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Common Breathing Problems in Older Adults & What You Can Do About Them

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM

breathing-problems-in-older-adultsTo 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.

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Topics: breathing exercises, healthy senior living, active older adults

How to Tell If You Should Stop or Cut Back on Driving

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM

cut-back-on-drivingWhile 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.

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Topics: Transportation

How Alcohol Affects Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 15, 2017 at 7:30 AM

More women over age 60 are binge drinking. A rechowalcoholaffectsolderadults.jpgent 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.

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Topics: healthy aging

Universal Design: Home Modifications for Older Adults

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 13, 2017 at 7:30 AM

According to a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at universaldesignolderadults.jpgHarvard, 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 Timeswithout modifications, "the design of most older Americans’ homes could eventually thwart their owners’ desire to stay in them."

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Topics: older adults, aging at home, universal design

Aging and Fatigue: 4 Common Causes

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

6th_May Bl.jpgAs 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?

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Topics: healthy aging

Older Adults and Eating Disorders: 4 Things to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM

5th_May B.jpgAlthough 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.

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Topics: staying healthy, nutrition

4 Mobility Tools for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 30, 2017 at 8:30 AM

active-social-life-older-adults.jpg"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

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Topics: remaining active

Older Adults’ Mental Well-Being: How a Green Space can Help

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM

3rd_May Blog.jpgWho 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.

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Topics: mental health, green living

5 Common Vision Issues for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

vision issues for older adultsDo 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.

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Topics: healthy aging, eye health

Tornado Safety for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Tornado-safety.jpgEach 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.

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Topics: safety

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