Healthy Living Tips

Older adults often have unique health care needs. By following a few simple guidelines, older adults can stay healthier and more active longer. Here are a few tips. 

Hydration for Older Adults

Older adults have a decreased sensation of thirst. As a result they can get dehydrated easily, and without knowing it.

Dehydration can lead to confusion, damage to major organs, and even death. It becomes extremely important to keep hydrated, especially in hot weather when one is perspiring.

Seniors should drink some amount of fluid every two to four hours even if they are not thirsty. A total of four to six or more daily servings of water and/or juice are recommended.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Call 911 immediately if you have any of the symptoms listed below. Do not delay.

  • Chest discomfort – uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath – often occurs with or before chest discomfort
  • Other signs – breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, light-headedness

Stroke Warning Signs

Call 911 immediately if you have any of the symptoms listed below. Do not delay.

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination

What are the differences between heart attacks and strokes?

Heart AttackStroke, or "Brain Attack"
Occur in the heart. Occur in the brain.
Name refers to the damage that occurs to the heart when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked. Name refers to the nerve cell damage caused by an insufficient blood supply to part of the brain.
Caused by coronary heart disease – a disease of the blood vessels that feed the heart muscle Caused when blood flow to part of the brain stops either because of a clot or after a blood vessel in the brain has burst