Sleeplessness In Older And Aging Adults

Have you noticed that as we age, genuine, deep sleep is more and more difficult to attain?  Many people blame this sleeplessness on the aging process, but is it right to do so?  There are certainly many older persons who can sleep well through the night. Why Don’t I Feel Rested? Sleeplessness is caused in… Continue reading Sleeplessness In Older And Aging Adults

Incontinence in Older Adults

Incontinence is an issue of embarrassment among many older people.  According to a report from 2014, about half the population of older Americans experience urinary leakage or accidental bowel leakage.  And roughly 25% have moderate, severe or very severe urinary leakage.  That’s a lot of people!  Perhaps because people are unwilling to talk openly about… Continue reading Incontinence in Older Adults

How to Prepare for Vision Loss As We Age

Loss of Vision Our vision naturally weakens as we age.  This gradually degradation in our vision, especially for close objects, is a common occurrence as we enter late to middle-age.  Do not be alarmed unless your ophthalmologist says that you have a more serious condition.  There are many cases, however, where vision loss can be… Continue reading How to Prepare for Vision Loss As We Age

Personality Changes and Dementia

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Lapse in memory that disrupts daily life Challenges solving problems Trouble making plans Mixing up time and places Problems using words in speaking and writing Misplacing things and then not being able to retrace steps to locate Overall decrease in judgement – trouble making decisions Withdrawal from social activities Change in… Continue reading Personality Changes and Dementia

Hydration for the Elderly

The summer months are upon us!  And staying cool and well hydrated become top of mind especially for those in the Southwest.  In recent years fitness gurus have been touting how important hydration is for our health.  Water bottles are now common place.  You’ve probably even seen water bottles for sale in stores or on… Continue reading Hydration for the Elderly

Fitness For Our Golden Years

Are you staying active as you age?  Being physically fit is emphasized as important all throughout our formative years. Schools generally have Physical Education (PE) courses, colleges have gyms and sports teams, women and men of child-bearing age are encouraged to be active and have gym memberships. Much is said about how exercise will make… Continue reading Fitness For Our Golden Years

Does Gardening Benefit the Elderly?

Great gardens have provided food and medicine for people since the beginning of time. Gardening as a hobby grows in popularity each year.  Many people of all ages enjoy building, planting and cultivating a garden.  But, are there specific ways that the elderly can benefit from gardening as opposed to other hobbies? Absolutely! Benefit #1:… Continue reading Does Gardening Benefit the Elderly?

Keep Mental Abilities Sharp in the Elderly

Keeping Sharp We all know that cognitive abilities are some of the first things that show signs of aging. Slight bits of forgetfulness, cloudiness of thought, or general confusion could be signs of something more serious than aging, and if you suspect that, the first step would be to get a doctor’s opinion. Whether or… Continue reading Keep Mental Abilities Sharp in the Elderly