Senior Health and Fitness
After months of preparation and anticipation, we’re pleased to introduce the newest member of the Emeritus Senior Living family – Meddling Maude! Meddling Maude has all sorts of tips to help seniors – and those who love them – leader safer, healthier and more fulfilling lives! She’ll be sharing these tips with all of you through a series of videos that will debut every Tuesday for the next year at www.emeritus.com/meddlingmaude.
Maude will cover such topics as how to keep your brain healthy, how to avoid scams, ways to prevent falls and how to live to be 100!
People also have the ability to subscribe to Maude’s weekly videos – completely free of charge – and the video will show up in your emailbox every week!
Maude will also be sharing her insights through the Senior Care Blog on occasion, so stayed tuned to these page for even more insights and tips for better living!
Please join us as we welcome Meddling Maude to the Emeritus family!
If your elderly parent is facing the holiday season alone for the first time, understand that this is often the worst time of year for those grieving a loss. Surviving all of the first milestones –birthday, anniversary, holidays – after a spouse’s death is difficult. It is one of the reasons most hospice bereavement programs keep in close touch with families for the first 13 months after a death.
What can you do to help the senior you love prepare for the holidays alone?
Here are 5 ways you can help:
1. Prepare ahead of time: It may be tough to do, but talking with your parent ahead of time about how the holidays may make them more emotional can be one of the best ways to help them prepare. Let your loved one know that they can call you day or night if they need to do so.
Beating the blues any time of year can be a challenge. But the holidays often make melancholy worse, especially for older adults who may have experienced a loss. One way to help them shoo the blues is with a healthy, well-balanced diet. There are a variety of mood booster foods that can help this holiday season:
• Green leafy vegetables: dark green vegetables such as spinach, Brussels sprouts, asparagus and turnip greens are all rich in a B-complex vitamin known as folate. It helps the body synthesis serotonin and dopamine which ultimately lifts the spirit.
• Tangy, citrus fruits: in studying people with mild to moderate levels of depression, many were found to be deficient in vitamin B6. It is an important vitamin for fighting fatigue and anemia. Oranges, tangelos, papaya and bananas can all help boost B6. Aromatherapists will also tell you that even the scents produced by these fruits will help to increase energy.
The heart is a hard-working muscle that operates 24/7. Healthy hearts support healthy living.
When any muscle outstrips its supply of oxygen, your body lets you know. The pain of a leg cramp or side stitch during a hard run has a purpose: it slows you down so the muscles can repay the oxygen debt.
The heart muscle also needs a steady flow of oxygen and nutrients. Angina is the pain announcing the heart has outstripped its own oxygen supply. If the oxygen flow is not restored in time, heart muscle dies, and we call it a heart attack. The health of the entire body is threatened if the heart cannot pump well.
Why should this ever happen? After all, the heart receives fully-oxygenated blood directly from the lungs. Why should there ever be a shortage of oxygen?
The answer is that the heart muscles do not have access to the oxygen in the blood inside the heart. The heart gets fed the same way the brain and the calf muscles and the stomach get their nutrition. Blood vessels branch off form the aorta--the main outflow vessel form the heart--and feed organs. Think of the roots of a tree.