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Eye Safety and Wellness for Seniors

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October brings our focus to several prevention topics, including very important Breast Cancer Awareness. A lesser known, but still important prevention, is addressed through October’s National Home Eye Safety Month. Our second of three installments in our October Prevention Series focuses on home eye safety. Ensure you know the common risks and how to avoid eye injuries at home. We’re also expanding this installment to include recommendations on how aging parents can maintain their eye health after 60 and through their lives. Prevention is a common theme within eye safety and eye health. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology at Aao.org, nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home, yet only 35% of Americans wear protective eyewear during projects …

Hearing Loss Prevention and Resources for Seniors

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October brings our focus to several prevention topics, including very important Breast Cancer Awareness. A lesser known, but still important prevention, is addressed through October’s National Protect Your Hearing Month. Our final, third installment in our October Prevention Series focuses on how to protect your hearing. Maintaining your hearing is an important aspect of your safety and independence as you age. If your aging loved one is experiencing hearing loss, we’ve also listed resources to help including some that are specifically for veterans who have hearing loss from their military service. How to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (from the American Academy of Family Physicians at AAFP.org): You can make “hearing health” a part of your lifestyle. Stay away from loud …

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Cyber Security Tips for Seniors

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October brings our focus to several prevention topics, including very important Breast Cancer Awareness. A lesser known, but still important prevention, is addressed through October’s National Cyber Security Month. Our first of three installments in our October Prevention Series focuses on cyber security tips for all ages, as well as some tips specifically for older adults and other people who are less computer-savvy. How safe are you, and how safe is your aging parent, when it comes to cyber security? The Department of Homeland Security shares basic tips for every computer user, as well as for the more advanced user, and even some tips for “non-technical computer users”, like aging parents. They also share how to stay safe on social …

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Interactive Hobbies for Seniors

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As we get older, we may not be able to enjoy some of the more physical activities we once did. But that shouldn’t stop you from being active in general. Finding a hobby is important because it keeps you busy throughout the day and can be something you look forward to. Researchers find that retired people who get involved in hobbies are happier and tend to live longer. Everyone is different and enjoys doing different things, so here is a wide range of different hobbies to consider:   Poetry Groups Poetry can help your mind stay active and working in a way that doesn’t cause stress to your body. Creating your own poetry can be a great way to remind …

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How to Treat Shingles

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According to researchers, shingles in the United States affect 1 in 3 people and there are about 1 million new cases each year. The virus that causes shingles is called varicella zoster, which is the same virus that can cause chickenpox. Therefore, those who had chickenpox are more likely to develop shingles later in life. Shingles is more common in older adults who tend to have weakened immune systems. About 50% of all cases of shingles occur in adults 60 years of age or older. Some signs to watch for are burning, tingling, itching, or stinging, followed by a development of a rash. Other symptoms may include a headache, fever/chills, malaise, nausea, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. Shingles typically …

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 …