Senior Living Articles

Below is a list of articles that you may find helpful.

A growing number of studies show that activities are generally more effective than medications in the treatment of agitation in older adults, particularly those with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other kinds of memory loss. Here are some examples of simple, evidence-based activities that can... Continue Reading >

By: Christine Wissner, social services manager, LIFE Beaver County

A common complaint from seniors is that in American society there is far too much focus on youth. We often spend a lot of money attempting to look younger and fighting the natural results of gravity.

Even... Continue Reading >

By: Darla Evans, director of nutritional services, LIFE Programs

Studies show that around 27% of seniors in America are eating less protein than they should in order to maintain good physical health. This statistic is troubling because as we age our physical need for protein... Continue Reading >

As the summer months heat up, it’s imperative to maintain adequate hydration.  Hydration is a term that describes the fluid and electrolyte concentration in the human body.  The level of hydration is dependent on water intake from foods, liquid, metabolism, and water loss from sweating and organ... Continue Reading >

Adults may experience feeding and swallowing problems due to such diseases or disorders as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. Those with cancer of the mouth, throat or esophagus, head or neck injury or decayed or missing teeth may also have... Continue Reading >

Individuals can have their ability to speak and/or communicate affected as they age. People that have had a stroke, a tumor, or a brain injury may be affected. People that have been diagnosed with dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or other progressive neurological disorders also... Continue Reading >

Parkinson’s disease is related to a loss of nerve cells in your brain that produce a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is important for controlling movement. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common degenerative brain disease, with Alzheimer’s being the first. Most often, symptoms will... Continue Reading >

Recent research has demonstrated that exercise delays impairments of cognition as well as decline in activities of daily living. It has been determined that aerobic exercise (exercise that increases heart rate) and strength training are most beneficial, but stretching and balance exercises also... Continue Reading >

There are several eye conditions that can make it difficult to complete daily tasks. These include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

Occupational therapists have special training to help people with low vision function better. They can help prevent accidents and... Continue Reading >

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is commonly known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. According to the National Institute on health (NIH), COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a major contributor to long term disability. People with COPD suffer with... Continue Reading >

Osteoporosis is a common disease that causes thinning and weakening of the bones. It is characterized by low bone density, decreased bone strength, and structural deterioration of bone tissue. The bone becomes thinned out and porous, decreasing the ability of bone to withstand typical forces... Continue Reading >

Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is usually caused by deterioration of a joint. The weight-bearing joints are most typically affected, especially the hips and knees. Approximately 27 million people in... Continue Reading >


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