Another Wednesday is upon us, and you know what that means—time for the new midweek MedAlertHelp roundup! Check out the previous roundup if you missed it. We’ve covered some really interesting topics, and we’ll continue bringing you the most engaging senior-related articles from the past week.
In the third edition, we’ll talk about life satisfaction among seniors, exercise as a way of fighting frailty, signs that your body is aging faster than you are, various anti-aging advancements, the importance of preserving your hearing, how to buy a smartphone for seniors, and deciding on the right time to move into housing for seniors. Let’s dive right in!
The Golden Years
If you’re a man in your forties or a woman in your fifties, the chances are you’re feeling a little unsatisfied with your life. But don’t worry, a lot of people your age feel the same, and it really does get better. Jackie Dunham reported for CTVNews.ca the results of a 2016 Canadian study which concluded that the happiest people are those over the age of 65. Read all about the factors that contribute to why seniors are more satisfied with their lives than any other age group.
Exercise: The Frailty Antidote
It’s no secret that exercise is one of the keys to staying happy, healthy, and independent in your old age. But it’s not easy to start exercising, stay motivated, and then keep up with it for decades. However, staying strong truly pays off in more ways than one in your senior years. Jorg Mardian wrote a full article on this for The Trumpet, and in it he explained how seniors who stay strong don’t become frail. It’s not old age that leads to frailty and functional decline but inactivity and the lack of muscle strength.
Is Your Body Aging Faster than You Are?
Next, head over to Reader’s Digest, and check out the 15 signs Charlotte Hilton Andersen compiled that tell you if your body is older than your chronological age is. Think of them as warning signs that you should take better care of yourself. But also, these are opportunities to dial back the years by making necessary changes. Most of them are very relatable and have a logical explanation, but some of them may even surprise you.
The Fountain of Youth: From the Movie Screen to Reality
In her fascinating piece for Forbes, Reenita Das covered virtually every major route scientists are exploring as a means to conquer aging. Many of the things she wrote about, such as human immortality, were once considered science fiction. Today, they no longer seem impossible. Read about everything from the multi-billion-dollar dietary supplement industry, killing off “zombie” cells, and the benefits of fasting, to various advanced procedures like gene manipulation.
Good Hearing = Healthy Brain
Our next recommendation comes from Kathleen McCarthy over at The Beacon Senior News. Her article details the connection between hearing loss and cognitive impairments. It’s important to keep your brain busy when you retire. It turns out that just as important for your brain’s health are all forms of stimuli, including auditory stimulation. According to one of the key principles of evolution—use it or lose it—the brains of deaf people actually show substantial shrinking. Continue reading the article to find out how it happens and how to manage it.
Guide for Buying a Smartphone for Seniors in 2018
Buying a smartphone for seniors can be a challenge in 2018. On the one hand, we don’t want to perpetuate the stereotypes that seniors know nothing about modern technology. But on the other, what are the essentials a smartphone must have to be recommended for senior citizens? Philip Michaels has some buying tips for you on Tom’s Guide. Take a look at them, along with the opinions of Sami Hassanyeh, senior vice president of digital strategy and membership for AARP.
“There’s a Window, and Once It Closes, It Closes Forever”
Behind this poetic sentence is the dilemma many seniors have to face at some point in their lives. When is the right time to leave your home and move into housing for seniors? Both “aging in place” and moving into a specialized facility have their own positives and negatives. Boston Globe’s Beth Teitell talked to Len Fishman, the director of the University of Massachusetts–Boston’s Gerontology Institute, Murray Cooper (94), and others to uncover all the issues seniors can face in this situation. Since we’re on the subject, medical alert systems can help seniors retain their independence for as long as possible.
Time to wrap up another issue of our midweek MedAlertHelp roundup. Did you like this week’s articles? What else are you reading this summer? Tell us in the comment section below. A lot of interesting articles are coming out this August, we’ll bring you more of them next time.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!