By Kaki Zell
As they grow older and retire, many seniors find themselves living on a more limited income, and they cut costs by eliminating “extra” items such as gym memberships. However, if you’re a senior who has health insurance (whether that’s through Medicaid or another program), the chances are good that you’ll qualify for one of these two free fitness programs: SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit.
Below, we explain how these programs work and the benefits they offer seniors and then cover fitness tips for exercising safely as an aging adult.
By John Schuster (ellasbubbles.com)
Many people are preparing to remain in their homes as they age. They are finding ways to accommodate their home for the use of a wheelchair and decreased mobility. A large population of people with age related challenges are looking for ways to live independently in their homes. There are currently more than 30 million Americans who use wheelchairs and those numbers continue to increase.
The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in your home.
Bathrooms can present many accessibility challenges to people who use a wheelchair or need accommodations. More than 2/3 of emergency room visits are due to bathroom falls, therefore bathroom safety is the number one concern when making a home accessible. Most elderly falls take place near the toilet area, while the tub and shower are the most hazardous areas for adults. A wet floor, small spaces to maneuver, and/or bending and lifting required in accessing the tub, shower or toilet can often cause falls to occur. To make the bathroom a safe space for everyone who uses it is the ultimate goal in accessible design.
To better accommodate wheelchair users and make the bathroom more comfortable for everyone, accessible design can be implemented and it can even be done without sacrificing style.
Taking inventory of the users capabilities and preferences can be a good start when planning the building or remodeling of an accessible bathroom.
By Lydia Chan
Every 65 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. When that someone is you or a loved one, it can feel like time is stopping completely. Dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be a challenge in so many ways, but one of the biggest hurdles individuals and families face is figuring out how to pay for care. If you find yourself in the position of paying for Alzheimer’s care, here is some information you may find helpful.
By Chris H
Looking to improve the health of your joints without your arthritis flaring up? Swimming might be just what the doctor ordered. Swimming works every muscle in the body and helps you maintain your joints without the dreaded joint pain. If you’re nervous or skeptical about getting in your backyard pool, remember that swimming is one of the best exercises you can do for your joints. You’ll lose weight, build muscle and reduce joint pain. The alternative, sitting still and not exercising at all, will only make your joint pain worse. Learn more about how swimming improves joint health.
By Lydia Chan
How To Cover The High Cost Of Alzheimer’s Care
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, he may require specialized, costly care for his health and safety. According to Alzheimers.net, the cost of caring for this disease in the United States in 2017 was $259 billion. 1 in every 10 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s. With costs projected to skyrocket up to $1.1 trillion, how can you protect yourself and cover the cost?
Here are some things you’ll need to consider.
By David Olson
For elderly individuals who take medications, one of the first signs that they need assistance with daily living is not taking their medications on schedule, or taking certain medications in the wrong amount, either of which could potentially lead to serious health problems.
When this situation occurs, it is important for a family member or a professional caregiver to provide a solution for weekly medication compliance, such as a pill organizer. Here are four tips for selecting a weekly, high-tech medication organizer for your loved one or patient.
By Sarah Cummings
Getting great sleep and being a caregiver often don’t go hand in hand. You might work long and irregular hours, you’re often stressed or anxious, and you carry all the weight of someone else’s difficulties upon your shoulders. Meaning that when it comes time to lay down your head, it’s often hard to switch off all that noise and fall soundly asleep.
But it’s very important that you try to get sufficient, good-quality sleep on a regular basis. Now, this is true for everyone; children, adults and even pets alike. Because sleep is the best way to obtain a healthier, happier lifestyle – no medication necessary, and it’s free, too!
Particularly if you’re caring for someone, you need to stay as rested as possible.
By Erica Garland
A primary concern of senior citizens is whether they can continue to live independently as they get older. Their loved ones often have the same concerns. Even if seniors want to continue to live on their own, they must confront the fact that they may not be as capable of some things as they once were. For many people, the inevitable result of aging is that senses become much less sharp, thinking may not occur as quickly as in the past, and senior citizens may not be as strong physically or as coordinated as when they were younger. Many people must make adjustments as they get older to accommodate for these changes, whether it’s by wearing glasses, using a cane or taking medication.
For seniors who want to continue living in their homes, they also must consider making some changes to their residences to make them more livable. In particular, the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms for the elderly. That’s why it’s important for seniors and their loved ones to consider adapting their bathrooms to make them safer to use. If you or someone you love is getting older and wants to continue to live independently, you can benefit from the following tips to make the bathroom a safer place.
By Susan Ashby
The American Stroke Association has designated May American Stroke Awareness Month in an effort to spread the word on identifying, preventing and treating stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strokes kill about 140,000 Americans each year, which equals about one in every 20 deaths. But it’s not all bad news. Strokes are preventable. In fact, the CDC reports that some 80 percent of them could have been avoided.
What’s more, identifying strokes in their early stages—acting FAST, so to speak—can help prevent them from turning fatal or causing disability. Why? Because every minute, quite literally, counts during a stroke. In fact, approximately 2 million brain cells are lost every minute of a stroke. In short, the earlier the treatment, the better the chance for a full recovery. And there’s no better way to ensure early-stage treatment than by getting well-acquainted with stroke warning signs.
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