Although the holiday season is supposed to be a time of sharing joy and good tidings, very often people—especially those who are older—find that, as the season unfolds, they feel progressively disappointed, stressed and sad.
There are many influencing factors that can contribute to seniors being at particular risk of suffering from the “holiday blues,” including:
Posted on November 23, 2010 at 10:20am
If you did not have an active social life in the early parts of your life, chances are that you will become even more socially withdrawn as you get older, and probably more inclined than ever to stay home alone.
But, did you know an active social life can help you to prevent some aging diseases?
Socializing ranks right up there with diet and exercise on the “aging” ladder of importance. Sometimes, when an individual retires or a spouse dies, friends withdraw simply…Continue
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 7:25pm — 2 Comments
If you can’t remember where you put your keys….find them and then go meet friends for dinner!
Strong social ties, through friends and community groups, can preserve our brain health as we age while social isolation is an important risk factor for cognitive decline in those age 50 and over.
Socializing with people is a form of exercise that requires attention, effort and alertness, all of which are important aspects of memory. Of course, socializing is also an…Continue
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 8:30pm
When a person takes on the responsibility of taking care of an ill family member, it is a job that can very easily consume them. The most common caregivers are ones that take care of a sick parent or spouse.
Caregiving can be stressful and may contribute to serious depression. A substantial body of research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk. Emotional, mental, and physical health…Continue
Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:41pm