If you have a loved one in the hospital, you may not know how to prepare for their return home. After a hospital stay or surgery, it is essential to be in comfortable surroundings and to follow all discharge instructions to help in the recovery process.
Hospitals and healthcare systems are addressing the Social Determinants of Health for their patients throughout the continuum of care. Studies show that social, economic, and environmental factors are contributing factors to patient health.
For your members who are in isolation and are having allergy symptoms, earaches, flu, or mental health issues, telemedicine may be the best option to seek medical help. Public health experts, doctors, and hospitals are encouraging telemedicine as the solution to keep patients safe and yet receive proper medical attention. For non-emergency ailments, consulting with a health care professional via computer, smartphone, or tablet is an easy and secure way for them to obtain treatment.
This is the second in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.
Aging may not be preventable, but we have plenty of control over how we age—especially in the physical sense. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from illnesses that can be prevented, or improved, through regular exercise. From weight management and better sleep to maintaining muscle, joint, and bone mass, regular exercise has clear benefits. Perhaps the most important benefit is the role exercise plays in preventing falls - or injury - when a fall occurs.
September is National Senior Center Month, and this year's theme is "Senior Centers: The Key To Aging Well." Senior Centers offer ways to keep older adults active, social, and provide programs to help them to continue to learn and grow. Sharing meals is a popular activity at Senior Centers and provides a vital social interaction that is so important to older adults.
Retirement is supposed to be one of the most celebrated stages of life. However, today, older adults are facing more challenges than opportunities when it comes to finances, companionship, health and, ultimately, quality of life – and this is especially true for women. From lower earnings and savings to higher debt, financial challenges are turning into housing challenges that are only expected to grow.
September is National Senior Center Month and this year's theme is "Building Momentum." Before we get into the importance of senior centers and giving them recognition, it is probably best to start out with some history.
Adopting a positive attitude can go far in dealing with the changes associated with aging. In fact, according to Kaiser Health News, those who have a positive outlook on aging live 7.5 years longer. Studies show that older adults who hold negative stereotypes about aging tend to walk more slowly, experience memory problems, and recover less fully from a fall or fracture.