People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change.
Did you know?
The number of persons 65 years or older numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available), representing 14.5% of the U.S. population.
According to a Pew Research survey, nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (over 18).
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), we need to explore “aging” not as a single process but rather as an intricate web of interdependent genetic, biochemical, physiological, economic, social, and psychological factors, some of which are better understood than others.
Depression is a common problem among older adults, but it is not a normal part of aging. It may be overlooked because for some older adults who have depression, sadness is not their main symptom. Therefore, doctors may be less likely to recognize that their patient has depression.
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Exercise improves more than your physical health. It can also boost memory and help prevent dementia. If you stay strong and agile as you age, you’ll be more able to keep doing the things you enjoy and less likely to need help.
Visit "Healthy Eating After 50" on the National Institute on Aging’s website for some tips about nutrition and diet as we age.
Are you concerned about an aging loved one? Are you worried that their home setting may no longer be safe? To help you with these questions and more, contact LifeCare® and ask for a Senior Care Manager who can do an in-home assessment that evaluates your loved one’s physical, mental, social, and financial needs with recommendations for next steps"
If you feel a bit overwhelmed by your responsibilities for caring for aging family members, reach out to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You can receive up to five face-to-face sessions with a counselor and unlimited telephonic assistance.
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A few facts about the mushroom: Mushrooms
Mushrooms are a low-calorie food that can be eaten cooked, raw or as a garnish to a meal.
In a 100 g (3.5 ounce) serving, mushrooms are an excellent source of B vitamins, an excellent source of the essential minerals, selenium and copper, and a good source of phosphorus and potassium.
Fat, carbohydrate and calorie content are low.
Healthy Food Recipe of the Month:
Check out this recipe for Alpine Mushroom Pasta.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Census Bureau, Pew Research Center, WebMD,, Federal Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health – Senior Health