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There is a common, but erroneous belief that people must put up with the loss of strength and muscle degeneration that comes with advancing age.
Because everyday needs and capabilities change throughout the aging process, extra effort may be required to help maintain optimal health and independence. As a caregiver, you may be wondering whether physical therapy (PT) and/or occupational therapy (OT) is right for your parent.
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There’s nothing like some good time spent with family to lift the spirits and restore the soul. Family reunions are beneficial to both the young and young at heart because they offer the critical opportunity to connect. But just because your parent has limited mobility doesn’t mean he or she can't join in on the fun. There’s no better time than now to start planning your next familial fete than during the summer months.
A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reinforced what has long been suspected: regular exercise is critically important for seniors.
Many people have the wrong impression of what it means to grow old. The older years of an individual’s life can actually be a very active time for many people, with new experiences and new connections. Many older adults may feel like they are no longer useful, productive, or valuable in their later years of life, but “old age” can be full of meaning and purpose for those who choose to explore the possibilities.
Approximately 715,000 Americans suffer from heart attacks every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease remains the country’s leading cause of death for both men and women. While these statistics may seem overwhelming, there is hope: people can reduce their risk of heart disease by taking control of their cardiovascular health. While some risk factors, such as age and family history, can’t be changed, others can be mitigated by beneficial lifestyle changes.
At UMH, our communities and our organization is built upon a firm foundation of five core values. More than just words on a piece of paper, our values are the threads that tie all of our work together and are the basis from which decisions are made and actions are taken.
By Jim Stinson, Director of Spiritual Life
If you are caring for an aging loved one, you may have heard that searching for the right senior living community can be quite an overwhelming process. For many families, this is actually true! There are many options to choose from, many factors to consider, many questions to ask, and many people to talk to before making a decision you and your loved one feel comfortable with.
Exercising, for seniors, helps maintain flexibility, endurance and strength, all while improving heart health, which is important for older adults. Exercising, when chosen carefully and found to be in line with what the senior body can handle, helps improve overall quality of life, lessen problems from balance and coordination issues and aids in maintaining strength.
Dealing with tragedy can be especially difficult for your aging loved one. For many older adults, loss becomes frighteningly more common throughout the aging process. Whether it be the loss of a spouse, a child or sibling, a good friend, or even a pet, these circumstances can weigh heavily on your loved one for several months.