Unique Tools to Help Chronic Stress from Destroying Your Memory

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you’re familiar with the more significant impacts of stress, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s, accelerated aging and even premature death.
But there’s another less-widely known group of low-grade symptoms that come from what are considered low-grade chronic stress and anxiety.

This is the kind that lurks just below your surface of awareness–the chronic worrying or uneasiness, the vague fears or preoccupations that may come and go without you even knowing and contributes to these symptoms:

How can Seniors Sleep through the Night

The older you get the more difficult it becomes to sleep through the night. Insomnia has become an epidemic and many adults, over the age of 50, suffer from insomnia. We, as older adults, require approximately 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Why do I highlight the word, “uninterrupted” is because most of us get up at various times during the night to visit the bathroom! There are two reasons why we cannot sleep properly in the night. This could be because we nap often during the day or because we tend to sleep earlier and earlier and wake up earlier as a result. So, the bottom line is, you and I both need some much-needed sleep. What do we do?

Problems that occur with Inadequate Sleep

A whole load of problems, health-wise, can crop up because of sleep deprivation. Inadequate sleep can increase our risk of heart disease, diabetes, stress, lower immunity and more. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University also concluded that sleep deprivation can also take away our independence as we age. According to this study, researchers found that sleep-deprived women who were monitored over half a decade were more likely to be placed in nursing homes within those five years. Sleep deprivation also increases our risk of dementia and can cause mobility issues. Sleep deprivation can also increase our risk of obesity. It is stated that people who sleep less than six hours have a higher than average body mass index (BMI). This coupled with lack of exercise and the consumption of wrong foods raises our risk considerably. So, the question remains, what do we do about sleep deprivation?

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Are you getting Adequate Fresh Air?

More and more Americans are spending time indoors. This is quite common in the elderly. The attraction of indoor heat during the cold, winter months and the added bonus of television and other electronic games etc. increase the appeal of the indoors. If the number of hours you sleep, plus the number of hours you spend indoors are calculated, you really have to wonder, just how many hours are you spending outdoors? Two, three tops? That’s terrible! Why the concern about the outdoors? Let me tell you why……

Wii Adds Fun and Entertainment to an Active Adult Life

Who would have thought that Nintendo’s Wii will provide fun and entertainment for active adults?! When this game came into the market, everyone thought only children could and will play this game. However, now, thanks to Nintendo, more and more active adults are finding the Wii a great choice for their pastime.

The Importance of a Calcium-Rich Diet for 55+ Seniors

Health problems that occur due to calcium deficiencies are numerous. This is especially true for the elderly as sometimes, they do not receive adequate nutrients through their diets. A deficiency of calcium can be a major problem as you age. Did you know that bone mass loss starts after you pass the age of 30? Did you also know that this factor causes your bones to become brittle and, as a result, can cause easy breakages? This is of special concern to the ladies as they are more susceptible to an illness called Osteoporosis that usually occurs after the age of 50 thins and weakens your bones. This is a sneaky disease and you may not know about this till you fall and fracture your hip or ankle or wrist. One of the best ways of preventing osteoporosis is by eating calcium-rich foods.

Importance of Self-Defense for Seniors

Assault, rape, robberies, and various other crimes are sad, yet real facts of life these days. More often than not, seniors are targets of various crimes. The fact that you are somewhat more frail and defenseless makes you extremely good targets for this type of scum. However, this does not mean you have to lock yourself indoors and never step outside. You don’t have to be defenseless. There are self-defense techniques that you, as a senior can learn and execute to protect yourself.

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How About a Round of Tennis?

Many active seniors love the chance of playing a game of tennis and flexing those forearms. It is a tiring game and you need to keep yourself fit to play it well. Although rather a complicated AND strenuous game, tennis is a favored sport among many seniors. But there are ones who question the suitability of this game for seniors. They are probably wondering whether all that running and sweating can be too strenuous for a senior? Well, unless your doctor has advised against strenuous activities, there is certainly nothing wrong in engaging yourself in a round of tennis. Any sport that gets you moving is good for the body and mind. This does not have to be a high-impact sport. Although you run and jump and sweat profusely, tennis is still considered a low-impact game suitable for any age and skill level. So, if you are still worried about all this running and jumping, at your age, let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of tennis.

5 Questions to Ask before Picking a Retirement Community

Moving to an active adult community can be a fun and exciting experience. This means new adventures are around the corner. Although you may be sad to leave your home, there is a sense of expectation that may override these feelings. Normally, your move to an active adult community should go smoothly with almost no worries. While this is what we hope you experience would be, we still suggest caution and advise you to ask your agent a few questions before signing the contract.