Aging & Wellness
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.
Many factors cause our skin to age including the environment (cumulative effects of exposure to sunlight) and physical changes in the structure of the skin. Regardless of the nature of these changes, it is common for us to want to look as good as we can. This desire to maintain a youthful look has created a tremendous demand for anti-aging skin care products. Anti-aging skin care products are predominantly focused on women, but products specifically targeting men are increasingly common. Men are adopting habits and adding products to their grooming arsenal to cheat the aging process and keep their skin in prime condition.
The use of social media is significantly increasing among older adults with the 50 years and older group being the fastest growing demographic segment on the Internet. In fact, Internet users over the age of 55 are leading the growth in social network usage, according to a recent report from Nielsen, State of the Media: The Social Media Report. The infographic below indicates that seniors are joining Facebook, Twitter, and more, proving older adults are not too old for social media!