Aging & Wellness
Have you ever wondered how long you might live? There are tools available, called life-expectancy calculators, that can provide an estimate based on health, habits, socioeconomic status and family history.
With the holiday season fast approaching, many families are traveling to spend time with parents and relatives. In addition to enjoying holiday gatherings, festive meals and favorite family traditions, the holidays may be one of the few opportunities for adult children to talk with their parents about important age-related topics (just don’t talk at the dinner table; wait for a quiet, relaxed time).
The holiday season is just around the corner and with it comes the joy of celebrating and re-connecting with family and friends. For some family members coming home for the holidays, it might bring new concerns and questions about how to help an aging parent or relative. Here is some helpful information:
Falls are a serious public health problem, one that is largely preventable. Falls increase with age. One out of every three people ages 65 years and older fall each year. In fact, it is estimated that 50 percent of older adults 80 years and older will fall each year.
A person can develop digestive problems at any age but it is more likely to occur as you get older. Approximately 40% of all older adults have one or more digestive system disorders every year, mainly caused by changes that happen in the digestive tract with age. Common digestive problems that occur as a person ages include things such as constipation, diverticular disease, ulcers and stomach bleeding, swallowing problems, colon polyps, and heartburn.