The symptoms of metabolic syndrome are subtle – here’s what to look out for
The American Heart Association estimates that approximately 34% of the US population suffers from a condition they’re probably unaware of: metabolic syndrome. In general, the risk of the condition increases with age, from being overweight, and for those already battling pre-diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
These six tips can create a happier and healthier home
We live in a world of stuff. Everywhere we go, we’re surrounded by it. Living minimally is certainly not the strong suit of most Americans. And this is perhaps most evident in older generations.
Many seniors obtain general wellness from yoga – here’s why
Some people simply don’t feel right until they’ve practiced yoga for the day, which might explain its 5,000 year relevance. Today, modern medicine has uncovered surprising benefits of this ancient discipline, including stress relief and decelerated aging. In fact, yoga is an excellent way of improving overall wellness in seniors, even for those with physical limitations.
Educate yourself, listen, and seek professional help
Though it may come as a surprise to some, the likelihood of becoming clinically depressed decreases with age. However, if a senior loved one become depressed, the consequences become more severe – including an increased risk of impairment performing daily functions, suicide, and the likelihood of physical illness. More than half of depressed older adults experience their first episode after the age of 60.
The financial benefits of in-home care
Anyone who’s needed healthcare since the passage of the Affordable Care Act can attest to the fact that it remains expensive. Increasing hospital and pharmaceutical fees have caused insurers to increase their rates by 105% since the bill was initiated. Because taxpayer dollars offset premium costs for those who can’t afford insurance, the rocketing costs of healthcare affect us all.
Get active for health and happiness
How to give your body what it needs as you get older
There’s a saying that “some people eat to live, others live to eat.” As we grow older, the more balance we’re able to find between the pleasure of eating and the need to nourish our bodies, the more living we’ll get out of life, in terms of both in years and quality.
The tell-tale signs of endocarditis
At approximately 29,000 cases each year (according to The International Heart Institute of Montana), endocarditis, generally speaking, is a discriminant disease, primarily affecting those presenting with certain conditions. While the general risk might be low, the risks factors are a little more common – and the aging population may be more susceptible to the condition.
The pluses of domestic help for heroes
We believe everyone is worthy of care, especially our senior citizens. And few would argue with the idea that our veterans are particularly deserving. After all, they gave their time, skills and courage to ensure we enjoy a better quality of life.
Long-distance caregiving help to make life easier for the whole family
If you live more than an hour away from an aging loved one who needs care, you have become a long-distance caregiver. Long-distance caregiving poses many unique challenges, and it’s important to know you are not alone. An estimated 13% of Americans provide long-distance care for a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Of that 13%, more than a quarter are serving as the primary person providing this care. It’s a tough responsibility to have, but one you don’t have to manage alone. Here are a few tips to make your role as a long-distance caregiver more manageable.
Making the right choice for your loved one
One of the most emotionally challenging decisions a caregiver of an aging parent can make is choosing the right long term care option. As hard as it is to give up some of the control of caring for your loved one, it’s typically the best option for both of you. Once you have decided to make a change, there are several different options to weigh when comparing the home healthcare and dedicated care facilities. Let’s break down the similarities and differences.