How to Understand the Dangers of Atherosclerosis in the Elderly

Atherosclerosis Can Cause Decreased Brain Function Atherosclerosis, described as a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, has long been associated with heart disease and heart attacks. As plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries, it creates a narrowing of the passageway, restricting blood flow to essential organs like the brain and heart. As […]

The Healthy Senior: Home Care Makes Eating a Nutritious Diet Easier

No matter how old you are, good health begins with good nutrition. But eating well is especially important for seniors. Without essential nutrients and adequate calories, your elderly relative may suffer from fatigue, depression, and general weakness. What’s more, the lack of a nutritious diet can result in slower healing after surgery, increased risk of […]

Decrease the anxiety of nursing home residents with dementia by playing their favorite music

Another great article at Aging in Action describes a study that concluded that a relatively inexpensive (and fun to implement) intervention may be useful for reducing anxiety among individuals with dementia. The authors hypothesize that the music contributed a sense of familiarity and stimulated pleasant memories for the participants, which is likely to ring true […]

How Thyroid Disease Can Affect Seniors’ Quality of Life

What Seniors Need to Know About Hypothyroidism Many seniors associate feelings of fatigue, depression, and weakness with the normal aging process. Apart from a medical condition, however, such symptoms don’t have to be associated with growing older. In fact, they may be pointing to a common, but often undiagnosed condition known as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs […]

4 Myths About Senior Organ Donation

What Seniors Need to Know About Organ Donation Organ donation can sometimes seem like an intimidating topic for families to discuss. It may seem unloving to talk about what will happen to a loved one’s body after death, but seniors who choose to donate their organs for medical purposes can make an extremely valuable contribution […]

3 Simple Habits Seniors Can Practice to Stay Healthy

Weak Immune Systems Place Elderly At Risk As people age, their immune systems become less effective. Exposure to everyday household germs and pathogens that wouldn’t pose a risk for a stronger immune system can cause recurrent illnesses in elderly people. Those illnesses can also cause significant complications in a body that isn’t as healthy as […]