The Importance of Staying Connected with Senior Relatives

Posted by on 19 April 2019 | Comments

We’re all busy. Between school, working, kids, pets, and having any type of social life possible with everything going on, you may forgot about picking up the phone and calling your elderly parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.

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Tips to Help Seniors Stay Safe During Warmer Months

Posted by on 11 April 2019 | Comments

With nicer weather just around the corner, there are a few things to keep in mind for seniors to stay safe!

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How Diet and Exercise Can Prevent Disease

Posted by on 1 March 2019 | Comments

March is National Nutrition Month!

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The Importance of Heart Health

Posted by on 27 February 2019 | Comments

While genetics can contribute to heart diseases, a healthy diet and lifestyle can help combat preventable heart conditions!

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How Seasonal Depression Can Affect Seniors

Posted by on 22 February 2019 | Comments

While fall prevention and hypothermia are important topics to address this winter, so is seasonal depression and how it affects the elderly.

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MOLST Forms

Posted by on 18 February 2019 | Comments

Do you know what a MOLST form is? Most people don’t.

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How Valentine's Day Affects the Elderly

Posted by on 15 February 2019 | Comments

Valentine’s Day is a special day to think about the ones you love. Whether it’s your spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or your palentine, it’s a day to remind them of how much they mean to you.

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Hypothermia

Posted by Kathy ContinoTurner on 18 January 2019 | Comments

With the anticipated snow storm in the North East, seniors need to be aware of the dangers.  Make sure you have food for several days, dont go out in the snow. Make sure your cell phone is charged, and if you are the neighbor of an elderly person, check on them to make sure they are ok. 

Hypothermia is an issue in the winter months. It happens when your core temperature drops, and the body starts to shut down. Older Americans are more vulnerable to hypothermia because our bodies can’t withstand the cold as we did when we were younger. Additionally some medications you take might also increase your risk. Signs of hypothermia include sleepiness, slowed movement and reaction, slurred or slowed speech and confusion. Many of us turn our heat down in our homes to save money, and that is not a good idea. Make sure your house is at least 68 degrees or higher. If you need help paying your heating bill, contact your local senior center for programs in your area. You should also talk with your doctor about your medications or chronic health issues that put you at greater risk.

The American Heart Association notes that chronic cardio vascular conditions may increase due to the cold. Lower temperatures reduce body heat so blood vessels constrict, limiting the oxygen flow in your body. If you are slim, you are a greater risk. Wear layers of clothing to trap heat and provide insulation. Another medical issue that seems to become worse in the cold is arthritis. Again, talking to your doctor is a great idea to help combat these issues.

Winter may alter your sleep habits. We all know what it’s like to wake up when it’s dark and it’s cold. Our bed is warm, and the ideal thing is to stay right there. Cold weather makes us want to sleep more. Getting extra rest isn’t an issue, until sleep becomes a major part of your day. Keeping a regular schedule can be a big help in avoiding “sundowners syndrome”. Make sure you open your blinds and turn on the lights during the daytime. Find activities to do each day. Many times having a family pet can be a major factor to combat the winter lazies…Your dog needs to go out, and your cat just wants to eat.  Our furry friends can certainly help eliminate the winter blues.

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Winter and Senors - Fall prevention

Posted by Kathy Contino-Turner on 16 January 2019 | Comments

With winter can come increased health risks for seniors.  Those of us who live in the northern climates, where ice and snow are common place between late October and early April, are at a greater risk of falling. If you live in your own home, and shovel your walk or driveway you might take a tumble. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when it snows. Let someone help you to your car, or use a walker in the winter to provide stability.  Inside, be aware that tracking in snow, will eventually result in wet spots on the floor, which also pose a risk. The cold might decrease your mobility, even inside so be wary.

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Holidays and the Elderly

Posted by on 21 December 2018 | Comments

Holidays and the Elderly

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