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Fashion Outfits for Seniors


“For God’s sake, dress your age!”  – this is a statement often meted out to seniors. But must fashion cease to exist if you advance in age? Can’t elders dress in style and make their own fashion statement? Of course, they can! If age is just a number and if it depends on the state of mind, most elders are younger than we are. So let us a take a look at some fashionable clothing for senior citizens and some elderly fashion designs that help them age gracefully.

How should the clothing for senior citizens be?

Senior clothing has to be selected with care to offer the elder the maximum comfort and convenience, using the following guidelines.

  • Clothing for senior citizens must be soft, comfortable and gentle on the skin.
  • They should be slightly loose so as to give them a convenience in wearing them. Loose fitting clothes are also easy to dress and undress.
  • Elastic should be provided at the waist for men’s pants and for women’s skirts.
  • Too many buttons, zips and fasteners should be avoided.
  • Deep necks and open collars can be avoided to keep out the cold during winter.
  • Winter clothing should be woollen supplemented by shawls, cardigans or pullovers.
  • Summer clothing should be light and preferably in cotton.

Apart from normal clothing for seniors, special adaptive clothing for an assisted living lifestyle is also available.

Clothes for seniors in an assisted living lifestyle

Seniors who follow an assisted living lifestyle are usually aged citizens with physical disabilities or infirmity. Elders living in senior living communities  must wear clothing that is easily washable, durable and easily maintained.  A unique  type of designing and stitching is required to cater to elders with special needs.

  • Aged citizens with decreased mobility like arthritis patients need special clothing to help them move their limbs freely without restriction.
  • Elders with urinary incontinence need open back pants and Velcro fastening to facilitate quick removal.
  • Seniors confined to wheelchairs require easy-wear paints with elastic at the waist.
  • Elderly women with senior health issues may need open back nightgowns and dresses.
  • All elders may need slip-resistant footwear.
  • Seniors with foot problems may need extra-wide shoes with Velcro.
  • Elders suffering from paralysis may need 2-way zipper pants with provision to insert catheters.
  • Elderly patients with muscular dystrophy need pen back vests and shirts, easy access pants and even adult bibs used for feeding.
  • Parkinson’s patients can use magnetic shirts that just latch on when you wear them without using hands.
  • Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia may need single-piece apparel like anti-strip jumpsuits and undergarments that prevent them from getting disrobed easily.

All elderly clothing must be designed to maintain the dignity and comfort of the seniors at all times. Such clothes may not be available in all elderly fashion catalogues and might need special designing. But all senior living communities do provide comfortable and easily wearable clothing for elders to maximize their convenience.

How to select clothes for seniors?

While selecting clothes for seniors, comfort and care are given the first preference. But dignity and fashion too, need to be taken into account as all along, elders have been dressing in style to grace their offices and homes. They must continue to do so even if they adopt an assisted living lifestyle. So keep in mind these simple pointers while selecting clothes for seniors.

  1. Choose clothes for seniors keeping their dress preferences in mind.
  2. Select clothing that goes well with their physique and complexion.
  3. Clothes must fit snugly and make elders feel cosy and comfortable.
  4. Select clothes in a style that elevates the spirits of elders and make them feel better about themselves.

Dressing up for seniors can become an arduous task with age. Help them find some interest in it by supporting them and selecting fashion outfits that complement their age. Be it at home or in senior living communities, let elders dress up in style and live with dignity.


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5 Reasons to Pursue Your Passion as You Age

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Passion is what drives us and keeps us motivated in life. A bunch of passionate people is what this world took to reach so far. Imagine the world full of passionate people who are consciously working towards it. This world would become even better to live.

However, there are various reasons that could make you compromise on your passion. Personal and professional responsibilities, career, inability to find time and age-factor and various other reasons, one’s desire to pursue their passion deter gradually. God bless those who have made their passion as their profession and who have found passion in their profession.

