Category Archives: Senior Health

Ensuring Good Nutrition For Seniors In Winter 

Whether you have been waiting for the summer months to end or are dreading the end of planting season, the winter cold is unavoidable. Getting flu shots, washing hands and plenty of holiday cheer can help you stay happy and healthy in the winter season. Ensuring proper nutrition is important for all of us, especially seniors. Therefore, fill up your body with nutritious food this winter to stay healthy. The winter nutrition tips for seniors shared below will help elderly adults enjoy the holidays, and avoid trips to doctor offices.    What To Eat To Ensure Health?  As per the experts in senior care and senior living, some nutritional requirements remain the same all year round. You need to have a lot of fiber and protein to remain healthy. Food items like nuts, lentils, fish, and eggs are very good sources of protein that can ensure muscle and brain health. To ensure proper fiber intake, you can comprehend vegetables and fruits in your diet. The strategies that are shared below can help you target some of the common winter health issues.   Increase Intake Of Vitamin D: We all know that sunlight is a very good source of vitamin D, meaning that you can be deficient in the vitamin during the winter months. This vitamin plays an important role in calcium metabolism in our body and the deficiency of the same can lead to decreased bone density and fractures. To ensure proper vitamin D intake, you can include dairy products in […]

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What Is Active Senior Living? 

As per the experts in senior assisted living, most of the seniors wish to age in place, living in their homes. For many elderly adults, the thought of moving to assisted living facilities can be frightening due to fears of being put away in a senior care home or abandoned by a community of aged people who do nothing. However, research shows that elderly adults who move to senior living communities have a happy and healthy life. This is because life in a senior living community can help avoid loneliness as there are many chances to socialize in these communities.    Active senior living can help counteract the isolation that many elderly adults feel at home, that too, at a much affordable rate than many seniors expect. So, why do many seniors fear transitioning to assisted living communities? We are usually afraid of the unfamiliar and modern senior living communities are much different from the nursing homes of the past. Many of us may not have visited a senior living community and this is why we make our retirement decisions based on fears. This can mean missing out on one of the most affordable and the best ways to ensure a happy retirement life.    Active senior living can offer you everything you need to make your retirement life exceptional. If you have not heard of active senior living, read along to know more about this life-changing senior living option.    Active Senior Living  Active senior living provides elderly adults […]

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Assisting Family Members With Multiple Sclerosis

You can be the primary caregiver for a senior loved one suffering from multiple sclerosis. The job of caregiving can consume much of your energy and can challenge your patience. You need to ensure that the medicines are up to date, do the household chores, make sure that doctor appointments are not missed, and that your senior loved one keeps up with the physical routines. There are many ways to cope and the tips shared by experts in senior care and nursing care can be helpful to you.    Make Certain That The Home Is Safe And Accessible  You need to contemplate the current and as well as the upcoming accessibility needs of your senior loved one. You may also consult with experts on your opinions. To ensure accessibility, you may have to perform home renovations, some of which can be simple and others costly. It is important to ensure the safety of your senior loved one and offer as much independence as possible to the person. Also, make sure to build a setting that helps reduce your stress and strain. Renovate the home to offer easy entry and exit and make the doorways wide enough for a wheelchair or a walker.    Get The Right Equipment  Problems like general discomfort and bedsores can be easily avoided if the wheelchair is properly sized with a good cushion. You may also consider a hospital bed that raises and lowers as it can help make life easy for everyone. Another option is […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Telehealth For Seniors? 

It is important to visit a doctor for an annual check-up or regarding a chronic health condition to ensure good health and this is especially important in the case of seniors. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made a trip to a medical office dangerous. Luckily, adults in the country have the option to get the medical attention they need without taking any risks from leaving senior care facilities, assisted living homes, or their own homes, thanks to telemedicine and telehealth services.   Understanding Telehealth  Even though the coronavirus pandemic has made telehealth services much popular, the option has been available for many years. Technically, telehealth is improving healthcare services and support via telecommunications and technology solutions. Most of us think of telehealth as virtual doctor appointments taking place with the help of video calls. It is true that this a telehealth solution, but it is not the only solution offered by telemedicine services. Telehealth services offer online health education, remote monitoring of patients, online storage of medical imaging and charts, etc.   Telehealth Services And Seniors  Any aged person can benefit from telehealth services and seniors can especially benefit from these services. The main problem is to get older adults comfortable with telehealth services to consider its options. As per the results of a recent survey, only one percent of older adults ever had an online doctor’s visit in their life, but more than half of the older adult population were willing to try telehealth services. A good way to […]

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Things You Should Know About Pneumonia In Seniors

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and it can be a serious threat to seniors. Seniors are at a bigger risk of complications and death from pneumonia and other respiratory conditions. As per the reports of the CDC, about 250,000 people are hospitalized with pneumonia every year. Read ahead to understand the facts about this respiratory infection and ways to prevent pneumonia in seniors. If you doubt that your senior loved one is suffering from pneumonia, make sure to see the doctor right away.   What Is Pneumonia?  Pneumonia is a respiratory infection and can result in inflammation in the alveoli present inside our lungs. Alveoli are air sacs and they can be filled with pus or fluid when you are suffering from pneumonia. This can result in breathing issues together with symptoms like fever. The infection can affect one or both of the lungs and when it affects both the lungs, it is called double pneumonia. The severity of the condition can differ with age, cause of the infection, and also the present health condition of the individual.   Symptoms Of Pneumonia                                                 There can be many signs and symptoms of pneumonia and some of the most common ones can be fever, shortness of breath, chills, cough with phlegm, pain in the chest while coughing or breathing, fatigue, etc. As per the caregivers in skilled nursing […]

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Medication Management Tips For Seniors 

