For many people, summer is a time for relaxation. For senior citizens, hot summer weather can be dangerous if they don’t take the proper steps to stay safe.
So today we want to share some summer safety tips for seniors. You can still enjoy a summer vacation without having to take a break from safety.
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There are few experiences more frightening in the lives of seniors than the slow deterioration of the brain. Perhaps just as frightening—maybe even more so—is the fact that even the best and most accomplished doctors and scientists still don’t fully understand what causes the decline of the brain’s cognitive abilities.
But here’s what we do know for sure about brain health in seniors: Keeping your brain strong, healthy, and in regular use has been proven to significantly slow the approach of afflictions like dementia and Alzheimer’s. We also know there are many specific activities which, when practiced with regularity as we age, can significantly help slow the process of cognitive deterioration.
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Exercise is something of a double-edged sword for older people.
On one hand, regular exercise is important as we age. It helps us live longer and reduces our risk for chronic illnesses.
On the other hand, strength training and high-intensity cardio workouts can be tough on our bodies.
That’s one of the reasons why yoga is such a great form of exercise for seniors.
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If you’re someone who has recently entered the so-called “sunset years” of life, you’re aware that growing older comes with its fair share of both positive and negative attributes.
Maybe you’ve managed to comfortably retire, and are now spending your days traveling, or playing with your grandchildren. There’s no denying the fact that the last decades of life, under the right circumstances, can be some of your very best.
But growing older can also be a struggle. This is the time of life when our bodies and our minds begin to rebel against the many years of hard labor we’ve put them through. The result can be very serious pain, and sometimes an inability to properly take care of ourselves, even in the most basic of ways.
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Spring is here, bringing with it plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy your backyard. But for people with mobility issues, this can be easier said than done.
That’s why we want to spend some time today talking about ways to make your backyard – from decks to patios to walkways – more accessible.
In some cases that means installing devices such as stair lifts and platform lifts. Other times, accessibility means making certain adjustments.
Here are a few ways to make your backyard for accessible this spring:
1. Spaces and paths
Everyone wants a smooth, level place to sit during backyard gatherings, and people who use wheelchairs are no exception. Wheelchairs need about five feet of space in which to turn around. Ideally, you should aim for more than that, with spaces scattered around the area.
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Installing a stair lift – also known as a chair lift – will change your life for the better, but it’s a purchase that requires some education.
Most stair lifts come with several different features, and determining which stair lift features you’ll need most is important to making your choice.
But before we get to stair lift features, we wanted to review some of the basic terms you might encounter as you do your research.
- Carriage – Another word for the seat or platform that carries users up and down the stairs.
- Track – The long metal piece that runs up the stairwell. It is typically affixed to the steps rather than to the wall.
- Cycle – A round trip on the stair lift.
- Stair tread – The part of the stairs on which people walk.
- Swivel seat – A carriage that can turn at an angle – usually 45-90 degrees –allowing users to swivel away from the steps and get on or off the lift on a flat, stable surface.
Some common stair lift features include:
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A stair lift installation can change your life, or at the very least, the character of your home.
It’s a big purchase, and like any major purchase – your house, a new car – it’s one you shouldn’t make without first asking questions.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of questions you should ask before your stair lift installation begins. It’s information any stair lift company offering stair lifts for sale in Pennsylvania should provide.
1. Will it fit?
The stair lift you choose should be available to accommodate different types of staircases: straight or curved. Ideally, you should choose a stair lift with a modular design, which means installation will be simple, with no changes to your home.
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As the Baby Boom generation ages, more and more people will turn to home health care as an alternative to residential care (retirement communities, assisted living, etc.).
Part of that is a growing wish to age in place and boomers’ embrace of new patient-managed technology, and part of it is just math: The number of senior citizens in America is expected to jump to 71 million by 2029, the year the last group of boomers hits the retirement age.
In the face of that shift, policymakers are pushing home health care as a solution to the cost of hospitalization, writes Liz Seegert in Covering Health, a publication of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
“Hospitals or nursing homes are no longer the only options,” U.S. Senator Harry Reid told a home health care conference in 2013. “In the months and years to come, the home health care industry will become the de facto solution for many as our aging population requires more care.”
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Most stores, restaurants, and government buildings take steps to accommodate people with disabilities. It’s the right thing to do, but it’s also the law.
But things aren’t always as easy at home. Most homes aren’t designed with wheelchair users in mind. However, with a few modifications, it’s possible for people with disabilities to live comfortably. Here are a few handicap accessibility tips for your home:
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More than 34 million Americans live with osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones weak and fragile.
People who have it are a risk for breaking bones when they fall, with the most common injuries occurring to the wrist, hip and spine.
However, it’s possible to live with osteoporosis without experiencing fractures, says Dr. Felicia Cosman, an expert in the condition.
“You can live with osteoporosis for a long, long time and never have complications such as fractures – if you take certain precautions,” she tells WebMD.
If you’re concerned about osteoporosis and falls, here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:
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