People who did not fall in these two categories might have been pushed towards other professions, leaving all their dreams behind. Retirement is the golden phase of life if you were forced to quit your passion. Having lived a life that is full of responsibilities and pressures, one would expect the retired life to be perfect.

What was your passion? Reading, music, traveling or painting? You have had your reasons to leave your beloved passion during the young age but say not this time around. With ample amount of time you have been provided with, you could learn a new art every day if you have the will.

This is your chance to make the post-retirement life perfect by finding your passion or to pursue that passion you have left in the days that have long gone. Here are 5 reasons as to why you should give another chance to explore your passion during the elderly phase.

  • Pursuing a Passion is the Reason in Life –

Life is difficult and congrats you made it seem easy, thanks to the great abilities you have shown the world over the years. With all the time you have now, you might want to find a new passion in order to find that reason again. It keeps you busy and you could make most of your post-retirement life.

  • Pursuing a Passion Keeps You Healthy –

Elderly life comes with time and it is common to see the elders wondering what they should do with it. Develop a passion! It not only keeps you busy but also keeps you healthy. Pursuing a passion keeps your body and mind in their best condition.

  • Passion Keeps You Positive –

Being positive during the elderhood is key. Your passion will have the ability of not allowing the mind to think any negative thought and the body to not to develop any negative habits.

  • Every Day Will Be a New Day –

With all the energy that is being churned out by the passion and from within, you will feel rejuvenated. Every day appears like a new day and the regular age-related health issues or depression stay away from your surroundings.

  • Your Passion Inspires Others –

Ever wonder how people look at a small kid who is playing the piano like a music maestro? You, as a senior citizen, will get the same admiration, in fact, more. In addition, you will have a definite impact on the people if you are pursuing a passion. You will have the power to inspire others.

Be it an art form, or a social responsibility or saving lives or fighting for a cause, as a senior citizen you will have a great impact on others if you are living with a purpose. In this sense, elders who are living in assisted living communities  will have more opportunities to explore their passion.

There is no better thing in the world than being an inspiration to the next generation and it is never late to do that by pursuing your passion as you age.

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4 Best Foods for Seniors to Manage Weight

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Everything changes as we age. Our lifestyles, tastes, preferences and the body, everything changes. The food we used to like throughout our life becomes uneatable and the steps we used to climb with so much ease will become the hardest task to do. We become inactive over the time and start depositing the fat in the body which leads to obesity.

It is no secret that many disorders and health diseases are directly or indirectly connected with obesity. Life-threatening health issues such as cardiovascular disease, liver dysfunctions, diabetes and stroke are directly connected to overweight. There is a significant need to maintain your weight, employing various weight management tips.

Why Do You Need to Manage Weight as You Age?

• Obesity is one of the biggest reasons why people are experiencing various health issues across the world.
• You might have observed the changes that occur in your body as you age because of the reduced physical activities.
• The body metabolism rate will be decreased due to the age-related factors and physical inactivity.
• The muscles mass will be lost, increasing the frailty.
• Even the low-calorie food will cause weight gain, especially if you are in a field that lacks physical activity.

A balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis are the key components in maintaining a good health at any age. When you are young, you may find the right balance between the calories you consume and the calories you burn, with the help of physical activities.

However, for senior citizens, weight management is a difficult task. The body will not support for physical activity and the reduced age-related metabolism rate makes the things worse for you. You have to eat the right food that is low on calories and high on essential nutrients. Here are few weight management tips for seniors for a better aging experience.

Weight Management Tips for Seniors – One universal rule to stick to a healthy diet is avoid packaged, processed and fried foods and artificial sweeteners. Stick to the fresh vegetables, fish, fruits and nuts that are rich in vitamins, nutrients, minerals and proteins.

What Exactly Should Be Your Diet as a Senior?

In short words, eat those nutrient-rich foods that are also packed with vitamins, minerals and contains fewer calories. Here is the list of foods that contain the best diet for weight management in seniors.

