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Malnutrition in the Elderly

Malnutrition is the state of inadequate or unbalanced nutrition in which the lack of proper nutrients causes adverse effects on the body. In seniors, undernourishment is more common as a person does not eat enough or is unable to process or absorb food correctly. Malnutrition is often prevalent in seniors who live alone and don’t want to bother cooking for one or who have health problems that lead to a lack of taste or appetite. But malnutrition, unfortunately, also occurs in nursing homes and care facilities, even under doctor supervision.

Listen Up! Music’s Health Benefits Are Plentiful

Playing music, singing and listening to music positively affects the cognitive, physical and emotional health, and social well-being of seniors and others.

Engaging Seniors in Summer Activities

Summer is the opportune time for seniors to get outdoors and enjoy many of the hobbies and leisure activities they’ve loved through the years. With a few adjustments for mobility and exertion, people over age 65 can enjoy a variety of fun, safe adventures with family and friends.

Study Shows Aerobic Exercise Reverses Memory Loss in Seniors

Promising research reveals that aging is not a one-way street toward a declining body and mind. Instead, exercise is now helping older adults do a U-turn on memory loss. A 2011 report by brain researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign cited a year-long study of older adults whose memory center in the brain increased with regular walking exercise.

Improving Sleep for Family Carers

When adequate sleep becomes a nightly struggle it drains energy and can drastically affect a person’s health, mood and daily functioning. Sleep deprivation is common among family caregivers because of the physical and emotional stress of caring for another, often while maintaining the responsibilities of children, work and home.

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