Senior Living Articles

Below is a list of articles that you may find helpful.

Falls are a serious health concern with the senior population. Each year, one in three adults aged 65 and older fall. Every 18 seconds, an adult goes to the emergency room due to a fall and falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions. Women are more likely to fall, but men are more likely... Continue Reading >

by: Karen Ostrosky, physical therapist, LIFE Butler County

Pain is a signal that your body sends to your mind, alerting you that you need to take action.

What makes existing pain worse?

There are several eye conditions that can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Occupational therapists... Continue Reading >

Many seniors deal with a number of health problems related to aging. One in particular is not getting enough healthy sleep.

It’s not the advancing of age that keeps seniors from a good night’s rest, but various sleep disorders or sleep disturbances that often come with age. As we get... Continue Reading >

By: Christine Wissner, social services manager, LIFE Beaver County

The winter months and cold weather can increase the risk of loneliness in many of us, particularly older adults. Many folks also have increased feelings of anxiety and depression during the cold, dark days of... Continue Reading >

At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the last 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. However, for some people, back pain can return or linger, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to... Continue Reading >

 

When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite and falls in ice and snow. Here are a few precautions everyone should take this time of year, especially older adults.

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by Helenkay Smith, MS, RDN, LDN, Fitness and Wellness Center at Passavant Community

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million more are at risk.

If you have been told you have diabetes, it is in your best interest to... Continue Reading >

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is commonly known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. According to the National Institute on Health (NIH), COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major contributor to long term disability. People with COPD suffer with chronic cough... Continue Reading >

The majority of dementia cases are due to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease affecting brain cell quality and ability to communicate.

Throughout the stages of the disease, trained therapists can help maintain patient safety and quality of life as well as... Continue Reading >

Can’t find your keys? Forget what’s on your grocery list? You’re not alone. We all forget things occasionally. Although there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing memory loss, memory tricks can be helpful. Consider even simple ways from the Mayo Clinic to sharpen your memory – and know... Continue Reading >

By: Jean Gartner, RN, director of Clinic & Home Care Services, LIFE Butler County

As the weather heats up, seniors should try to keep cool to avoid heat stress and potential complications like heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heart failure and stroke.

Heat and high... Continue Reading >

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