Senior Living Articles

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

Being able to move with ease can lead to a healthier, happier and longer life. Staying active and mobile can decrease the risks to health brought on by obesity. It also has been shown that prolonged sitting can affect health, particularly the heart. Keeping mobile and walking every day can also... Continue Reading >

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting or... Continue Reading >

Silver Smart Technology for Everyday Living assists seniors with “living in place,” not just merely “aging in place.”

There is no doubt that our loved ones prefer to stay in their current homes rather than move into a higher level of care. But there is a significant difference between... Continue Reading >

The footwear seniors choose, including shoes and slippers (or lack thereof) can affect the risk of suffering a fall. In one study, almost 52 percent of those that fell said that at the time, they were either barefoot (18 percent), wearing socks with no shoes (7 percent) or wearing slippers (27... Continue Reading >

Dementia is an overall term that describes symptoms of a decline in thinking skills or memory affecting one’s ability to complete everyday activities. Dementia is associated with brain cell death and damage. This damage affects the ability of brain cells to communicate with one another.... Continue Reading >

Falls are a serious health concern with the senior population. Each year, one in three adults age 65 and over experience a 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 than men, but... Continue Reading >

Speech-language pathologists (SLP) are therapists who provide rehabilitation interventions to individuals who display difficulty with speech, receptive and expressive language and cognitive skills including memory loss. Speech therapists also provide therapeutic interventions to people who... Continue Reading >

A growing number of studies show that activities are generally more effective than medications in the treatment of agitation in older adults, particularly those with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other kinds of memory loss. Here are some examples of simple, evidence-based activities that can... Continue Reading >

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

A common complaint from seniors is that in American society there is far too much focus on youth. We often spend a lot of money attempting to look younger and fighting the natural results of gravity.

Even... Continue Reading >

By: Darla Evans, director of nutritional services, LIFE Programs

Studies show that around 27% of seniors in America are eating less protein than they should in order to maintain good physical health. This statistic is troubling because as we age our physical need for protein... Continue Reading >

As the summer months heat up, it’s imperative to maintain adequate hydration.  Hydration is a term that describes the fluid and electrolyte concentration in the human body.  The level of hydration is dependent on water intake from foods, liquid, metabolism, and water loss from sweating and organ... Continue Reading >

Adults may experience feeding and swallowing problems due to such diseases or disorders as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. Those with cancer of the mouth, throat or esophagus, head or neck injury or decayed or missing teeth may also have... Continue Reading >

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