Most assisted living facilities in the country provide medication management services to the residents which can be a blessing to the family members living far away or are unable to check on senior loved ones regularly. For ensuring the safety of the seniors residing in their homes, it is important for them to be aware of how to manage their own medications.   Medication management in seniors is a necessary preventive measure to stay away from potentially serious health hazards. Seniors often take many medications, supplements, and vitamins, which can increase the chances of medication mix-ups, which can be dangerous in some situations.   Tips For Medication Management  The tips by the experienced staff of various senior living facilities shared below can help your senior loved one avoid medication-related health hazards.   Review The Medication Of Your Elderly Parent With Their Doctor  Note down the names and dosages of every medication taken by your senior loved one. Ensure that you are not missing out on any of the vitamins, herbal supplements, or OTC medications that they are consuming. Review this medication list at the next appointment with the primary care doctor of your elderly parent. Make sure to provide all the details, as the more information the doctor has, the more precisely they will be able to pinpoint drug interactions and potential side effects.   Go Through Medication Labels And Ask Questions  If your senior loved one is to start a new medication, ask the doctor about how and when […]

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Caring For People With Multiple Sclerosis 

Multiple sclerosis is a nervous system disorder that affects many people across the world. It affects the brain and spinal cord of the person by damaging the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerve cells and protects them. The damage to the myelin sheath can block the communication between the body and the brain, leading to many symptoms. As per the healthcare experts, it is one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose and treat and is one of the leading causes for a person to move to assisted living facilities.   Many Americans suffer from Multiple Sclerosis but only 5 to 10% of this population will need care from nursing homes. Nevertheless, they comprise a significant and increasing number of people seeking such chronic nursing care. Generally, between the ages 20 and 40 years is when a majority of the people experience their very first symptoms linked with Multiple Sclerosis. S   Symptoms Of MS The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can range from benign to debilitating. Some of them are: Having troubles with coordination and balance Visual problems Prickling sensation or numbness Thought and memory problems   MS can result in problems with standing or walking and may also lead to partial paralysis in the worst cases. Apart from the pins and needles sensation, some multiple sclerosis patients can also experience pain. Dizziness, speech problems, and tremors are some other frequent complaints.   About half of the people with multiple sclerosis suffer from cognitive impairments like problems with attention, concentration, […]

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Mental Exercises And Cognitive Games For Seniors

You can always help your senior loved ones improve their brain function and cognitive health. Age certainly plays a significant part in the decline of memory and other cognitive capabilities. However, there are proven ways to maintain and improve these capabilities at any age. If you are in search of ways to help your senior loved ones focus on their mental and cognitive health, the following information shared by professionals in assisted living communities and senior nursing homes can be useful.   Basics Of Cognitive Health  Previously it was believed that the ability of the brain to learn and grow was finite, however, more recent studies show that that the human brain can continue to reorganize, adapt and make new pathways. It is now more evident that our brain can change and stay sharp well past the growing years. However, to have the full benefits of neuroplasticity, people should practice using their brains. Many scientists believe that some stimulating activities can protect the human brain by making a “cognitive reserve.”   Optimizing Neuroplasticity    To help your senior loved ones optimize the health of their brain, you need to encourage them to take part in activities that help with cognitive stimulation. To introduce this kind of mental exercise in the lives of your senior loved ones, you can include exercises that focus on perception, attention, processing speed, memory, and reasoning capabilities. Exercises and games that focus on these specific areas of improving and maintaining the cognitive capabilities of seniors are […]

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Tips to Handle Medical Emergencies as a Caregiver

It is perfectly normal for you to take extra care of your favorite senior, especially when you receive news that they are suffering from a serious medical condition. Helping with meal preparation, feeding them, making their bed, reading to them, etc are done with care. However, with medical conditions come the chances of medical emergencies. Therefore, you need to be clear on every aspect relating to handling medical emergencies. The primary rule that needs to be adhered to in case of medical emergencies is to keep calm. Understand that panicking will prevent you from thinking clearly. Also, it may scare the patient. The tips shared below can help you to be better prepared for future medical emergencies.   Tips To Handle A Medical Emergency As A Caregiver  There are many variables that can go wrong while caregiving and there are no ways to exactly predict all of them. However, the below tips from professional caregivers in senior care and assisted living facilities can help you mitigate missteps.   Have A Checklist Of Necessities  Make sure to have a mobile phone that is fully charged, first aid kits, cash, emergency contact details, and a list of current medications. Besides, keep the phone numbers and names of all the doctors of the person in a visible place. If your senior loved one is suffering from a heart condition, you need to be familiar with using a defibrillator and have one handy. If you are the home caregiver of the person, it will […]

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A Note On Age-Related Macular Degeneration Observed In Seniors 

Every year the month of February is remembered as Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. As per the statistics, AMD is one of the major causes of vision loss in people over the age of 50. This disease is very common among seniors and can be challenging to diagnose at the early stages. Moreover, the treatment options for the problem tend to be limited. Many seniors in assisted living communities suffer from this problem and it is important to know about the different types, causes, symptoms, and preventive measures to ensure proper treatment for the problem. Categories Of AMD  Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a condition developed due to problems with the segment of the retina that is at the back of the retina – macula. This segment of the retina takes care of central vision. AMD can be categorized into two namely, dry AMD and wet AMD. The most observed variant of AMD is dry AMD. This condition develops as a result of thinning of the macula with age and smaller clusters of protein get accumulated in it. The central vision will be blurry and it will progress slowly. Usually, it does not expand to peripheral vision, making it difficult to notice the problem in the early stages. Wet AMD is less common and a more serious problem. This condition develops as a result of new and abnormal blood vessels that start to grow under the retina scarring the macula. In this type of macular degeneration, vision loss is more severe […]

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