Weather can play an important role in the health and well-being of the seniors in your life. Regardless of if you're dealing with winter temperatures or the heat of summer, there are steps that need to be taken to keep your aging relatives protected.
There are so many steps that we can take from an early age to help extend our lives and to simply make our Golden Years more enjoyable and with better health! Aging in place, and aging gracefully includes making good choices in our earlier years that should continue as we grow older.
Doctors have found that dehydration is one of the most common fluid and electrolyte disturbances among the elderly. Water is crucial to all bodily processes from carrying hormones, disease fighting cells, nutrients and antibodies throughout the body as well as flushing toxins and waste products from the body, ingesting enough is critical to good health. Individuals over age 65, however, find that their thirst diminishes and because of that they don't drink enough. Not drinking enough water can lead to diseases and disorders including kidney stones, hypertension, circulation disorders and common indigestion problems and, as a caregiver, you can see how important it is that your aging relatives are getting enough water in their diets.
Safety is a concern for individuals of all ages. Walking down the street, shopping in a mall, working alone at night, the morning run before work - all of these situations can leave us vulnerable! Thanks to smartphone technology and gps tracking, there are ways to increase your safety and security in threatening situations where you might need emergency help.
Hundreds of lives are lost each year due the tragic consequences of carbon monoxide poisoning. The danger is of greater concerns during the winter months when people use heating devices and stoves to keep warm. This colorless, odorless gas can be deadly. In fact, accidental carbon monoxide poisoning takes more than 400 peoples’ lives each year in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 20,000 people visit emergency departments, with more than 4,000 requiring hospitalization.
It's that time of year again with costumes, haunted houses, parades, tricks and treats, and parties for Halloween. Kids love Halloween - they love spending the night out and about with their friends, sometimes leaving parents worried about the dangers they may face on the most frightful night of the year. So parents, how do you better ensure your child's Halloween safety when you’re not around? Fortunately for you, there are discussions you can have with your kids and technologies you can invest in that can help keep them safety, track their whereabouts, and give you greater peace of mind throughout the night. Here are just a few Halloween safety tips to help ensure a fun and safe night:
Seeking resources to care for aging parents isn’t a task to be undertaken when in crisis mode. By the time an aging parent needs additional care, you may not know where to turn and you don’t want to have to make uninformed decisions on care for your aging relatives. If you’re in regular contact with your aging relatives it will likely be easy to see when they are reaching the point where they need additional assistance if they’re to remain in their own home.
If your loved one has recently fallen, we want you to know they aren’t alone. The fact is, one out of every three seniors fall each year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injuries for older Americans each year. These statistics help gain perspective as to why falling is a major concern, not only for you but for your loved one as well.