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How To Adapt Your Home For Old Age

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Oct 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

For many of us, our greatest fear when it comes to getting older is not being able to stay in our own homes and live independently. We dread the thought of having to go and live with our children or in a home so that someone else can look after us. This is the main reason why many people are carrying out adaptations to their homes in preparation for the years to come. Indeed, studies show that a fifth of people in their sixties start to make adaptations to their home in preparation for older age so that they can maintain their independence for as long as possible. We'll take a look at some adaptations that could help keep you going for years to come.

 

1. Look At Your Bathroom

A bathroom. One way to adapt your home for old age is to install a walk in bathtub so the bathroom is safer.

Lack of mobility and balance, which go hand in hand with old age, can make it more and more difficult to wash and bathe oneself. There are changes that you can make in the bathroom, however, to make it all easier. You could, for instance, have a bath lift installed to help you get in and out of the bathtub if you don't want to give up the luxury of relaxing in a hot tub. Alternatively, you could invest in a walk-in shower that doesn't require you to step over anything in order to get into it, if you prefer. Putting down some good anti-slip mats could also be important if your floor does get slippery. Installing grab rails could also help if you find yourself struggling with getting into an upright position.

 

2. Install A Medical Alert System

One of the greatest fears that seniors have is that they might fall down or become ill and not be able to call for help. A medical alert system could help allay those fears because it can provide you with the reassurance that an alarm will be raised should something happen. With most systems, all you have to do is wear a bracelet or a box attached to a necklace on your body, and you will have the back-up of being able to contact someone 24/7 at the push of a button.

 

3. Move Things Downstairs

A set of stairs. Stairs can be dangerous for older adults so individuals could move things downstairs in order to adapt your home for old age

As we age, using the stairs becomes increasingly more difficult. Now might be the time to start thinking about moving as much downstairs as you can, to prevent you having to climb the stairs often during the day. If you don't have a downstairs toilet, for instance, consider having one installed. You could even consider turning one of your downstairs rooms into a bedroom if you are really struggling with the stairs in your home.

 

4. Look For Trip Hazards

It is a sad fact that as we age, we are more likely to fall or trip over objects. Our eyesight might not be what it used to be. Sometimes we just don't see things and it is just the case that we find it more difficult to maintain balance. Have a good look around your home and identify any trip or fall hazards. The best thing that you can do is remove them to leave your home free of clutter. You should also rearrange furniture to ensure that you have a clear path throughout your home.

 

5. Install New Lighting

A lamp. One way to adaopt your home for old age is to install new lighting

It's important that your home is well-lit as you age because it helps you to see any potential hazards. Sadly, gone are the days when you can turn off the light switch and hop into bed in the dark. Consider having automatic lighting installed - it could work via remote control or by a motion sensor. That way, you will be able to see exactly where you are going when you get into and out of bed.

 

All of these tips can help keep you or your loved one safe at home. As we age, it is important to keep our loved ones safe while allowing them to keep their independence. When it is too hard to live at home, assisted living facilities in Hobbs New Mexico are always a great option. With three delicious meals, constant activities and around the clock nursing, your loved one is always in good hands. To learn more about Beverly respite care or assisted living, contact Landmark Senior Living today.

 

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About The Author:

Paul Preston is a freelance writer from Redbridge, London. He juggles work and University duties as he is trying to finish his Masters degree in Big Data Management. During his spare time, he helps his brother in creating online applications. 

 

Topics: Senior Tips

Understanding Medicare: What Services Does It Cover?

Posted by Neil Appleby on Sep 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

When you reach the age of 65, you become eligible to enroll in Medicare.


Trying to navigate the enrollment process can be tricky, though. What’s even more difficult to understand are all the different components of Medicare. Trying to determine which parts are necessary for your long term health can be complicated and we hope to help you gain a better understanding of this today.

So, we’ll cover some basics about the Medicare program, we’ll recap the various different elements of Medicare and we’ll also discuss some services that are covered.

Firstly, a basic definition of Medicare…

 

What Is Medicare?

An older man thinking about medicare

In the United States, once a citizen reaches a certain age, they are eligible to enroll in Medicare.

This program is a national health insurance program for US citizens and qualifying permanent legal residents.

While generally reserved for those over the age of 65, Medicare can also be used by younger people in certain situations. With proof of two years’ worth of Social Security disability payments, disabled people also qualify for the most common parts of Medicare.

