Senior Living Blog | Senior Health

Healthy Habits to Help Protect Against Flu

Published: November 5, 2021

It’s back – flu season is here once again, on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind us that the single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated each year. Also important, of course, are good health habits that… Read More

The Benefits of Stretching

Published: October 27, 2021

Most of us think of stretching as something we’re supposed to do before exercising – something to prepare our heart for beating faster or to “wake up” our muscles. But stretching isn’t just something we tack on to our exercise program. It’s an important activity at any time. Stretching the ligaments and joints improves flexibility… Read More

Small Changes Can Help Seniors with Obesity

Published: September 21, 2021

Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in heart health for older adults with obesity, report researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine. In a press release, the researchers said that two changes brought significant improvement in aortic stiffness, a measure of vascular health: Cutting 200 calories a day, plus 30 minutes of moderate… Read More

Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science

Published: September 5, 2021

Webster at Rye continues to follow guidance from the New Hampshire Department of Public Health in response to the Delta variant and breakthrough infections among vaccinated people. You can read our most current update here. We would like to also share the following current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about… Read More

Don’t Forget the Other Vaccines You May Need

Published: August 20, 2021

National Immunization Awareness Month is observed every August to call attention to the need for vaccination for people of all ages. Lately, news about vaccines has been focused overwhelmingly on COVID. But, of course, vaccines protect us from several other harmful diseases throughout life—and older adults are often at higher risk of contracting these diseases… Read More

Having Multiple Symptoms Can Affect Quality of Life

Published: June 9, 2021

Do you frequently experience pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, or sleep problems? Those six symptoms are very common among people aged 65 and older. Unfortunately, many of those people also experience more than one symptom at a time. A research team from the University of Washington recently completed a study on “symptom burden”—the effect… Read More

Mental Health and Physical Health are Intertwined

Published: May 25, 2021

Did you know that mental health conditions become more common with age? As we grow older, we’re more likely to be living with chronic health problems that can affect our quality of life. But the opposite is also true – mental health problems can worsen our physical health. That’s because depression and anxiety make it… Read More

Why Older People Have Trouble Sleeping

Published: March 19, 2021

It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to find ourselves awake in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up at 4 a.m., and lie awake until dawn. Painful… Read More

Exercise For a Healthier Heart: It’s Never Too Late

Published: February 5, 2021

February is American Heart Month—a great time to consider whether we’re doing all we can to support cardiovascular wellness. Most people today are aware of the heart health benefits of physical activity. Many young and middle-aged people make regular exercise part of their daily routine. But what about their grandparents? If you’ve pretty much been… Read More

Simple Ways to De-Stress

Published: January 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised stress levels for many people. Research studies are showing increases in sleep problems, anger, and lack of motivation during the pandemic. Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medicines reached a new high in 2020. People are also reporting more physical impacts of stress, such as teeth grinding. When stress lasts a long time,… Read More