- Q What are the benefits of social interaction for seniors?
Dr. Dawn Marcus, NeurologyResearchers in Australia followed senior citizens for 10 years. In people 70 years old and older, the risk of dying decreased by 20 percent when people had a strong network of friends. Having social interactions with friends provided a greater... Full Answer
- Q What changes in physical appearance can I expect with aging?
Dr. Harris McIlwain, Pain MedicineSkin changes happen with a decrease in the number of pigment cells in the skin after age 30. Since these cells allow tanning, there may be a difference in the ability to tan as evenly as before. And harmless spots made up of remaining pigment cells may... Full Answer
- Q When may pets negatively affect an elderly parent's health?
Shelley Webb, NursingPets occasionally carry diseases or cause allergies; these may be issues for people with compromised immune systems. Full Answer
- Q What are some tips for traveling with my elderly parents?
Shelley Webb, NursingWhen traveling with elderly parents, allow a lot of extra time when traveling by plane, train, boat, or bus. Senior adults do not move quickly. Call ahead to determine if special services are available for senior citizens. Make your exact needs... Full Answer
- Q What should I consider when getting a dog for a senior?
Dr. Dawn Marcus, NeurologyWhen considering adding a dog to a senior's home: Make sure the senior wants to have a dog Be sure the senior can care for a dog - physically, mentally, and financially Arrange for plans to care for the dog if the senior becomes unable to... Full Answer