There are many different Medicare plans available so it can be hard to figure out which plan is the best for your situation.

We’ll dive a little deeper into that right now…

 

4 Parts Of Medicare

The number four. There are four parts of medicare

The Medicare program consists of 4 separate parts.

Part A and Part B are considered the original Medicare program although things have been further split apart in recent years.

Generally, all enrollees are entered into Medicare Parts A and B with Parts C and D being optional.

If this seems immediately confusing, we aim to clear things up for you!

 

What’s Covered By Part A – Inpatient Hospital Services

A doctor in an inpatient hospital who can help individuals with medicare.

Medicare’s Part A covers costs associated with inpatient hospital care, care in a nursing home, home health care, care in a skilled nursing facility, and in home hospice care.

This isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems, though. While Medicare Part A covers things like in-home hospice care, it won’t cover long-term care in a hospice facility.

Beyond this, Medicare Part A doesn’t cover emergency room visits and is limited to inpatient hospital care. To establish whether your stay is covered, you’ll need to know if treatment is inpatient or outpatient.

If you are seen at the hospital and receive x-rays, outpatient surgery, laboratory tests or emergency services, all of this care is deemed outpatient and not covered by Medicare Part A unless you are admitted to the hospital formally by doctor’s order.

Inpatient care begins when you are admitted to the hospital on the orders of a doctor. If you are receiving these services while inpatient, they will be covered.

 

Costs Associated With Medicare Part A

While Medicare Part A is cost-free for some, others have to pay monthly premiums for care as well as deductibles and co-pays.

The amount you will be expected to pay depends largely on your income.

 

Part B – Doctors and Diagnostics

A doctor who can treat individuals who are covered by medicare.

Medicare’s Part B helps cover the costs associated with medical testing and other outpatient services provided to you.

Where Medicare Part A covers only inpatient care, Medicare Part B covers the testing and checkups that comprise preventative healthcare.

Some of the services provided under Part B of Medicare include:

  • Ambulance services
  • Care in the Emergency Room
  • Screenings for diabetes and cancer
  • Vaccinations for flu, hepatitis etc
  • Some medical equipment

 

Costs Associated With Medicare Part B

Generally, those covered under Medicare Part A need to buy into coverage with Medicare Part B. Ensuring that both inpatient and outpatient care is covered is important so both programs are necessary.

Medicare Part B charges a monthly premium with the amount you will pay depending on your income.

Usually, if your doctor accepts Medicare, you won’t need to pay anything extra for services provided (as long as they are approved). However, if the service you need is not one that Medicare covers, you will need to pay for it yourself.

Some doctors refuse to accept Medicare and insist upon payment before providing care. You can file a claim to try to recoup a portion of the cost but this takes time.

 

Part C – Medicare Advantage

An individual getting an eye exam with their medicare advantage.

Medicare Part C is a supplemental program that allows you to receive additional care for an additional cost.

Working to fill in the service gaps left by Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Part C is a private insurance plan.

These plans must be approved by Medicare.

If you want to enroll in Medicare Part C, you must also be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.

When using Medicare Part C, you can expect more services to be covered including:

  • Vision coverage (exams and lenses)
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Dental Care (preventative and certain treatments)
  • Hearing Care (exams and hearing aids)

 

Medicare Part C covers everything that is covered under Medicare Parts A and B.

Part C also pulls in the prescription coverage from Part D. Medicare Part C is similar to HMO healthcare plans.

 

Costs Associated With Medicare Part C

The costs of Medicare Part C are greatly variable depending on what services are covered as well as your location.

There are usually monthly premium payments and sometimes there are deductibles and co-payments that must be met, too.

You must use doctors and services within the network or you will have to pay for the care you receive.

 

Part D - Prescriptions

An individual getting prescriptions through their Medicare Part D plan.

Medicare Part D is available as a standalone prescription drug insurance program.

Coverage under Medicare Part D is administered by private insurance companies just like Part C.

If you have a prescription drug coverage plan from another source, you can continue to use it. However, if you have no coverage for prescriptions, you are required to use Medicare Part D.

 

Costs Associated With Medicare Part D

Depending on the plan you choose and your service area, your costs will vary.

You can expect to pay a premium depending on income and yearly deductibles that must be met before coverage with Medicare Part D kicks in.

