Welcome to this week’s edition of the midweek MedAlertHelp roundup! Last Wednesday, our previous roundup covered a diverse array of senior-related topics, and so will this one! In the fourth edition, we have prepared a new handpicked collection of insightful articles from the past week.
Read what happens to seniors in emergencies when their loved ones are miles away, why retirement is breaking the elderly, the connection between inactivity and diabetes in older adults, why tai chi may be the perfect physical activity for the elderly, the characteristics of epilepsy in older adults, anti-aging benefits of a plant-based diet, and the adventure a few Kiwi seniors embarked on.
How to Help Seniors in an Emergency from a Distance
What happens when a senior falls but their loved ones are thousands of miles away? Who will help them if they decide they’re no longer fit to live alone? Carolyn Rosenblatt explored for Forbes the real-life scenario Sherry and her son Tony faced after she experienced a medical emergency. By the time he reached her, she was already recovering in a rehab facility and had decided she would join an assisted living community instead of returning home. Read on to discover who can help in these situations. Also, read about medical alert systems, which are invaluable in the event of a fall.
Retirement Is Bankrupting the Elderly
More Americans over 65 than ever are filing for bankruptcy. Over 12% of all bankruptcy filers are seniors. This translates to around 100,000 people per year. But official statistics are just the tip of the iceberg. Undoubtedly, being retired and on a fixed income is the number one reason that drives people of this age group into bankruptcy. Jeff Spross investigated all the contributing factors in The Week including the increasing minimum retirement age, financial penalties of early retirement, rising costs of drugs and treatments that Medicare doesn’t cover, and more.
Just Two Weeks of Inactivity Can Trigger Diabetes in Older Adults
Ana Sandoiu covered for Medical News Today the findings of a new study published in The Journals of Gerontology that showed the connection between physical inactivity and hastened diabetes onset in seniors. It turns out, only two weeks are enough to turn prediabetes in seniors into full-blown diabetes. This shows once again that, as we age, exercise becomes more and more important because it helps us stay healthy in more ways than one. Furthermore, the harmful effects of inactivity are hard to reverse. Read on to find out the details of the study.
Tai Chi: The Best Form of Exercise For Seniors?
Speaking of physical activity, have you ever considered picking up tai chi as the basis for your daily exercise routine? You may have sometimes seen on TV dozens of Chinese seniors performing tai chi together in public places. To them, it’s a way of life. In addition to their healthy diet, it’s part of the reason why Asian seniors are more vital than their Western counterparts. So why not adopt it right here in the US? Many studies have confirmed the numerous health benefits of practicing tai chi for seniors. Read all about them in Devin’s article for Hola Arkansas.
Difficulties in Recognizing Epilepsy in Older Adults
Epilepsy is a result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. To most people, epilepsy is synonymous with dramatic seizures in which a person falls to the ground, has muscle spasms, and loses consciousness. But epilepsy is so much more than that. Seizures can be a lot more subtle and different from what most people are used to. In fact, did you know that memory loss, confusion, abnormal speech, and abnormal movements can actually be epilepsy? Now you can see why it can easily be confused with other conditions in old age. More on this in Debra Kaszubski’s piece for The Oakland Press.
The Anti-Aging Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
Next, we recommend you read Dr. Joel Kahn’s article for Live Kindly in which he explains all the anti-aging properties of a predominantly plant-based diet. Did you know that, among other benefits, this diet can turn off cancer genes, slow down aging, help with inflammation, weight, and vascular health, and reverse heart disease? All of these claims are evidence-based, and it certainly won’t harm you to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Continue reading the article to find out how scientists discovered the above-mentioned benefits.
The Travels of New Zealand Senior Siblings
Not even cancer and declining health could stop Mac (83), his daughter Debra, and his three siblings—Patsy (81), Francie (89), and Alick (90) from embarking on an adventure around the world. Mac had always wanted to return to the English birthplace of his grandfather. His daughter decided it was time to fulfill his father’s wish but not only did they bring along Mac’s elderly siblings, they also extended their travels to Dubai and Bali! Check out their impressions in an article Lorna Thornber wrote for Stuff.
This last story marks the end of another midweek MedAlertHelp roundup. We hope you liked it, and we invite you to share your thoughts with us via the comment section below. More interesting reads to keep you entertained this summer are coming next week.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!