Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Mental decline is one of the greatest fears of older adults. In fact, a 2010 survey asking what disease Americans most feared found that 31% of respondents answered Alzheimer’s. This was second only to cancer, which got 43% of votes and far outpaced heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Anna came to the United States around the turn of the century with her family when she was four years old. She was not old enough to be fearful of her new life away from Italy, but she knew things had changed. Children at school, and even teachers, laughed as she struggled to speak English. Eventually, she learned and found her way in life, marrying a first generation young Italian. The experiences molded her character to being strict and serious.
Today, more than 72,000 Americans have reached the age of 100 and that exclusive club is growing. Between 2000 and 2016, the percentage of centenarians increased by more than 43 percent. Whether you aspire to reach 100, or just want to feel your best, there are several things you can do to stay healthy physically as you grow older.
If you’re like many of your generation, it was not unusual to return home only for meals, threatening storms and your mother’s increasingly angry calls to come in out of the dark. Back then, you headed off for adventure and weren’t about to be deterred by a little – or a lot – of heat.
The summer brings sunshine and plenty of opportunities to be active outdoors. It’s also a time for fun and relaxation. Health Partners Plans wants to remind you to protect yourself from heat, sun exposure and dehydration. Here are some tips to help you experience the pleasures of the season.