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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?

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.

How to Handle Hair Loss as You Age

Loss of hair is a common occurrence with the aging process. Hair loss, in general, is a common process that the body undergoes. 90% of the hair on your head is growing as we speak. This growth phase lasts, most often, for two to six years. 10% of your hair only grows for approximately 2 to 3 months after, which it falls. This is replaced by new hair which grows on the same hair follicle. On average, you lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day. Hair usually grows at a typical rate of one inch per month. However, this process can slow down with age. Although men are more susceptive to hair loss, women too can have this problem. This is known as alopecia. There are many reasons why men and women lose their hair. This can range from medical to genetic to poor diet and hair care decisions. Most often, reasons for men’s hair loss is different from that of women.

Where will you spend the summer of 2019?

5 Best Island Getaways for Summer 2019

Are you Ready to Consider Somewhere Different this Summer?

Summer is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be taking off gum boots and heavy wool coats and putting on shades and a straw hat to go with your shorts and Hawaii shirt! Summer is a time where the beaches are crowded with people; the streets are steaming with vapor and smells of food. Do you want to get away from it all and lie on a soft, sandy, private beach where all your whims are attended to by hovering stewards at your hotel? Let’s consider the five best island getaways for this summer.

Dental Problems Faced by 55 Plus Seniors

As a senior, you may be at risk for a number of dental problems. These problems, most often, do not stem from lack of oral hygiene, but from other factors. Your dental problems are very different from the dental problems you would have experienced in the past. Therefore, it is recommended you visit a dentist at least, once every three months. Early diagnosis of the problem can ensure a quick recovery. Below are six dental problems you need to stay alert to in your senior years.

Gum Recession

This occurs when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away. This problem exposes more than normal amounts of the teeth, sometimes even the tooth’s root. Gums recede for a number of reasons. These are bacterial gum infections, aggressive brushing of teeth, insufficient dental care, genes, and grinding and clenching teeth, etc. Your dentist may be able to treat mild gum recession by deeply cleaning the affected area. However, you may require surgery if deep cleaning is not an option.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is a naturally occurring substance that helps us keep our mouths moist and also enable in the digestion process. Saliva also enables us to keep our mouths free of bacteria and fungi infections. Dry mouth occurs when there is insufficient saliva in the mouth. Most often, dry mouth is a side effect of a medication. Medication for pain, anxiety, allergies, urinary incontinence, Parkinson’s diseases, etc. cause dry mouth. Chemotherapy too causes dry mouth. Dry mouth increases the risk of developing cavities and gum disease, and also causes bad breath. If you think this condition is because of your medications, speak with your doctor about your concerns. If the doctor approves a change of medication, you can also consider an oral rinse which will help add moisture to your mouth.

Denture-Induced Stomatitis

This is a fungal infection of the oral mucosa, causing inflammation, in the area covered by a denture. This usually occurs if you wear ill-fitting, unclean dentures. Denture-induced stomatitis requires medical attention. Therefore, you should consult your dentist and rinse with a medicated mouthwash as per the dentist’s instructions. Keep in mind, you need to remove the dentures every night before you go to bed and clean your dentures thoroughly to avoid fungal build-up.

Periodontitis

This is commonly known as gum disease. This is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Most often, periodontitis is caused by poor oral hygiene which causes plaque build-up on the teeth. Scaling and root-planting can be considered to treat periodontitis and restore the teeth.

Seniors suffer from oral problems because of various factors that may not be related to poor oral hygiene. A weakened immune system, due to the aging process, increases the risk of various dental problems. In addition, brushing and flossing your teeth may be a challenging task, especially if you suffer from diseases such as arthritis.

If you have trouble brushing your teeth, consider the purchase of an electric toothbrush and a floss-holder. This will help you to maintain good oral hygiene in order to avoid dental problems, such as the above. Regular visits to your dentist too can help protect your mouth from diseases.

Ideal Hobbies for 55+Plus Seniors

When you retire, the world is open to you to do many things; things you never thought you would have the time for or the freedom to do. Now that you are retired, are you finding home life a tad boring and dull? If so, consider taking up a good hobby. Yes, it can be a brand new hobby. Something that you may not ever consider in the first place… something, unlike your normal self… So, why not give a shot at one of these hobby ideas?

Home Remedies for Back Pain

Nothing ruins a good day than a gnawing backache.  Chronic back pain can be a major discomfort, and rather debilitating for some, especially for those who are past 55+ age.  Your back pain could be because you lifted something heavy in the wrong manner or twisted your back playing golf. It could also be a symptom of some other underlying illness.  Whatever the cause there are several home remedies that can provide relief for this situation.  However, we strongly advise that you consider the advice of a doctor if the back pain persists for longer than one week and is accompanied by numbness in the legs or loss of bowel or bladder control.  Here are some simple remedies that can help relieve back pain that is mild and resulting mainly from a muscle strain.

Pickleball and How it Took Over Retirement Living

Many active adult communities are geared towards providing 55+ and over seniors the ability to enjoy their retirement life with various activities. These communities provide seniors various outdoor amenities that include tennis, swimming, bocce ball, golf and pickleball. If you are new to the retirement world, you would be wondering about “pickleball”. What exactly is this game? Well, stick around and we will tell you.