“The stairs are getting so hard to climb.”
“Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner.”
“I’ve lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home.”
These are common issues for older people. And, you may share the often-heard wish—“I want to stay in my own home!” The good news is that with the right help you might be able to do just that.
Whether at home or on the road, it is important to put your health first. Cristina Sadowsky, M.D., physician at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, shares simple travel tips to ensure that individuals living with paralysis are healthy and safe.
Eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel.
Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger.
There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night. Feeling sick or being in pain can make it hard to sleep. Some medicines can keep you awake. No matter the reason, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day you may:
Slips and falls account for 300,000 serious injuries and 20,000 deaths a year. In many cases, these accidents are the result of a landlord or homeowner not ensuring their property is appropriately maintained.
Like most people, you've probably heard that physical activity and exercise are good for you. In fact, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Studies have shown that exercise provides many health benefits and that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.
Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
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What can you do about COPD ?…Take These Smart Steps…
COPD is the third leading cause of death in America today. Half of the estimated 24 million who have it don’t even know it. And while there is no cure yet, there is plenty we all can do to help get people diagnosed earlier so that COPD can be managed better. By taking these smart steps, you can make a healthy difference.
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With heat and humidity common during summer months, the Ohio Department of Health and Aging, in a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, urges everyone to use extra care in avoiding heat-related stress.