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    Older Adults: 4 Things to Consider When Care Planning

    December 15th, 2017

    If you are a caregiver it is very important to educate yourself and be aware of common issues that face older adults to make sure you can make the best decision for your friend or loved one. This article is a list of 4 things that you should take into account when it comes to taking care of your loved one. First on the list is Alzheimer’s Disease, which can be an emotional and financial burden to both of you. It is important to take preventative measures seriously. Another topic is finances, which is always important but more so when it comes to seniors. It is always important to check finances to see where your loved one stands and the best way to see what resources are available. This article also covers education and isolation as important things to educate yourself about as a caregiver. To see more details on the full list of things to consider please see the full article. 

     

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    https://health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/2017-11-29/older-adults-4-things-to-consider-when-care-planning

     

    Does pride raise the risk of falling?

    December 15th, 2017

    This is a fun article that takes a biblical proverb rather literally and puts it to the test. “Pride comes before a fall.” Researchers from two universities and Royal Alexandra Hospital, which are all located in the United Kingdom, decided to investigate pride as a factor. The team was able to gather data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, which is an ongoing study of older adults. Through that they were able to collect data from over 6,000 people that were over the age of 60, with a majority of them able to participate in a follow up. To see more details and the results of this fun and light hearted study please see the full article. 

     

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    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320336.php

    Three ways to avoid being lonely this Christmas

    December 13th, 2017

    In older adults loneliness is becoming a major issue, it even leaves some people saying that their television is their main companion. Around 80% of home care residents are lonely. There are about 1 million seniors in the UK that can go close to a month without speaking to anyone, which in turn leaves them desperately lonely. The holiday season is coming up which is time for families to come together and enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but for some older adults it isn’t the happiest season of all. There are studies that link loneliness physical and mental health problems. This article lists 3 alternatives for seniors to consider this holiday season, so that they are surrounded by good company. These suggestions are based in the UK but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t similar events going on near you.

     

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    https://theconversation.com/three-ways-to-avoid-being-lonely-this-christmas-88721

    Seniors, leaving the house daily may help you live longer

    December 13th, 2017

    When you’re and older adult it may seem that one of the best things to do is to stay within the comforts of your home and avoid any risks or dangers that the outside world may have. Though, this may be slightly true researchers have found going and experiencing the outside world may help you live longer. Staying inside does not only have negative physical effects due to lack of exercise but it also may lead mental health issues as well. Those mental health issues can lead to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. The study was done on a large number of older adults in the age range of 70 to 90 years old. The results showed that older adults that left their homes more often had a lower mortality risk compared to those who didn’t go outside as often. To see more details on the study and deeper look into the results please see the full article. 

     

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    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320158.php

    Loneliness could kill you

    November 28th, 2017

    As the title of this article get straight to the point, loneliness could kill you. This article begins that in North America we glorify being independent and see it as a symbol of strength. As young adults this may be true but as you become and older adult does that independent mentality lead us towards a lonely path as well? According to the article loneliness can shorten your life span by 2 times as much as obesity. Dr. John Cacioppo mentions that being lonely is not associated with the amount of people in your life but the feeling of being lonely that can have negative affects on your health. He also uses the body’s sense of being hungry as a way of viewing the body’s natural reaction to loneliness. This article also shortly explains how the brain and body reacts to loneliness and what the antidote is. To see more details on this topic please see the full article. 

     

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    https://theconversation.com/loneliness-could-kill-you-87217

    Mushrooms may help you fight off aging

    November 28th, 2017

    In the journal Food Chemistry there is a new study that has been published that suggests that there are 2 kinds of antioxidants that are found in mushrooms that can improve health. The lead researcher of this article is Robert Beelman and the author is Michael D. Kalaras. When it comes to those 2 antioxidants mushrooms are already known to be the highest source of those 2. With there being so many different kinds of mushrooms, different types of mushrooms have different amounts of the antioxidants. It is mentioned that more common mushrooms had lesser concentrations of the 2 antioxidants, while other mushrooms are packed with them. There also found a correlation between countries that have higher amounts of the 2 antioxidants in their diets have less neurodegenerative incidences. Though this is just an observation, it is something very interesting to think about. This article also discusses the free radical theory of aging. To see a more in depth view of the information gathered and their results please see the full article. 

     

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    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320034.php