Emergencies can happen anytime and often without warning. Being prepared can be the difference between life and death. However, emergency preparedness can look different for older adults — you may need assistance evacuating or medical treatments or medications that could be impacted by a sudden cessation of services. Ensure you and your family are prepared for an emergency with these tips.
Imagine the following: You wake in the middle of the night and need to get out of bed to use the restroom. Or maybe you get home from a night out and need to navigate your way through a portion of your home before you can turn on a light. These scenarios have one thing in common: it’s dark.
According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in 4 Americans over age 65 falls every year. And as nighttime sets in, your risk of falling increases. Here is how you can safely navigate a space in the dark.
Topics: preventing falls
If you want to focus on weight loss, you may be exploring the health benefits and potential challenges of a ketogenic diet. According to AARP, the diet was created to treat epilepsy in the 1920s, and it was found that this diet can reduce seizures in children with epilepsy, sometimes as effectively as when the condition is controlled by medication. A Harvard publication explores the interest in seeing how it may be able to help with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, autism and even brain cancer.”
If you have trouble sleeping at night, know that you aren’t alone. Older adults have sleep disturbances and sometimes use sleeping pills to get better rest. Although this may be acceptable as an occasional strategy, scientists have linked the regular use of this kind of medication to dementia.
“Fish oil is a dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids — substances your body needs for many functions, from muscle activity to cell growth. Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from food. They can't be manufactured in the body.” (Mayo Clinic)
Massive data breaches aren’t uncommon in healthcare. In 2018, 15 million patient records were compromised, and while there is usually a lot of talk around protecting your identity from thieves, there isn’t much said about protecting your personal health data — until there is a data breach at healthcare or health insurance company.
Does Alzheimer’s Disease Stem from Infection?
This question was debated at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Research suggests infectious agents from viruses or bacteria may trigger immune responses that are related to the formation of plaques and tangles that are common with Alzheimer’s.
Source: MedPage Today
When Congress returns from its recess at the end of August, it will have three proposals to consider that will affect the future of retirement. Let’s take a look at each of these proposals and how they could impact you if you’re preparing for retirement or are already retired.
When Mary Picken’s husband John was gravely ill, she and her family were able to focus on John and not worry about his care thanks to Kendal at Home.