To understand common breathing problems in older adults, it’s important to first understand how lungs work and why they’re so important. Lungs play two key roles in our health and overall body function. The first role involves getting oxygen into the body, which occurs when we breathe in air. The second is the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the body; the body creates CO2 as it uses oxygen and is then exhaled from our lungs.
While many older drivers continue to navigate the roads safely and well, statistics show that car accidents of significance increase when people aged 65 and older are involved. How do you know when to begin to cut back on driving? When to stop driving entirely?
In Canada, doctors must report concerns they have about a patient’s driving ability, but that’s not the case in the United States. So people in the United States often continue to drive until a friend or family member intervenes and persuades him or her to hang up the keys. There are ways, however, to be proactive and make the decision logically before an intervention is necessary.
More women over age 60 are binge drinking. A recent study looked at the rates of drinking among older Americans between 1997 and 2014, and what it found was surprising: The number of women who binge-drink increased about 4 percent each year, while the number of men who binge-drink remained steady.
Topics: healthy aging
According to a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, older adults have the highest percent of home ownership in the country — 80 percent. However, the majority of these homeowners live in single family homes ill-equipped to accomodate the needs of aging adults, and according to the New York Times, without modifications, "the design of most older Americans’ homes could eventually thwart their owners’ desire to stay in them."
As you age, you may notice that your energy levels aren’t as high as they once were and you may even need an afternoon nap. But are these changes part and parcel of the aging process? How exactly does the aging process affect fatigue?
Topics: healthy aging
Although eating disorders are seen mainly as issues affecting teens and young adults, older adults can develop these disorders, as well — and recent research indicates this problem is increasing in the older population. This is likely occurring, in part, because of cultural standards of what is attractive, typically defined as thin; warnings about the dangers of obesity; and unrealistic body images as portrayed by media.
"Maintaining your mobility—the ability to move easily around your home and neighborhood, stay connected to your loved ones, and remain engaged in the world—can safeguard your independence." —Dr. Scott Martin, associate professor of orthopedics at Harvard Medical School and medical editor of the Special Health Report Mobility and Independence
Topics: remaining active
Who doesn’t enjoy a little time outdoors? Taking a little time to enjoy nature can help us feel better physically, and now research shows spending time in green spaces can help boost older adults’ mental well-being.
Do you often find yourself holding the newspaper at arm’s length to read the daily headlines? Are you squinting at your computer screen? When you go out to eat, do you have a difficult time reading the menu? If so, you’re not alone. Many older adults experience vision issues as part of of the aging process.
Here, we’ll look at some common vision issues for older adults and what you can do to protect your eyesight.
Each year, more than 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the United States. Though most of these storms aren’t deadly, the combination of high winds and little to no warning could result in damage to property and injuries to unsuspecting people. In fact, tornadoes can uproot trees, destroy sturdy structures and hurtle large objects through the air.
Now that spring has arrived, so has the possibility of tornadoes. Here are some tornado safety tips for older adults.
First, let’s look at the difference between a tornado watch and warning.