Oral health is very important for seniors and here are three reasons why.
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According to recent studies, 8 percent of all caregivers over the age of 18 are grandchildren caring for their grandparents. More and more young adults are becoming caregivers for their grandparents. AARP states that the 85-plus population is the fastest growing age category. Adults are living longer, which means grandchildren become prime caregiving candidates.
One thing is for sure, retirement doesn't look like it used to. This is definitely true for the baby boomers. They are doing some pretty awesome things in their retirement and really shaping that way that retirement is viewed. Here are three ways that they are doing this.
A member of the mint family, basil is one of the healthiest herbs you can grow. It's rich in vitamins A, C, and K, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It's also full of antioxidants, including essential anthocyanins and flavonoids. Basil is particularly high in the flavonoids zeaxanthin and lutein which, along with vitamin A, helps protect against age-related macular disease (AMRD).
Mother Nature can certainly deliver great and powerful storms that can wreak havoc for a few hours or even a few days. In times of emergency, it's smart to be prepared well beforehand rather than stressing about it while it's happening. By having an action plan for seniors to follow in case of power outages or evacuations, seniors and caregivers can both feel at ease knowing they're taken care of and have a course of action to follow.
Hospitals Can Be Frustrating Places: Being in the hospital is not a particularly fun experience for anyone, but many times seniors can feel like they end up in the hospital at every other turn, especially if illnesses are a common problem. At times, it can feel like seniors have no control over what happens to them while they are in the hospital, nor can they determine when they are getting out of the hospital.
According to a published study from the Journal of Hospital Medicine, 1 in 3 hospitalized patients shows symptoms of depression. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry and Department of Medicine analyzed 20 different studies on depression screenings. The data revealed that overall 33 percent of patients display symptoms of depression, which include feeling down, hopelessness, loss of interest activities or things they once enjoyed and changes in sleep and loss of appetite. Sadly, depression impacts the patient's outcome and the likelihood of making a recovery.
The senior years bring many challenges, sometimes in the form of serious illnesses. But whether these illnesses are chronic or acute, the effect they have on life has a broad scope. This is where palliative care comes in. If you have never heard of it, here are a few of the reasons seniors are benefiting from it.