Posts Tagged: Senior health

Fit for Life: The Impact of Exercise on Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to spotlight the critical role of exercise in promoting men’s health and well-being. Regular physical activity is a cornerstone of preventive health care, offering profound benefits that extend beyond physical fitness to mental and emotional health.

The Benefits of Exercise for Men:

  1. Cardiovascular Health: Regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death among men, by improving heart function, lowering blood pressure, and increasing good cholesterol levels.
  2. Weight Management: Combating obesity is crucial for preventing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, and exercise is a key component in maintaining a healthy weight.
  3. Mental Health: Physical activity releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters, helping to reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression.
  4. Muscle Strength and Bone Health: Strength training increases muscle mass and bone density, which is particularly important as men age and start to lose muscle strength and bone mass.
  5. Chronic Disease Prevention: Regular exercise helps prevent or manage chronic conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis.

Incorporating Exercise into Daily Life:

  1. Find an Activity You Enjoy: The best exercise is the one you will stick with, whether it’s cycling, swimming, lifting weights, or playing a sport.
  2. Set Realistic Goals: Start with achievable goals and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to avoid burnout and injury.
  3. Make It a Habit: Consistency is key. Try to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, even if it’s just a short walk.
  4. Seek Support: Joining a gym, finding a workout buddy, or participating in group sports can provide motivation and accountability.
  5. Listen to Your Body: It’s important to recognize your body’s signals and allow time for rest and recovery to prevent injuries.

Challenges and Solutions:

Many men face barriers to regular exercise, including busy schedules, lack of motivation, or fear of injury. Overcoming these challenges starts with prioritizing health and finding creative solutions, like short, high-intensity workouts to fit into a busy day or trying low-impact exercises to reduce the risk of injury.


Men’s Health Month serves as a reminder of the importance of exercise in promoting a healthier, happier life for men at any age. By making physical activity a priority, men can significantly improve their physical and mental health, setting a strong foundation for a healthy future. Remember, it’s never too late to start, and every step towards a more active lifestyle is a step towards better health.

Navigating Through Grief: Understanding Loss in Later Life

May, recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, brings a crucial aspect of mental health into the spotlight—grief and loss in older adults. As we age, the inevitability of losing peers, partners, and aspects of our independence becomes a more frequent reality. Understanding and navigating through grief is essential for the mental health and well-being of our elderly population.

The Unique Nature of Grief in Older Adults:

Grief in later life is often multifaceted. It’s not just about dealing with the death of loved ones but also grieving the loss of physical abilities, independence, and the significant changes that come with aging. Older adults might face the challenge of mourning privately to avoid burdening their families, or they may feel their grief is dismissed as a normal part of aging, both of which can lead to isolation.

Recognizing the Signs of Grief:

Grief can manifest differently in older adults. Beyond sadness, it may appear as fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, or disinterest in previously enjoyed activities. It’s crucial to recognize these signs and understand they represent a normal, albeit painful, part of the grieving process.

Supporting Older Adults Through Grief:

  1. Open Conversations: Encourage discussions about loss in a supportive and non-judgmental way. Sharing memories and feelings can be a therapeutic way to process grief.
  2. Professional Support: Counseling or grief support groups can offer a safe space to express feelings and learn coping strategies. Many communities and online platforms offer resources specifically tailored to older adults.
  3. Promoting Physical Health: Physical activity and maintaining a routine can help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety associated with grief.
  4. Encouraging Social Connections: Isolation can exacerbate grief. Facilitating connections with friends, family, or through community organizations can provide essential emotional support.

The Role of Caregivers and Families:

Caregivers and family members play a vital role in recognizing the signs of complicated grief, which is more severe and prolonged, and may require professional intervention. Being patient, offering a listening ear, and simply being present can make a significant difference in the healing process.


Grief in older adults deserves attention and understanding, not just during Mental Health Awareness Month but year-round. By acknowledging the depth of their loss, providing support, and facilitating access to resources, we can help older adults navigate their grief and move towards healing. Remember, it’s never too late to seek help, and addressing mental health is a crucial step in ensuring the overall well-being of our elderly loved ones.

