January can be a tough month, especially for older adults who have difficulty getting out of the house in the ice and snow. But all it takes is a little effort and creativity to perk up your winter.
Feeling better as you age could be as simple as singing in a choir. A 2001 study set out to measure the impact of community-based cultural programs, including the benefits of choral singing, on the well-being of older adults. The results were nothing less than striking.
It isn’t hard to understand how or why the negativity of a political campaign could leave a person agitated, depressed and even hopeless. But consider the senior who spends his or her day watching and listening to the television. Their days are filled with a barrage of negative, often confusing messages that are almost sure to leave them feeling down, and perhaps even angry.
Depression in older adults is not something to be ignored, or to be passed off as a normal part of aging. Not only can untreated depression get worse, it also can lead to other physical problems – even suicide. In fact, suicide rates among white men over 85 are the highest in the United States.
If you’re not getting enough vitamin D, chances are good that you also aren’t getting enough calcium. The body can’t absorb this vital nutrient without vitamin D.