senior health

How Older Adults Can Get Better Sleep

For older adults, there could be an endless stream of things preventing optimal sleep at night. As we age it is even more important to consider the health benefits of maintaining healthy sleep patterns. Lack of sleep has been linked to decreased insulin sensitivity, decreased glucose tolerance, and increased hunger and appetite. Poor sleep is […]

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April 13, 2022

Getting Started with Seated Exercise

Have a seat. Today, we’ll be talking about how you can exercise to maintain your fitness and stability as you age – all without leaving your chair. Usually when we think about “exercise,” we think about big dynamic movements or feats of athleticism. However, for those using wheelchairs and walkers, such a level of exertion […]

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March 14, 2022

Health Benefits of Socialization

As we age through life, it’s common to fall out of touch with some friends and family. Of course, healthy relationships are important at every age – but the necessity of socialization for older adults is critical for their overall health. Studies have shown that regular social interactions help keep people physically, mentally, and emotionally […]

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March 2, 2022

Should You Get a Bone Density Test?

It’s quite common for the thickness and strength of our bones to decrease as we age beyond our 50s. However, regular bone density screenings aren’t worthwhile for everyone. Most doctors will not recommend a bone density test unless you have specific risk factors. In this post, we’ll explain how bone density testing works and how […]

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February 22, 2022

Signs of Heart Trouble You Should Watch For

Nearly half of all American adults have some sort of cardiovascular disease. And unfortunately, your risk factors for developing a heart condition increase as you age. For example, your heart can’t beat as fast during physical activity or times of stress as it did when you were younger. Your heart’s valves and walls can become […]

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November 22, 2021

Tips for Healthy Joints

Wear-and-tear on your joints is a natural part of aging. Fortunately, there are many techniques and good habits you can use to help preserve your joints so you can stay active and mobile as you get older. By working closely with your physician and following these tips for healthy joints, you’ll be able to reduce […]

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November 10, 2021

My aging mom needs more care, what should I do?

Dear Miami Jewish Health, My mother is living with me and is, thankfully, an active woman. However, now that she does not drive and is slowing down, she needs more support and socialization than I can provide during the week. She has diabetes and I’ve noticed that it’s getting harder for her to monitor her […]

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October 19, 2021

Sugar Substitutes Explained

While tasty in moderation, too much sugar can be detrimental to your health. Limiting sugar intake is especially important for older adults. Excessive added sugar consumption can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Some studies suggest there may also be a link between sugar consumption and increased the risk of dementia. Fortunately, […]

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August 16, 2021

PACE as an Alternative to Nursing Homes

If you or a loved one is worried about the possibility of needing to move into a nursing home, South Florida’s PACE program, Florida PACE Centers, could be the solution you’re looking for. The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a federally funded Medicare and Medicaid benefit that works as an alternative […]

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July 14, 2021

How Multi-Sensory Stimulation Can Aid Older Adults Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

As we learn more about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, we also discover new evolving therapies to help individuals living with neurocognitive disorders. Multi-sensory stimulation has different benefits for individuals, depending on their condition, current mood, and personal needs. The benefits are so significant that organizations that care for seniors are increasingly creating multi-sensory […]

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