2AdobeStock 202728044 ConvMany of us take it for granted until it becomes an issue.

Being able to breathe properly is obviously a critical part of life. Maintaining a healthy respiratory system is of the utmost importance to senior citizens, who may face a number of challenges to their breathing ability as they age.

bingoA fun way to keep a senior’s mind sharp is to play games.

Older brains benefit from being challenged on a daily basis. Games are an engaging, social way of accomplishing this – they can be played with family and friends, encouraging social interaction as well as finding new ways of approaching problems.

Senior with CancerOur likelihood of developing cancer grows with age.

Statistics show that 60% of both cancer patients and survivors are 65 or older. Age can affect cancer treatments, with older bodies being more likely to be dealing with other chronic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Heart Disease 300 x 200Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States – and the risk of developing it increases with age.

woman looking at scrapbook with senior with alzheimerNot being able to communicate verbally is a difficult situation for both the affected individual and their family members.

Seniors who have Alzheimer’s, dementia or have experienced a stroke may be unable to communicate verbally. Even so, there are a number of ways families may communicate with them.

two seniors exercising in the parkDespite the inevitable passing of time, there are many ways senior citizens can maintain or even get back the health of their younger years.

Although it may be easier for people who were healthy in the past to be healthy in their golden years, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes for the better.

Senior recovering from fall injury at physical therapyExperiencing a fall can make a senior feel out of control and give them a lack of confidence as they move about.

Adults over the age of 65 have a 25% chance of falling, according to the National Council on Aging. With their weaker bones and bodies, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior citizens.

Dental 300 x 200As we age, it becomes even more important to practice good dental hygiene.

Senior citizens become more at risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, discoloration and worn enamel. Unfortunately, dental health is often overlooked as people get older. Some people even mistakenly believe that once they get dentures, oral hygiene is less important.

Visiting elderly in the nursing homeFor those not familiar with assisted living communities, the thought of walking through those front doors on a regular basis can be a bit … well, uncomfortable.

There are a number of reasons loved ones may not visit a parent in long-term care facilities. Children who arranged for their parents to move may be feeling guilty for getting Mom or Dad out of their longtime home.

Bariatric ObesityWith obesity continuing to be a growing problem in the United States, the need for quality bariatric care is also on the rise.

Bariatric care (specialized care for obese patients typically weighing over 350 pounds) is a specialized level of service for residents needing assistance with everyday tasks that become more difficult with weight problems.