 

Recap

So, there you have it. There are 4 different parts to Medicare, and they each cover different services:

  • Medicare Part A covers inpatient care
  • Medicare Part B covers outpatient care
  • Medicare Part C is a combination of Medicare Parts A, B, and D and is administered by private companies
  • Medicare Part D provides coverage for prescription drugs

 

All parts of Medicare require a premium depending on your income and you can expect that there will be co-pays and deductibles associated with your care, too.

Navigating Medicare can be tricky but hopefully today’s quick guide helped!

For more information about Medicare or any aspect of senior living in Hobbs New Mexico get in touch with us here at Landmark Senior Living.

 

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How To Declutter A Home

Posted by Neil Appleby on Sep 3, 2019 2:31:06 PM

 

Today, we’ll give you some actionable tips on how to declutter a home the easy way.

As you go through life, you accumulate so many things like decorations for the various holidays, dusty old kids’ toys, boxes and albums packed with pictures, drawings and gifts from children and grandchildren, clothes that have gone out of style and much, much more.

Many of these items carry great sentimental value and they combine to create a lifetime of memories. This can be extremely difficult to let go of.

However, as you age, there’s an increased need to declutter and release a lot of these surplus belongings. Not only do all these objects eat up valuable real estate in your home as they become an eyesore, too much clutter can eventually become a safety hazard.

Today we’ll touch on why you need to declutter your home then show you how to accomplish this overpowering task in manageable chunks.

 

Clutter Is Problematic

A messy closet. It is important to know how to declutter a home before moving to an assisted living facility

If you’re overwhelmed by clutter, you are certainly not alone.

With 300,000 items in the average Americans home, it’s not surprising that, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers, that Americans lose an entire year of their lives looking for things lost in all that clutter.

Having boxes and bins of things stacked around the house can create a hazardous environment for you to maneuver around as well. Excessive clutter easily becomes a trip hazard, especially dangerous as you advance in years.

Even when you’re young and sprightly, it’s easy to lose important things among the mess. This is only exacerbated with time and memory loss. Don’t squander that year of your life looking for things!

Last but not least, look to the future and know that your family will have to go through all of these items when you pass. This process can compound grief and make things more difficult for your loved ones. Save them at least one job and get rid of unnecessary possessions.

Clutter creates many problems for you, then.

The good news is that you can strike now and take immediate action to start reclaiming your home from clutter.

 

How To Declutter a Home

A cluttered kitchen. Many might be wondering how to declutter a home

The main reason for most people putting off decluttering is because it seems like such a monumental task.

With a lifetime's worth of memories scattered around a home, it’s certainly a substantial undertaking but you can get this done bit by bit. Use the little and often approach to start attacking surplus belongings rather than viewing it is one unmanageable task.

 

Preparation

Start by setting aside some swathes of time to accomplish this task. As a rule of thumb, set aside anywhere from a day to a weekend per room you need to declutter.

Don’t expect to get everything done at once and look at this as a project that might last a few weeks but will only need doing once.

Gather the following supplies:

  • Trash bags
  • Boxes
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels
  • Broom
  • Vacuum

 

As you go through your belongings, you’ll want to sort them into different categories.

To make this easier, you can assemble a few of your boxes and label them with:

  • Keep
  • Sell
  • Donate
  • Trash

 

The Process of Decluttering

Go through every single item in the room including closets, drawers, cabinets, under the beds, and any other hidden storage places.

Consider each item and determine quickly which box it needs to be popped into. Having these choices already made and the boxes in place makes the process quicker and easier.

If the item you are considering is something that hasn’t been worn or used in over a year, it probably isn’t going to get used again. It’s certainly not an essential.

If you’re unsure about anything, temporarily place it in the box labeled keep as a holding bay until you decide whether to keep it or pass it on.

 

Inject Some Fun Into Proceedings

Rather than looking at this like an arduous task with a timer ticking, relax and enjoy it.

Put on some of your favorite music.

Decluttering might not be the most stimulating job but if you allow yourself to be transported back in time by the memories, you can have an enjoyable day reminiscing.

An inbuilt advantage of decluttering is that you often bring things to light you’d either misplaced or forgotten about completely.

If you really don’t like the idea of decluttering and you’re struggling for discipline, give yourself a reward once the room is finished or at the end of the day. Maybe an ice cream sundae or a fun dinner out?

