ElderCarelink Blog

Elders, caregivers need to keep moving

by Dorian Martin
May 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Dad fell three times over a 24-hour period in mid-February, then fell again in early March. Fortunately, he didn’t break any bones, but he did experience a loss of confidence about his physical abilities. Because of his falls, I ended up being bound to the house, leaving only for errands such as grocery shopping and picking up an occasional take-out meal.

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Elders’ heart health and exercise: What’s the connection?

by Dorian Martin
November 28th, 2012 at 10:10 am

So how important is exercise for elders? Studies make a connection between physical activity and heart health in seniors. A new study out of the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine found that older adults who regularly get moderate physical activity are less likely to have biological indicators of heart failure. And it doesn’t require seniors to run half-marathons — the benefits can come from typical exercise like walking five times a week for 30 minutes.

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Helping elders avoid falls: what works and doesn’t work

by Dorian Martin
September 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Dad fell recently. He went to sit down on a chair in the breakfast room, but missed the seat and ended up plunking down on a cardboard filing box instead. His ego was bruised, but — fortunately — no bones were broken.

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3 ways elders can aim for longer lives

by Dorian Martin
September 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am

I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance about aging parents. This person had just lost her father, who was in his 90s. We talked about the opportunity to help her mother thrive despite the loss of her husband. I shared that I think my father (who is now in his mid-80s) would have succumbed soon after Mom’s death in 2007 if I hadn’t been living close to him. And I believe that Dad’s lifestyle has improved since he moved in with me in 2010 because I’ve encouraged him to embrace healthier choices.
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Can elderly exercise stop dementia-related deaths?

by Dorian Martin
March 23rd, 2012 at 1:03 pm

It’s never too late to start exercising. And seniors may want to embrace physical activity in order to maintain their mental capacity (as well as their physical health). Here’s the reason — a new study published in the February 2012 edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those who achieved at least a medium state of fitness were less likely to die from a dementia-related death.

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