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How Dangerous Is Your Bathroom? 5 Safety Tips

How Dangerous Is Your Bathroom? 5 Safety Tips

Many of the injuries that occur every day happen in the home. Of these, a large portion occurs in the bathroom, where the water and clutter add to the risk of every day. As reported by the CDC, in 2008, approximately 235,000 people in the U.S. ages 15+ sustained nonfatal, unintentional injuries in bathrooms that resulted in treatment from emergency departments.

8 Ways to Protect and Strengthen Your Bones

8 Ways to Protect and Strengthen Your Bones

Bone health may decline with age, but it's not too late to make conscious efforts to slow or even reverse that effect. It is important to understand that, as we age, we can take preventative measures to protect our health. Even if you have experienced significant loss in bone density, actions can still be taken to protect further damage. In detail, the questions you should be asking are:

  • What can I do to keep my bones healthy?
  • What changes need to be made?

8 Ways to Protect and Improve Bone Health

Geriatrics vs. Gerontology: What's the Difference?

Geriatrics vs. Gerontology: What's the Difference?

Are you confused about the difference between geriatrics and gerontology?

Geriatrics refers to a branch of medicine focusing on the health of aging bodies. Gerontology as a field of study and practice takes a broader perspective. It includes the physical, mental and social aspects of aging. In this sense, geriatrics represents a subset of gerontology.

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture refers to how we position our bodies when sitting, standing, or laying down. Your overall health relies on good posture. It keeps your bones aligned with the rest of your body, and the tension in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons adequately spread. It even improves your blood flow.

Maintaining a good posture means that you hold your body in the best position possible to place minimal stress on your back and spine. Since our spines begin to change as we age, good posture becomes even more critical for older adults. Have you ever heard that as we age, we get shorter? Well, this is, in fact, true. The cushions between our bones start to break down and thin over time, plus the cartilage and tissues connecting our spines lose their elasticity and are not as thick. But, having good posture can help with this.

Falling is the number one reason for broken bones and injuries among older adults. The high number of falls means that learning how to be more aware of good posture is needed to improve balance and decrease falling chances. Good posture is also an osteoporosis preventative. It lowers heart attack and stroke risk, makes you feel happier, helps sustain memory recall, and helps with digestive issues.

Below are the ten tips we highly recommend for older adults to improve their posture.

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

Meditation has benefits for all ages but may be especially helpful for older adults. Increasing the brain's focus makes it possible to boost activity throughout the brain and activate areas that are not always used in daily tasks. This can help improve the brain's functioning in many ways and help maintain growth and mental health.

10 Benefits of Meditation 

     10. Increase Memory and Concentration

There are many forms of meditation, and they all help to calm the thought process, ease the racing thoughts that pass through the mind, and increase the health and functions of the brain. Color meditation, guided meditations, and using a picture or decoration as the focus can help maintain healthy eyes and train the mind to focus on one thing and calm thoughts in the moment. It also increases memory by concentrating on memorizing the details of the meditations and slowing down the processes that interrupt focus. Meditation also slows the effects of aging on the brain to keep it healthy and younger for longer.

Geriatric Care Managers: Finding a Guide for the Path

Geriatric Care Managers: Finding a Guide for the Path

Older adults find themselves increasingly faced with a bewildering universe of new situations about health, finances, housing, legal, and many other issues. Trying to keep up with all these moving targets is a daunting task for even the healthiest and most knowledgeable among us. However, when physical or mental health (or both) start to decline, dealing with these complex concerns can become overwhelming.

Even if family or friends try to help, they often lack the knowledge to deal with these subject areas confidently. Additionally, for loved ones trying to help from distant geographies, the frustration level can build to boil for all concerned.

Everyone Has Pain: What Matters Is What You Do About It

Everyone Has Pain: What Matters Is What You Do About It

Believe it or not, we all have pain. It is inevitable that we will cycle into and out of pain – what matters the most is what we do about it.

Even Pain Resolution Therapists experience pain. One more time, let me stress that it is what you do about it that counts. Do you mask it with drugs for temporary relief, or are you willing to correct the imbalance and dive into the root cause?

Should You Try Spin Classes? 7 Powerful Benefits

Should You Try Spin Classes? 7 Powerful Benefits

Many consider spinning, a version of indoor stationary bicycling, to be an excellent activity for older adults. Physical activity is essential at any age, and spinning provides an exercise that is safe, low-impact, and easy on the joints. It improves movement, heart health, and helps prevent fall-related injuries. So, is a spin class right for you? Here are several reasons you should consider trying it out:

Why Do I Feel Stiff When I Wake up? 7 Tips for Relief

Why Do I Feel Stiff When I Wake up? 7 Tips for Relief

Do you often wake up feeling stiff or aching? Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because of your sore and stiff muscles? This is very common and often referred to as morning stiffness. Even though it is common, many people don't understand the causes of morning stiffness or how to avoid it. Many people think it solely has to do with getting older and the aging of the body. While this can certainly be a reason and a normal occurrence, aging is, more often than not, unlikely to be the reason for morning stiffness.

The most common cause of morning stiffness is tight muscles or worn and tired joints. Muscle tightness can often be mistaken for joint pain. These symptoms can also be an indication of arthritis or inflammation, but that is not always the case.

The fact is that joints do not always age at the same rate as the rest of the body. They can age faster due to wear and tear, or they can age more slowly if they are taken care of properly. Typically, overweight people are more subject to having worn joints and feeling stiff in the morning. Cartilage works as the cushioning of your joints. As your joints age, cartilage dries out and stiffens. As cartilage dries out, your joints also lose necessary lubrication, which also contributes to morning stiffness. This leads to tightness in the morning, stiff tendons, and weakened muscles. It is very difficult to reverse the symptoms of aging joints. Still, there are different things that you can do to reduce morning stiffness and the aging of your joints.

Strengthening Your Abs Will Not Relieve Your Tight Back

Strengthening Your Abs Will Not Relieve Your Tight Back

Tightening your abdominal muscles to strengthen your core does not relieve chronic back pain. It is possible that this approach will even make things worse!

When you take the approach of strengthening or tightening the abdominal muscles in order to counterbalance tight back muscles, you are working against your body. It results in a co-contraction of both the front and back body muscles. This then creates a braced-liked situation that creates more layers of problems than solutions.