How to Keep Your Medication Organized

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Studies show that many people over the age of 65 take between two and seven prescription drugs a day. It can be easy to confuse all of your medications, which is very dangerous. It’s important to take all your medication that your doctor prescribed you and at the correct time each day. How you take you medication is important too. The foods and beverages you consume when you take your medication can play a role in your health. Here are 8 tips from everdayhealth.com that can help you keep your medications straight. Don’t take a day off When your doctor orders you to take a prescription at the same time everyday it can be hard to remember. But one way …

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

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Eating habits change as people age. Your calorie intake will probably decrease, and your nutrient needs will mostly stay the same with the possibility of an small increase. Eating nutrient-rich food will help you get the vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats you need. Giving your body the right nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight can help you stay active and independent. Body changes come with age. One thing that slows down is your metabolism. This is a natural change but if you don’t exercise as much it becomes harder to burn as many calories. Everydayhealth.com explains that most women on average need about 1,800 calories per day and most men on average need 2,300 calories each day. Another body …

7 Steps for Seniors to Stay Healthy and Happy at Home

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Ultimately, what we wish for our aging loved ones is the opportunity to live happily, in their own home. As they age, we become concerned that their health will decline and they may be forced to live in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Yet, you do not have to carry this concern if you understand the different types of home care and how they can work together! Your home care options are truly unlimited. A comprehensive home care company that accepts different types of home care funding should be able to create a customized home care plan for you. Your plan can meet your budget requirements, and can ensure that your medical and daily living needs are met. …

Don’t Forget to Take Your Medicine, These Tools are Here to Help

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Any time you miss your medication there can be health consequences. When you are a senior, remembering your meds can be even more of a challenge, and the consequences may be even more severe. According to the Center of Disease Control, failure to properly take medication causes between 30-50 percent of chronic disease treatment failures and 125,000 deaths per year in the United States. This also costs between $100 and $300 billion annually.[1] The tech industry has been working to help with this problem and there are several good options out on the market for purchase for you or your aging loved one. Adhere Tech Adhere Tech is just one of the few companies that has created a smart pill …

How To Relieve Arthritis Pain

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Millions of people are diagnosed with arthritis and are affected by the pain that comes with it every day. Doctors predict that by 2030, 25% of adults will be diagnosed with arthritis. Typically, people experience arthritis pain to be in their back, hips, knees, and hands. A few general ways to avoid arthritis are by staying fit and by minimizing repetitive motions. Taking regular breaks to stretch, and taking short walks can prevent joint injuries that could lead to arthritis. There are numerous formal treatment options for your arthritis. Health essentials is a great resource to help you learn the basics of arthritis and how to prevent and treat it by clicking here. Sometimes you need a little help to …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part 5

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This is the final, fifth installment in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. So far we’ve shared: #1 Help! My Loved One is Refusing Help at Home #2 I Don’t Know What to Expect from Home Care #3 How Do I Pay for Home Care #4 How Do I Choose a Home Care Company We’ll finish with, Home Care or Hire My Own Caregiver? …

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Evidence Discovered Linking Parkinson’s to Gut Bacteria

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Parkinson’s disease causes multiple, life-changing symptoms; chronic depression, difficulty walking, dementia, uncontrollable tremors and losing your fine motor control. But what causes Parkinson’s? Scientists have been studying this disease for years, but usually only focus on the brain. This is because the loss of cells in the brain in the area known as the substantia nigra (which controls movement and reward) is involved in the progression of the disease. Recent studies seeking a connection between Parkinson’s and the nervous system have been a change of pace. Some of these studies have led to the discovery that there are different types of bacteria in the gut of those with Parkinson’s and those without. The University of Alabama at Birmingham found evidence …

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How Essential Oils Can Help Those with Dementia

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When it comes to health, the natural and organic market has been an ongoing trend. Essential oils in the past few years have been in the spotlight for their numerous health benefits. To many people’s surprise, essential oils aren’t just for the younger crowd. There are numerous health benefits for seniors as well. For example, lavender oil has been suggested to help reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, reduce pain for people with kidney stones and help those suffering from dementia. Aromas from essential oils hit the brain twice as fast as pain. They can help trigger memories and affect one’s emotions or behavior. This makes them an ideal tool for those suffering from dementia. Ways to …

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Summer Activities for Seniors

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Last year, we wrote about how to protect seniors from the summer heat. There are a lot of activities that can help seniors not only stay cool, but also stay active this summer. Volunteering Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to your community. You can sign up to usher at a local theater (plus you get to see shows for free!). Places such as libraries, hospitals and animal shelters are always looking for more volunteers. Cooperative Hospice (hyperlink to our hospice page on the website) has administrative volunteer opportunities for a little as a few hours per week; your schedule can also be flexible to accommodate other commitments. Community Events When living in a city like …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part Four

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How Do I Choose a Home Care Company? This is the fourth of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #4: How do I choose a home care company? We asked Cooperative Home Care, Inc.’s CEO and Owner Mitch Waks how to choose a home care company. Mitch is a busy professional who is also a …