 

Get Assistance If Required

Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it, especially if you’ve got adult children.

Your children might enjoy going through things with you, reminiscing and laughing over photos and things.

Maybe they’ll even claim some of the items you’ve destined for sale or donation!

 

Challenges To Expect

As you sort through all of your belongings, you’re sure to come across certain things that will present a challenge to you and your endeavors. Decluttering can be difficult for many reasons and you need to know when it’s okay to let something go.

Many of the things we have held on to through the years have great meaning to us. An unattractive picture frame might bring back vivid memories of a favorite aunt. A misshapen vase might have been a wedding gift. A blanket might have come from a dear friend who passed away.

It’s quite understandable that we become attached to these things and that they can be tough to part with. As you age, you should consider how best to use the space you have and to determine what’s truly worth holding on to.

Aside from sentimental items, there are many other things we tend to collect without any real purpose.

Hearing aids and glasses sit in drawers unused. We hold on to them because they cost us a lot of money and they were once necessary but they do no good sitting in a drawer. Find somewhere to donate the old glasses and recycle the rest of the items. Be sure to keep your most recent pair of glasses in case of emergency, though.

Inherited items are another sticky subject. When people we love pass away and we inherit items that belonged to them, it can feel like we have inherited a part of them. It can be difficult to accept, but sometimes those inherited items do not need to be kept. If you have inherited items sitting around that aren’t being used, you should seriously consider donating them so that they are no longer collecting dust. The memory of your friend or family member would be better served if someone got use out of the item.

Old paperwork can be another thing that’s difficult to know how to handle. Tax records and other legal documents must be kept for a period of time. Of course, you also need to keep your personal documents like birth, death, and marriage certificates. Not every piece of paper is important, so you should go through paperwork as well. Use a shredder to dispose of documents if you’re concerned about security.

 

What To Do Next

Sorting through a lifetime worth of belongings and memories is not an easy task, but it’s one that should be taken on with relish, especially if you are moving into an assisted living facility in New Mexico.

Most people feel much better after they declutter and most never even miss the things they have parted with.

Lighten your load and let go of what you no longer need with a clear conscience when you declutter a home.

 

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The Pros & Cons Of Cataract Surgery

Posted by Neil Appleby on Aug 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Many people over the age of 60 live with the reality of cataracts and cataract surgery.

Cataracts is an eye condition that brings about cloudy or blurry vision which can be extremely uncomfortable.

Thankfully, cataracts can be treated by an eye doctor.

 

Why Do People Get Cataracts?

A man sitting and reading about the pros and cons of cataract surgery

As time passes, protein builds up on the lens of your eye. This makes vision cloudy and prevents light from passing through as intended.

If left untreated, cataracts can result in loss of vision.

There are a few things that can cause someone to develop cataracts including heavy drinking, smoking or any of the following factors:

  • Age – The most common cause of cataracts is age. The proteins simply build up over time, and cause problems for seniors.
  • Secondary Causes – When someone has diabetes or other medical conditions potentially harmful to the eyes, a common result is the onset of cataracts. Secondary cataracts can also be caused by overexposure to UV light, toxic substances, radiation or certain medications.
  • Congenital – Sometimes babies are born with cataracts that were caused by poor development, infection or injury while in utero.
  • Trauma – An injury to the eye can result in the sudden development of cataracts.

     

How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?

If you feel as though you might have cataracts, look out for some of the following signs and symptoms and then speak to your eye doctor about your concerns.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Blurry, cloudy, or foggy vision
  • Differences in how you see color
  • Difficulty with glare from lights while driving at night
  • Seeing glare during the day
  • Becoming nearsighted
  • Double vision
  • Glasses and contacts that don’t seem to help your vision

 

When you discuss these issues with your eye doctor, they can perform an exam to establish whether the cause of your eye problems might be cataracts.

Be prepared to have your eyes dilated so your eye doctor can examine your whole eye.

 

Treatment For Cataracts

An individual getting their eyes checked for cataract surgery

Generally, eye doctors prefer to begin treatment with the least invasive options available. After examining your eyes, if cataracts are diagnosed, your eye doctor will determine the best course of action for treatment.

Sometimes the symptoms associated with cataracts can be treated with glasses or contacts. If this is the case for you, your eye doctor will give you a prescription to help. Many people experience relief from cataracts in this way.

