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Expert Insights

Analysis of trends in senior care, advice for people coping with an aging patent, and health advice for seniors.

Smartphones promote seniors’ health

smartphone apps for seniorsIncreasingly, smartphones are being used to promote health and wellbeing, particularly among aging adults. Currently, there are more than 40,000 health-related apps available through the Apple iPhone alone. These apps have helped many seniors better understand, monitor and improve their overall health.

“Pharmacy” apps can help seniors and their caregivers manage their medications. The forthcoming GetMyRx app, for example, allows users to conveniently have their prescriptions delivered to their home. They simply scan a prescription into their smartphone and they’ll receive their order within a few hours. The app helps address issues of unfulfilled prescriptions and a common tendency to put off visits to the pharmacy, where the average wait time is 45 minutes.

Tips for managing Parkinson’s

Managing Parkinson's Parkinson’s disease affects as many as ten million people worldwide, and one million people in the United States. With such widespread prevalence, it’s important to understand the issues Parkinson’s poses and strategies for managing it.  

The first symptom of Parkinson’s, as you likely know, is usually slightly shaking limbs. As the disease progresses, individuals tend to experience stiff muscles, difficulty walking and other issues related to movement. Difficulty with movement and coordination results from drops in dopamine levels, which also affects mood. Consequently, many people with Parkinson’s also suffer depression. Others may also experience difficulty swallowing, dry skin and scalp, constipation or sleep problems. Roughly 20 percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s have dementia or other cognitive disorders.

Dance improves seniors’ health

National Dance DayDid you know that July 26 marks National Dance Day? Initiated in 2010 by the Dizzy Feet Foundation, National Dance Day is celebrated the last Saturday of July to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun way to maintain good health.   

Why you need to identify as a caregiver

Family caregiver tipsAlthough nearly 10 million adults aged 50 and older care for their aging parents, many do not think of themselves as caregivers. Yet, how these family caregivers identify themselves affects their wellbeing.

Travel promotes healthy aging

Travel and healthy agingNow that we’re in the thick of summer, many people have vacations on their mind. Recent studies suggest that vacations are more than simply relaxing and fun – they can even improve your health. Now that’s some good news!

The Global Coalition on Aging surveyed adults’ perspectives on travel. More than 70 percent said vacations are mentally stimulating, 75 percent said they help improve stress levels and even physical health, and a whopping 86 percent reported boosts in mood and overall happiness as a result of travel.

Perhaps the most obvious explanation for the powerful impact of travel is that it’s relaxing by nature – as such, it helps reduce our stress and subsequently, reduce stress hormones that speed up the aging process.

 
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