Posts Tagged ‘ senior healthy living ’

Aging at Home… or Not

Jun 23rd, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As we age, we begin to face the decision regarding whether to remain at home or move into a care facility such as retirement home or assisted living or nursing home if that level of care is required. So many things to think about!

Sometimes the tough decision gets made for us as a result of illness, accident or some kind of impairment. In that case we may have to make the decision to move into assisted care or a nursing home because we simply can no longer care for ourselves. Close family and friends (hopefully!) are around to help with the decision as well as arrangements for the move.



Gardening is Back!

Jun 2nd, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Pandemic Surprises

Many of us seniors remember helping our parents and grandparents tend a garden. For those of us born in the depression era, gardening was a necessity. We had to grow our own food, can and sometimes freeze it in the fall, so we would have something to eat throughout the winter months. Some low-income families still consider gardening a necessity for putting a meal on the table. There are even non-profit organizations that teach people in need how to garden and put healthy food on their tables. This pandemic we are living through can lead us on to better choices about what we grow and eat, if we allow ourselves to learn.

One in three families in the United States have a garden. And many people are taking up gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic that requires us to stay home. But if you have never gardened, how do you know where to begin?



More About Your Immune System

May 22nd, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Those Pesky Preexisting Conditions

It’s the middle of May and most states are stopping the ‘stay at home’ orders because of COVID-19. Some believe it is too soon, and we will see another spike in numbers of infections. Others don’t. And frankly, it doesn’t matter what you think or believe, the infection rate will increase if people are infected and they come in contact with others, that is, if they ignore the social distancing advice. Furthermore, people with certain health conditions are at significantly higher risk than the rest of the population.

What are those preexisting conditions? The big ones most experts agree on are diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure/heart disease and lung/respiratory disease. People in these high risk categories already have a major assault on their immune systems, that’s what a ‘preexisting condition’ is. The immune system is necessary to fight off infection, and it is losing the battle for good health even before COVID-19 hits.



Your Immune System May Need Help

May 18th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In layman/woman’s terms, your immune system is a group of biological structures and processes in your body that protect you from disease. It’s not just one thing; it’s a group of many that is referred to as a system. AARP Bulletin recently published an article about the aging immune system, and we highly recommend you read it.

As we age, the immune system naturally doesn’t work as well; there is research evidence that our senior bodies just don’t produce as many immune cells as they did when we were younger.



Seniors Need Social Relationships

May 4th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Why Seniors Need Others

Seniors, indeed all human beings, need social relationships to remain healthy emotionally as well as physically. We know that anecdotally, and research has also shown that to be the case. When social needs are not satisfied, both mental and physical health problems result. As the senior population increases, the need for us to be healthy and enjoy life also increases.

Researchgate.net found there are four themes in studies of seniors and their social needs: diversity, proximity, meaning of the relationship and reciprocity. So what are those four themes?



Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Apr 27th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Health issues are among the top concerns of senior citizens according to the National Institute on Aging. The NIA offers a plethora of information on concerns ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to end of life issues to A-Z Health topics. SCJ relies on the NIA website for factual information about seniors that we all can trust.

Following are just a few of the topics available for perusal on their site:



Facts About Senior Loneliness

Apr 15th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The COVID19 Pandemic offers valuable opportunity to look at social isolation and loneliness, and the effects these phenomena have on seniors. SCJ already looked at kinds and causes of social isolation, an overview of the dangers of loneliness and an overview of the health risks of senior isolation. Today we will delve more into three major effects loneliness and isolation have on senior citizen health and well being.

Scientific research on this issue goes back several decades. About ten years ago (2010), John T. Cacioppo and Louise C. Hawkley conducted research on perceived isolation (loneliness) and the effects it has on a number of health issues. They discovered “…that perceived social isolation (i.e. loneliness) is a risk factor for, and may contribute to, poorer overall cognitive performance, faster cognitive decline, poorer executive functioning, increased negativity and depressive cognition, heightened sensitivity to social threats…” The full NIH article can be found here.



Activities for Seniors Staying Home

Apr 11th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Whether seniors are isolated at home now because of COVID19 or live alone and spend a lot of time with no one else around, there are activities with which we can engage that will promote good health and potential longevity. Many of us have a routine that we follow on a daily basis, and that routine may or may not follow healthy senior lifestyle guidelines.

The National Council on Aging is a treasure-trove of ideas and suggestions for healthy aging. They suggest the process of growing older includes attention to health, finances, relationships, personal growth, and community involvement. With all the time we have on our hands, now is a good time to choose to live a healthier and more productive life.



Grocery Delivery: A Big Benefit to Seniors

Mar 31st, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizen Journal writes a lot about how seniors can make the best use of their income and financial resources. After all, we don’t know how long we will live, and as a result, we need to plan carefully for our money to last an indefinite amount of time. This includes weekly planning for food and grocery shopping.

Tips in the 21st century include making good use of computers and cell phones for ordering. The newest technology of immeasurable benefit to seniors is grocery delivery. Most supermarkets, big box food stores and even smaller grocery stores will deliver groceries to families in their communities. Grocery delivery for seniors means we don’t have to get out in public and expose ourselves to COVID-19. We can ‘shelter in place’ at home and remain much safer.



Grocery Shopping Tips for Seniors

Mar 30th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As this message is being written, Planet Earth is in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Seniors are among the most vulnerable groups for experiencing complications from any virus and becoming seriously ill. Those over the age of 60 must stay home and away from people; we don’t know who may have the virus and not know it; as a result our habits must change, and that includes how we shop for groceries.

Sometimes we seniors need some reminders, and that’s the purpose of this message. In this day of staying at home and away from people, we still have daily tasks we must address. And grocery shopping is at the top of the list. Whether we order online or have someone shop for us, we have to make a list so we don’t end up with a bunch of groceries we don’t need and won’t use, and also so we indeed get everything we want for the week (or however long it is between shopping trips).