By 2060, nearly one-quarter of the population in the United States will be comprised of adults ages 65 and older.
While the aging process is nothing new, of course, the large numbers of adults moving into their golden years is shedding new light on senior anxiety disorders and common symptoms of anxiety in the elderly.
Exercise for seniors is extremely important for elderly folks to keep their bones, joints, and muscles healthy. Less activity means overall mobility drops. This lack of activity contributes to several major and minor health issues among seniors.
Ideally, every elderly person should have about 150 minutes of moderate exercise incorporated in their weekly routine. The plan can include things like walking, some running, swimming, pedaling, and exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.
150 minutes a week may sound like a lot but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regards this amount of time fit for American adults who are 65 or older. Elderly folks can manage their exercise goals the 150 minutes over 7 days i.e. 20-25 minutes per day or 2 sessions of 10-15 min each every day.
November 12, 2018 in: Senior Health,
Holistic medicine is a term typically used to refer to an encompassing system of treatments and practices that are strikingly different from standard Western medicine.
While this approach has been popularly used for several years in ancient times, it has only been a few decades since it gained popularity in modern society.
November 05, 2018 in: Senior Health,
A healthy diet is a necessity for everyone but for senior citizens, it is even more important especially for those in assisted living facilities. As our bodies age, our nutritional needs change over time. However, for senior citizens, a healthy diet is a major concern since many lose their appetite. Additionally, malnutrition is a serious issue 1 in 4 of senior citizens experiences in the U.S.
Mental health and illness is plagued by a deep stigma in most societies that prevents people to have an honest discussion. Anxiety and depression are recurrent causes of increasing suicide rates in young people and it gets worse when a person reaches senility.
Older people naturally tend to be crankier and irritable. Their physical and mental health gradually debilitates until they end up being entirely dependent on other household members. Mental illnesses like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are frequently reported in old people due to memory loss and decreased activity.
While most countries have clubs and recreation centers for the young to unwind, there are hardly any social spaces for the older citizens. It is just as vital to look after the senior batch in a society because they’re a valuable asset too. They make important contributions to the economy and social development. Looking after their mental and physical wellbeing is necessary to protect the foundation of any society.
There are plenty of ways to take action. The following are some helpful approaches to keep aging citizens in a mentally healthy environment.
While community centers spread across a neighborhood are a good thing, the ones particularly catering to aging citizens are ideal because they focus on their different mental needs. For ideas, people can arrange a dining centre for the elderly where they’re invited for a nice lunch and fun, engaging activities.
There could be also be a therapeutic baking week for the elderly where they can participate in making sweet delights. There are endless ways to create healing and home-like centers for senior citizens.
It will encourage a positive attitude and give people something to look forward to. This alone can greatly help them improve their mental health.
Art therapy is a creative way to greatly improve memory in the elderly. Dancing, painting, and needle felting are imaginative ways to significantly help Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients gain mental strength.
Never underestimate the power of yoga. Even simple stretches in the morning can help provide a wonderful, positive start to the day. Yoga is especially useful for people who face bouts of depression. As a person gets old, their social life reaches a standstill with most aged people simply flicking channels on the TV the entire day. This can lead to sad, gloomy thoughts.
Joining a yoga club or having an instructor at home for yoga classes is a healthy way to get the mind off depressive thoughts and explore one’s physical potential. Yoga really is one of the best options to help the elderly boost their mental health.
Pet love is oddly satisfying. By encouraging senior citizens to visit an animal care or getting them pets if they’re home-bound is a wonderful way to engage their idle minds. Keeping a pet can help evoke feelings of empathy and passion which can significantly boost mental health in an aged person.
Return your elderly family the favor and do one of these activities with them.
October 18, 2018 in: Senior Health,
You may have heard some enthusiastic seniors say - age is just a number. It may be possible someone is at their peak of physical fitness at this age, but they still need to be cautious with some workouts. Those posing a greater risk to health and can cause injuries.
Let’s take a look at some of the exercises having the potential to causing complications for seniors:
Cardiovascular exercise has always been recommended to be incorporated into everyone’s fitness regime. Running long distances shouldn’t be your choice of a cardiovascular workout if you have crossed your golden jubilee.
Aerobic capacities are known to be on the decline with age and the rigorous pace of long-distance running can therefore not be maintained by the majority of seniors out there.
This doesn’t mean you stop running altogether. Just tailor these regimes so they are more manageable for your health. Start by running a moderate level and then brisk walk in-between intervals.
Low-impact squats are a great exercise. However, if you’re a senior, you should err on the side of caution by avoiding the use of free weights. This added weight puts an unnecessary pressure on the knees which can set you up for possible leg injuries. So all you need to do is skip the weights and focus on more reps and a proper form instead.
Intense aerobics, just like long-distance running, should be eased into and approached with caution. With age, your muscles are shrinking and so is your capacity for aerobics. This means you will be quite prone to injury in a high-octane aerobics class. It is also common to find your body tiring more easily which increases your possibility to misstep and injure yourself. Instead, it is recommended you join a significantly low-impact to moderate pace type aerobic classes.
Even though this exercise may seem harmless, it brings about some serious concerns for seniors who may be planning to try it. Since we’ve already signified your muscles are shrinking with age, the bulk of all the weight in this exercise is placed upon your shoulders increasing chances of injury.
What’s more? Age also brings about the decrease in back mobility which brings about chances of back injury. We recommend tring individual shoulder exercises instead, like the shoulder press.
It may seem like a great exercise and an opportunity to channel your inner Rocky Balboa, but this exercise can be a significant hazard if you’ve crossed 50. This is because your ability to balance is on the decline with age. This means you are more likely to lose footing and tumble as opposed to when you were younger. The stationary stair climber is a better substitute which can bring about the same result without the unnecessary risks.
It is still highly recommended to exercise, no matter what your age is. Just remember to listen to your body, and make the healthiest choice for your overall wellbeing.