Articles tagged with: Risk & Warning Signs

What are Warning Signs that Aging Parents Need Help?

Posted by: The Bristal

Most seniors want to live independently as long as they are able, but the time may come when your aging parents need more help. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious when that time does come.

For example, you may wonder whether a loved one is experiencing memory loss—or simply the normal forgetfulness that occurs with aging. You may wonder if a parent needs to move from home to an assisted living community, or whether some other residential setting might be a better option.

Communicating with your aging parents may also pose a challenge. Many … read more

Posted in: Caregiving & Family
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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

Posted in: Lifestyle Blog
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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 affect 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

Perform tasks in proper lighting
Limit time spent looking at anything for an extended period of … read more

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Normal Aging or Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s?

Posted by: The Bristal

In our fast-paced society, it is all too easy to forget a few things in the course of a day. It might be to drop off a check for a child’s field trip or pick up milk for home. However, when an aging loved one begins to exhibit some of the symptoms and behaviors commonly associated with dementia like forgetfulness, you might find yourself wondering if this is a normal part of the aging process or something more serious. Adult children commonly make a quick leap to Alzheimer’s disease. There are, in fact, other treatable conditions that can mimic … read more

Posted in: Alzheimer’s & Memory Care
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