Archive for February, 2013

Heart Health

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

February was American Hearth Month. We have found some resources that can help seniors keep a healthy heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a page dedicated to Heart Month. It outlines the symptoms and provides many resources that can help prevent a heart attack.

The next resource we found contains tips on how to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as a video that outline a heart-healthy diet. Senior Care Corner outlines 10 ways to outsmart heart disease. Sutter Health has a number of tips including treatment options for a heart attack. You may be surprised to see that taking aspirin has been found to reduce fatality by about 25% in heart attack victims.

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Seniors and Hoarding

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Hoarding, behavior characterized by acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others, is a problem that can affect people of all age groups. Seniors, however, tend to suffer from hoarding more frequently. Problems that come from aging, such as dementia and frontal lobe impairment, can bring on Diogenes Syndrome, or elderly hoarding.

While hoarding can be a tough subject to bring up, there are many ways that you can help seniors in your life deal with hoarding. The first step to helping your loved ones is to recognize the problem. It is important to look for the signs that the senior in your life may be a hoarder and to see how bad the problem is.

Once you have established that there is a problem, use these simple tips to start working towards a solution. You can also follow these steps to carefully address the problem without offending your loved ones.

Winter Exercises: Staying in Shape Indoors

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Exercising regularly has important benefits for seniors, however, the cold winter months pose special problems for seniors who usually exercise outdoors. It is important for seniors to stay safe and warm during the cold winter months, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop exercising. We have found a number of ways that seniors can stay active without having to face the cold of winter.

The first resource we found outlines a variety of winter workout exercises for seniors that can be done indoors.

The next resource we found looks at more moderate physical activities for seniors to do during winter months, including swimming, Tai Chi and balancing.

The NHS provides many resources to help seniors learn about different medical conditions, treatments and general health advice. They include a section that is dedicated to different exercises for seniors, all of which can be done inside.