New research shows that 30 minutes of low-intensity physical activity a day can help older adults live longer. Low-intensity exercise can also improve flexibility, balance, muscle strength and depression, while reducing the risk of injuries. Low-intensity, low-impact activities like walking, tai chi, yoga, aquatics and dancing offer multiple health benefits, and are safe, accessible and sustainable for seniors.
Older adults are more likely to get dehydrated due to a decreased sense of thirst, kidneys that no longer work as well or medications that cause fluid loss. Dehydration can lead to falls and dangerous complications, such as a rapid or irregular heart rate, or fainting. You can prevent dehydration by sipping water regularly, drinking before you feel thirsty, and consuming extra fluids in warm weather and during physical activity.
Over half of Canadian seniors have hypertension and five of the top 10 drugs used by older adults are for treating high blood pressure. Healthy lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of developing hypertension or help lower high blood pressure and the amount of medication needed. Losing extra weight, being physically active, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and reducing stress all help keep blood pressure down.
t turns out that eating alone isn’t always the best for our health. A long-term British study led by a Canadian researcher found that participants aged 50+ who lived and dined alone ate a smaller variety of fruits and vegetables (i.e., a less healthy diet) than those who lived with a partner. Those who didn’t enjoy a fulsome social life and had little contact with friends also suffered from a poorer diet than their more socially-engaged counterparts.
Given all of the emotions around money, as an adult child, how can you approach the financial talk with your parent to ensure the greatest likelihood of an effective and harmonious conversation?
Walking is an easy, enjoyable form of exercise that offers multiple health benefits. Studies show that regular walking reduces the risk of dying prematurely and developing a disability that affects your quality of life. It also boosts your mood, keeps your heart healthy, strengthens your bones and protects your memory.
While traditional health wisdom has always touted the benefits of getting enough sleep—along with a healthy diet and exercise—science now backs that up. For older adults, a decreased risk of heart attack and stroke, along with improved memory and a myriad of other benefits, all come with quality sleep.
Older adults are more vulnerable to conditions such as gum disease, dry mouth and sensitive teeth. Take good care of your gums by brushing and flossing twice daily, and sip water often to relieve dry mouth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid acidic food and drinks to ease pain from sensitive teeth. Dentures and implants also need good daily care, just like regular teeth.
Chartwell Harbours residents Gerry and Flo, who have been together for well-over half a century, prove true love exists. Their relationship has defined them since they were both children—based on devotion, respect and compromise—and is a true inspiration to their friends, family and fellow residents at their retirement community in Calgary.
If you were to ask an adult child if they would like their parent to have companionship in their later years, he or she would likely say “yes.” However, most just don’t expect that companionship to come in the form of their parent dating! From experience with my clients, I have found that if a parent has a romantic relationship in their later years, it can be an uncomfortable change for their adult children. It stirs up surprising emotions and is an Essential Conversation most people don’t want to have – parent or adult child! So what is all this discomfort about and how can we get through this with more ease and harmony?