1. Fruits and Vegetables:

• Fruits and vegetables that are easily available contain fiber, vitamins and other nutrients that help in weight loss.
• Choose the fruits that are in vibrant colors like leafy greens, beans or peas, carrots, spinach and squash.
• In simple words, make sure that the fruits and vegetables that are in orange, green, red and purple are part of your regular diet.

2. Lean Protein:

• Avail fish such as salmon and tuna are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which is essential in maintaining good health.
• Cooked beans and egg white are also the great sources of lean meat.
• Chicken, too, is considered as lean meat source but be sure to consult your dietitian before taking it.

3. Whole Grains and Nuts:

• Whole grains are rich in fiber which is essential for better digestion. Brown rice and whole-wheat bread and oatmeal are great sources for fiber.
• Almonds, walnuts, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, peanuts and cashew are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals that help you in maintaining good health.

4. Low-Fat Dairy:

• Dairy products have impressive quotients of proteins and minerals. Consume low-fat milk, Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cheese.
• Take skimmed milk as it contains fat content a very minimal level.

Busy lives and added responsibilities will leave you with fewer opportunities to be healthy and watch what you are eating. If you are senior who lives alone and is unable to take care of your diet, consider joining in an assisted living facility as they help you in weight management by offering the best diet plans for seniors.

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Impact of Music Therapy in Aging

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The lilting chords of a symphony, the crescendo of an orchestra, the soulfulness of  Sufi music, the soothing effect of a Bhajan… All these are the sounds of music which bring solace to your soul and mind. Yes, Music is a great healer and is used to enhance the cognitive, emotional and behavioural skills in the elderly. Music therapy programs have now gained popularity to bring relief to the aged in their autumn years. Senior living communities have begun to realize the significance of music therapy and have integrated it into their daily routine.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical use of music in the therapeutic cure of patients to improve their cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor and communicative skills. Music Therapy is of 2 types

  1. Active Music Therapy where both the patient is actively involved in creating music.
  2. Receptive Music Therapy where the patient is just a listener who receives music.

How is Music Therapy useful to the elderly?

Music Therapy plays an invaluable role in the life of the elderly. Music Therapy is very helpful in

  • Maintaining a joyful spirit among the aged in their senior years
  • Helping the ailing elders to cope with pain by diverting their mind from the trauma
  • Helping elders cope with depression or the loss of loved ones
  • Enhances the social skills of the elders facing loneliness and isolation
  • Improves the psychological condition of seniors by alleviating stress
  • Treating illnesses of the ageing like
  1. Alzheimer’s disease
  2. Dementia
  3. Stroke
  4. Hearing disabilities
  • The palliative relief for cancer patients


Effects of Music Therapy

The effects of Music Therapy has been profound in the caring for elders.

  • Ailing Seniors with osteoarthritic pain, compulsive obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and stroke victims have found significant pain relief with Music therapy.
  • The cognitive and communicative skills of Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients has also improved with music.
  • Even problems of postoperative delirium and insomnia have been distinctly cured with music therapy.
  • Geriatric patients with hypertension have found stress relief with music therapy.

This is why assisted living facilities try to incorporate Music Therapy into the fitness regimen in caring for the ageing.

Effects of Music Therapy on Elders with Dementia

Treatment practices at residential care units and assisted living facilities have revealed that elders with Dementia find great relief with Music Therapy. Music reduces the agitation among Dementia patients and improves their memory and moods.

Effects of Music Therapy on Elders with Hypertension

Systolic Blood pressure increases with age. But Music helps in reducing the stress in elders and gives them away to ventilate their angst.  Music Therapy thus significantly reduces Hypertension in the aged.

