Category Archives: Body

How to Help Your Older Loved Ones Stay Safe on Summer Vacation

Posted by admin on July 16th, 2018 in Body | No Comments
How to Help Your Older Loved Ones Stay Safe on Summer Vacation FI
FAST FACTS: 2018 has already seen record high temperatures across the nation The Southeast has seen temperatures “much above average” Parts of the region have also seen record rainfall this year

The unbearable heat of the summer can be dangerous for everyone, but few are more susceptible to extreme health issues as the elderly. When the temperatures and humidity soar, the elderly are at risk.

As members of an assisted living community in Atlanta, we have seen the ravages of heat on our senior residents. We would like to share ways you can help your older loved ones stay safe on vacation, especially if they experience heat and humidity they aren’t used to.… Read more...

Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted by admin on May 17th, 2018 in Body | No Comments
Group of seniors in the park in a picnic in summer having fun

Summer is a time for sun and fun for a majority of people. It’s a time of year that most of us look forward to. Unfortunately for seniors, the summer time can also be a dangerous one if the proper precautions are not taken. Here are some tips for seniors as the summer season begins.… Read more...

Best Daytime Activities for Seniors

Posted by admin on August 23rd, 2017 in Body | No Comments
Elderly couple with their bikes

It’s a widely known fact that seniors who remain active experience better physical, spiritual and mental health. Growing older doesn’t mean you have to just sit in your house or give up the things you love to do. You may not be strong enough to run a marathon or spend hours in the garden anymore, but most activities can be tailored to your abilities.

For seniors without an extended support system, finding things to do can be difficult. The good news is that there are dozens of safe, fun daytime activities that any senior can participate in, with or without a partner. Here are just a few ideas if you are a senior, or love a senior, and are looking for ways to remain active.

1. Walking

Studies have shown that walking daily can help to maintain heart, organ and … Read more...

Benefits of Geriatric Massage Therapy

Posted by admin on August 9th, 2017 in Body | No Comments
Female massage therapist massaging back of senior man in medical office

Many people in the country indicate that massage therapy is a vital component of their overall health and wellness. Massage isn’t just for athletes or the rich and famous. Massage has benefits for people of any age and walk of life, and those benefits continue as we age.

Massage therapy can be a non-invasive way of alleviating the symptoms related to age-related changes in the body. It can benefit the entire body, from head to foot. When you find a therapist who understands how to work with the aging body, you reap the benefits in a tremendous way.

What Is Geriatric Massage?

Geriatric massage is a form of massage therapy that meets the needs of an elderly person. Its intent is to help improve blood circulation, increase range of motion and decrease pain and discomfort. Geriatric massage can help increase … Read more...

Finding the Right Post-Hospital Care for Seniors

Posted by admin on June 20th, 2017 in Body | No Comments
Physiotherapist helping old senior woman on treadmill with handles

For younger people, a trip to the hospital often results in a simple discharge, maybe a couple days of rest, and then continuing on with life as usual. But for seniors, the recovery process is often much longer. They may need physical therapy, nursing care and other services to fully recover. Without professional assistance, many seniors find their health worsens after a hospital visit.

The good news is, there are a few different options for post-hospital care. What kind of services you choose will depend on many factors, including price, availability and simple personal preference. Read on to learn about these different options.

Rehab Centers/Skilled Nursing Facilities

If your loved one will require around-the-clock care while they recover, a skilled nursing facility may be the best option. While this may sound like an expensive choice, Medicare often covers the … Read more...

The Most Dangerous Medicines for Seniors

Posted by admin on June 13th, 2017 in Body, Education | No Comments
Hands of senior woman putting pills into pill box

As people get older, they naturally need more medical care to stay healthy. Part of that care is prescription medicines. With so many new drugs on the market, and new ones being released seemingly on a daily basis, keeping track of which ones are safe for our elderly loved ones is a necessity. Unfortunately, doing so is not always easy.

The American Geriatrics Society regularly updates a list of medicines that have been proven to be dangerous. This list, called the Beers List (after the doctor who originally created it), is used by medical professionals all over America. However, it is a good idea to be aware of the medicines on the list to make sure your loved one isn’t taking a drug that could be unnecessarily harmful.

How the List Is Organized

The Beers List was first created by … Read more...

The Senior’s Guide to Healthy Eating

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 14th, 2016 in Body | No Comments

Did you know that the U.S. Government recommends you eat 2.5 cups of vegetables every day? Take a look:

You also notice that it’s recommended that you eat two cups of fruits, six ounces of dairy, and six ounces of grains. Take a look at the rest of the recommendations.

Many people aren’t even aware of these guidelines, and even more aren’t following them. But nutrition is vital for for your health – especially as you age. While it’s easy to look at the list of foods you should be eating, it’s hard to actually find a way to put them into your daily diet. So we went to the source of all of life’s important information – Pinterest – and found some great ways to incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle.

 

First of all, let’s take a … Read more...

Hydration For Older Adults

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 24th, 2015 in Body | No Comments

Hydration is something you think about at the gym, but not necessarily when caring for a loved one. Water can seem like a minor issue when a senior needs continuous care, help with medication, or assistance just getting around their house. But seniors are especially prone to dehydration and it can cause serious health problems.

For example:

Water is essential to your energy level and your body’s ability to process its food. Water is necessary to remove toxins from the body through urine, sweat, and the liver. The nervous system depends on ions from water to function.

These processes can suffer even if a senior is drinking some water. They need about 2 liters a day to be healthy, and potentially more if they drink coffee, soda, alcohol, or other substances that dry out the body.

All of this applies … Read more...

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 23rd, 2015 in Body | No Comments

“There are four kinds of people: those who will become caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who were caregivers, and those who will need caregiving themselves.”

– Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

More often than not, the people who do the behind-the-scenes work are overlooked. They are the ones that hold the pieces together and make things look like they’re going to be fine. In the case of Assisted Living, Caregivers are these people. They are the ones that hold it together for the families and residents that they serve. They are the ones that pour their heart and souls out every day to make sure everyone is taken care of.

We want Caregivers to know they are greatly appreciated. November is National Family Caregivers Month, but we want to remember to appreciate them daily. As we take time to … Read more...

Going Green with Smoothies for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 24th, 2014 in Body | No Comments

Seniors should go green… go green with their smoothie!  I know, I know– green is not the desired color of choice for a smoothie for most people. As a matter of fact, many squirm and frown at the thought of it. I went through the same process. Greens blended to a creamy consistency reminded me of baby food. And then one day, I decided that I would finally buckle down, get serious about my health and I sucked it up…both figuratively and literally.  I was actually pleasantly surprised. Now, for all of you who were munching on kale out the womb, this post isn’t for you. It’s for the newbies to smoothie living, and specifically for seniors who are trying to pack a serious punch in their nutrition.

Why Green is the Thing for Seniors?

Green smoothies are packed with … Read more...


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