Top Supplements For Older Adults

By |2019-09-14T18:57:26+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

As human bodies age, they aren’t always he best at maintaining themselves. Vitamins or supplements can help supply your body with nutrients that you would otherwise miss. Supplements do not always have the best reputation, so some people hesitate to take them.

Read on to learn ways to help your body balance itself naturally and some vitamins you can take if it needs some help.

Preventative Measures

New research suggests that many older adults are on supplements that they do not need. This likely won’t hurt you, but who wants to be taking capsules they don’t need? Fortunately, there are other ways to help your body achieve balance.

  1. Exercise

Exercising every day provides huge benefits. It isn’t necessary to run a mile every day. A simple walk around the block, or playing with your grandchildren for an hour or so is more than fine. Focus on increasing your heart rate a bit.

If you have physical limitations, talk with your physician about what will work best for you. Many experts focus on water-centric exercises because they increase activity ad muscle without impacting your joints. Swimming a few laps or water aerobic classes are the most common suggestions.

  1. Daily Activities

Keep yourself engaged! Picking up a hobby or joining a new social group is extremely healthy for older adults. Humans need engagement with other people to have a well-rounded life.

If there are days that you don’t feel in the mood for human company, there are still plenty of amazing options. Many older adults find volunteering at animal shelters and sanctuaries very fulfilling. Even getting up and doing your chores will help keep your mind and body engaged.

  1. Diet

Diet is by far the biggest influence on whether or not older people need to take vitamins or supplements. Most medical professionals now suggest that a patient’s diet should be adjusted before placing them on vitamins.

For example, older adults oftentimes lack vitamins B6 and B12. Food such as turkey, potatoes, and fish all contain these vitamins. Instead of placing someone lacking in vitamins B6 and B12 on a supplement, doctors can encourage them to eat more potatoes and meats.

Useful Vitamins

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how hard doctors or patients try, supplements are necessary. So, let’s explore what doctors say older adults need most.

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the nutrient that our body gets from exposure to the sun. In Florida there is plenty of sun, but there can be too much of a good thing. Older adults sunburn more easily than young adults, so sunbathing is not always an option. Most physicians recommend spending at least a little time outdoors every day. However, it is totally understandable is the Florida heat and intense sun limit that time.

  1. Vitamin B12

B12 boosts blood cells and your nerves. It is important for preventing certain types of anemia. Anemia can make people feel exhausted or light-headed, putting them at risk for falls. Obviously, it is best to avoid this.

Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 can both be monitored through blood test. Discuss with your physician if a supplement for either is the right fit for you. If you do start taking supplements, your doctor can monitor the levels of both vitamins through blood work.

Sexual Health As You Age: How To Have A Healthy Sex Life In Your Senior Years

By |2019-09-14T18:55:27+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

Sexuality can be an awkward topic of discussion for any age group, especially for older adults. As bodies age, different sex-related issues arise. It is important to recognize that these issues are normal and talk to a physician if you have any concerns. Sexual health needs to be discussed more in older adults, who demographically boast some of the highest and fasting growing rates of STDs in the country.

This week, learn how to protect yourself and what to discuss with your physician when it comes to sexual health.

At What Age Should I Start Concerning Myself With Safe Sex?

Turns out that safe sex is a life-long endeavor! While women are not able to carry children past a certain age, this should not discourage condom use. Condoms and dental dams serve as more than just birth control. They are barriers that halt STDs and STIs in their tracks.

Condoms come in two varieties, male and female, and are a barrier used during penetrative sex. Dental dams are essentially latex sheets that can be used as protection for penetrative sex, but are more often used for non-penetrative sex. Talk with you doctor about what is the best option for you.

What Are Some Sexual Health Issues Older Adults Can Encounter?

  1. Arthritis or other forms of chronic pain

Unfortunately, chronic pain impacts all aspects of life. With arthritis, regular light exercise may help relieve some of your pain. Warm baths or showers can relax your muscles, which may also provide some relief. Talk to your physician about what joints to avoid putting pressure on and how pain medication may be able to help. 

  1. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that impacts the sexuality of both men and women. In some men, diabetes leads to ED. For women, it means that they tend to get yeast infections easily. The better handle you have on your diabetes, the easier it is to prevent any secondary issues. With the price of insulin rising, consult your physician to learn your options for controlling diabetes, as well as any secondary effects.

  1. Heart Disease

Heart disease, because it limits the blood flow through the body, may impact both men and women’s sex lives, although heart disease is much more common in men. Cardiac issues can have a psychological impact on sexuality as well. If someone’s partner has a heart condition or history of heart attacks, sexual activity may be a concern for them. As with diabetes, your physician should have a treatment plan laid out for you already, but it is always smart to consult with them about any questions that you may have.

  1. Mental Health Issues

Depression and anxiety, which are increasingly common in older adults, also negatively impact sexuality. People with mental health conditions often find that they stop finding enjoyment in all facets of their life, including intimacy. The best way to try and move past these issues is to open up and communicate with your significant other. 

  1. Substances

Alcohol and certain prescription medications have the ability to decrease your libido. If the decline in intimacy is a concern, talk to your physician about alternatives to what you are currently taking. Reducing alcohol intake, or avoiding drinks with high alcohol percentages may also help.

Mental Health in Senior Citizens

By |2019-09-14T18:53:34+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

According to the World Health Organization, the population of people over the age of 60 years will grow from 12% of the population to 22% by 2050. This means that senior health issues are of growing concern to the world health community. As mental health is discussed more openly by the public, it is important that people aged 60 and older also receive a similar education.

This week, we explore how mental health issues impact older adults, as well as ways to help.

Older Adults Experience Serious Mental Health Risks

Living as a human in the modern world is indisputably a stressful experience. These stressors pose a significant risk to mental health, and older adults experience additional facets of life that increase their stress levels.

Additional stressors that older adults may experience at a higher rate than other age groups:

  • Decline of physical ability: including reduced mobility, chronic pain, or other health problems. This may lead to dependency on medical personnel or family members.
  • Bereavement, or serious loss.
  • Drop or stagnation of socioeconomic status due to retirement.
  • Isolation or loneliness. 
  • Elder abuse, particularly financial abuse. Current studies suggest that 1 in 6 people aged 60 or older experience elder abuse.

It is important that people understand how physical and mental health impact one another. As physical condition deteriorates or someone deals with chronic illness, it negatively impacts mental state. Physical incapacity leads to complex feelings such as embarrassment, denial, and frustration. If these feelings are not addressed, they can develop into mental illness. Oftentimes, this leads to depression and anxiety in older adults.

How To Help

The good news is that, as a society, we are more educated and publicly aware of mental health issues than ever before. This broad education means that we are given more opportunities to spread the awareness to older adults. 

If you are an older adult, and you believe you may be dealing with depression or anxiety, the best thing you can do is reach out. Mental health issues are taken much more seriously than they used to, and doctors realize that psychology is an important part of a person’s overall health. You can reach out to a trusted family member or a doctor. Most insurance agencies cover psychologists and psychiatrists now, so treatment is affordable.

 If you are a family member or caretaker of an older adult who may have mental health problems, it is important to reach out. It is essential that when you reach out, you are not condescending. It is easy to believe that because of past misconceptions about brain function, that an older adult may not know how to look after their themselves. Mental health is, much like any other medical issue, ultimately between an individual and their doctor. 

The best thing you can do is offer support and encouragement. Offer to be a person they can vent to if you are able. Sometimes, all it takes to strengthen mental health is a listening ear.

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