Recognizing Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Understanding, Support, and Hope

April marks Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD), a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement. With millions of people worldwide living with PD, the importance of understanding, supporting, and advancing research for this condition cannot be overstated. This month, we aim to shed light on the challenges faced by those with Parkinson’s, celebrate the strides in research and treatment, and offer ways for communities to come together in support of individuals and families affected by PD.

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is characterized by the degeneration of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which controls movement. This degeneration causes a reduction in dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in coordinating movement, leading to the symptoms commonly associated with PD. These symptoms include tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, and balance problems. While the disease progresses differently in each individual, the impact on daily living can be significant.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis

Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, as symptoms are often subtle and gradual. However, early detection is crucial for managing symptoms effectively. Neurologists use a combination of medical history, physical examinations, and sometimes specialized imaging tests to diagnose PD. Awareness of the early signs of Parkinson’s is essential for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Advances in Treatment and Care

While there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, significant advances in treatment have been made. Medications can help manage symptoms by increasing dopamine levels or mimicking its effects. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are also integral parts of managing the disease, helping individuals maintain mobility, function, and communication.

Innovative research into new treatments, including gene therapy, stem cell therapy, and neuroprotective strategies, offers hope for the future. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery has also provided life-changing benefits for some people with PD, improving quality of life where medication alone is not sufficient.

Supporting Those Affected by Parkinson’s

  • Support for individuals with Parkinson’s and their families is vital. Parkinson’s can be an isolating experience, and the support from communities can make a significant difference. Here are a few ways to offer support:
  • Educate Yourself and Others: Learning about Parkinson’s disease and sharing your knowledge can help dispel myths and reduce stigma.
  • Participate in Awareness Events: Join or organize Parkinson’s awareness events in your community. These can include fundraising walks, educational seminars, or support group meetings.
  • Advocate for Research Funding: Advocate for increased funding for Parkinson’s research at both the national and local levels to support the search for a cure.
  • Volunteer: Many organizations that support PD research and patients rely on volunteers for their programs and events.
  • Offer Practical Help: For families affected by PD, practical support such as helping with daily tasks, providing transportation, or simply being there to listen can be incredibly helpful.

The Power of Hope and Community

Parkinson’s Awareness Month is not only about understanding the disease but also about fostering a sense of community and hope. By coming together, sharing stories, and supporting research, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by PD. Let this month be a reminder of the strength found in unity and the ongoing journey towards a future without Parkinson’s disease.


As we observe Parkinson’s Awareness Month, let’s commit to increasing awareness, supporting those in need, and contributing to the advancement of research. Every effort counts in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, and together, we can look forward to a day when this condition can be effectively treated or even cured. Remember, through understanding, support, and hope, we can make a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families navigating the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.

10 Simple Steps to a Healthier Heart for Older Adults

Heart health is crucial at any age, but for older adults, taking steps to protect the heart can significantly improve quality of life and independence. As a home care agency dedicated to the well-being of seniors, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities in promoting heart health among the elderly. Here are ten simple, caregiver-friendly steps to support heart health in older adults.

1. Adopt a Heart-Healthy Diet

Encourage a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. For older adults, focus on easy-to-prepare, nutrient-dense foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium to help manage blood pressure and cholesterol.

2. Promote Regular Physical Activity

Physical activity is essential, even for those with limited mobility. Tailor exercises to the individual’s ability, focusing on activities like walking, chair yoga, or light stretching exercises that can maintain cardiovascular health without overexertion.

3. Support a Healthy Weight

Help seniors maintain a healthy weight through balanced nutrition and regular activity. This often involves managing portion sizes and ensuring meals are well-balanced.

4. Encourage Smoking Cessation

For seniors who smoke, offer support and resources to help them quit. This might include connecting them with local support groups or exploring nicotine replacement therapies, under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

5. Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Advise moderation in alcohol intake, as excessive drinking can exacerbate health issues, including those related to heart health.

6. Manage Stress Effectively

Help seniors find ways to manage stress through activities like reading, listening to music, engaging in hobbies, or mindfulness practices. Caregivers can play a significant role in identifying sources of stress and providing comfort and support.