If your situation cannot be treated with glasses or contacts, your eye doctor might inform you that your best course of action is to have cataract surgery. Sometimes it might be necessary to get cataract surgery even if the cataracts are not bothering you. Cataracts can escalate rapidly creating more problems for your vision.

 

What Is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is usually done in-office as outpatient surgery.

This means you will be in and out then straight back home with no need for an overnight stay.

During the surgery, you’ll remain awake. Your eye doctor will numb your eye to ensure you don’t feel any pain. If necessary, they’ll give you medication to help you relax.

Cataract surgery typically takes around an hour to perform. To correct your cataracts, your eye doctor will create a small incision in the front of your eye, in your cornea. A tiny tool will be inserted in to this cut, and ultrasound waves will be used to break the cataract into pieces. Once it’s broken down, your eye doctor will suction the pieces out of your eye.

Your eye doctor will then insert a new lens into your eye. These artificial lenses are made from silicone, plastic or acrylic. Once the lens is inserted, the incision will be closed and you’ll be free to go.

 

Types Of Lenses

An individual holding glasses above an eye exam to see if they need cataract surgery

During cataract surgery, your eye doctor will place a new lens in your eye. These lenses help you to regain some of your vision lost to the cataracts. You won’t be able to see the lens in the mirror or feel it in your eye. Over time, it’s absorbed and becomes a part of your eye.

There are a few different types of lenses your eye doctor can choose from and they can benefit your vision in different ways…

  • Monofocal lenses have a single focus strength. These lenses can be fixed or they can be accommodating. The accommodating lenses can adjust themselves to different focuses by responding to the movement of your eye muscles.
  • Multifocal lenses have different areas of focus, much like bifocals. You can focus in different areas of the lens in order to see both near and far.
  • Toric lenses can be used to correct severe astigmatism of the eye allowing you to see more clearly.

     

What Are The Benefits Of Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is generally successful with over 95% of those who have had cataract surgery reporting an improvement in vision.

Since you will be looking through a clear lens for the first time in a while, things might appear jarring at first.

You can expect some slight pain and mild discomfort as well as general itching for a few days.

Healing from cataract surgery is quick and easy, though.

 

Are There Risks Associated With Cataract Surgery?

A man reading about the risks of cataract surgery in a book

As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with having surgery done to remove cataracts.

Thankfully, these complications are extremely rare but you should know what they are.

Risks include:

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Infection
  • Glaucoma
  • Vision Loss
  • Dislocation of Artificial Lens
  • Secondary Cataract

     

Preparing For Cataract Surgery

Your eye doctor will probably suggest you do certain things in order to prepare for your cataract surgery.

Your doctor might tell you to temporarily stop taking certain medications. If you’re taking blood thinners or medication for prostate problems, your doctor needs to know. Be sure to tell your eye doctor every medication you are on for safety’s sake.

Most eye doctors will prescribe antibiotic eye drops for use a few days before the surgery. These are used to help reduce the risk of infection.

 

Recovering After Cataract Surgery

An older man relaxing outside on a bench a few days after cataract surgery

Your eye doctor will probably have you wear an eye patch for a few days to protect your new lenses and your eyes.

You will likely experience itchiness and discomfort for a few days. At the end of the week, you can expect clearer vision and brighter colors all around.

Healing completely from cataract surgery generally takes around 2 months.

 

So, Is It Worth It?

Only you and your eye doctor can determine whether cataract surgery is the best option for your situation.

In most cases where it’s the best course of action, the pros of cataract surgery vastly outweigh the cons and clear vision is just around the corner!

 

Next Steps

Unfortunately, for a lot of seniors with vision problems, independent living can become impossible. If you or a loved one is struggling with some sort of vision issue, it may be best to seek the help of an assisted living facility in Hobbs. Landmark Senior Living is one organization that can help your loved one at this stage of their life. If you would like to learn more, please visit our website today.

 

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5 Tips To Help Seniors Stay Active

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Everyone knows that exercise and staying active is good for you. It can make your more physically fit, make you less stressed out, and give you more self confidence. Most people understand these benefits but still don’t make the lifestyle change to exercise. This may be because they don’t know how to start.

 

There are a few simple ways that you can get active as a senior and a few tips that you can take advantage of to get started. First, though, if you don’t understand the benefits that getting active can have on your physical and mental health, it is best to learn more about that.

