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The Underlying Health Benefits of Walking for Seniors

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Walking offers plenty of benefits to seniors. The American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend seniors to walk for at least 30 to 60 minutes for no less than five days per week. This simple aerobic exercise can amazingly boost the overall quality of life in seniors. That is why assisted living communities encourage their residents to walk as much as possible. Below are some of the underlying benefits of walking for seniors. It is Good for the Brain Elderly people, who follow a regular physical workout regime, are less likely to experience many of the common psychological health conditions that are related to aging, such as memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Studies say that a 10-minute brisk walk per day can be beneficial for the brain and keeps its functions sharp. This can also reduce the chances of the age-related shrinking of the brain cells that are responsible for memory. Besides, walking can help to maintain the endorphin levels in the body as well by stimulating the brain cells. This works to regulate mood and keep seniors happy. Walking is also beneficial for the heart, and can help to avoid many heart conditions. Regular aerobic exercises are known to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, and can even regulate high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is Good for the Bones and Muscles While many seniors presume that walking can have a negative impact on their joints, it actually does the […]

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What to Avoid When Looking for an Assisted Living Facility

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It requires a lot of time and research to find an assisted living facility that will meet the needs of your loved one in the best way. You need to consider many things when making a choice, which means that there are chances of making a few mistakes as well. So to help you out, below are some of the common pitfalls that you should avoid when looking for an assisted living community. Not Involving your Senior in the Search It is very important to include your elderly parent or grandparent in the search when you are looking for senior care options. He/she is the one who will be spending the rest of his/her days there. So you should make sure that your senior is comfortable with the community. Besides, it will also help you to understand which services and amenities your loved one prefers to have. This will work to ease the move to the assisted living facility as well. Not Navigating the Financing Options Assisted living costs can range anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 per month or even above that. This depends upon many factors, such as the amenities and services included in the senior care plan, the type of room, the location of the assisted living community, and more. Generally, Medicaid does not offer support for managing the costs of assisted living. However, there are many other options, which could be beneficial here, such as long-term care insurance, life settlement funds, VA benefits, etc. Not Being Aware […]

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Everything you Need to Know about Veteran Benefits for Assisted Living

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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers many types of funding programs to help former members of the US armed services live a contented retired life. These benefits can be very helpful to meet the various needs of senior care as well. Most of the assisted living communities will work with veterans to help them understand how they can claim the benefits that they are entitled to and pay for the costs of senior care. This can help them to choose the services and amenities at the assisted living wisely and ensure that everything is covered by the veteran benefits. This can come as a great relief for the family members, as long-term senior care at an assisted living community can get very expensive. By opting to pay for the expenses through VA benefits, you can rest assured that no financial burden will fall upon you later. However, it is important to note that a veteran’s rent in the assisted living facility is usually not covered by VA benefits. Still, it can be used to pay for many types of services that you may need, such as help with managing day-to-day chores, daily hygiene, meals, nursing assistance, etc. It is important to note that Medicare does not cover the entire expenses of assisted living either, but can be used to pay for some of the qualified medical expenses that you incur when in an assisted living community. VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits Even though there are many types of […]

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