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Time to get to know the Centre for Ageing Better!

With all things, it’s important to get a better understanding of it. With that in mind, the Centre for Ageing Better is giving you this closer vision into its history and continued advocacy.

Who is the Centre for Ageing Better?

This centre was founded and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It started with a £50M investment which has been used wisely and properly. To this day, the Centre for Ageing Better has its doors open to provide a valuable service to the elderly community.

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What do they do?

The Centre has realized that there is a consistently increasing number of elderly in society. While most people have written off the elderly as a burden, the Centre looks at them as a valuable resource for society. The elderly also pose as a proper challenge for public services and a general wellbeing of society.

With that in mind, the Centre aims to provide an important service by tapping into the unused resource that is the elderly community. The Centre’s goal is to provide suitable and factual evidence that appropriately identifies which processes work toward providing a good quality of life for the elderly. This refers to home, health, and even work. Yes, we believe that just because you are in your autumn years this does not mean that you should give up working if you don’t want to.

A common concern that we have heard through the years is that those that found self-worth and fulfillment in their employed years tend to feel adrift once they retire. We’re here to tell you that there are now other viable options of employ to keep even the grumpiest workaholic happy.

The Centre aims to fully empower the elderly into staying active, helping them establish an active role in maintaining good health, and providing a suitable platform for recognition.

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What are the Centre’s core principles?

Community empowerment

The primary goal of Centre for Ageing Better is to foster positive communities for the elderly. We aim to promote and cultivate positive environments where the senior citizens are engaged, active, and highly valued. There is so much that any community can learn from what the elders have seen in their long years. We aim to tap into that for the benefit of all.

Promoting self-sustainability

The moment you become an adult, you ideally become self-sufficient and are able to sustain your own livelihood. There is no reason for this to stop once you have become an elder. The Centre aims to cultivating other talents in the elders and helping them find avenues in which they are able to sustain an income.

Continuing refinement

We understand that any process will have hiccups. As such, it is one of our principles to continuously strive to suitably identify processes that do not work and replace them with something new.

To summarize

The Centre for Ageing Better works to provide an overall better quality of living for those undergoing their autumn years. When we all work to provide a better environment for those who have taken care of us, we will be all better for it.

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You’re still doing what?! The Bad Habits You Need to Drop ASAP

Bad habits are no laughing matter. These can really mess up your system while you’re still young. Imagine the damage they can do when you’re older. Today, we discuss the bad habits you definitely need to drop ASAP.

When you’re considered a “geriatric”, taking care of your general wellbeing is something you need to do a tad more seriously. The last thing you should be doing is adding stressors to your body. Let’s look at the bad habits that you seriously need to dump:

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Smoking

Smoking has been associated with increased heart failure, the development of lung cancer, and it increases the risks of strokes. All that was true when you were twenty years old, and it’s even truer now that you’re in your autumn years.

If you haven’t taken the steps to quit smoking, this is something you need to get help for immediately. Consult with your doctor on the best ways to cut back on smoking and your nicotine dependency.

Not eating well

We get it if it’s a bit too hard to give up bacon, fries, and all that good stuff. We truly do. However, as your body ages, it loses its ability to fully digest certain things.

A proper diet that comprised of fibers and nutrients is needed to keep healthy. What’s great is that it’s a lot easier to do now with all the available options in the market. Staying healthy isn’t all that hard to do now.

Skimping on exercise

When you’re in your senior years, you do a lot of damage by skimping out on exercise. In order to keep going even when life seems to be planning other things is why being consistent with exercise.

When you are fit, you’re less likely to fall sick and you’ll get to do more. At this time in your life, you should be enjoying it not grumbling over a failing health.

Not using sunscreen

The sun can do a lot of damage to your skin. This is especially true when you’re in your 60’s. It is important to consistently use sunscreen whenever you go outside. There are a lot of viable brands that make formulas specifically for different age sets.

In order to protect your skin from damage and cancer, it would be wise to never be remiss with your sunscreen application.

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Skipping out on doctor’s appointments

Your doctor is your partner in keeping good health. If you keep your partner out of the loop, no good things can come of it. You disable any chances of early detection of any issues that you may be experiencing. It might be expensive however there are now centers that cater specifically to senior citizen’s needs. It would be in your best interest to meet your appointments consistently.

Being remiss with your doctor’s appointments is a recipe for disaster later down the road. Early detection is the key when combating illnesses late in your lifetime.

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If you find yourself having any of the habits listed above, it would be in your best interest to drop them at the soonest possible opportunity.

The Very Practical Reasons Why Elders Should Never Skimp on Exercise

Elders must never think that exercise is cumbersome. Exercise can provide a whopping amount of benefits for anyone in their autumn years. Let’s discuss the very practical reason why those in their autumn years should never skimp on exercise.

