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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.

Why seniors should be online

cyber seniorsIt goes without saying that the Internet has given its users increased access to knowledge and the ability to self-publish cheaply. The web has even spurred creativity and given notoriety to ordinary folks who might not have been noticed otherwise. For the people that know how and can afford to use online tools, the digital revolution has democratized media. As our culture is wont to do, however, we have overlooked an important voice missing from the digital discourse: The voice of seniors.

Back to school: The benefits of lifelong learning

Lifelong learningMany kids are getting ready to head back to the classroom, but there’s no reason they should be the only ones. The desire to learn does not fade with age, and in fact, pursuing lifelong learning opportunities helps promote healthy aging. 

Many studies have shown that keeping the brain active helps us maintain our reasoning skills and the ability to quickly process information. Other researchers have found that stimulating the brain even has the potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, helping many individuals maintain their memories and independence longer.

Transitioning to senior living

Transitioning to senior livingAs summer turns to fall, many older adults consider moving to a senior living community. Maybe it’s the crisp air, the leaves to rake or the desire to socialize as people turn inward; regardless of the reason, this major life decision should be made deliberately. Choosing the right community is a difficult decision, so we have picked out some tips to help you pick out your next home:   

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.

 
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