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Nutrition Tips For Recovering Substance Users

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Contributed by By Sally Perkins Although often overlooked, nutrition plays a key role in an addict's long term recovery process, according to Today's Dietitian. While teaching about the dangers of substance abuse , recovery specialists should also educate concerned individuals on the use of medical nutrition therapy in helping drug addicts. MNT for...
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Creating a Better Home Environment for Seniors with Mobility Issues

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By Hazel Bridges Limited mobility is a challenge many seniors citizens face. You may have even noticed your own parents struggling with small tasks they used to do easily. The worst part for most people is having to start relying on family members more for everyday activities. But they shouldn’t have to give up their independence entirely in their own homes. There are modifications you can make that can help them regain some control of your life. Recognizing Mobility Issues In order to plan necessary modifications, it is obviously important to thoroughly understand which areas they are struggling with. Make a point when visiting to observe how Mom or Dad gets around the house. Input from the doctor and other health care professionals may give you insight on your parents’ abilities and areas of difficulty. Once you know their difficulties, you can create a plan to help them improve their surroundings...
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A Few Sweet Ways Dogs Can Improve the Lives of Seniors

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By Hazel Bridges For thousands of years, dogs have been our protectors and companions, but can owning a dog have even more benefits for seniors? Aside from the constant kisses and nonstop tail wagging, dogs can make late life more enjoyable in so many amazing ways. Here are four proven benefits for seniors who decide pet ownership is right for them. Animals Boost Your Mood and Mental Health One of the most positive impacts pets can have on the life of seniors is the improvement in mental health. Many seniors, and others, who struggle with depression and other mental health issues find solace in having an animal in their life, and the science is there to back them up. Animals can provide much-needed social support for seniors who may be missing connections with friends and family who are gone or far away, which in turn relieves anxiety and loneliness that can...
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Keep Your House Clean For Improved Health and Wellbeing as a Senior

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By Sally Perkins There are 5.5 million seniors in the US that are over the age of 85, making this the fastest growing age group in the US. As seniors age, mobility tends to decline, and tasks like cleaning are challenging. Furthermore, despite being just 13% of the population, seniors are prescribed a third of all medications. This access to heavy medication combined with social isolation can be a toxic mix which may cause addictions to alcohol as well as prescription and recreational drugs. Many of the problems associated with addiction can be dealt with by keeping the house clean. This may mean modifying the routine to make it manageable. Here are four reasons to keep a clean house as a senior. Reduce the Risk of Falls If you have clutter on the floors, you could trip on it. This is especially true when visibility is low, or when you are...
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Substance Abuse and Seniors

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring Center for Prevention intern Growing older brings on many changes in life. This includes changes in health, lifestyle, family obligations, work roles, and sources of support. These changes the elderly face are accompanied by physical pain, stress, loneliness, and loss of mobility. It is no wonder why elderly people may turn to alcohol and drugs in later life. The very real struggles of aging may impel seniors towards substance abuse or exacerbate a problem that has been developing for years. In fact, there are 2.5 million older adults with an alcohol or drug problem. The severity of the substance abuse and elderly issue rests in some staggering statistics. Approximately 14% of elderly emergency hospital admissions are a result of alcohol or drug problems as well as 20% of elderly psychiatric hospital admissions. Almost 50% of nursing home residents have alcohol related problems. Widowers over the age of...
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Drug Abuse in Seniors: How To Spot The Warning Signs

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By Hazel Bridges With the widespread opioid addiction crisis over the last decade, Americans have seen more and more seniors fall prey to drug abuse. While it can start for many different reasons, it can be extremely dangerous and difficult for the senior population to recover from substance abuse, and unfortunately misuse of prescription drugs by seniors is estimated to grow exponentially by 2020 --a 100% jump from 2001, according to DrugRehab.org . Often, seniors who don’t have sufficient health insurance coverage and are on a tight budget will resort to using medication meant for someone else, or they will self-medicate with over-the-counter drugs or alcohol. They may use these substances to numb the pain or to cope with loneliness, grief, or isolation, all of which affect many seniors even when they have loving family members around them. This use of substances can be dangerous or even deadly to a senior...
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