Let’s talk body

When your age hits 40, it’s a sad truth of life that your body’s metabolism is going to slow down. So imagine what it’s like when you’re in what’s considered to be the “geriatric” age. Healing takes longer and fats get harder to burn.

When you’ve gotten older, illnesses take longer to pass. The wear and tear of your body will start to show. Yes, we understand that may sound quite such a downer. However, the world isn’t as glum as we’re describing it to be. At least, it doesn’t have to be if you’re smart about it.

Of course, we’re talking about not skimping on exercise.

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Why shouldn’t a geriatric skimp on exercise?

There are a lot of things that can pose as a risk to your health when you’re in your autumn years. When you don’t exercise, you up your chances of getting hurt significantly. Let’s look at some things that you’ll be at risk for when you skimp out on exercise:

Fall injury

Fall injuries in senior citizens are fairly high. It is the number one source of injuries in senior citizens. When you like in places like the UK or the USA—where certain seasons are really unfriendly—there is significantly more risk for falling.

Regular exercise can help steady your footing and stability.

Decreased healing

One of the suck-filled things about getting older is that you’re more susceptible to infection. When you get a physical wound, you don’t heal as fast either.

This is because as you age, your body doesn’t recover as fast. This is a sad fact that you can combat with regular exercise. When you make it a habit to exercise, you increase your healing rate by at least 25%. When you keep your body healthy, your immunity is up. When your immunity is up, it is less likely for you to get ill or fall prey to infections.

Stiffness

Muscles often get stiffer as you age. This can lead to trouble down the road especially if you live by yourself. You can keep your muscles limber by consistent exercise. It doesn’t even have to be excessive or prolonged. By doing a few stretches, you maintain a proper range of motion as you continue to age.

Gradual Weakness

One thing you can expect when you grow older is the eventual loss of strength in your overall body. If you don’t take care of yourself, your bones can become brittle and your stamina can drop. By exercising consistently, you can fight the gradual loss of strength.

You can make use of weights or resistance bands. You can even try simple calisthenics.

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To summarize

Exercise isn’t something that the elderly can afford to skimp on. In order to remain healthy both physically and mentally, exercise is truly important. Remember, being consistent is good.

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Never Think You’re Fighting Alone: a Frank Talk about Depression

While depression in the elderly is increasingly common, this doesn’t mean it’s normal. A lot of the senior members of our community need more help than we realize. Today, we’ll be talking about depression in elderly citizens.

What is Depression?

Depression is a serious medical illness. Depression can negatively affect the way you act, the way you think, and the way you process information. The feelings of sadness are usually synonymous with the term ‘depression’.

There are various symptoms that are linked to depression. Some symptoms show up as:

  • Loss of interest in normally beloved things or activities
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping too much
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Inability to make and stick to a decision
  • Thoughts of committing suicide

In order for those symptoms to be categorized as depression, they generally need to last more than two weeks.

A common misconception about depression is that it is only a mental condition. It is something that can also be triggered by physical illnesses like a brain tumor, hormonal imbalance, or thyroid issues.

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Depression in the Elderly

It is a fact that people over the age of 50 are thrice as likely to be diagnosed with depression. This is likely because of them going through a great age of transition. It’s not easy being fully capable and active one moment and then struggling to do menial things the next. This can bring a lot of hurt and confusion to any person.

The reason why depression is more serious in the elderly is because this is usually compounded by other illnesses that they already have. With a slower rate of recovery, the elderly tend to have longer bouts of depression. This can severely impact their health. Being depressed puts stress on already fragile system. This can increase their risk for cardiac illnesses.

These are only some of the reasons why the elderly need constant evaluation and careful care. What is often difficult in diagnosing depression in the elderly is that a large percentile of people aged 65 and older do not have suitable support systems in place.

There is a certain stigma associated with depression. As such, even if a person recognizes the symptoms in themselves, they usually delay getting treatment. This can lead to more severe repercussions in the long run.

Treatments

If you suspect that an elderly person around you is distressed or depressed, it is important to get help immediately. Once a proper diagnosis has been made, the patient can get started on antidepressants or psychotherapy. Being more physically active helps a lot as a treatment, too.

An issue with antidepressants is that they come with side effects that an elderly person may not react to as well as a young adult. A common issue is that doctors tend to prescribe lower dosages in elderly patients. As a result, medicines take longer to take effect.

Depression can be treated. All it requires is suitable help. If you believe that you are undergoing depression, it is important to visit your doctor. It is always best to be wrong and secure.

