Heart Disease: Prevention and Management

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If you’re a senior or love someone who is, listen up. A new study is shedding light on ways to help older Americans keep healthier longer.

According to the study, thousands of heart attacks, strokes and deaths could be prevented if patients used prescription blood-pressure medicine.

The study, “Reducing the Human Impact of High Blood Pressure,” looked at the number of strokes, heart attacks, deaths and nursing facility placements that could be avoided every year if all seniors were to actively treat ...

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Beating the Heat Wave

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While the calendar may point to fall being right around the corner, here in Texas summer is still in full swing. Here are a few tips from the CDC on preventing and managing heat:

  • Do not engage in any strenuous activity (feel free to print this out to keep on hand in case anyone demands you mow your yard)
  • Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level (finally an excuse to find out what happens when you drink a gallon of coca-cola and then ...
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10 Medication Tips

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Proper medication management is an important part of remaining independent. Check out these tips to stay on top of it!

  1. Make sure all of your doctors and specialists communicate with each other on all medications and conditions.
  2. Make sure you understand how and when to take ALL of your medications.
  3. Select any over the counter products to treat only symptoms you have.
  4. Make sure all medications are clearly labeled and in original containers. If you have trouble reading a prescription label, ask for larger-print ...
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Seniors and Their Pets!

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If you spend much time around retirement communities, you have probably encountered Alert Response Dogsome spoiled pooches. I love seeing an owners eyes light up when they talk about their beloved pets. For me, it is particularly heart-warming when their pet is also aging and enjoying their “retirement” also.

 

Pets, especially dogs and cats, provide seniors with companionship that can ...

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Finding Solutions for During the Day

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Pensioner with floretsWhen you first started helping your loved one settle into their retired lifestyle, you were likely introduced to all kinds of helpful services that make a seniors life easier.  For most, the goal is to stay in their home, or the home of a loved one, for as long as possible. But sometimes problems arise with aging ...

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Medication Management Services: Med Reminder and MedReady

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We recently linked to a site that talked about new products in the field of medication management, which got us thinking that we haven’t spent very much time in this blog talking about the actual uses of our two medication management services. So let’s look at them.

 

We have two services: Med Reminder Medication Management and the MedReady. Each dispenser can hold up to 28 doses. The big difference between the two is information available and communication.

 

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Senior Fitness – Always Possible Pt. 3

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In the first part of this series, we talked about Liesel Wieser, a 97 year old woman who is still teaching fitness and exercise classes. In the second part, we learned about several simple steps to assess our current level of fitness and mobility. In this final chapter, we’re going to look at exercises we can do, regardless of mobility level.

Broadly speaking, there are two stages of mobility for exercise: Standing mobility and chair-bound mobility. While there are many great ...

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Senior Fitness – Always Possible Pt. 2

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The health and fitness website SparkPeople has an incredibly useful list of exercises that you can perform in your own home that will help you and your friends and family over 60 to evaluate your fitness level, along with a minimum number that will generally let you know if you are at an at-risk level.

 

We should note, these tests are absolutely not a replacement for seeing your doctor and a physical therapist. In fact, we recommend that you always talk ...

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Senior Fitness – Always Possible

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Liesel Weiser is a fitness instructor for individuals over 60. She’s also the grandmother of Sacha Baron Cohen, who you may have seen in films such as Borat, Les Miserables, and Madagascar. She was once a ballet instructor and has been a teacher and advocate of physical fitness for 75 years.

 

Liesel Weiser is also 97 years old.

 

In the below Youtube video, Liesel takes us through a series of exercises that can be performed in a chair with the aid of ...

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