Neurologist Oliver Sacks famously said, “In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical ‘therapy’ to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.”
Health, Aging, Alzheimer's
Did you know that a little sunshine each day can do more than just boost your mood? Even a few minutes of sun exposure a day can help increase your levels of vitamin D, which has been known to help fight off osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, and depression. As we age, our body’s ability to make vitamin D lessens—that’s why vitamin D deficiency is common among seniors.
Health, Senior Living, Therapy Dogs
Animal therapy is beneficial at any age, but seniors may experience additional benefits, especially those living in a senior living community.
The sun’s rays are known to be a mood booster and improve Vitamin D levels. We all want to soak in these benefits and at the same time, make sure that we are maximizing sun safety. Here are some tips for safely enjoying your time outside:
Summer is here, and it is important to make sure you and the people in your life stay hydrated while the temperature continues to rise. As you go outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine, make sure to keep hydration top of mind and take measures to prevent a potential health problem.
We all know the December drill – many of us pack up the kids in the ole minivan and head to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the holidays. Chances are, if you live more than a few hours away, it’s been at least a couple months since you’ve last seen them. If this rings true to what your holiday season looked like, you may have noticed progressive signs of mental decline or physical aging during your visit.
We all want to believe that our parents are invincible – they raised us, right? But this just isn’t the case. Your occasional trips home might amplify the rate at which you realize your parents are having difficulty. Although they may have seemed “all there” and able to get around the house during your trip over Memorial Day weekend, this may not be the case when Christmas rolls around.
It's no secret that wintertime brings happy things like Christmas, holidays and family time – but it also brings a range of health concerns for the elderly. Winters in northern areas of the U.S. are harsh, especially in the state of Washington. Ice, snow and freezing temperatures make life challenging for everyone in the affected areas. Unfortunately, seniors are more susceptible to feeling the effects of winter mentally and physically.
Music is one of the most powerful art forms that can transform your mood and bring people together. If you reflect on some of your greatest experiences, you’ll probably remember that music was also present in those moments. Although it’s common to have different preferences in music, it is rare to meet a person who dislikes music altogether!
Health, Aging, Senior Living
It’s uncharted territory for all of us, and unlike that time when you were really excited to turn 18 or 21, birthdays aren’t always so fun. Your back may hurt, you don’t remember where you left your keys and your metabolism just isn’t what it used to be.
Happiness isn’t a guarantee, and many seniors experience depression as they age. In fact, it’s estimated that 7 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65 suffer from depression. The good news is that simple changes in lifestyle can make huge leaps in a person’s state of mind. So how can seniors age happily?