By: Dr. Beth Templin
Everyone is affected by stressful situations. Our daily life can be full of challenges that bring on stress. We can experience both "good" stress and "bad" stress in our lives.
Examples can vary from the stress of your job to retiring from your job, the birth of grandchildren to helping raise them, to watching them graduate and get married. Other big changes in your life can also cause stress including down-sizing your home, managing finances, or being worried about your health or the health of your loved ones.
It's interesting to know that stress affects seniors differently than it does younger folks. As you age, it's not as easy to manage stress because of normal age-related changes your body experiences.
By: Dr. Beth Templin
This month I'm going to focus on something that's on top of everyone's minds: How to improve your immune system. The good news is there are several different things you can do to improve your immune system and the more small changes you make, the bigger the impact you can have on your immune system!
By: Dr. Beth Templin
At HouseFit, our entire mission is to help older adults stay healthy and active enough to continue living in their own homes and living the life they want to.
At this time, the main concern for many is protecting themselves and preventing exposure to Coronavirus, which I fully support. It's one of the main reasons I decided to temporarily close our in-person care and do our part to help prevent further spread.
With all of the extra precautions being put in place to slow the spread of the virus, my biggest fear is that many of the people we serve are going to experience a second-order consequence of this pandemic.
Bone health is an important aspect of aging. Just like there are many false beliefs about aging in general, there are also many misconceptions about bone health and aging. Here are some of the big ones:
I can't believe we're already one month into the New Year. I've always heard that the older you get; the faster time moves and I believe it!
I bring this up because many of the older adults I meet have the best intentions of staying active or starting a new exercise routine, but it's harder than it sounds. First, you have to find the motivation to start and then you have to find the staying power to continue with a program.
Part of the problem can be finding the right exercise program to meet your needs. Sometimes there are so many options out there, that you get overwhelmed and then end up not making a choice at all.
As we prepare to launch our Memory Program for adults with mild to moderate dementia this month, I've been learning more on memory and aging. As a result, I'm rethinking some of my own views and beliefs.
Short-term memory loss begins for most people in their 50's and 60's. And since there is currently no cure for memory loss, the focus should be on preventing the memory loss from occurring in the first place. So, what can you do to help protect yourself from memory loss? Or to slow the process down once it's started?
One of the main issues that contributes to becoming frail as you age is loss of muscle mass, also known as sacropenia. It affects millions of older adults and leads to loss of strength and independence. You may have noticed that as you've gotten older, your arms or legs are not as muscular as they used to be. Or maybe that even though you've lost weight, your belly has gotten bigger. These are some indications that you may be losing muscle mass. [...]
Dizziness is a very common complaint. As a matter of fact, 90 million Americans go to healthcare providers each year because of dizziness, vertigo or balance problems. It's the second most common complaint heard in doctor's offices and 70% of people will experience these symptoms at some point in their life.
Just like pain, each person experiences dizziness differently, which is why it is often times hard to treat. Dizziness is also often misunderstood even by healthcare professionals and as a result is not treated properly.
It's hard to believe that we opened our doors one year ago! And what a fantastic journey it's been! I wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that's happened over the past year.
First off, I want to give a huge thanks to my amazing HouseFit Team. They have each helped me take my vision of building a space dedicated to serving older adults and helping them stay physically fit and active and made it a reality. [...]
Did you know that according to the Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States? With more than 54 million adults having a diagnosis of arthritis, it's not surprising to learn that it's one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common form is osteoarthritis (OA). [...]