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Getting Those Bones Moving: Two Fun Hobbies That Elders Can Pick Up

When you’re past the supposed “prime” of your life, it’s important to find new things to try and enjoy. This is particularly useful when being active is important. Today, we’ll be discussing some hobbies that you can pick up even late in your life.

Gardening

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Is there really anything as good as getting some sun? Gardening is always a great hobby as it’s a great stress reliever. A lot of senior communities often depict gardening as part of its wellness programs. That’s for a very good reason. There are a lot of health benefits that seniors can obtain from gardening such as exposure to fresh and sunlight.

 It’s an activity that you can enjoy without having to truly physically exert a lot of effort. Regardless of the seasons you experience, there are always plant options that you can start with.

What’s great about gardening is that if you ever wanted to eat healthy, this is a great place to start. You’ll be able to control what you’ll be eating once the harvest is ready. It’s a great way to keep you occupied for long periods of time. And we’re not really talking about the actual time you spend digging and planting or watering. When you plant something, you need to plan months ahead to see when would be the best time to plant. It’s also something that can help sharpen your memory.

Gardening does require a bit of effort though; so remembering that you have to water something in order for it to survive is a good way to keep exercising your memory.

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Yoga

Never let anyone tell you that you are too old for yoga. In fact, those that benefit the most from yoga are seniors.

The breathing techniques help seniors stay calm and focused. The gentle exercise is a great way to keep your body healthy. The concentration it takes to remember the poses and follow instructions keeps your memory sharp. Yoga will also enable you to meet other seniors who have picked up the hobby. Being sociable is one of the perks that you get from doing yoga.

Even if you choose to just do yoga at home, it’s completely viable. It’s not even something that will cost you a lot of money. All you need is a mat to keep you in place and a Yoga instructional video playing. It’s very practical and quite good for your health.

A lot of seniors who have taken up yoga do end up being happier and healthier than those that do not. Getting centered and blocking out the unnecessary noise can really boost your wellbeing. When you’re in a happy place, your immunity is stronger. So the benefits of yoga just keep going on and on.

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Seniors do not need to feel like they’re just wasting away. Getting active through hobbies is a fun and creative way to stay healthy. What’s great about gardening and yoga is that it is readily accessible.

Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these two hobbies today!

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Health is Wealth: The Most Common Physical Ailments in the Elderly

When you’ve seen and experienced a lot of life, it is reasonable to expect some wear and tear. Like any machine, breaks or ills are expected as you age. Today, we’ll look at common ails that you need to look out for.

Osteoporosis

This is a bone disease that is quite common in the elderly. This illness occurs when your body undergoes continuous hormonal changes and a deficiency of vitamin D. Even the severe loss of calcium can cause osteoporosis.

When you have osteoporosis, your bones are typically considered weak. In severe cases, minor bumps or sneezing can lead to bone breaking. When you check healthy bones under a microscope, you’ll see a network of honeycomb shaped holes. When you inspect bones of those with osteoporosis, you’ll see larger holes within that honeycomb network. Often the network won’t be as discernible.

If you are over 50 and experience a broken bone, have your doctor check your bones for its density. If you are nearing this age, it would be important to get your bones checked regularly. This is because osteoporosis isn’t something that you can feel happening to you.

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Coronary Heart Disease

This particular disease is due to the buildup of gunk in the walls of the coronary arteries. These arteries are critical as they supply your heart with blood. Over time, the gunk (which can comprise of fatty substances) can clog and limit the amount of blood that your heart can get.

Coronary Heart Disease can have a variety of symptoms and angina is one of those symptoms. We mention angina because it is one of the most common ones. A stable angina has these symptoms: chest pain, back pain, shoulder pain, a dull pain in your arm, and even continued pain in your throat and jaw.

A far more serious form the angina has these symptoms: intense pain in any of the locations listed above. Normally, the pain can be alleviated by changing your position (sitting when you’re standing and vice versa). However, when the pain does not wane even with a position change, you need to call emergency services.

If you are over 40 and experience any of the lighter symptoms, it is crucial that you get yourself checked out. When you’re a certain age, it is crucial to be proactive about your heart’s health.

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Arthritis

This condition usually refers to a painful inflammation to the body’s joints. While not a single and encompassing illness, the term ‘arthritis’ is used to refer to any joint disease.

Usual symptoms are swelling, the loss of movement, and stiffness. While symptoms come and go, over a prolonged period of time, it can be quite cumbersome. There are several types of arthritis so it’s best to have your doctor suitably identify which type you have.

It is important to get checked out whenever you feel recurring pain. The tests can vary from x-rays and blood work. When you’re past the age of 40, it is best to get arthritis dealt with and get a routine going.