Summer can be a time of rest and relaxation, involving family picnics, time at the beach or working in the yard and gardens. As the days get hotter, the risk of dehydration increases and can be a serious problem for anyone, but older adults are more at risk for dehydration, due to a decrease in body water content. Medical conditions and medications can also affect a senior’s water retention, and those with dementia may forget
Drinking Enough Fluids It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients, and then get rid of the unused waste. With age, some people may lose their sense of thirst. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids. Drinking enough fluids every day also is essential if you exercise regularly. Check with your doctor, however,
Exploring the relationship between what you eat and how you feel can have a huge impact on your health. Forgetting the importance of nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods can alter your brain chemistry and lead to a host of mood-related issues, such as depression, anxiety, brain fog and zapped energy levels. Improving your diet can help give you positive feelings, clearer thinking, more energy and a calmer mood – something I am sure we
There are 24 million people in the U.S. who are morbidly obese; 72.5 million people meet the criteria for obesity. With bariatric surgery, a single intervention can change the lives of many of these people. Cape Coral resident Bill Reese was one of them (shown on cover). He had high blood pressure, took 16 pills a day and was about to need daily shots to keep his Type 2 diabetes in check. Obesity is an
It seems today that everyone is interested in the next big thing to help ward off health problems and keep their minds active and fresh. Whether it’s regular exercise, quality sleep or an active social life, retaining your independence in your aging years is something to strive for. With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia climbing and no clear treatment or prevention in sight, it’s never too early to start boosting your brain reserves.