Meditation and Music
In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, a West Virginia University research team lead by Dr. Kim Innes found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical memory loss. Meditation and music, as i have often said, do work. Particularly music. I see it my live programs and the streaming concerts I bring into people’s homes. People come alive when you play.
5 Reasons Why You Should Understand Caregiver Stress
Caregiver stress – a topic often left unspoken, particularly with the emotions involved. Most especially for family caregivers, with guilt and confusion settling in when the line of duty and personal time seems to blur.
As such, identifying several reasons on why and what stress is will help create an awareness that’ll not only lighten the burden that caregivers have, but give a clearer understanding for recipients on how they can contribute to better family caregiving support as well.
Dietary Factors Associated with Substantial Proportion of Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes.
Fewer Overweight Adults Report Trying to Lose Weight.
Nearly half of all deaths due to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 were associated with sub-optimal dietary habits and being overweight, according to a study appearing in JAMA.
Renata Micha, R.D., Ph.D., of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, and colleagues examined mortality due to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes in 2012 and the consumption of 10 foods/nutrients associated with cardiometabolic diseases: fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, unprocessed red meats, processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), polyunsaturated fats, seafood omega-3 fats, and sodium.
Stannah Stairlifts OffersI Interactive, Printable Calendar to Encourage Active Lifestyle Among Seniors
Many adults over the age of 65 spend, on average, more than 10 hours each day either sitting or lying down. Scientists have discovered this inactivity may increase risk of chronic issues or exacerbate pre-existing conditions. May is Older Americans Month and Stannah Stairlifts is encouraging seniors to combat this sedentary lifestyle with its Senior Active Living Calendar.
This interactive, printable calendar is available at stannah-stairlifts.com and offers unique ideas and inspiration to help seniors increase daily activity. Participants can easily track their progress directly on the calendar, and weekly challenges are offered for those looking to test their ability.
With this initiative, seniors are taking the first step in preventing, or delaying, complications such as arthritis, heart conditions, high blood pressure or diabetes. An active lifestyle has also been shown to increase memory function and overall well-being.
The Senior Active Living Calendar was designed to help seniors across America realize the tremendous physical and mental benefits of an active lifestyle. While some seniors may struggle due to limited mobility, these individuals are urged to avoid being discouraged as any attempt toward increasing activity, no matter how big or small, is a success.
Older Americans Month culminates on National Senior Health and Fitness Day (May 31), the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults. Senior Active Living Calendar participants can use this holiday as a natural deadline for any personal goals set throughout the month.
Stannah advises all seniors to consult with a doctor before beginning this program and avoid climbing stairs as a form of exercise as this is an unsafe activity that poses significant risk to the elderly, especially those who use a stairlift or require any form of walking assistance.
For more information please visit stannah-stairlifts.com or call 1-888-897-6543.
Editors Note – Stannah is a great partner to The Aging Experience and that is why we publish their information to help senior live an active lifestyle.)
Growing Older Getting Better
There are numerous stereotypes about growing older. Most are not good and speak to depression and deterioration. Yet there are so many stories of positive aging and we can see them right in front of us in our communities every day. We each most take up the mantle to spread the word about positive aging. Who do you know in your community who is a great example of getting better as we age. Tell their story and take inspiration in it for your own life.