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11 Fun and Safe Summer Activities for Older Adults

11 Fun and Safe Summer Activities for Older Adults

In the summer, many older adults find it more challenging to stay active. Extreme heat and intense rays from the sun can make it uncomfortable and even dangerous to spend time outdoors. However, older adults can still keep their mind and body active with any appropriate activity, even during the summer. Summer is a time for memories, family gatherings, and outdoor fun. It is also a time for reflection on the past year of life that has passed by. So to stay healthy mentally and physically this summer, older people can take up new activities or return to old ones that they haven't done in a while. There are plenty of things that older people can do during the summer break.

Older adults with limited mobility or without children often feel lonely during the summer months when isolated at home. So we have gathered a list of eleven safe and fun activities older adults can enjoy during the summertime.

Top 11 Summer Activities for Older Adults!

How to Identify the Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

How to Identify the Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Dementia is an age-related condition where one's cognitive functioning becomes so impaired that it interferes with activities of daily living. Emotional changes often accompany these changes in cognition, and people's personalities may change. These changes can be startling and difficult to deal with, both for the person with dementia and their loved ones.

That said, there are ways to identify dementia early. We know to look for stereotypical signs of dementia like memory loss, but what other signs of dementia should we watch for?

Common Signs of Dementia

13 Tips to Find Your Daily Exercise Motivation

13 Tips to Find Your Daily Exercise Motivation

At any age, it is normal to find it challenging to motivate yourself to get up and exercise. However, it is critical, especially for older adults, to consistently work out in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Despite the challenges of finding that motivation, there are many strategies you can apply to get yourself in the gym or wherever you like to exercise. So, if you are struggling with the motivation to exercise, we have you covered. We have gathered a list of tips that can help you finally find the inspiration to exercise!

Top 13 Ways to Find Exercise Motivation

10 Hot Weather Safety Tips for Older Adults

10 Hot Weather Safety Tips for Older Adults

Finally, it is summertime! The perfect opportunity to get outdoors and participate in some of our favorite activities under the sun. It is essential, however, to be prepared and take extra precautions when dealing with the summer heat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2004-2018 in the United States, there were more than 10,000 heat-related deaths. This means during that time, an average of 702 heat-related deaths occurred annually in the U.S. For older adults especially, it is essential to practice summer heat safety. So, here are the top ten tips you should follow this summer to stay safe and protect your health.

Beat the Summer Heat with These 10 Hot Weather Safety Tips

How (and Why) To Pick Out Age-Friendly Sunglasses

How (and Why) To Pick Out Age-Friendly Sunglasses

As we age, many of us face a variety of common eye problems. It is a normal part of aging, but there are simple steps we can take to reduce these problems. Sunglasses don't just help you look fashionable and provide temporary relief from the sun. They can also protect your eyes from glare, sensitivity, cataracts, and much more, preventing long-term damage.

Therefore, it is important to be selective when shopping for your next set of shades. Here is an informative guide on what you need to look for when shopping for your sunglasses and the benefits of wearing them!

Benefits Of Wearing Sunglasses For Older Adults

Three are so many great reasons to wear sunglasses, regardless of your age. To get started, here are five reasons you should put your shades on next time you go outside!

5 Ways Older Adults Can Improve Safety With Voice Devices

5 Ways Older Adults Can Improve Safety With Voice Devices

There are so many ways for seniors to enjoy the convenience and security of voice devices. It’s important to stay on top of the latest features and changes to the setup to make the best use of these devices. Whether you’re a senior living independently at home or enjoying the comforts of a retirement community, just about everyone will find some helpful tips here for making the most of the Amazon Alexa service. If you’re a caretaker or family member supporting a parent or grandparent, you’ll find some of these features very useful in helping your family member stay safe.

Use Voice Technology to Improve Safety with These Tips

8 Tips to Safely Age-Proof Your Kitchen

8 Tips to Safely Age-Proof Your Kitchen

As we age, many daily tasks become more difficult. What used to be easy movements can cause injuries. The kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms, so it is important to make the necessary changes to keep it a safe place for all. Several things can be done to make the kitchen safer, easier to use, and more efficient. This can help keep you or your loved ones safely at home while minimizing risks around the house.

How to Make Your Kitchen a Safe Space for Older Adults

Simplifying the COVID-19 Vaccines [May 2021 UPDATE]

Simplifying the COVID-19 Vaccines [May 2021 UPDATE]

Note: This post has been updated May 17, 2021.

Even though the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, the U.S. vaccination process is cause for decreased transmission rates nationwide. Nearly one-third of the U.S. population, above the age of sixteen, are fully vaccinated, with an average of two million tests administered daily. In the last two weeks, daily reported cases of infection are down 29.7%. There are currently three FDA unapproved vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), including the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

How mRNA Vaccines Work

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are both classified as mRNA vaccines. Unlike other vaccines, this type does not inject the virus into an individual. Instead, mRNA vaccines create a protein that triggers an immune response to produce antibodies. Obtaining antibodies for COVID-19 protects individuals from getting infected when they come in contact with the virus.

Elder Abuse: How to Identify and Prevent

Elder Abuse: How to Identify and Prevent

In May of 2020, a 20-year-old man was caught on video brutally beating a 75-year-old man at the Westwood Rehabilitation Nursing Center in Detroit, Michigan. The suspect, who was also a patient at the time, was shown repeatedly punching and cussing at the victim. Although no staff members were involved in this incident, it raises concern that the staff was unaware of the incident until they saw the video.

In June of 2017, Janet Yu discovered that her 90-year-old mother was a victim of financial abuse by her financial planner at Royal Mutual Funds Inc., an RBC subsidiary and a mutual funds dealer. The unauthorized transfer of funds resulted in over $120,000. These unauthorized transfers supposedly went unnoticed because they were processed using Yu’s client card number and the assigned online banking password.

What is Elder Abuse?

The above are only two examples of elder abuse, a growing problem in today’s society that can cost seniors their security, dignity, and even their lives in extreme cases. Elder abuse can include financial abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. It is important to understand that abuse can occur anywhere, including in the home or a senior living facility. Often, abusers are someone that a person trusts, such as family members, friends, or caregivers. Sixty percent of elder abusers are family members, while 24.3% of elder abusers are senior living facility caregivers.

How Prevalent is Elder Abuse?

8 Ways To Maximize Your Bath After 55

8 Ways To Maximize Your Bath After 55

The importance of our bath time varies and changes throughout our entire lives. We go from babies being bathed in the kitchen sink to children who refuse to take baths at all. As young adults, we require daily grooming to remain healthy, but this becomes even more crucial as we become more advanced in years. After retirement, hygiene and cleanliness are significant factors in living our best lives.

8 Ways to Make the Most of your Bath time

     1. Make Sure The Bath Is Clean and Safe

The most important aspect of a sound bath is health and safety. As reported by the CDC, accidents near the bathtub, shower, toilet, and sink caused an estimated 234,094 nonfatal injuries in the U.S. in 2008 among people 15+ years old. Approximately two out of every three accidental injuries happen in the bathtub or shower. To maximize safety, place non-slip mats or stickers on the bottom of the tub, which will keep your feet from slipping while entering and exiting the tub. It's equally important to ensure that your tub is clean and sanitized to have the best experience.