Elderly Gardening

Hobbies for Seniors to Try this New Year

Ah, retirement. After decades of hard work and saving up, now you can sit back and spend glorious days of rest and relaxation, with a lot of free time to do whatever you want. Some people may find that without a job, the sudden amount of free time can be staggering. It can be certainly be boring, but it doesn’t have to be! There are so many possible hobbies and activities to do, depending on your interest, personality, and preferences.

Medication Management

Medication Management for the Elderly

Anti-hypertensives, anti-hyperglycemic agents, medications for increased blood cholesterol, pain relievers… There are many diseases that age predisposes to. As such, it is no surprise that elderly people, especially those with chronic illnesses, have a lot of maintenance medications. This can have a number of possible negative consequences. Managing medications may be daunting, but effective management is key to you and your loved one’s independence and quality of life.

Listening

All Ears: Hearing Loss in the Elderly

Have you noticed that your elderly loved one keeps asking you to repeat what others say, turning up the volume of the radio or television, recognizing sounds in the background (such as birds chirping or doorbells), and speaks more loudly than necessary? If you have, then your loved one may be having hearing loss.

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Better Bone Health in the Elderly

Throughout life, there is continuous remodeling of bone, as bone is being lost and renewed. However, due to aging, more bone is lost than renewed, resulting in lower bone density than normal. This makes bones thin and weak, especially in wrist, spine and hip. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut warning signs for osteoporosis until your loved one suffers from a fracture or has a noticeable stoop and change in posture.