Notes On Healthy Aging

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December 4, 2023

The Role of Lifestyle in Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

As we age, our odds increase for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. While there are some risk factors outside of our control (like age and genetics), others are determined by our lifestyle choices. Here are some of the potentially modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

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November 27, 2023

Benefits of Aging in Place

Nearly 93% of older adults want to age in place, based on a study by the U.S. News & World Report. “Aging in place” is defined as the ability to live in your own home safely, independently, and comfortably. People often want to stay in their current residence because it’s where they feel the most at ease.

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November 13, 2023

Kidney Diet Tips for Senior Health

Our kidneys are designed to help our body chemicals stay balanced. They regulate salt, potassium, and acid content. Waste and excess fluids are also removed from our bodies with help from the kidneys.

A healthy diet is one of the most powerful ways aging adults and their caregivers can help support kidney function. Proper nutrition is especially critical for those managing chronic kidney disease, which occurs when the kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood like they should.

Follow these kidney diet tips to help support overall health.

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October 24, 2023

The Link Between Alcohol and Dementia

There are several factors that can increase your risk of dementia, such as age, family history, race, poor heart health, or traumatic brain injury. One concern that has also emerged is the potential link between alcohol consumption and the risk of dementia.

Find out what the research says — and the actions you can take to mitigate your risk.

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October 19, 2023

Breast Cancer Awareness for Seniors

On average, women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. As women age, their likelihood of developing breast cancer also increases. There is no absolute way to prevent breast cancer. However, there are steps that may lessen your risk and aid in early detection.

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October 16, 2023

Osteoporosis Prevention for Seniors

A healthy body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new bone. In some people, however, more bone is broken down than replaced due to a medical condition called “osteoporosis,” which causes bones to weaken and become more susceptible to breaks. Follow these tips to improve your bone health and enjoy more years of independent living.

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September 25, 2023

Tips for Cutting Back on Sugar

In the U.S., adults consume an average of 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day, which is more than two to three times the recommended limit for men and women, according to the American Heart Association. Follow these tips to cut back on sugar.

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September 18, 2023

4 Signs it Might be Time for Assisted Living

Seven out of 10 people need assisted living facilities at some point in their life, according to Consumer Affairs. But how do you know when it’s time to make the transition from independent living to assisted living? The answer is different for everyone. However, there are signs that may indicate an aging adult needs more support for their own well-being and safety.

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August 29, 2023

What to Look for When Choosing an Independent Living Community

Senior independent living communities vary in the amenities, services, and socialization opportunities they offer, so you’ll want to do your research before choosing where to spend your golden years. To help you find an independent living community that is a good fit, we’ll review some important community features and questions to ask when evaluating them.

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August 22, 2023

What is an Assisted Living Facility

If your aging family member struggles with everyday tasks, medication management, or mobility, it’s time to reevaluate their living situation. An assisted living facility can provide help with activities of daily living (ADL), such as dressing, personal hygiene, and eating, while also offering opportunities for socialization, assistance with housekeeping, and other benefits.

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