Skin Cancer Prevention Tips for Seniors Learn more about the importance of implementing sun protection steps into one’s everyday routine: Sunscreen – Sunscreen is a first line of defense that should be used daily. Even when outside, but not in the direct sun, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 should be applied liberally to all areas of exposed skin and reapplied every few hours, and/or after swimming, perspiring, or toweling off. Most sunscreen has an expiration date, and the shelf life is approximately three years. Hat and Protective Clothing – Wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved pants and shirts can provide older adults [...]
Learn how medication side effects in seniors can be similar to dementia symptoms. Confusion. Disorientation. Memory loss. While these are definitely symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other types of dementia, they can also be triggered by medication side effects in seniors. Before automatically assuming an inevitable diagnosis of dementia, review the following list of prescription medications that can cause similar side effects. Pain Medications Opioids specifically are reported to cause short-term memory loss. The good news is that the problem is typically resolved once pain remedies are no longer being taken. Acetylcholine Blockers Prescribed by doctors for insomnia, IBS, urinary [...]
Under ordinary circumstances, elderly individuals who live independently are encouraged to stay socially active because it provides them with many health benefits. However, Americans of all ages are currently at risk for being exposed to coronavirus, or “COVID-19”. For that reason, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released preventative guidelines, including the practice of “social distancing”.
One-in-four older Americans trip and fall every year, and falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in the elderly population. If you’re currently caring for an aging in place loved one, helping them avoid a trip and fall will go more smoothly when using these prevention tips.
No matter where you live, you’re going to get some nasty weather from time-to-time. Inclement weather can take many forms, including tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, high winds and heavy snowfalls. Harsh weather can be especially hard on those aged 65-and-over who also live alone.