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Keeping your heart healthy is a must in your golden years. While heart issues can affect anyone, the risk of cardiovascular disease goes up as you get older. In fact, more than 67% of people between the ages of 60–79 years suffer from some form of heart disease. After 80 years of age, that number jumps to greater than 84% of people.
As many as roughly one in five older adults (17 percent of seniors) may suffer from drug and/or alcohol abuse, according to research published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For professional caregivers, that means you could be caring for an older client who fits this profile, either now or in the future.
Every day our hair naturally ages, and while the average person can shed anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day, you may see an increase in hair loss with aging hair due to a range of factors. When you compound stress, natural aging, genetic predisposition for hair loss and loss of natural oils with external factors such as heat-styling, sunlight, chemical treatments and chlorine, hair can become thin and fragile.
The terms “indoor air pollution” and “sick house syndrome” are getting a lot of attention these days. They refer to some houses that are so tightly constructed that they lack the natural ventilation that was available in the past.
Just as the interiors of homes should be changed to fit the needs of seniors who wish to age in place and live independently, exterior spaces like patio and decks should be just as accommodating. The goal is to provide a safe environment for the senior to enjoy that can be navigated easily and does not require extensive maintenance.
When one is closer to being old than young, bathrooms can become harder to navigate. Getting up and down from the toilet seat or in and out of the shower can be a real challenge when balance and/or strength are an issue.
Plant a new interest for the senior you love by creating a space where they can garden. Whether they’re lifelong gardeners unable to tend to their traditional plantings or just searching for a new hobby, gardening can provide a host of benefits for seniors.
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