According to the Journals of Gerontology, “one in three baby boomers falls into the category of separated, divorced, widowed, or never married.” Millennials are also following this trend; a recent Gallup poll indicates that 59 percent of the 73 million millennials are single and have never married. Adding fuel to the fire is the decline in the number of people available to provide in-home care, including family members. Age, longevity, singledom, loneliness, and isolation is a recipe for disaster.
The start of a new year inspires many of us to take a critical look at ourselves and decide which aspects of our lives we’re pleased with and which could use a little honing if not a complete overhaul. In many cases, that envisioned “new you” is someone who eats healthier foods, exercises more, weighs less, and fits better into clothing. Considering the numerous health risks associated with obesity, losing weight and getting in shape is certainly a laudable goal for those carrying some extra pounds, provided it is achieved safely and with appropriate medical oversight.
Longer lifespans and rising healthcare costs are driving investors to control their financial exposure to uncovered bouts of care—particularly in retirement.
The United States spends more than $3 trillion a year on health care, or nearly $10,000 per person. Overall spending rose 5.8% in 2015,faster than the pace of inflation or wage growth.
When you or a loved one develops a need for “extra help” or a move to a senior living community, you will soon discover that there are many options, but to research and choose the best option for you is a confusing task. For those in the business of helping aging adults and their families, the vocabulary of services is part of the language of the senior living culture. For most people needing to access services, the language is foreign and needs defining. Here is a glossary of some of the services available to seniors and their families:
Winter in Northwest Ohio can be tough on area residents of all ages. With snowy and icy conditions compromising roadways, rendering sidewalks treacherous or impassable, and forcing us to spend most of our time cooped up indoors, it’s all too common for “cabin fever” to set in as we clench our teeth and await spring’s return. However, wintertime isolation can be much more problematic for seniors than it is for people in other age groups.
With 2018 now underway, it’s time to step up and “put our money where our mouth is” when it comes to all those fitness resolutions we so recently made. For area residents who are 50 years of age or older, those goals may be more attainable than they seem. Shadow Valley Tennis & Fitness Club currently offers an ideal way for people in this age group to enjoy healthy activity in their 50 and Over Tennis Program.
Toledo-area runners who are planning to participate in a marathon this coming spring have a lot of training ahead, much of which will overlap the cold, inclement winter months. According to Aaron Al-Sorghali, a physical therapist/athletic trainer at UTMC’s Regency Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine office, marathon training in winter presents runners with a unique set of challenges. However, they can be overcome with modest planning and preparation.
Last month, discussing the desert in bloom, I suggested that birds and wildlife were subjects for another day. Well, this is the day. It must be conceded that, if you want to see wildlife in huge numbers, you need to head to Yellowstone, not the desert. Still, there are plenty of interesting animals worthy of your attention.