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10 Simple Exercises to Improve Balance (and Prevent Falls)

10 Simple Exercises to Improve Balance (and Prevent Falls)

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), every 1 in 4 people above 65 falls each year. An elderly individual gets treatments in the hospital's emergency room every 11 seconds. Every 19 seconds, there is a death of an older adult due to a fall.

Falls are among the leading causes of fatal injuries and trauma-related emergency admissions in hospitals among the elderly population. Falls result in over 2.8 million injuries treated in hospitals annually, including more than 800,000 in emergency departments and over 27,000 deaths.

There are several ways to prevent falls, such as getting enough sleep, staying physically active, and taking muscle relaxant medications or strengthening supplements. Exercising helps prevent falls because it improves your balance, strengthens your muscles, and increases flexibility. Here are the ten best exercises to improve balance and prevent falls!

5 Best Daily Stretching Exercises to Try Now

5 Best Daily Stretching Exercises to Try Now

Regular stretching offers a vast number of health benefits to older adults. Tight and stiff muscles can lead to poor posture. For instance, tight muscles in your chest, spine, and hips can cause poor posture and balance. Stretching exercises can improve pectoralis, hamstring, and upper trapezius muscles to improve posture.

Stretching improves flexibility and range of motion in your joints, leading to enhanced performance in physical activities for seniors. Back pain, especially lumbar spine pain, is a common health condition in older adults. Poor posture in the cervical spine (upper back) can lead to discomfort and pain in the lumbar spine (lower back). The condition is often due to tight hamstrings and hip flexors. Regular stretching can alleviate discomfort, inflammation, and pain in your back.

Additionally, stretching exercises can prevent muscle soreness and reduce the risk of injuries. In today's article, we will talk about five of the best stretching exercises for older adults. Read on!

8 Healthy Ways to Keep Weight Off After Losing It

8 Healthy Ways to Keep Weight Off After Losing It

Losing weight is a big task in itself, but for many, it can be even more challenging to keep the weight off afterward. Someone who has successfully lost a significant amount of weight often falls back into bad habits and ends up gaining all the weight once again. It takes impressive dedication, discipline, and motivation to keep the weight off. Read the following tips to help keep off the weight you've worked so hard to lose!

8 Tips to Help Maintain Your Weight

Why Nose Breathing Is Crucial

Why Nose Breathing Is Crucial

The breath grounds, connects, and heals the nervous system, which is why nose breathing is essential.

Did you know that right nostril breathing (RNB) has a very different and distinct effect on the nervous system compared to left nostril breathing (LNB)?

The right nostril is the energizing and heating component of the breath. It supports a sympathetic “fight or flight” nervous system response (SNS) in the body. Conversely, the left nostril is the cooling component of the breath. It supports a parasympathetic “rest and digestion nervous system (PNS) response in the body.

When we are in a state of balance and good health, the dominant nostril that we breathe through changes every 90-120 minutes, this is known as our nasal cycle. This cycle is under the control of our Autonomic Nervous system. It regulates the balancing of the PNS and SNS in the body. When we are out of balance, this nasal rhythm becomes out of balance, which has adverse effects on our mental, physical and emotional health and well-being.

What Are Antioxidants? Plus, Why They're Important as We Age

What Are Antioxidants? Plus, Why They're Important as We Age

Antioxidants, also called free-radical scavengers, are substances that protect our body cells and DNA from harmful free radicals. Our body produces free radicals as a by-product of many processes and as a result of exposure to some substances (such as air pollutants, cigarette smoke, etc.).

Not all free radicals are harmful. They are required during various processes, but they become damaging when they exceed the standard amount (a condition called oxidative stress). In these cases, they may cause diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, and other age-related conditions.

Antioxidants neutralize the harmful free radicals, protect the body from the conditions mentioned above, and boost overall health. There are hundreds of antioxidants present in our body. Vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and selenium are popular examples.

8 Reasons You're Not Getting Your Best Sleep

8 Reasons You're Not Getting Your Best Sleep

We all know that good sleep is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Yet, many of us suffer from poor sleep quality, which results in feeling tired throughout the day and adversely affects our health. If you feel like you aren't getting your best possible sleep, you have come to the right place! In this article, we will go through eight reasons you might not be getting optimal sleep and how to correct the issues. Hopefully, you can make the appropriate changes and receive the quality sleep that you deserve.

Why Aren't You Getting Your Best Sleep?

6 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Memory

6 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Memory

Aging of the brain is inevitable to a certain extent. It affects everyone, but with proper care and diet, you can delay your brain's aging.

For the effective functioning of the brain, not only intellectual training, physical activity, good sleep, and fresh air are required. A balanced diet is also essential. With a lack of vitamins and minerals, memory problems, distraction and fatigue may occur. To avoid this, you need to revise your diet accordingly.

The brain's favorite substances that improve its functions are glucose, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins B and E. In the rest of this article, discover the best foods rich in these vitamins and minerals capable of boosting your memory!

After the Hospital: Recovering in a Skilled Nursing Facility

After the Hospital: Recovering in a Skilled Nursing Facility

Whether from illness or injury, the chances of ending up in the hospital increases with age. A Center for Disease Control report showed that in 2017, 15% of those aged 65 years and older were admitted to the hospital in the past 12 months, compared to less than 6% of those aged 18 to 44 years.

Of course, the goal of hospitalization is for the patient to regain health and be discharged. However, not everyone leaving the hospital is ready to go home. Many patients still need continuing, though temporary, medical care at a less intense level than in the hospital. In many cases, this care is provided at a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

Formerly known as "nursing homes," these facilities commonly accept two types of patients. The patients most often associated with skilled nursing facilitiess suffer from long-term, acute conditions that require permanent, around-the-clock care. The other population served by skilled nursing facilities consists of patients recovering from illness or injury who need care until they are well enough to return home. In this role, SNFs are classified as post-acute rehabilitation facilities.

3 Reasons to Stand and Stretch Right Now

3 Reasons to Stand and Stretch Right Now

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 33% of the global population, including seniors, suffer from musculoskeletal conditions. One in two older adults in the US lives with painful disorders related to muscles. The prevalence of musculoskeletal problems in the country is the same as chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

The loss of physical independence and mobility is a devastating experience for older adults. Some of the common disorders include fractures, osteoporosis, infections, osteoarthritis microcrystal disorders, and tumors.

Although older adults undergo conservative treatments, such as pain medications, antidepressants, and analgesics to treat these problems, research highlights that stretching exercises offer adverse-free and long-term benefits to older adults. In today's article, we will talk about the importance and benefits of stretching for the elderly.