After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, the start of spring is like a breath of fresh air. Spending time outside is good for the body and soul alike. That first afternoon spent in the warm spring sunshine can lift your spirits like almost nothing else can. We’ll take any and every excuse to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, but here are a few of our favorite springtime activities for seniors.
Nutrition has far-reaching effects on our wellbeing, influencing everything from physical health to mood to energy levels and even cognitive function. As we age, nutrition has an even greater impact on our quality of life. Unfortunately, due to the myriad physiologic and lifestyle changes that accompany aging, many seniors don’t maintain a sufficiently healthy diet or consume the quality of nutrition they need to feel their best.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. While glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness, many people don’t realize they have the disease until it is too late because glaucoma doesn’t show symptoms. Spreading awareness about the importance of regular vision will help more people receive treatment while the disease is still in its early stages.
Today is the 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors? Falls aren’t just a concern during the slippery winter months. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), 1 in 3 Americans over age 65 falls every year and a senior visits the ER for a fall-related injury every 13 seconds. Preventing falls is a critical element of healthy aging. Falls are not an inevitable fact of life for older adults—in fact, most falls are preventable! Through lifestyle adjustments, environmental precautions, and community support the incidence of falls can be reduced significantly.
The holidays are a joyous time of celebration and togetherness, but they can also involve stressors that make the season a challenging time for seniors. Disruptions to routine, memories of loved ones lost, and circumstances that limit participation in festivities can all be sources of stress, isolation, or depression.