Articles tagged with: Health

February Is American Heart Month: Heart-Healthy Tips

Posted by: The Bristal

February is American Heart Month, putting a spotlight on an issue that is of special concern to older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. And, unsurprisingly, American Heart Association statistics show that about 66% of cardiovascular deaths occur in people age 75 and older.

As we get older, changes take place in the heart and blood vessels that make us more susceptible to heart disease, as the National Institute on Aging explains. For example, blood vessels may stiffen, heart valves may … read more

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A Look at Senior Eye Health

Posted by: The Bristal

As we age, it is natural for vision changes to occur. As a result, some people may struggle to see as clearly as they did when they were younger. Regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist help keep eyes healthy by uncovering certain conditions that can seriously impair sight, including the following:

Cataracts. Cloudy areas in the lens of the eye, cataracts usually form slowly. Some may become large or thick and impair vision. In these cases, the cataracts can usually be removed by surgery.
Dry Eye. This condition occurs when tear glands do not produce enough tears. It can cause itching, burning … read more

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Why Vitamin D Is Important for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in certain foods, including fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil. It is also available as a dietary supplement. According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin D’s primary role is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, and assist the body in absorbing calcium, which forms and maintains strong bones. It thus plays a vital role in protecting older adults from osteoporosis, and may also help protect against high blood pressure, cancer and other diseases.

This vitamin is a critical nutrient … read more

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Ways You Can Celebrate Active Aging Week

Posted by: The Bristal

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) will kick off its annual Active Aging Week on September 25, 2016, a week of activities designed to encourage participants to celebrate aging and engage in wellness activities. Active Aging Week is meant to prove that regardless of age or health, seniors can live fully and embrace overall wellness. This year’s theme is “Explore the possibilities” and the campaign will encourage exploration and open mindedness.

Throughout the week, each day will center on a certain theme, designed to help participants focus their energy on one specific aspect of active aging. Some of the ICAA’s … read more

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The Importance of Staying Hydrated for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Dehydration occurs when a person uses or loses more fluid than is consumed, and the body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. It is especially important that seniors pay attention to keeping hydrated since it can lead to delirium, infections or worse. Staying hydrated for seniors can be simple and may help prevent the need to go to the hospital.

Dehydration and Seniors

There are many factors which determine how much of our bodies are made up of water, such as gender, weight and percentage of body fat. But, in general, as we … read more

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7 Tips for Longevity Backed by Research

Posted by: The Bristal

Few segments of the American population are growing faster than centenarians. By 2040, the current U.S. centenarian population of 84,000 (which includes The Bristal at Armonk resident, Marian Henry, who recently celebrated her 107th birthday) is expected to reach 580,000 – a seven-fold increase. With more people living into the triple-digits than ever before, the dream of living longer and aging healthier is alive and well for the active senior. We collected research from the latest studies to bring you seven tips for longevity.

1. Eat a healthy diet.

Experts agree that one of … read more

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Celebrate Active Aging: First Annual Go4Life Month

Posted by: The Bristal

Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to encourage adults over 50 to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their lives. The federal campaign is based on research which shows that exercise helps people remain healthy, stay independent and prevent chronic conditions that may come with age.

The campaign provides exercises, success stories and free materials to motivate seniors to add more physical activity to their everyday lives. Research shows that adults become less active as they age. (Surprisingly, only about 30 percent of people 45-64 … read more

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Skin Care and Aging: How to Care for Your Skin as You Age

Posted by: The Bristal

Americans spend billions of dollars a year trying to look younger. Skin care and aging has become a very profitable industry. What many people aren’t aware of, however, is how our everyday activities contribute to the condition of our skin. Everything from sun exposure to a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle can make you look older.

Hidden Causes of Wrinkles

There are a few well-known causes of wrinkles at any age. The two most obvious are too much exposure to the sun and smoking. Both can cause premature aging. Other lesser-known causes of wrinkles include:

• Sedentary lifestyle. Exercising just … read more

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Osteoporosis in Men: Risk & Prevention

Posted by: The Bristal

Osteoporosis is often thought of as a woman’s disease. It is the cause of one in three women suffering a broken bone during their lifetime. What isn’t talked about as often, however, is just how dangerous osteoporosis can be for men. The rate of osteoporosis among men increases to near that of women as they grow older, but the danger is significantly greater. Complications and mortality related to hip fractures are three times higher for men than women.

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis in Men

How can you determine if you or your senior loved one is at risk for … read more

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How to Take Care of Your Senses

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

As we age our senses become less sharp and effect how we interpret our surroundings. The loss of our senses can cause frustration, lack of self worth, isolation and possibly lead to injuries from falls.

Some sensory loss can be avoided. Let’s take it sense by sense.

Sight

When you reach your forties, the natural flexibility of the lens may change and become more rigid making it more difficult to see up close. This is called Presbyopia. Various health issues may also affect your eyesight.

Protect Your Eyesight

• Avoid eye strain

o Perform tasks in proper lighting.

o Limit … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part IV: New Friendships

Posted by: The Bristal

Building a Strong Social Network as an Older Adult

As we grow older, we often experience losses. It might be a spouse, a close friend or even the loss of our health. These changes often require us to find ways to make new friends and learn new hobbies on our own. “The Bronx Aging” study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showcased just how important it is for us to do so. Researchers found that participating in leisure activities can help improve physical fitness and … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part III: Social Media & Gaming

Posted by: The Bristal

Social Media and Electronic Games for Older Adults

In the third segment of our Staying Social Later In Life series we explore the growing trend of older adults using electronic games and social media. Aging experts have been promoting the importance of playing games and taking on new challenges as a form of brain aerobics for many years now. Both help to keep you more mentally and physically fit, as well as provide you with the opportunity to stay connected with grandchildren and the younger generation.

Scientists believe these activities are good ones to participate in because they require you to … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part II: Outdoor Activities

Posted by: The Bristal

Enjoying the Outdoors and Reaping the Benefits

We are continuing our series on staying socially active later in life. This week we are sharing ideas on outdoor activities seniors can enjoy. In addition to the social benefits derived from these pastimes, there are also health benefits. Being active in the fresh air can help to decrease rates of depression, stimulate memory, decrease stress and reduce muscle and joint pain.

Outdoor Games and Activities for Seniors to Enjoy

From yard games to organized group activities, heading outdoors is a great way to exercise and engage your senses. If you haven’t been physically active … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part I: The Good Old-Fashioned Way

Posted by: The Bristal

Benefits of Staying Social as You Age

We are pleased to kick-off a new series: Staying Social Later In Life. Over the next few weeks we will share ideas on what you can do to stay physically and socially active later in life. We’ll explore topics ranging from the brain health benefits of playing board games to the importance of making new friends as you grow older. Experts call this “productive aging.”

According to a 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, engaging in the right leisure activities can keep brain cells stimulated and cognitive skills … read more

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Tips for Staying Healthy During the Summer Months.

Posted by: The Bristal

The hot, humid months of summer can present unique challenges for seniors. There are a variety of potential problems you need to be on the lookout for this summer ranging from sun poisoning to a heat stroke. We thought it would be helpful if we shared a few senior citizen summer safety tips as we head toward the official start of summer.

Tips for Staying Safe During the Summer Months

1. Stay hydrated. You’ve probably heard and read plenty of times by now that health experts recommend drinking eight glasses of water every day. In the hazy days of … read more

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