Low Birth Rates and Unemployment: The Effects of Changing Demographics in Italy and Japan

As many already know, Japan has the largest population of people over 65 in the world at 25 percent in 2013. Since the Japanese are known for their longevity, this number may seem like an isolated phenomenon but the rest of the world is catching up. Almost every major country went through a birthing boom after World War II and people are starting to wonder … Continue reading Low Birth Rates and Unemployment: The Effects of Changing Demographics in Italy and Japan

Four Key Questions When Choosing A Residential Care Facility

Does the facility offer memory care options? Not all aged care facilities are created alike. Some offer memory care options, while others do not. Independent living facilities, for example, are geared toward older adults who are able to live an active lifestyle. Assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities (also known as nursing homes) may offer memory care options for people with dementia. Before choosing … Continue reading Four Key Questions When Choosing A Residential Care Facility

Healthy Brain, Healthy Heart

FirstCare Nursing Homes is an Irish-owned nursing home group committed to providing residential care services for older adults and frail patients for over 14 years. In this interview, Jane Bryne, the project coordinator for dementia care, discusses improving brain and heart health. How are the brain and heart connected? The brain and heart are two vital organs in the human body. Unknown to many, the … Continue reading Healthy Brain, Healthy Heart

Alcohol And Ageing: The International Trends Worrying Health Researchers

Risky drinking – defined as drinking at levels that put a person at risk of medical or social problems – has for centuries been viewed as an affliction of youth and immaturity. Yet, as the first wave of baby boomers reach retirement age, a startling trend is revealing itself: older adults are now drinking more than any previous cohort of retirees, with over 40 percent of older … Continue reading Alcohol And Ageing: The International Trends Worrying Health Researchers

Addiction in Older Adults: Prevalence, Effects and Solutions

Is an addict a teenager using heroin? Or a young adult drinking excessive amounts of alcohol? Recent studies challenge these assumptions. 20 to 30 percent of adults between 75 and 85 years of age have had problems with alcohol consumption, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also found that 3.6 percent of 60- … Continue reading Addiction in Older Adults: Prevalence, Effects and Solutions