Fats and oils are part of a healthy diet and play many important roles in the body. Healthy fats provide energy and are a carrier of essential nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, K, and carotenoids. But many older adults have been told to decrease the amount of fat in their diets and are confused about what to do. Continue reading
As the face of the Senior Citizen changes, it is helpful to understand facts about the Senior Citizen in your life. The following are some facts that may help you better understand your loved one.
11.3 million is the number of seniors 65 and older are engaging in exercise of one form or another. Exercise walking is by far the most popular sports activity for seniors (and for younger adults), followed by exercising with equipment, net fishing, camping, golf and swimming.
As the oldest baby boomers become senior citizens in 2011, the percentage of people 65 and older is projected to grow faster than any other age group. In fact, 26 states are projected to double their 65+ populations between 2000 and 2030.
About one third of the elder population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually. About half (53%) of the older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall within six months.
Only 3.6% of people over 65 years old are in nursing homes. Elderly men are likely to live with a spouse while elderly women are more likely to live alone.
By age 75, about 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women don’t get ANY physical activity. You can keep seniors fit by hosting a dance class at your local senior center!
According to the data compiled by the Social Security Administration, a man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 84.3. A woman turning age 65 today can expect to live 86.6.
The ratio of women to men over 65 years old is 100 to 76. The ratio of women to men over 85 years old is 100 to 49.
5 million is the number of seniors age 65 and older who have jobs.
78 percent – Percentage of householders age 65 and older who own a motor vehicle.
These are just a few facts on being a senior citizen, and perhaps they will help you, the caregiver understand their needs and give you a bit of insight into their world.
We are all aware of the truths that seem to point to loneliness and depression in Senior Citizens, and how, as family members and caregivers we should be on the lookout for indicators that our loved ones may be struggling.
However, a growing shift has made itself apparent in our time as more and more senior citizens are choosing to live their ‘golden years’ out in experiences. Happiness is more strongly associated with meaningful experiences than the accumulation of possessions. The iconic American Dream to own a home, have 2.5 children, a nice car, and a sizeable nest egg appeals for inherent reasons, but the ability to continue to make memories with either a spouse, family members, or friends is a growing trend in the lives of many seniors today.
Experiences can be as simple as taking the grandchildren to the beach, or traveling to an unexplored (for them) location. If your loved one has the ability to get out on their own, let them. Try not to be concerned about their ability to drive ‘that far’ on their own. Perhaps they want to experience something new. While the natural response is to say, not at your age, allow them the ability to do that thing, and perhaps even go with them.
One study shows that when people perceived they had less time left, they found greater happiness in ordinary experiences than younger individuals who perceived they had significant amounts of time ahead of them and who found greater happiness in the extraordinary.
The truth is, the older we get, we do gain more wisdom. We have learned that life experience gives you perspective. You know the downs don’t last, and the ups don’t last. As a result, experiences, or those things that make us happy, begin to shift also.
Encourage them to go out and live life, and perhaps any loneliness or depression you were seeing will begin to disappear. Being active at any age, and especially in seniors, is proven to have a positive effect on our mood and our health.
Let them enjoy the moment, and enjoy it with them.
Now that summer is here, we will be spending more of our time out-of-doors and having our windows open to let the fresh air in. Of course, there are many who cannot take the heat or where it’s just so oppressive that keeping a window open is impossible and the air conditioner comes on.
There are many steps that you can take to clear out potential toxins in your home and make it cleaner and healthier. Here are some of the steps we take in our living, eating and overall home environment to live healthier:
- Fresh fruit is the best for your health and well-being, but make certain you wash all fruits and vegetables before you eat them. When you consider the miles your produce may have traveled and the number of people who may have handled it before it reaches your table, it makes sense to wash it thoroughly before eating it.
- It’s healthier to use glass than plastic. Plastic is a convenience product, but the FDA completed a study that found plastic bottles contain small amounts of BPA – they are safe to use, but if you have glass, that is even safer. Be aware though that heating plastic can release the BPA and can lead to health concerns for some people. If you’re going to use plastic for food storage and heating, choose items labeled BPA-free
- Go green by making your own household cleansers. It’s easy to make all-natural cleaning products and it will also save you money. Baking soda, white vinegar and water can be easily mixed together and used to clean appliances, bath tubs and sinks and even be used as a cleanser for your tables.
- The best way to be healthy at home is by opening your windows and doors and letting the fresh air and sunshine inside! If your home has been closed up for the winter, now is the time to take advantage of the warmer weather and simply air it out.
- Run your appliances at night when the sun has gone down and the heat abates. Running your dishwasher or your washer and dryer after the sun has gone down will help keep your home cooler during the day and could even save you money by using appliances after peak energy hours.
Opening the windows and blinds in the morning is a great way to take advantage of the cooler air and closing them in the afternoon will help preserve the coolness you’ve drawn in. Enjoy the warm summer months ahead!