The holiday season brings with it colds and flu. For seniors this is a major concern, because during most flu seasons in the United States, an estimated 90% of flu-related deaths and 50% to 60% of flu-related illnesses occur in people aged 65 or older. Flu immunization, healthy eating and exercise are significant ways to prevent and help the immune system ward off respiratory illnesses. But there is still concern when people, especially seniors, spend 90% of their time indoors. This environment can greatly affect the immune system. So, for your gift-giving or for your per…
When you’re the young and the restless, you truly believe image is everything. You do what it takes to have that fit-looking body. Then, when you come to the awareness that you have one life to live or all your children are grown-up and have moved away, your health becomes everything. You realize your health may be all you can depend on. You need the guiding light of wisdom to help you navigate this never-before-seen terrain of aging. On this terrain your health is your telescope that you will use to see your prospective self into the future. Therefore your health is your…
It was a rainy fall day. I sat by my window longing for some respite in the weather so that I could go to the gym. It finally came. I quickly got dressed, packed my bag, and headed for the gym. There I met Margarite, my 74-year-old friend, who had just finished exercising.
“It’s a beautiful rainy fall day,” I chimed.
Margarite didn’t agree and quickly corrected me: “There is nothing beautiful about all the rain that’s been flooding people’s homes.”
I was taken aback, but I was not going to let it go so easily. “Well, I am grateful for the rain. I …
Here’s an eye-opening stat about glaucoma: three-quarters (75%) of the individuals who are legally blind due to this disease are seniors.
That’s according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
That means those over the age of 65 should be extra vigilant to spot and react quickly to any potential symptoms of this all-to-common disease.
Glaucoma is a broad term used to describe a group of conditions that take place when the optic nerve and, in turn, your vision is damaged. What’s more, there are different forms of glaucoma such as angle-closure glaucoma a…
Sometimes aging brings on its own stresses as hormones change. Consider weight gain: menopause in women and andropause in men can trigger it. And the condition can be worsened if stress is present. Why? When you experience stress at the same time your body is undergoing biological change, the discord can be manifested in weight gain. Therefore, managing your hormones and stress level is important to maintaining a healthy weight. And a healthy weight is an essential part of harmony.
Harmony is another word for balance. In music, harmony means the sound of two or more no…