Monthly Archives: May 2017

3 Steps to Healthy Aging

How do you see yourself as you age? Some seniors see themselves as being healthy and active. Others may not have such an outlook and instead might feel frail and weak. Regardless of how you may feel right now, there are many simple things you can do to help minimize your risk of future illness and improve your overall health. Here are three of them:

_K0C7535Enjoy some playtime

Doing more of the things you love can increase your lifespan, improve your memory, and help battle the negative effects of depression. What your playtime consists of is up to you – time with grandkids, travel, music, volunteering, learning, etc. – the important thing is that you love what you are doing. Retirement communities like Primrose provide a care free atmosphere that makes it easy to engage in these kinds of activities with friends and family.

Stay connected

As we age, it is not unusual to see close friends pass away. Oftentimes their loss, or the loss of a spouse, can leave a void that causes depression and seclusion. It is important to stay connected and continue to develop a network of friends that you can spend time with. Perhaps that involves joining a senior bible study at your church, or plugging into your local senior center. Retirement communities like Primrose are a great place for seniors to connect. It is easy to get to know the person in the apartment next to yours, and there are many different social opportunities available throughout the week as well.

Be proactive

Regularly scheduled checkups with your doctor may not be the things you look forward to the most, but they can help to improve – or even save – your life. As we age we become more prone to certain illness and disease. Being proactive with your health will help to uncover warning signs and allow you to take corrective action before there is a problem rather than waiting until there is something wrong.

At Primrose, part of our mission is to provide a healthy, happy environment for seniors. To find out what we can do for you or your loved ones, visit www.primroseretirement.com for more info or to contact the Primrose closest to you.

Experiencing Memory Loss? Tell Your Doctor!

Most seniors who notice memory loss beginning to occur in their lives will neglect to inform their doctors – even if it interferes with the basic activities of daily living. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, just one-quarter of surveyed adults said that they discussed memory issues with their doctor.

Dealing with the fear

Among seniors, there is a real fear of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia and a denial that this kind of thing could possibly happen to them. People also feel a sense of embarrassment in admitting that they have memory problems. They worry that people will develop a lower opinion of them, which can lead to a sense of loneliness and isolation.

capture-one-catalog1059Causes and treatment

One important thing to remember is that memory loss can be attributed to factors other than dementia. Often times, once a doctor is made aware of the issue, they can pinpoint things such as hyperactive thyroid conditions or vitamin deficiencies that are the true culprits. In fact, 42 percent of respondents to the study who discussed memory issues with their physicians received treatment of some kind. This treatment could be as simple as adding a vitamin to your daily nutrition regimen. Seniors who do have dementia and keep their memory loss a secret can miss out on memory care treatments that are only available to those who have received a formal diagnosis. These treatments, while not able to cure dementia, can slow its progress and greatly improve a person’s quality of life – especially if the diagnosis comes in its early stages. Also, if a dementia diagnosis comes early, the patient has the ability to participate in the decision-making process with regards to their future treatment options.

Take control

In the end, as with most physical issues, it is of the utmost importance to let your doctor know any time you notice that something is not right with your body. Nobody knows your body better than you and the longer you wait to tell someone, the greater the risk.

If you or a loved one are dealing with memory loss issues and have questions, Primrosewould be honored to assist you. Just visit www.primroseretirement. com for additional info and information about how to contact the Primrose community closest to you.

3 Diseases That Are Particularly Dangerous for Seniors

As we age, we are at risk of increased vulnerability to certain types of diseases. Seniors need to stay educated about these illnesses so that they can be proactive in taking the steps necessary to reduce the likelihood of physical problems. Here are three of the most common diseases facing seniors:

Capture One Catalog1030Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death i n adults age 65 and older. Blood pressure and cholesterol are the biggest risk factors to monitor, but when there are problems they can often be completely symptomless. That is why it is vital for seniors to undergo periodic blood testing to accurately monitor and, if necessary, treat these factors. Maintaining a well-balanced diet and staying physically active are also great ways to prevent heart disease.

Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association indicates that one in four adults over the age of 60 has diabetes. Seniors, in particular, are at great risk from the negative health effects of this disease. There are two different types of Diabetes. Type 1 is hereditary and much less common than Type 2, which can be controlled through diet and, in some cases, medication. Diabetes can be easily identified with blood testing and the earlier it is detected the more treatable it is.

Arthritis

52 million adults in the U.S. experience some form of arthritis, with seniors being among those at greatest risk. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease, but rheumatoid and gout are also prevalent. Be on the lookout for swelling of joints or chronic joint pain – and if you experience these conditions be sure to get in contact with a doctor. There are effective treatments for arthritis available once it has been diagnosed.

Whether you are looking for help in managing these diseases or your trying to prevent them altogether, Primrose can help. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more info and to find the Primrose closest to you.

4 Spring Activities for Seniors

If you are one of millions across the country who endured a harsh winter season, the warmth and beauty of spring is surely a welcome sight. In fact, the National Institute of Health says that, regardless of age or physical limitations, getting outside and taking in some fresh air and sunshine can improve cognitive function and make you a happier person – so what are you waiting for? Have a ball trying one of these springtime activities!

Take a walk

Physical activity can give you more energy, is great for your heart, and it can help your body combat symptoms of illness. Enjoy the spring scenery of a local nature trail or park, many of which are easy to navigate whether you are walking or in a wheelchair. It feels good and it is good for you – a win-win in anyone’s book!

_K0C8205Get your hands dirty in the garden

Gardening is actually a great form of exercise and a stress-reducer. It can even help make you stronger and increase your endurance. There is something about planting and harvesting your own food that feels good, and anyone can enjoy this popular pastime. There are even raised gardens for people in wheelchairs.

Do some spring cleaning

If your home has a little bit too much clutter, spring is a good time to tidy up. Local Salvation Army or Goodwill stores would welcome your second-hand items, allowing you to enjoy the benefit of having a bit less “stuff” and a bit more room in your home. You can even bring your children in to help and make some new memories together.

Check out your local farmers’ market

Find a recipe for a fresh spring salad and head to the farmers’ market to purchase the ingredients. It will help you to eat healthy, and nothing tastes better than locally grown fruits and vegetables. You may even find some flowers to help adorn your home!

No matter how you enjoy your spring, remember that Primrose is here to help answer any senior living-related questions you may have. Feel free to visit us at www.primroseretirement.com and find the Primrose closest to you.