7. Monitor Blood Pressure Regularly

Keep a regular check on blood pressure, utilizing home monitoring devices if necessary. This can help detect changes early and adjust care plans accordingly.

8. Manage Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

With the guidance of healthcare professionals, ensure that seniors are maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol and triglycerides through diet, exercise, and medication when prescribed.

9. Ensure Adequate Sleep

Promote good sleep hygiene by establishing a regular bedtime routine, ensuring the sleeping environment is comfortable and quiet, and addressing any sleep disturbances promptly with healthcare providers.

10. Facilitate Regular Health Screenings

Ensure that older adults are keeping up with regular health screenings and doctor’s appointments. This includes managing appointments for them and providing transportation if needed.


Caring for the heart is a lifelong journey, and for older adults, maintaining heart health is key to enjoying a fulfilling, independent life. As caregivers, we play a vital role in supporting the heart health of the seniors in our care, through both our actions and by fostering an environment that prioritizes their well-being. By implementing these ten simple steps, we can make a significant positive impact on the heart health of the older adults we serve.

Oral Health in the Elderly

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association points out the need for oral health in the elderly. The study says that older adults with tooth loss have a higher risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. The more teeth that are missing, the increased risk.

Researchers reviewed records of 24,074 participants, of which 4,689 had cognitive impairment or dementia. They found that each missing tooth was associated with a 1.4% increase in the risk of cognitive impairment and a 1.1% increased risk of dementia. Those with 20 or more missing teeth had a 31% higher risk. Participants who had missing teeth but also used dentures were not found to have a higher risk.

The connection between missing teeth and these risks is not clear. Perhaps missing teeth create problems chewing food so much that nutritional deficiencies or chemical imbalances occur. If there has been poor oral hygiene, increased bacteria in the mouth or gum disease may also have a connection.

Or it’s possible that people who are experiencing cognitive decline become less able to take care of their teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. There’s still a lot to be studied on this issue but one thing is clear: aging adults often need more care. At Corewood Care, we serve seniors and their families with in-home care, allowing the elderly person to age in place in their own home.

Our caregivers are trained to help with the physical needs such as toileting, bathing, dressing and basic oral care, as well as help in the home with light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, and companionship and compassion during every visit.

If you or a family member are struggling to keep up with the tasks of daily living, let us help. Contact us for a no-cost home consultation for senior home care services across the greater Bethesda and Washington DC region.

Loneliness in the Elderly

As people age, loneliness and social isolation can become very real concerns and create health risks for dementia and other medical conditions. A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) indicates that nearly one quarter of adults 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. 

Aging seniors are more likely to live alone, often after the death of a spouse; and are more likely to experience the loss of family or friends who may pass away or move to another location. Chronic illness and loss of hearing also contribute to isolation and loneliness. A recent study found that social isolation increased the risk of premature death to nearly the same extent as smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.

At Corewood Care, we work to address the issues of loneliness and social isolation for our senior home care clients and their families. Often, we are brought into a senior’s home because they, or their adult children, recognize that they need help with bathing, housekeeping, or meal preparation. Our caregivers are adept at providing that physical, tangible assistance, but they are also trained in the importance of companionship while they’re performing other duties in the home.

That companionship is part of our company philosophy; it’s our mission to help our clients thrive and grow. That means we’re attuned to the issue of loneliness, and we make an effort to reduce those feelings in our clients during our visits. So while our caregivers help a client bath and dress, they try to engage each client. These conversations might be inquiring about the places the senior lived or the type of work they did; their families; the weather or news of the day. While our caregiver prepares meals for the senior, they might ask about their favorite meal or what memories he or she has of holidays, or about hobbies or interests he or she enjoyed.

Our hope is to not only provide home care but to make a difference. Senior home care is not just about physically helping the senior with activities of daily living as they age, it’s also about caring for their mental health by offering friendship and companionship. Corewood Care is a senior home care company serving Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria region in Virginia; as well as Washington DC area. Call on us for assistance with home health care services, 24/7 care, and respite care for your family.

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