Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because it is symptomless. People may not even realize they have osteoporosis until it has advanced to the point where their bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a hip to fracture or a vertebra to collapse. The estimated cost of osteoporosis and related fractures is now approximately 14 billion dollars annually.
Aging brings changes that may make your current home difficult to navigate or potentially unsafe. Enter technology—what is being called smart home technology is making it possible for people to stay in their own homes and remain independent longer than ever before.
The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t true—It’s never too late to learn. “Learning across the entire lifespan is incredibly beneficial,” said Dr. Suzann M. Ogland-Hand, a clinical geropsychologist in Grand Rapids.
One of the greatest joys of getting older is the arrival of grandchildren. And nothing is more fun than spending time with them when they visit. Following are a few tips to make your visit as mutually enjoyable as possible.
“Many people find that being with someone who has experienced a loss makes them uncomfortable,” said Janet Jaymin, director of bereavement services for Faith Hospice and a certified grief counselor. “It’s a reminder of our own mortality, and we don’t want to think about it.”
Change is never easy, and the older a person gets and the more set in their ways, the harder it becomes. One of life’s biggest transitions is going from being independent and living in your own home to moving an assisted living facility. Many seniors view this as the last move of their life, the final chapter, and that knowledge can bring sadness and depression. There are ways, however, that you can help ease this transition for your parent or loved on.
One of the statements hospice workers hear most often is “I wish I’d called hospice sooner.” Why hesitate? Why not call on the support and comfort hospice brings to both the patient and family as soon as possible?
Scammers and shady telemarketers like to target older adults. Why? People who grew up in the 1930s through the 1950s were raised to be more polite and less mistrustful. They are less likely to hang up the phone than someone younger, and it is often presumed they have a hefty nest egg. And many times they don’t report crimes—either because they don’t know who to call or out of embarrassment at being tricked.
People in the over-75 age bracket are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than any other age group except for teenagers. Also, 28 percent of crashes involving older drivers happen while making a left turn. Why? There are a number of factors that impact our ability to drive safely as we get older.
Has a doctor prescribed therapy for you or a loved one after surgery, an illness or accident? There are three different types of therapy—physical, occupational and speech therapy. It’s easy to be confused about the differences between them.
People tend to think of nursing homes as the place where their grandmother went to live when she could no longer care for herself, but in reality, they are actually skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers that cater to short term stays and function as a bridge between acute care (care in the hospital) and discharge to the patient’s home.