Effects of Music Therapy on Elders suffering from a stroke

Music induces positive emotions and reduces anxiety in Stroke victims. Motor movements of Stroke patients have also been found to improve by the use of piano and drums. Stroke victims also found significant pain relief by participating in karaoke, song or instrumental music practices. Thus Music Therapy assists in the faster recovery of Stroke patients.

How Music Therapy helps Seniors in assisted living facilities?

Senior Living communities  employ music to provide the right care for the aged. Treatment with Music is part of the longterm care facilities provided here in assisted living since it helps in

  • Supports the health and wellness of seniors by inducing positive emotions
  • Reduces the stress and anxiety in elders
  • Prevents loneliness and isolation through social involvement
  • Improves memory and motor skills through musical exercises
  • Alleviates pain in the ailing.
  • Maintains the emotional and psychological balance of elders.
  • Creates an environ of peace and harmony in the assisted living home

Music Therapy is magic for elders bringing relief and solace in their autumn years. Any assisted living facility or senior living community which truly believes in caring for the aged will incorporate Music therapy.

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5 Simple Bathroom Tips that Ensure Senior Safety


Protecting the health, safety and well-being of our elderly is our responsibility. The home in which the elderly lives in should safeguard seniors from falls by ensuring the floors, furniture, kitchen and bathrooms are designed in a senior-friendly manner.

Bathrooms for seniors demand a special attention when it comes to safety-design for elderly. It is frightening that 78% of seniors fall in the bathrooms and making it even worse, most of the times, these falls lead to serious health consequences.

Over the years, the technical advancements in the aspect of design for aging are helping the elderly to age gracefully. A regular house can now be completely modified as a senior-friendly house with the help of the advanced senior-friendly design features. Considering the fact that the number of falls happening in the bathrooms, it is important to ensure they are well equipped and are able to prevent falls.

In addition to the regular prevent falls measures such as grab rails, water absorbent floor mats and carpets, the following advanced prevent-fall measures could be installed in the bathrooms in order to ensure senior safety.

  1. Easily Operable Door – The door should be easily operable allowing the seniors to use it without much difficulty. Sliding pocket doors would be very easy to use and requires very less effort. And so the swing-out doors. Expandable hinges on the doors will help the elders to open them widely. Install the hardware that closes and opens the door, slowly and widely.
  1. Slip Resistant Floors – Installing the slip resistant floor in bathroom reduces the chances of slips and falls at a great deal. Water tends to fall on the floor while using the bathroom and making it slippery. In a few cases, people cover the bathroom floors with water resistant carpets, but they will not last longer. In addition, the carpets in the bathroom could become a house for various bacteria, reducing the hygiene factor. Instead, installing the slip resistant floors in the bathrooms seniors use, would be a good idea.
  1. Sink with Attached Cabinet – Fix the height of the sink and mirror as per the height of the senior who uses it. It is advisable to use anti-fog mirrors. Also, the sink cabinet should be easily operable. Always, place a set of emergency medicines along with a first aid kit.
  1. The Toilet Seat – The toilet tub should be placed in the corner of the room and grab rails should be fixed on the walls that are on the both sides of it. The height of the toilet should be customized with a non-slippery seat. Place grippy grab rails instead of the regular stainless steel ones.
  1. Colour Options in Bathroom – Ensure the colour of the walls is distinct from the colour of the floor. Also, the colour of the objects in the bathroom should maintain some contrast from the walls and floor. This increases the visibility of the appliances, enabling seniors to know what is where.

Ensure there are no sharp edges of  the walls and floors of curving the edges. Use easily operable taps and shower-sprays. Additionally, use anti-fog spray before moving in the bathroom after a shower as warm water form fog inside, making it difficult to see. Time to time, check for any leakage or for loosened taps as there are chances for water leakage. Also, keep your elderly informed and explain the usage of any recent changes or replacements that have been made.

Performing the daily activities is the most difficult thing for the elderly with reduced physical strength and cognitive ability. Bathrooms should be designed as a senior-friendly as possible. Take help from the firms that design for agin

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