For some, getting older means relying on family and other sources of caregiving.
Nursing home care costs $60,000: It costs more than $60,000 per patient for nursing home care for a year.
A quarter of households are involved in caregiving: One in four households will care for a loved one aged 50 and older.
Caregivers face health risks: Unpaid caregivers often have high stress, reduced immunity, and heart disease.
Most elderly live with relatives: 66% of people aged 65+ live with relatives.
Most elderly persons will need some type of long term care: The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging estimates that 70% of all people 65 and up will need long term care services in their lifetime.
Unpaid caregivers make up 90% of long term care: Most long term caregivers are unpaid, and 83% are family members, friends, and neighbors.
These facts take a look at Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental afflictions affecting older Americans.
Alzheimer’s affects millions: In the US alone, Alzheimer’s disease effects an estimated five & 1/2 million people.
20% of older Americans suffer from depression: Older adults experience depression at twice the rate of younger adults.
Treatment for depression in the elderly is low: Although nearly 20% of the older population experiences depression, only 3% get treatment.
Your brain never stops growing: We grow new neurons with time, and the brain is constantly reshaping itself in response to learning.
As you get older, you get happier. Many people report that they feel more content as they age.
Alzheimer’s is spreading rapidly: Every 67 seconds, a person in America develops Alzheimer’s.
Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s: More women will develop Alzheimer’s than men, and it’s believed this is because women tend to live longer.
Being cautiously optimistic is healthy: Being too cheerful or optimistic can lead to an inability to cope, and a risk factor for premature death.
Staying in school can save your brain: The longer you remain a student, the better you’ll be to fight of dementia.
Seniors need just as much sleep as others: Seniors have to sleep as much as younger adults, but it may be harder for seniors to get enough sleep.
Learn about the potential for physical health as you age from these facts.
Physical efficiency reaches its peak in the mid-20s: Efficiency increases from birth to the middle of your 20s.
Seniors can exercise: Despite the common misconception that aging means physical inactivity, seniors are capable of exercising, and it’s great for health and wellbeing.
Every breath ages you from the inside: Some oxygen molecules degrade into free radicals, which causes your body to rust from the inside.
18.2% of elderly have diabetes: In 2006, 18.2% of adults 65 and up reported a diabetes diagnosis.
Most 65+ adults got a flu shot: 75% of adults 65 and older got a flu shot in the past 12 months.
66% of individuals 75 or older are in good health: Only 34% report fair or poor health at 75 or older.
Negative thinking can cause problems: Elderly people who worry about falling over tend to fall over more often that those who don’t.
Elderly drivers often have fewer accidents: Despite popular belief, drivers over 65 have fewer accidents per person than those under 65.
Soda kills at any age: Phosphate, found in soda, caused mice to age faster.
Chronic inflammation accelerates aging: Those who experienced high levels of infection-related inflammation as children die earlier and age faster.
A negative childhood can shorten your life: Those who faced trauma as a child will typically age earlier than those who didn’t.
You can stretch your lifespan by taking these facts to heart.
Exercise is key to successful aging: Physical fitness is at the crux of successful aging.
Working past retirement can keep you alive: Many long lived professionals keep working after retirement age, even if it’s just part time.
Women live longer than men: Women can generally expect to live longer than men.
Conscientious people live longer: Being persistent, working hard, and a little obsessive is the secret to long life.
A happy marriage can save your life: People living in happy marriages tend to live longer, but getting rid of a troublesome spouse can also have a positive effect on your longevity.
HGH can be dangerous: HGH can give you a more youthful appearance, but when not used properly, can cause cancer cells to grow and spread faster.
You can’t get enough reservatrol from wine: Reservatrol, found in wine, can slow the aging process, but wine does not contain enough to make a difference.
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