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|October 17, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Ergonomics|
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|September 19, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging|
By Guest Blogger, Nikki D. Longo
As members of the Baby Boomer generation begin retiring, many of them will be living on their own. But how long will they be able to care for themselves without the help of family members or facilities like assisted living centers?
One solution for living alone and staying safe includes the protection of a home security provider, like the ones featured on securitycompanies.com. In the past, home security typically meant protection from burglary. Nowadays, home security comprises far more. In fact, many providers offer monitoring for fire, carbon monoxide and other potential emergencies, plus home automation features.
Technology benefits for the aging population
Emergency medical assistance or a personal emergency response system (PERS) is geared toward the elderly or those living with medical conditions. Advances in technology have allowed seniors and the disabled to maintain their independence with the help of an emergency response system.
Consider the following statistics:
- It’s estimated that by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. will be age 65 and older, and live longer and more independently than any time in history.
- Among seniors aged 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of death-related injuries.
- Those who get help from an immobilizing fall have an 80 percent chance of survival and are more likely to retain an independent lifestyle following the accident.
The emergence of apps and devices for seniors
It seems like the technology industry creates smartphones applications for just about everything, and many are geared toward younger generations. However, technology created to help improve the lives of seniors is expected to have a broader and longer-lasting social impact.
In addition to developing smartphone tools, advances in wireless security technology — including sensors that monitor a person’s activity, such as how many times they open their medicine cabinet — can help track someone’s daily routine. These features can also alert family members, or a home security provider, of a possible emergency and allow patients to get help without leaving their home.
Finding new approaches for a new era
For many people, the cost of health care is a huge issue. Tech companies are pursuing new, creative methods to facilitate regular doctor’s visits, medical treatments and other health-related matters. For example, seniors can receive customized exercise programs for specific physical fitness needs and fall prevention information, concerns especially relevant to those living alone.
Although the tech industry hasn’t primarily focused on the aging Baby Boomer population, entrepreneurs are seeing the need for their contributions in this area. They’re working with experts on aging to create technology and equipment that can dramatically improve the welfare and lives of seniors and entire families as the country enters a new era of elderly care, senior independence and simplified homecare.
|August 1, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Diabetes, Health, Health News|
I know what you’re thinking. Yoga is a practice that requires you to bend and stretch every which way and pushes your body to new limits. How can a wheelchair fit into the equation? After seeing the concept grow and gain popularity, we were curious ourselves.
We posted a story on Facebook a few weeks back about seniors finding fulfilling activities and exercise regimens though a new practice called wheelchair yoga. This alternative to the typical mat to floor version is a great option for those wanting to experience new ways to engage the entire mind, body and spirit thru exercise.
As it turns out, it’s less about balance and use of the poses to strengthen your body and mind, but rather explores the relationship between mind and body to strengthen quality of life.
Matthew Sanford became paralyzed at age 13 after a car accident and now teaches this relationship to people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. He is a yoga teacher, public speaker, author and founder and president of Mind-Body Solutions, a national nonprofit with the mission to “transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.”
The approach and philosophy is focused around sensations experienced in certain poses by both the body and mind and alters them to engage both the parts of the body that can move and an awareness of the areas that can’t. These sensations are breath, posture alignment awareness and being grounded.
“Movement enhances and maintains health. We tap into the idea that you can still live and move in your whole body without actually moving what you can’t”. According to Stanford, the poses are not what direct the practice, but the sensations felt during yoga sessions- balance, expansion and rhythm. It’s about absorbing them and seeing what they can teach you.
So how can you or your loved ones get started? Stanford suggests finding a teacher and asking if he/she can help begin an adaptive practice. He also says establishing a connection is important, and one-on-one sessions help. “There’s no one way to do this correctly,. You just need someone wiling to explore with you.” Another important detail to remember is to get checked out by your primary care doctor so you are aware of your limits and don’t cause injury.
