Senior Health

Empowering seniors to take charge of their health and wellness.

Owning A Dog Leads To More Walking And Exercise For Older Adults

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The study found that dog owners walked at a moderate intensity level, a rate that is effective in lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and other conditions.

The study found that dog owners walked at a moderate intensity level, a rate that is effective in lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and other conditions.

NPR: Owning A Dog Leads To More Walking And Exercise For Older Adults
Dog owners often say the best thing about dogs is their unconditional love. But new research suggests there’s another benefit, too. Dog owners walk more. In a study published Monday in the journal BMC Public Health, dog owners on average walked 22 minutes more per day compared to people who didn’t own a dog. And they weren’t just dawdling. (Aubrey, 6/12)


Record The Story Of Your Life. Start Here.

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Free online site allows you to record your life events and your end-of-life plans for your loved ones.

Free online site allows you to record your life events and your end-of-life plans for your loved ones.

Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered upon your passing? What memories, photos and video you’d most like your loved ones to recollect? Letters, thoughts, messages you’d like to leave behind? Maybe even write your own biography for your family and friends to read? You can do all that and have it stored in an online site for free.

BeRemembered is a free online social networking service, where you can record how you want to be remembered by your family, friends and loved ones, even after you leave this life. You can record stories of your life, add pictures and video, describe how you want your end-of-life funeral event to be, even store private messages that are delivered to loved ones after you leave this life. It’s a great project for hospices and assisted living facilities, places of worship and other senior centers to help seniors (or people of any age) get started on telling their story and leave a loving legacy for their families.

The site is designed to be a vehicle for you to gradually collect, organize and archive your finest memories and thoughts. Also reflect on, and plan, your end-of-life celebration. Membership is free.

There’s a section on the site, My Bucket List, where you can set goals and track them. Maybe it’s taking a dream vacation or trying an adventure like skydiving. There’s Timeline, where you can capture your life’s events by uploading the stories, images and video that define the way you’ve lived your life. Say your last goodbyes here too in the section titled My Plan. This is where you plan for what comes after your life ends.

First step is to choose a guardian who will co-manage your account and the accounts of others you select to share all this with.

Check out these frequently asked questions.


Don’t Let Hearing Loss Impair Your Life

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Take these steps to improve your hearing and live a more fulfilling life.

Take these steps to improve your hearing and live a more fulfilling life.

There are 48 million Americans who have a significant hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is the third most prevalent health issue in older adults, after arthritis and heart disease, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Age-related hearing loss affects one in three of us by the age of 65. And, although hearing loss has been shown to negatively impact nearly every dimension of the human experience: physical health, emotional and mental health, perceptions of mental acuity, social skills, family relationships and self-esteem, people often don’t seek available help for it, reports the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Less than 30 percent of adults aged 70 or older who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. And that number drops to 16 percent of adults aged 20 to 69.

If you think you have hearing loss, see an ear, nose, and throat doctor (otolaryngologist or otologist) or your primary care physician to verify if you have a hearing loss and to rule out any medical condition.

If you think you have hearing loss, or if you are a caregiver to someone who has hearing loss, click here.

For more hearing loss statistics, click here.