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Older people are especially at risk from heat-related health problems such as heatstroke and heat exhaustion. With the heat wave we are currently experiencing, now is not the time to do chores, run errands or weed your garden.
"Heat can be miserable for all ages, but potentially life threatening for older persons," according to Lois Aronstein, State Director, AARP New York.
Here are 10 tips for dealing with a heat wave:
1. Relax and put off chores and any strenuous activity.
2. Stay indoors during the hottest times of the day.
Healthy seniors who are physically active and exercise for more than 60 minutes each week can lessen their chances of disability as they age.
While his knee felt as though it was about 80 years-old, Birko was only 49. And like many other baby boomers today, he was not was ready to slow down, and instead decided to have knee replacement surgery.
June is Home Safety Month and the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services is urging older adults to practice safety to prevent injuries. In 2005, there were 15,800 people 65 and older who died from injuries related to unintentional falls. About 1.8 million in this same age group were treated in emergency rooms and more than 433,000 of these patients were hospitalized. About 20 to 30 percent of the people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries like bruises, hip fractures, or head trauma according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
EBRI published a new, more comprehensive set of estimates of the amount of money individuals and couples will need to cover certain health care expenses in retirement.
A more prevalent and serious problem in nursing homes may be aggression and violence that occurs between residents themselves.
As increasing numbers of baby boomer exercise enthusiasts and athletes age, healthcare professionals are treating more overuse injuries, as well as dealing with the results of traumatic injuries experienced by people when they were younger.
Many baby boomers incorrectly believe they have disability income protection.
Whether your summer travel plans include a long vacation or a short getaway, if you are an older adult there are things you should do before leaving home to ensure a healthy trip. These ten tips for seniors apply whether you're planning to go out of the country or just a few counties away.
CDC says people age 60 and older should be vaccinated against shingles, or herpes zoster, a condition often marked by debilitating chronic pain.
Costs for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and some in-home care services have increased for a fifth consecutive year and might continue to increase as a result of an expected shortage of long-term health care workers.
Eighty-four percent of Americans over the age of 50 expect an immediate family member to move into a senior living community within the next 10 years, while 24 percent over the age of 65 expect the same for themselves.
As the first of the nation's 78 million baby boomers begin reaching age 65 in 2011, they will face a health care work force that is too small and woefully unprepared to meet their specific health needs.
The nation faces an impending health care crisis as the number of older patients with more complex health needs increasingly outpaces the number of health care providers with the knowledge and skills to adequately care for them.
In Living and Dying in a Long-Term Care Facility, an experienced nursing home physician offers families suddenly faced with finding long term care for a chronically ill member a candid and comprehensive view of what life is like in such institutions for residents and those who care for them.
Older adults want to use technology so they can age safely in their home.
Finding ways to help caregivers maintain a sense of balance in their lives while allowing their loved ones to remain independent is the focus of a recently published free Caregiver's guide. Today, there are an estimated 50 million Americans who are caregivers and the free caregivers' guide will help them enhance the health, safety and wellness of their loved-ones
Only about 25% of older Americans do at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity, although being active reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Two researchers have designed a sensor necklace that records the date and time a pill is swallowed, which they hope will increase drug compliance and decrease unnecessary health care costs.
Patience may be a virtue -- but for senior citizens planning to downsize from a family home to a Continuing Care Retirement Community, there's a fine line between being patient and waiting too long.
Black nursing home residents are more likely than their white counterparts to be hospitalized for conditions such as dehydration, poor nutrition and bedsores.