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|February 6, 2013||Posted by Ronni under Health, Wellness|
Heart disease is preventable. But living and eating healthy isn’t always number one on a caregiver’s list of priorities. Good news: It doesn’t have to be. Below are a list of some great drinks that you can fill your “to-go” cup with in the morning and sip your way to better heart health! Although, we recommend waiting until after a stressful day to enjoy a little of the red wine! Drink your way to heart health responsibly!
Cup o’ Joe: The antioxidant activity in your morning cup of coffee is very high. The best part of coffee is – it’s everywhere! Here in New England, they rumor you can find a coffee shop every 200 ft!! In a very wide study of 83,000 women (according to caring.com) women who drank two to four cups of coffee a day saw a 20% drop in the risk of stroke. We recommend putting as little sweetener and creamer into your coffee as possible to keep it as healthy as possible.
Blend it Together: During our search we found a recipe from Dr. Oz for a heart-healthy smoothie! It’d be a great treat during the summer to keep you cool and healthy! It’s chalk full of antioxidants and delicious ingredients! Check it out HERE!
Nectar of the Forbidden Fruit: Pomegranates, rumored to be the forbidden fruit that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, has an antioxidant level that is 3 times more than that of red wine or green tea. Once, pomegranate juice was considered hard to find – but now you can pick it up at pretty much every grocery store. Drinking the juice regularly may lower your cholesterol and remove arterial plaque. Stick to the “all-natural” brands with less sugar and additives.
During Tea Time: Both black tea and green tea are extremely good for your heart. During Fermentation of the tea, the leaves change chemical structure bring out the antioxidants hidden in the root of the plant. A few cups of black tea a day can reduce your risk of stroke by removing the bad cholesterol from your body. It can also increase blood flow throughout the day. Green tea also reduces the risk of stroke and coronaries. It can also be used to treat inflammation of the joints!
Daily Night Cap: Although alcohol has several side effects that can lead to bad health habits, a small glass of red wine daily may not be a bad thing for women. Research has shown that red wine is jam packed with cardioprotective compounds – like polyphenol. Polyphenol is found in the skin of the grap and during the wine making process becomes highly concentrated. It keeps the heart pumping. Stick to a small, 5 oz glass once a day. Drink responsibly!
|November 28, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Autism|
It’s common for people with autism to have more digestive health problems than average. It’s said that 25% of autistic children have at least one chronic gastrointestinal symptom. Probiotic microorganisms support digestive health in adults and children, so can probiotics help children and adults with autism?
In a study done at the University of Reading, 40 autistic children between 4 and 13 years old were randomly put into a trial group and a control group. The trial group was given a probiotic supplement and children in the other group were given placebos. The probiotics had an extremely positive effect on the children with autism. Comments from parents of participants in the probiotic group included reports on digestive health improvements as well as mental and behavioral improvements.
|November 22, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Alzheimer's Disease|
As of now, The National Institute of Health says that there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that your diet can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Many researchers believe, however, that the food you eat can help save your memory and keep your brain healthy.
5 Foods that May Keep Your Brain Healthy
- Oil-based salad dressings. This is high vitamin E, which helps protect nerve cells, which starts to die in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.
- Fish. Docosahexaenoic acid in fish is important for the normal functioning of nerve cells in the brain.
- Dark green leafy vegetables. For example, a half-cup of cooked spinach has 25% of your daily vitamin E intake!
- Avocados. They are rich in both vitamin E and vitamin C—and are associated with a lower risk ofdeveloping Alzheimer’s.
- Berries. The latest research from the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston found that blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries could help stop age-related cognitive decline.
|October 25, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Diabetes|
For those with diabetes, Halloween can be tricky. It’s the one night that sugary candy is pretty much thrown at you for free, and resisting the temptation can be nearly impossible. But if you’re going to give into the temptation for this one night, these are the candies that you should choose to eat while handing them out to the trick-or-treaters:
- Fun-sized candy bars rather than full-sized. A fun-sized Kit Kat bar will save you 40 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
- Hershey’s dark chocolate. This has 7 less grams of sugar per serving than Dove’s dark chocolate
- PayDay Bar. This candy bar contains caramel, peanuts, and chocolate and will save you 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 10 calories compared to a Snickers bar.
