Having Fun with Fall

Fall is a beautiful time of year. After all, what’s not to like? The weather cools down, Halloween is approaching and people start baking pumpkin-flavored treats. Getting your senior up and out of the house while spending time with loved ones can boost their mood and create wonderful memories. Here are just a few fun activities to consider.

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Heatstroke and Aging

Many people embrace the summer months, but with high temperatures, especially in July and August hydration is more important than ever.

People age 65 and over are especially susceptible to heat stroke. This is a life- threatening condition where the body fails to cool itself to maintain a healthy temperature. The body normally cools itself by sweating, but sometimes sweating is not enough and the temperature keeps rising. Once the body temperature reaches 104 or 105 degrees it becomes much more difficult to bring it down.

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Exercising and Aging

From the time you are born to around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger, at some point in your 30s, you start to lose muscle mass and function. The cause is age-related sarcopenia or sarcopenia with aging which means the progressive loss of skeletal muscle.

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Memory Loss vs. Dementia

We have all misplaced our car keys, drawn a blank on someone’s name that we are familiar with or walked into a room to grab something and then forgotten what we were going to get. When we’re young we don’t pay much attention to these memory lapses but as we get older we worry about what they mean.

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Every-Day Routines

Caring for an aging parent or friend is often a balancing act. Our elderly parents deserve our time, energy and assistance, yet family caregivers may also be working at full time jobs, raising children, and taking care of their own homes, sometimes far away. 

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