Preventing the Flu in Seniors

With the cold and rainy weather we've been having recently, it's clear that we're in the midst of flu season. Regardless of a person's age or health, every one is at risk of contracting the flu virus. The Centers for Disease Control says that more than 200,000 people get the flu each year and seniors in their 70's and 80's are at a higher risk due to their weakened immune systems. For that reason, seniors should take precautionary measures seriously to prevent the flu. It requires more than simply washing your hands frequently to stay healthy during flu season. Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough and in extreme cases, nausea and vomiti

Seniors who go to Back to School Reduce Dementia Risk

If you studied up on our New Year's Resolutions, you may be considering #2 Work Your Body and Mind. Here's even more of a reason to consider going back to school as a senior 65 and older. Did you know that taking a class in just about any subject can improve your cognitive abilities, fuel your memory and have fun all at the same time? Senior citizens who stay mentally active can enjoy all of these awards, say recent studies. The studies of Australian investigators have shown that going back to school could help reduce chances of early onset dementia in elderly people. Taking college courses helps boost brain functions, encourage critical thinking and activate parts of the brain that elderly

New Year's Resolutions for Seniors

1. Eat Healthier As You Age Switch up your diet this year to look and feel better than ever! Fruits (2-3 servings a day) - Focus on eating whole, fresh fruit rather than juices or smoothies. Untouched fruits provide more fiber and vitamins. The richer the color, the more vitamins, so try eating more berries and melons instead of the usual, apples and bananas. Veggies (2-3 cups a day) - Try eating more dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach and broccoli. They're rich in antioxidants which keep you from getting sick! Also incorporate orange and yellow vegetables like carrots, squash and yams into your diet to help with digestion. Calcium (1,200 mg a day) - Maintaining bone health is one of the

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