Coping with change can be difficult no matter how old you are. The particular challenge for older adults is the sheer number of changes and transitions that start to occur. This includes children moving away, the loss of parents, friends, and other loved ones, changes to or the end of your career, declining health, and even loss of independence. It’s natural to feel those losses. But if that sense of loss is balanced with positive ingredients, you have a formula for staying healthy as you age.
Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel hesitant. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart problems? But what if those years could be filled with youthful vigor – or at least middle-aged comfort?
Selecting a long-term care facility for your family member can be as difficult as accepting that it is needed. There’s a lot to consider, including: location, quality of care, medical and rehab services, finances and insurance. Take time to learn about your options and get comfortable with your choice.
The coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for just about everyone, preventing people throughout the world from working, socializing, and performing everyday activities. Older adults — at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19 —are more likely to restrict their activities significantly to reduce their chances of contracting coronavirus.
A worldwide quest is under way to find new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Because new drugs take years to produce from concept to market — and because drugs that seem promising in early-stage studies may not work as hoped in large-scale trials — it is critical that Alzheimer’s and other dementia research continues to accelerate. To advance this effort, the Alzheimer’s Association funds researchers looking at new treatment strategies and advocates for more federal funding of Alzheimer’s research.
Public health experts offered advice to senior citizens and family members caring for aging relatives about staying healthy as businesses reopen. Their strongest advice: Regardless of the current phase of reopening the economy, seniors are safest staying at home. e.
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