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Home Remedies for Indigestion in the Elderly

Indigestion is a frequent and common occurrence among the elderly. Burping, gas and bloating can be extremely discomforting and is usually a sign of something that you ate that does not agree with you. Most often, there are several remedies for indigestion in our homes. If you do not have any remedies in your kitchen to treat indigestion, a visit to the grocery store may be necessary as the ingredients can be purchased there. Most home remedies for indigestion are safe, effective and affordable. However, due to your advanced age, we suggest that you consider medical advice if symptoms of indigestion progress.

Senior Health Activities that Make a Big Impact in 15-Minutes or Less

Seniors these days are just not satisfied sitting in one place and knitting socks! They want to be active adults and do things, go places and basically, live full lives. And we say great going! It is the Baby Boomers that are coming into seniors age group currently and BBs are a unique generation and will be even past 55+ age. They believe “retirement” is just a word, just as “age” is. If you are an active baby boomer, you understand the importance of your health. However, although you are concerned about it, you may not be prepared to spend long hours each day ensuring good health. Lucky for you, there are some healthy activities that you can consider to ensure health which doesn’t take more than 5 – 15 minutes tops.

Foods that Improve Thyroid Health

It is a sad but true fact that the promised golden years may not be so golden after all. As we age, our lives may be plagued with various diseases that take away all the fun of retirement. Fatigue, depression, dementia, high blood pressure and heart disease are just some of these problems. Oh, hey, since we are talking about diseases, let’s add another one to the equation. How about your thyroid health? Your thyroid health may not be easy to detect, but if left untreated, it can cause a wide variety of problems, especially to females in their post-menopausal stage. However, the good news is that with the right food, you can avoid any problems that can crop up with your thyroid. So, let’s ensure thyroid health by eating foods that improve it.

What is the Thyroid?

If you are to read any information regarding your thyroid, then you should know what the thyroid gland is and its function. Very few people pay attention to their thyroid gland. But, it does a load of work in your body. So, here goes….. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located just near the base of the neck. The thyroid secretes several hormones, mainly thyroxine. The thyroid gland ensures proper metabolism, growth and development, energy and maintains body temperature. You can be affected with either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

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?

Maintenance-free living

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……

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.

happy senior couple playing tennis

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.

Mental Wellness – Ever Tried Meditating?

Meditation is catching on and becoming one of the most common methods of de-stressing your body. Apart from relieving stress, meditation is also known to provide a variety of other health benefits. The effects of meditation come from the almost immediate achievement of deep relaxation. This is a great way to refresh and revitalize your body. The health benefits of meditation are immediate and long-lasting. If you have never tried meditation, you should give it a go. You will start feeling the effects of it almost immediately.