Proper Nutrition Is Vital To Senior Health

(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before.
In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehydration, falls, fractures, cognition loss and attention deficits are now becoming more commonplace.

In a recent paper titled "Salt Appetite Across Generations" presented at a medical conference in Switzerland, Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa indicated that among seniors, a reduced sense of thirst could increase the increased risk of serious dehydration. They also noted that the appetite for salt does not diminish with age, and suggested that this could be used to help sustain hydration and prevent the dangerous symptoms that result from dehydration.

Another study published in the American Journal of Hypertension identified significant risks to cardiovascular health an…

Am I Too Old to Start Lifting Weights?

Energy levels decrease as we grow older. As a result, most middle-aged individuals and beyond assume that it’s too late to get into weight lifting. That could not be further from the truth!

Not only is it never too late to start lifting weights, but weight training becomes more crucial as you age. Regular weight lifting may slow the loss of muscle mass and bone density that occurs with age.

Weightlifting offers a host of other important benefits for older individuals. Benefits include a boost in strength, increased flexibility, and balance. Weightlifting offers improved health and reduced risk of falls and more.

If you’re a middle-aged or older, consider making weight lifting a part of your exercise routine.

To get you a correct start, here are a few of the best and safest ways for senior adults to start lifting weights.

Get Your Doctor’s Consent

It is always important to check with your doctor before starting a new workout program. More so if you are in the later years of your adult…

5 Tips For Seniors To Avoid Falls

You may have an older relative that has suffered some type of injury from a fall. Consider the fact, that falls are the leading cause of injuries in individuals who’re 65 or older.

Falls can often result in broken bones, head injuries, and hip fractures. It’s also worth noting that falling can make an older adult more fearful. This can prevent them from being active as much as they should be.

Even though most people feel safe at home, most falls occur where you live. Some common causes of falls include rickety stairs, slippery floors, and electrical cords. If you have an aging parent or an older relative in your life, you need to make sure that their home is safe for them.

On top of that, you should also talk to them and explain how they could reduce their risk of falling. Convince them to let go of their fear, you can make the elders in your life remain healthy and independent. Here are 5 useful tips that can help your elders avoid falls.

Learn About Their Current Health Conditions

5 Risky Behaviors That Can Harm Your Health

People are searching for ways to live healthier. Most know that this requires proper nutrition and regular exercise. But, there are also other factors that have an effect on your health.

Here are 5 risky behaviors that can endanger your health. Smoking
It’s no secret that smoking kills. Despite the fact that people are aware of all the health risks associated with smoking, many still do it. It is one of the unhealthiest habits known in society.

This habit can cost you your life.

While lung cancer is often associated with the most significant risk with smoking. There are other conditions cigarettes that can debilitate and result in premature death.
Some of the most notable health risks associated with smoking include:
Respiratory problems, such as chronic bronchitis.Kidney cancerLeukemiaInfertilityStomach cancerOral cancerThroat cancerIncreased risk of stroke and heart disease.
Excessive Drinking
Alcohol is a substance to consumed in moderation. 
Did you know that alcohol is considered …

The Importance of Fitness For Seniors

Fitness is vital for everyone, regardless of their age.

Yet, as you get older, there is some increase in your needs, including a bigger need for being physically fit. Here are some reasons you should focus on your fitness as a senior.

Being Fit Improves Cognitive Function
Evidence shows that there is a link between physical activity and cognitive health. Some think this could be due to the increase of blood flow to all parts of the body including the brain.

Keeping a fitness routine has a positive effect on depression. As well as a reduction in damage resulting from cognitive brain disorders. Daily exercise improves coordination and communication between the brain and the body.

Helps Prevent Diseases and Injury
An active senior lifestyle can improve blood pressure and aid heart health. Getting your heart rate up for a sustained period helps to strengthen the heart.  A stronger heart can help reduce the risk of heart failure. Exercise strengthens muscles you need for balance reducing t…

What Are Complex Carbohydrates and Why Do We Need Them?

Heard someone mention "complex carbs", and you wondered what they were talking about?

Carbohydrates are either simple or complex. At first glance, you may think that simple carbohydrates are better for your body. They break down to simple components, so doesn't it make sense that these would be healthy for you? Actually, the opposite is true.

The Difference Between Complex (Good) and Simple (Bad) Carbohydrates
Complex and simple carbohydrates very differ in how they absorb into your body. They are also digested different. Think of simple carbohydrates as simple sugars. Simple carbohydrates provide quick energy, and deliver no nutrition. Complex carbohydrates deliver lots of nutrients and minerals, as well as energy.

Complex carbohydrates have longer molecular chains. So it takes your body a long time to break them down and absorb them. This leads to an even distribution of energy over a longer period of time, and a much longer feeling of fullness. Simple carbohydrates, li…

Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

(BPT) - The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year.

More than a quarter of all car crashes involve cell phone use, both hand sets and hands-free, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports. In 13 percent of fatal crashes, the drivers were using cellphones, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says. The actual number of cell phone-related accidents is likely much higher, since many states don't yet compile and report data on cell phone use following a crash.

Employers take up the issue
Recognizing the ethical and liability issues that arise when employees drive while distracted, employers across the country have begun implementing distracted driving policies. Typically, these policies prohibit employees from usi…