mind and spirit. We understand the importance of senior health; including doctor’s visits and the stresses that can come along with helping your loved ones with all of their medical needs. With proper education and guidance, you can happily assist your loved one with their health through doctor’s visits.
During the holidays, a lot of adult children take time to visit with older relatives. The last thing anyone wants to think about is if their older loved one is exhibiting signs of memory impairment. Even with family members that may be younger, recognizing early onset Alzheimer’s could help slow the progression of the disease by seeking help sooner. If you noticed a loved one exhibiting any of the following symptoms or behaviors during the holidays, it might be time to act.