Taking Care of Your Aging Teeth

While it’s easy to neglect your pearly whites as you age, the truth is that keeping them clean and healthy becomes even more important. As you get older, your risk for many dental problems, like tooth decay and gum disease, may increase. The best way to treat your teeth well is to prevent diseases and complications before they take hold. Fortunately, you can keep your teeth looking and feeling young with a few simple steps.

6 Tips for Aging Gracefully

You’re getting older – we all are. Instead of fearing the aging process, however, you can learn to love your age and reap the benefits of aging gracefully. Of course, this is easier said than done. But by changing your mindset and your outlook on your own life, you can age without fear, even in a culture that is seemingly obsessed with youth. Here are a few tips to help you embrace life – and perhaps even look forward to your next birthday.

Negotiating Time Off for Caregiving

If you work and also care for a loved one, you know the challenges of navigating your job and your family responsibilities. At some point, the burden of caregiving may begin to interfere with your work so much that you need to talk to your boss about making changes to your schedule. If that time comes, these tips can help you negotiate the time off that you need.

The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Over the last few years, the news has buzzed with tidbits about how pets can improve our lives. Many pet owners can attest to the value of their furry family members. And increasingly, older adults recognize that having an animal around can help with their wellbeing. Indeed, cats and dogs can have a positive impact on the physical and mental health of seniors. So should you consider getting an animal companion for your loved one? 

Tips for Downsizing Before a Move

If you’re planning on moving into a smaller home – whether it’s a little house around the corner or an assisted living facility – you will likely need to winnow down your possessions to fit into your new space. Downsizing a lifetime of possessions is easier said than done, so start with a clear plan and the help of friends or family members.

10 Surprising Causes of Falls

One of the best ways to prevent potentially dangerous stumbles is to anticipate them. While some household hazards may be obvious, others might surprise you. By addressing these ten common causes of falls, you may be able to prevent serious injury to yourself or your loved one.

5 Reasons to Consider Adult Daycare for Your Loved One

Making decisions about the care needs of your elderly loved one can be a challenge. Perhaps one of the biggest difficulties is balancing the physical and emotional needs of your aging relative with financial considerations. If you are having trouble deciding what type of care would be best for your loved one, consider adult day care.

The Importance of Exercise for Older Adults

For many seniors, staying active can be a challenge. Aches, body changes, and the lure of the television are enough to discourage many older adults from getting in a daily walk or a regular exercise class. You may even feel like the benefits of exercise are only for the young. But the truth is, exercise is essential for healthy people of all ages – and for seniors, it carries particular benefits.

Prescription Drug Abuse in the Elderly

Drug addiction and abuse may seem like something that usually affects young people. If that is your perception, you may be surprised to learn that alcohol and drug abuse actually affect as many as 17 percent of older adults – and the rate of elderly sufferers is growing rapidly. Prescription drugs are one of the most common substances that elderly adults abuse, and unfortunately, the problem often goes overlooked and under-discussed.

5 Ways to Save Your Vision

Eyes are incredible organs. With them, we can perceive everything from the greatest mountains to the smallest grains of sand. As people get older, sight often begins to fail due to disease or aging. Eye injuries can also result in vision loss. Fortunately, though, you can make a few adjustments to help keep your eyes functioning for years to come.

5 Benefits of Getting Older

Aging has a bad reputation. Many younger adults dread getting older – they worry about wrinkles, health issues, and becoming less mobile. But in fact, aging comes with many benefits that younger people may not consider. These are only five of the advantages of getting older.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Golden Years

For many people, ringing in the new year means resolving to make positive changes in their lives. If you’re someone who makes new year’s resolutions – or if you’re thinking about starting – consider abandoning the usual start-of-year goals. Instead, choose one of these five new year’s resolutions to help you age gracefully and get the most out of another one of your golden years. 

Cold-Weather Care for Seniors

For many older adults, winter is a wonderful season. Between the holiday gatherings and the cozy comforts of home, many of us look forward to this time of year. At the same time, though, the cooler weather brings many hazards. As temperatures drop, seniors should take extra care to keep safe and healthy. Here are 10 common winter-related concerns – and how to address them.

5 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving

It’s the time of year to gather with family and friends and give thanks for all the good we have in our lives. But without proper planning, Thanksgiving may lead to stress, anxiety, and health issues for older adults.

Fortunately, with a little planning, your Thanksgiving dinner can be a time of celebration – with minimal frustrations. These tips can help you and your family have a happy, healthy harvest celebration.

Caring For Your Teeth In Your Golden Years

As you get older, you may find that your dedication to dental hygiene falls to the wayside. Many aging adults find that other priorities – health problems, financial concerns, or family obligations – get in the way of caring for their teeth. But neglecting your teeth can lead to serious complications that can affect your quality of life.

The first step to keeping your chompers chewing for years to come is to educate yourself. What dental changes are a normal part of aging? Which symptoms are cause for concern? The more you know, the more you can care for your oral health as you age.

Keep your eyes safe and healthy at home

Eye injuries – whether from physical activity, work accidents, or even household chemicals – can also cause vision loss. In fact, nearly one million Americans have lost some or all of their vision due to eye injuries. It’s easy to associate such injuries with aggressive sports or physical labor, but in fact, many eye injuries occur at home.

Fortunately, you can take a few steps to prevent eye injuries from happening and around your house. Try these tips to keep your eyes safe.

How Seniors Can Prepare for Natural Disasters

One survey of older adults found that when it comes to natural disasters, fewer than one quarter of them have an emergency plan in place. This is especially concerning, given that 15 percent of those surveyed have some sort of powered medical device that could fail if the electricity goes out.

Common Skin Conditions in Older Adults

As we age, our skin goes through many changes. Some are normal: wrinkling, sagging, and dryness are among the most common transformations we experience. But other symptoms may be indicative of a medical condition. What are the most common skin problems among older adults? When should you consult your doctor?

Yoga for Seniors

When you think of yoga, you may think of a young, lithe person with a dancer’s physique twisting into strange, unnatural positions. To you, the thought of doing yoga as an older adult may seem ludicrous. But in fact, yoga can be a simple and relaxing way for you to improve your posture, strengthen your muscles, and increase your flexibility.

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