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Importance of Keeping Active for Seniors

Smiling senior people doing stretching exercise while sitting on exercise mats

A lot of seniors lose their mobility as they age, which is why it is necessary to encourage them to keep exercising.

More than 50% of senior citizens spend at least 8.5 hours a day sedentary. Many senior citizens lose their mobility as they age, so exercise for seniors is essential to keep them healthy for as long as possible.

Here are a few benefits exercising can give seniors:

  1. It helps with arthritis. Regular exercise lubricates your joints, which can help reduce any stiffness and pain that people with arthritis experience. On top of that, regular exercise can reduce your chances of becoming obese, which is a risk factor for arthritis.
  2. It can help with heart disease. By continuing to exercise later in life, you can reduce the risk of heart disease or better manage any existing heart issues.
  3. It boosts your mood. Depression is an issue that plagues many people, but it can be prevalent in adults, especially for senior citizens who may live alone or have lost loved ones. Fortunately, exercise can have a great effect on personal mood, and help address mental health issues like depression.
  4. It can slow down the effects of dementia. Exercise can greatly slow down the mental decline that comes with dementia. Moderate to intense exercise can help lower the risk of mental health decline and even prevent future cognitive health issues.
  5. It can help improve bone health. Weight training and muscle-strengthening exercises can do wonders for bone health. In fact, they can reduce the risk of health problems like osteoporosis and osteopenia. This makes exercise great for anyone who wants to keep their bones healthy.

Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Seniors

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Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively impact your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary kind) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease. Of course, it depends on the quality of the chocolate you buy — if it is high-quality dark chocolate then it definitely is nutritious, containing a decent amount of soluble fiber and minerals.

Dark chocolate can play the following roles for you and your health:

  1. It is a powerful source of antioxidants
  2. It may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure
  3. Raises HDL and protects LDL from Oxidation
  4. May reduce your risks of heart disease
  5. Lastly, improve brain function

There is considerable evidence that can support how powerful cocoa can be for our health being especially protective against heart disease. Of course, this does not mean you should go all out and consume lots of it every day. Too much of a good thing is bad. Chocolate is still loaded with calories and it can be easy to overeat.

A sizeable amount — maybe one square or two after dinner — is enough chocolate to last you the day. Try to savor it for as long as you can! If you want the benefits of cocoa without the calories, consider making a hot cup of cocoa and skipping the sugar or cream.

You can shop for dark chocolate at local grocers or online.

Senior Eye-Health Month

Close-up of an optometrist doing sight testing for senior patient

It’s normal for our vision to change as we get older. With proper eye-care, we can manage the way these changes affect our lives and the way we live it. You might just need new glasses, contact lenses, or better lighting in your house.

To make sure, it is important that you get an annual exam with your doctor to know if you are experiencing any symptoms and signs of the following eye-related conditions:
Skin Conditions Typical of the Senior Population

  1. Presbyopia – when your eyes start having trouble focusing on objects that are close up; they may also entail headaches due to eye-strain
  2. Cataracts – entails blurry, cloudy, or dim vision; at earlier stages, simply changing your eyeglass or contact lens prescription is all you need
  3. Floaters – these are shadows of vitreous, which is the gel-like substance that makes the eye round, cast on the retina; they can appear as spots, threadlike strands, or squiggly lines that drift around, even when your eye stops moving
  4. Dry eyes – this can happen at any age, but are more common in people older than 65; this condition can also be an after-effect of hormonal changes that take place in the body as we age

Apart from the changes in the quality of your eyesight, there are other physical changes that may simultaneously occur. Pupils get smaller and may not open as wide as they did before. Eyelids may also droop and become inflamed.

You can get advice from your home care provider about the steps you can take in preserving your eyesight.

A Short Guide on Senior Skin Care

a woman and elderly man looking at the tablet

Seniors are more susceptible to skin disease and infection because of the many changes their skin undergoes as they age. Aging challenges can manifest in the form of less supple, drier, and thinner skin. An elderly individual’s skin gets wounded more easily and recovers slowly.

Lowenhill Home Care Services is committed to delivering top-notch, holistic care that addresses every single one of your senior loved one’s unique needs at home. We provide you this short guide on skin care to comprehensively prepare for the impact that aging can have on a senior’s skin. This guide will also help you prevent and navigate the many skin issues that could stand in the way of a high quality of life for the people you love.

Skin Conditions Typical of the Senior Population

  • Viral skin disorders. Your senior loved ones could start to experience herpes zoster and shingles.
  • Stasis and Exfoliative Dermatitis. Stasis Dermatitis, which is more common in senior women than it is in men, is characterized by dry and itchy skin. Exfoliative Dermatitis, on the other hand, is a much more severe version of dermatitis that results in heavy shedding and peeling of the skin. What’s even more dangerous about the latter is that it could greatly increase the chances of a skin infection developing.
  • Skin infections. Scabies and ringworms are common in seniors who do not have a regular skin care regimen. Maintaining a healthy and holistic skin care routine helps prevent these bacterial infections and parasitic infestations from taking place.
  • Senile Purpura. When an elderly individual’s skin becomes too thin, purplish spots start to appear all over their bodies, most notably on the legs and arms. Senile Purpura can also be attributed to the weakening blood vessels and capillaries of an elder person.

To navigate these skin issues, seniors and their families need to take the following steps:

  1. Use mild soaps and moisturizers.
  2. Avoid showering frequently or taking hot baths.
  3. Frequently turning seniors who are bed-ridden in order to prevent bed sores from developing.

Seniors must also practice the following to promote great skin health:

  1. Using the right sunblock whenever they plan to go out.
  2. Hanging up those cigarettes, otherwise known as cancer sticks.
  3. Regularly hydrating or drinking water.
  4. Avoiding hot and dry environments.

Lowenhill Home Care Services is all about helping seniors achieve the ideal skin care routine that keeps their skin feeling and looking great even at their age. Plus, we also know how important a proper skin care regimen is to their overall health and well-being.

What other skin care routines do your senior loved one’s practice? Please feel free to share them in the comment section.