Those who are buying a walker for the 1st time are often forced to choose between style, features, or durability. This can make purchasing a walker stressful and frustrating. If you or a loved one is at the time of life when a walker has become a necessity, be sure that the walker you choose meets these 5 criteria. Read More
This month, three separate studies all published in Nature Medicine and Science have shown that putting young blood into older mice helps reverse both the mental and physical symptoms of aging. Specifically, memory, endurance, muscle strength, and sense of smell improve. These findings could open new ways to treat conditions ranging from impaired mobility to Alzheimer’s disease. Read More
Scammers often target seniors because 1.) Many seniors have accumulated a considerable amount of money, and 2.) Seniors are often less up-to-date on current financial scams. So in an effort to educate, here are 5 of the most common financial scams seniors should watch out for. Read More
“I’m getting older but I’m not getting old,” says Hildegard Gigl (pronounced “giggle”), a 99 year old fitness instructor. All the members of her fitness group are 75 or older. Some, including Gigl herself, use walkers
and other mobility devices, but that doesn’t stop them from doing wall pushups, weightlifting soup cans, and other exercises to the tune of big band hits.
Scientists have long studied aging in short-lived lab animals such as yeast, worms, flies, and mice. But this presents several problems. For example, many lab animals are inbred and therefore don’t represent the same genetic variability we humans have. The lab animals also live in very different environments than ours, and don’t live long enough for scientists to closely study their entire lifetimes. Read More
Trouble walking during pregnancy is nothing new. It’s a symptom of pelvic girdle pain or PGP, a pregnancy discomfort that physicians have been treating since the time of Hippocrates
. During pregnancy, the growing baby causes a woman’s center of gravity and posture to change. This, along with pregnancy hormones, can cause the pelvic joints to become unstable leading to a variety of mobility issues ranging from minor discomfort to significant pain and sometimes the inability to walk.
A team of students in Utah known as the Rec N Crew
will be going to this year’s National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championship for the first time ever. The team is made up of both guys and girls ages 11 to 18. Though the kids come from a variety of schools, the team is sanctioned like a regular high school team, meaning the players have to keep up with their grades in order to compete.
According to entrepreneur Dr. J. Craig Venter, “Your age is your number one risk factor for almost every disease.” This means that the most efficient way to fight disease isn’t by treating them individually, but slowing down the aging process
itself. And that is exactly what Dr. Venter hopes to do through his new company Human Longevity.
If you’re fortunate enough to have your mobility but don’t feel like walking, then check out the Solowheel
-- a new one-wheeled mobility device
. Think of it as a unicycle you don’t have to pedal, or a Segway minus a wheel and the handle.
recently published in the Baltimore Sun, suggests that creative expression helps seniors age gracefully. The study took place over 5 years and was conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Gene Cohen, director of George Washington University’s Center on Aging, Health and the Humanities.
Just a generation ago, most seniors assumed that as they grew older they would go to an assisted living facility or nursing home. But with the boomers, that’s beginning to change. Seniors today are embracing a variety of new and fun innovations - everything from dating sites to Zumba classes and the increasingly popular senior villages
When researcher Michael Ramscar
came across a study saying that cognitive decline starts at age 45, he found it hard to believe. After all, he was 45 and those he looked up to intellectually were even older. So after reviewing several studies on aging and memory, he came to the conclusion that these studies ask the wrong question.
We know that being healthy helps make us happier. But a new study has shown that the inverse is also true; being happy makes us healthier and even helps slow aging
. The study looked at 3,000 people over the age of 60 and found that those who were happier were less likely to develop physical impairments in their everyday activities, more likely to maintain a brisk walking speed, and more likely to maintain better overall physical function.
Hip replacement surgeries aren’t fun (except perhaps if you’re a well-paid hip replacement surgeon), but they can restore your mobility and independence. Still, it takes energy and time to completely recover and start walking again. Read More
On the Just Walkers Blog, we’re always encouraging seniors to maintain an active lifestyle, but preferably not by doing something that would land you in jail. Although for some, such as Margaretta D’Arcy-- a very active, very strong-willed senior-- it might just be worth it. Read More
If you have an elderly loved one living alone, it can be stressful knowing that you can’t be there to take care of them all the time. The largest cause of injury for seniors is falling, particularly inside the house. For an elderly person living alone this danger becomes significantly higher, as they’ll have no one close by to help them in the event of an accident. But this doesn’t mean that you or your loved one have to sacrifice independence for safety. Read More
Your house is meant to be a place where you can feel relaxed and comfortable, but as you grow older, this can unfortunately stop being the case. When mobility becomes more of a challenge, that tiled floor can start to feel a little more slippery, and those wooden steps a little more treacherous. In addition to being difficult to traverse the risk of falling becomes a greater danger. Read More
No matter what your age, there’s almost nothing that feels better than spending a day relaxing, reading a book, watching TV, or taking a nap, and there’s no better place to do this than in the comfort of your own bedroom. It’s a place of comfort, safety, and rest, somewhere you can feel truly at home. Read More
One thing many people fear about aging is the possibility of Alzheimer’s Disease. And although scientists may not have a cure or even effective treatment for it just yet, they’re learning more and more about the condition. Just recently, scientists discovered a way to detect Alzheimer’s risk in babies. Read More
Cataracts, arthritis, wrinkled skin-- most of us assume these symptoms of aging are annoyances that serve no greater purpose. But a new study
suggests they may be part of the body’s natural defense against cancer. How? It all has to do with senescent cells.
Do you sometimes find maintaining your mobility and balance a struggle? Are those knees just not what they used to be? Do you feel confined indoors by your limited mobility? If this is the case you may want to consider getting a mobility aid, such as a cane
, to maintain your freedom and make your everyday life easier.
It’s estimated that up to 40% of nursing home residents experience a fall each year. For people over 65, falls are the most common cause of hospital visits and can lead to serious medical issues such as broken bones, decreased mobility, or in some cases death. Read More
UCLA professor Steve Horvath has figured out a new way to measure the age of your organs—the DNA Methylation Age Calculator.
How does it work? Turns out our DNA has 353 markers which change as we age. Typically this change is uniform across the human body. But not always.
Typically, 30th wedding anniversaries are significant and memorable events. But Fred and Debbie Strubin never would’ve guessed theirs would be the day they rescued an elderly woman
The world’s population is aging. And many countries—including Canada, France, India, Puerto Rico, and Ukraine—now legally require adult children to support their parents
. In some countries these laws are more extreme than in others. For example, over half US states have such laws, but they’re not well known and usually not enforced.
The good news is the US economy is finally starting to recover. The bad news is, according to a new study,
this may lead to an increased death rate among the elderly.
Transport wheelchairs Read More
are smaller and lighter than standard wheelchairs
, making them a perfect mobility aid for travel and daytrips. Due to their small wheels, transport chairs can’t be self-propelled and instead need to be pushed from behind. When choosing a transport chair, there are several things you should keep in mind.
This October will be the 29th National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and to celebrate, we’ll be putting the Medline Breast Cancer Awareness Rollator
on sale. Not only does this rollator look awesome in bright pink, its manufacturer, Medline, is a major donor to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Every rollator sold raises awareness, and part of the proceeds are contributed to breast cancer awareness campaigns.
Many people believe video games are bad for you—they suck up your time, keep you indoors and inactive, and some would argue “rot your brain.” However, a new study
by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco shows that video games can sharpen the mental skills which sometimes fade as your brain ages.