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Physical Therapy Can Improve Balance Issues

Balance issues are a common problem among aging adults. Many factors can contribute to balance problems among seniors. Things like medication side effects and health problems are sometimes to blame, but more often than not it’s simply a matter of weakened muscles.. As balance issues get worse senior’s often limit their physical activities more due to fear of falling, and this only worsens the problem as muscles weaken even further. If you or a loved one is suffering from problems with balance physical therapy can Continue reading →

The Importance of Sunscreen for Aging Skin

Warmer days mean more people are getting outside and enjoying the nice weather. Folks head off on beach vacations, spend time in the pool, and garden, and just sit outside soaking up some sun with a friend. This provides an excellent boost for vitamin D levels, but enjoying time outdoors must be done safely by wearing sunscreen, especially if you’re an older adult. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting older adults. Most older adults today were either born or grew up Continue reading →

Sleep Tips for Older Adults- Improve Your Sleep to Improve Your Health

Getting drowsy earlier, waking earlier, and getting less deep sleep are common changes as we age, but when sleep is disturbed leaving you waking up tired every day, something is wrong. Sleep remains important to both your physical and emotional health throughout life. Insomnia should not simply be accepted as a part of aging. The first step to improving your sleep is to speak with your healthcare provider to discuss underlying health issues, mental health problems or medication side effects that might disrupt your sleep. Continue reading →

A Senior’s Guide to Safely Enjoying the Outdoors in Summer

Summer can be a time of fun and adventure, but it can also be a time of concern for older adults. As we age our bodies change, and health problems and medications can make us more susceptible to heat, humidity, and sun exposure. A study by researchers at Duke University found that over 80% of heat-related deaths each year are in people aged 60 and over, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend the summer indoors. Following a few safety tips will ensure Continue reading →

The Importance of Socialization in Our Senior Years

As we grow older the need for love, companionship, and the support of friends and family does not decrease. In fact, as we enter the retirement years it becomes even more important to maintain a healthy social life. With 3 out of every 10 seniors in the US living alone, this can be challenging. Today we will look at the benefits of a healthy social life, the risk of not socializing, and tips for avoiding isolation. Why Socialization is So Important Maintaining healthy relationships is Continue reading →

5 Ways Older Adults Can Boost Energy Levels

As the years pass our energy levels steadily decline which leave many older adults struggling with low energy on a daily basis. This often leads to frustration resulting from not having the energy to do everything they wanted to do. If you need some fatigue battling strategies, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re going to talk about  simple things you can do to give your energy a boost when a good night’s sleep just isn’t enough. Drink More Water Even if you don’t Continue reading →

Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

Spring will be here before you know it, and the warmer weather and promise of summer often give motivation for a fresh start. That usually comes in the form of spring cleaning and want to get rid of some of the unnecessary clutter. Here are some helpful tips for making the process of spring cleaning easy for a senior citizen.  Ask for help. Don’t tackle this chore alone. Ask for help from your loved ones. Not only will it make cleaning more efficient, but it’s Continue reading →

Tips & Activities to Overcoming the Winter Blues

As our Pennsylvania winters kick into full gear, the colder weather and shorter days of sunlight can leave us feeling tired and uninspired to complete even our normal daily activities. Seasonal depression, the winter blues, whatever you want to call it, affects many of us, especially senior citizens who cannot get out as much as they like. Here are some tips to beat the winter blues: Reminisce. When possible, have family and friends over for a visit. Bring out photo albums, family videos, or sentimental Continue reading →

Strategies for Keeping Your Mind Sharp

As we age, many of us fear mental decline, especially that stereotypical forgetfulness that we see in movies and television shows. While Alzheimer’s and dementia are conditions that older people experience, it doesn’t have to be that way for every senior. The trick is doing activities every day that not only keep our minds sharp, but that also help us feel younger and more energetic. Reading and writing. Last time, we talked about the value of reading for keeping dementia at bay. Reading can be Continue reading →

Benefits of Reading for Seniors

If you’re one of the millions who love to curl up with a good book, there’s good news for you. Reading is more than just a relaxing hobby. It’s now been shown to have several benefits that can be especially important for seniors. Delayed Alzheimer’s and dementia. Here’s a benefit that shows how a lifelong love of reading can help improve your life as a senior. Scientific studies have shown that people in their 70s who have been reading for years build up more neuron Continue reading →