Month: March 2013

Helping Your Senior Have a Surefooted Spring

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Video – 3 Reasons Seniors End Up in the ER – Part II

On The Journey With Coach Kathy

1 out of 10 hospital admissions for seniors is related to a fall/injury!  The good news is that there are things that you can do to help prevent falls and keep your loved one safe.  This video will help you know what signs to look for (that may indicate your loved one is falling) and where falls are most likely to occur!

If you are having trouble determining if your loved one is at risk or would like help with know how to modify their environment to make it safer, please be in touch with me!  Just click on the link in my sidebar for my website, Parent Care Alliance, where you will find an opportunity to schedule a time to chat!

On the journey with you,

Kathy

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How to Live Well Later in Life

Morning by Morning Pathway to Health

Because of the Lord’s great love we
are not consumed for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

A balanced healthy diet for seniors adds life to your years and years to your life. Aging progresses at a variable rate; some persons age faster than others. It is not just a chronological age, but physical status and a state of mind. Your food choices can not only reduce your risk of disease and increase your longevity, but they also contribute to wellness and thus independent living. Enjoying healthful food and having the energy and ability to do the activities of daily living will contribute to your quality of life for years to come.

How to Live Well Later in Life

Your diet needs to support your changing nutritional requirements for health, embrace your enjoyment of food, and provide the energy…

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Ways To Prevent The Aging Process Naturally

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As far as aging is concerned, there is not one formula that will work for everyone. However, there are some more practical ideas that will help you start to make a plan that will work for you. Be determined in your quest to live a long, happy, fulfilling life. Many of the issues of aging depend on how you handle them, and these tips will give you some help along the way.

Exercise is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. Research proves that individuals who exercise regularly are at a lowered risk of signs of aging than people who are sedentary. Regular exercise can improve and maintain muscle tone, keeps your circulatory system working well, increases stamina, and helps you keep a youthful appearance.

If you wish to stay wrinkle free, avoid frowning. While it may seem difficult to achieve, controlling your facial muscles is possible…

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Your Aging Parent: Do They Need Help?

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Helping Grandmother Walk When your parent or loved one reaches a certain age, his/her health, mobility, and general well-being may begin to decline. As much as you may want to, you may not be able to provide the care he or she needs, especially on a daily basis.

So while your parent seems independent, happy and healthy, sometimes the opposite is true:

MYTH #1 – Mom eats well.

TRUTH – Mom can no longer stand and prepare meals. She eats cereal, crackers, bread, and jelly; things that she doesn’t have to cook. She does not like the home delivered meals you have arranged for and seldom eats them.

MYTH #2 – Dad does a good job of taking care of his personal hygiene.

TRUTH – It has become too difficult to get in the tub or shower without assistance, so Dad takes sponge baths. He cannot lean over to wash his hair, and can only…

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Spring Into Outdoor Activities

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The calendar shows that Spring is on the verge of making its appearance and with that comes a sense of rebirth, renewal and, of course, Spring Fever! What can you do with your senior family members to make the most of this wonderful time of the year? There are myriad options but here are a few of our favorites:

 

Start healthy habits: Now that the clocks have moved ahead, opportunities for outdoor activities and routines abound. Help the seniors in your life view spring as a season to kick off new routines. It’s easier to make a resolution to be more active or eat healthier when the sun is shining and the ability to get outside and walk or work in a garden is available. Why not start a family tradition on the first day of spring to have a family get together and map out some…

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What are the indicators to look for when senior care might be beneficial?

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We get calls pretty often where the caller wonders whether or not a senior (usually a parent) in his or her life might benefit from home care.  However, the caller is not clear on what to look for or whether or not the senior really needs care or that it would help.  Here are some general indicators that will guide you.  If some of the following questions (or your answers) “rings true” for you, our experience has been that arranging for care sooner than later results in being able to stay at home much longer.  When is the best time to arrange for care?  That question will be addressed in future posts.

If the senior in your life is alone, here are some question to ask.  If the answer to one or more of the following gives you pause, this is a flag to which you should pay attention.

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Ergonomic Gardening

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As spring is approaching, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of the importance of ergonomic gardening. By this we mean using proper body mechanics so you do not cause stress or pain when bending or kneeling.

With the growing popularity of eating healthier in this country, home and community gardening is one of the most popular, pleasurable, and beneficial activities in the United States.  Gardening offers many benefits in addition to producing affordable, nutritious food. Gardening strengthens our bones, muscles and cardiovascular systems. It builds stamina, lubricates our joints, and improves our motor abilities and helps us burn calories. However, if not performed properly can cause minor to serious injuries. Here are a couple of tips to help keep you injury free and enjoying your garden in the months to come.

When bending or squatting, keep your knees flexed to utilize your strong leg…

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