FAST: The Acronym Every Senior and Everyone Who Is Around Seniors Should Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a stroke happens every 40 seconds. They take the lives of over 140,000 Americans every year—at the pace of 1 person every 4 minutes. Seniors are more prone to strokes, and quick medical treatment is absolutely necessary to increase survival. What does FAST have to do with strokes? Here’s what you need to know. Early Action The chances that you will survive a stroke increase when you receive emergency treatment as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that people who get treatment within 3 hours … Read more

By the Numbers: The Top 5 Chronic Conditions We Experience as We Grow Older

Can the whole world be reduced to a Top 5 list? Probably not, but sometimes it’s the most helpful way to understand an overwhelming amount of information. Moving into our senior years may give us freedom from the day-to-day pressures of things like a job, but often this is replaced by the onset of a chronic condition. Most are simply caused by age. It’s estimated that 80% of seniors have at least 1 chronic health condition. Up to 68% have 2 or more. While those statistics might be depressing, it’s also a sign most of us may eventually experience a … Read more

Take As Prescribed: Why Seniors Fail To Follow Medication Schedules

It’s not just seniors. The New York Times reports that at least half of the medications for chronic diseases simply aren’t taken as prescribed. That’s a serious issue for a person of any age, but it can have even worse consequences for seniors. It’s estimated that 10% of hospitalizations for seniors happen annually because of missing medication doses. Here are the three main reasons why seniors decide not to take medication prescribed to them, and suggestions on what to do about it. 1. They have difficulty understanding the cost Not all prescription medications are expensive, but much of it is. … Read more

Heart Failure In Seniors: Know The Signs

The American Heart Association reports that nearly 6 million Americans have some form of heart disease. It’s one of the top reasons why people over the age of 65 are taken to the hospital. While it’s important that a medical professional make the diagnosis, there are signs to look for if you suspect that someone under your care may be experiencing heart failure. Start With the Definition Heart failure is the term used to describe a condition. It means that the heart is weakened and is not pumping blood as well as it should. When the heart can’t do its … Read more

A Better Night’s Sleep? Tips For Seniors.

You’ve probably heard it said that the older you get, the less sleep you need. It’s why seniors are such early birds. There’s another reason why seniors get up early, and often wake up repeatedly all night.  Often, seniors in nursing care homes are living with chronic pain. Sleeping in a position that doesn’t support their body creates pressure that amplifies the pain. A better night’s sleep can be as close as applying a few of these simple tips to align and support the body. Start with Comfort and Alignment When we’re younger, an aligned and neutral sleeping position keeps … Read more

Helpful Tips for Hearing Impaired Seniors

Age isn’t the only thing that can impair our hearing, but as we grow older it’s a common occurrence. It’s frustrating—for both those who can no longer hear well, and for those who are their caregivers. Older adults who experience hearing loss often struggle with everyday things we take for granted, such as knowing when there’s someone at the door, reacting to threatening situations like smoke alarms, or even everyday conversations. Here are some ways to help them—and yourself if you care for someone who needs to hear what’s going on around them. Start With Developing the Right Attitude It’s … Read more