- Caramel Apple Pop. Lollipops take a long time to eat and make you feel like you’re treating yourself to even more candy!
- Sugar-free Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Everyone loves Reece’s, and they’re hard to avoid on Halloween, so make sure you go sugar-free!
- Almond M&Ms. The almonds in the M&Ms displace some of the chocolate that you get with regular chocolate M&Ms and will save you 3 grams of carbs and 3 grams of sugar in each serving.
|October 17, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Health|
We’ve all been there before—sitting long hours at your desk job working hard (or hardly working) when you start to feel that aching pain in your shoulder or neck. Shoulder and neck pain are common with work involving very low levels of muscle activity, such as office work with computers. But can drinking coffee prior to work relieve the pain? We came across a recent study that took a look at subjects who drank coffee before starting computer office-work and if they showed a different time course in the pain development than those who did not drink coffee. 48 people, 22 with chronic shoulder and neck pain and 26 healthy pain-free subjects, were recruited to perform a computer-based office-work task for 90 min. 40% of them drank coffee prior to working. The study showed that during the work task, the coffee consumers showed significantly lower pain increase than those who did not drink coffee.
So, drinking a cup of coffee before work could be beneficial to preventing pain from occurring while you’re at your desk. Not only can coffee prevent an increase in pain, it can also decrease sleepiness and fatigue. So, if you’re ever sitting at work wondering what you can do to prevent that annoying pain in your shoulder or neck from occurring, try drinking a cup of coffee before going into work the next morning!
|October 16, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Food and Nutrition|
Many people think that just because a certain food is regarded as “healthy”, that it’s okay to feed it to your elderly loved one. This is not always the case. There are certain foods that we think of as healthy that can actually make your elderly loved one sick, causing food poisoning or other food-related illnesses. As we age, it’s more difficult for our bodies to fight off germs, making it easier for us to get sick. So, it’s very important to make sure your elderly loved one is eating food that’s considered healthy for them, not necessarily what’s healthy for us. Here is a list of foods that your elderly loved one should avoid, found at AgingCare.com:
- Raw eggs
- Soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert and blue-veined varieties.
- Raw fish, oysters, clams and mussels.
- Unpasteurized milk
- Unpasteurized juice
- Raw or rare hamburger, carpaccio (thin shavings of raw beef fillet) and steak tartare
- Sushi and sashimi
- Foods that contain undercooked eggs (unpasteurized eggnog, Monte Cristo sandwiches, French toast, homemade Caesar salad dressing, Hollandaise sauce, tiramisu and raw cookie dough or cake batter).
|October 5, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Food and Nutrition|
Caregiving often requires long hours and can cause a lot of stress. And all of that anxiety can lead to unhealthy stress eating. It’s extremely important for you as a caregiver to maintain a healthy and balanced diet so you can offer your highest level of care! Here are some fun and unexpected things you can eat but also maintain a healthy diet:
It CAN be healthy if you prepare it a certain way. Use a whole-wheat crust and low-fat cheese, in moderation. Skip the meats, especially the high fat ones like pepperoni and sausage, and add a lot of vegetables.
This can also be healthy—as long as it’s 100% fruit juice. A good example is orange juice, which has a lot of fiber and antioxidants. Research has shown that daily consumption of 6 to 8 ounces can lower Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 76%.
Eaten in moderation, dark chocolate, which is full of antioxidants and vitamins, is good for your heart, brain, and helps control blood sugar.
Research shows that alcohol can increase the level of antioxidants in certain fruits, such as strawberries. That means a strawberry daiquiri or a similar drink can provide health benefits, as well as a good taste.