 

Benefits of Exercise

A woman out on a walk. Walking is a great way to help seniors stay active

Exercise obviously holds a number of net positives that can help anyone, regardless of age, improve their lives. There are many common physical and mental health benefits that can lead to a reduced risk of health problems and improved quality of life.

 

Physical Benefits

There are several obvious physical health benefits associated with exercise. For one, exercise will help you regulate weight and lose weight if needed. It can also lead to a reduced risk of certain chronic diseases and illnesses such as improved blood pressure, lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

 

Mental Health Benefits

Exercise and activity can lead to a number of different health benefits including improved sleep, boosts in mood, and increased self-confidence. Exercise helps people sleep more quickly and deeply, allowing them to wake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Exercise can also be a stress reliever and help produce endorphins helping to reduce sadness, depression, or anxiety.

 

1. Start Slow

Starting exercise can be the most difficult thing for some people. Many may not know when or how to start. If you are wondering how to go about this, the best thing to do is to set a specific date in which you will start and stick to it. One way that you can encourage yourself more would be to try to start with someone else. Not only would they be getting healthier with you, they can help hold you accountable.

 

If you are unsure how you should start, the best way is to just start slow and not try to do too much at the beginning. It is much better to work your way up to a full exercise than to throw yourself into something that may cause injury.

 

2. Stretching

A woman stretching on a yoga man. Stretching is a great way to help seniors stay active

Stretching holds several benefits that can help with day-to-day living. It can help to improve muscle length, flexibility, and joint health. All of which are important for . If an older adult is more flexible, they will be more likely to become injured or have different pain throughout the body.

 

The best thing about stretching is that it is not difficult to start. You can start by stretching two to three days a week and working your way to five or even seven days a week.

 

3. Yoga Or Tai Chi

Yoga and Tai Chi are mind and body exercises that combine both physical fitness and postures with breathing exercises and relaxation. It is meant to improve physical and mental well-being. If you have never done yoga before, or are new to the exercise, it is important to make sure that you are putting your safety first as yoga can lead to issues for some people with health problems like arthritis, balance problems, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and more.

 

With that said, yoga and tai chi has been found to help with some of these issues. For example, Tai Chi has been found to be effective in decreasing the number of falls and the risk for falling. It was also found to improve functional balance and physical performance for people aged 70 and older.

 

4. Set Exercise Goals

A check list used to make exercise goals. Making a list of exercise goals can help seniors stay active

Setting exercise goals can be a primary motivator to help people get up and get active. Goals should be specific, realistic, and personally important. These goals are something that you should track and review regularly. Any progress you make should be noted and priorities and goals should change as you see fit.

 

So, for example, an early goal could be to exercise two days a week. As you continue to meet this goal, you can up it to three or four days a week. Other specific goals could include walking one mile, working out for 30 minutes, or going for a light jog.

 

5. Aquatic Exercise

Some seniors might be scared or worried about beginning exercise as it can lead to falls and injuries. Luckily, aquatic exercise and therapy is a much safer option compared to things like running and weight lifting.

 

Exercise done by the pool can help maintain balance and even improve balance when not in the water. Exercise is also a form of strength training as the resistance that comes with movement in the water is a good way to build muscle without having to use weights.

 

Like general exercise, aquatic exercise is known to help with weight regulation and body fat and help improve things like flexibility, balance, agility, and power.

 

There has also been evidence that aquatic exercise can help with certain medical conditions that can impede normal exercise, such as arthritis.

 

Next Steps

While exercise can be immensely beneficial for people who take the time to get and stay active, for many seniors, exercise can lead to injury or they may already have debilitating injuries that make exercise impossible. For these people, day-to-day life may be difficult and independent living may be unsafe. If this is the case for you or your loved one, seeking the help of an assisted living facility or a caretaker may be the best thing you can do to keep your loved one safe at this stage in their life.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one assisted living facility in New Mexico that is dedicated to providing our residents with the care and activities that they need and want to make their stay with us both safe and enjoyable. If you are interested in learning more about how Landmark can help, please visit our website and schedule a free tour of one of our facilities.

 

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When Is It Time To Quit Driving

Posted by Neil Appleby on Aug 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Americans are highly independent by nature so it should come as no surprise that of the 20% of US drivers over 65, few are showing much inclination to quit driving. With the rapidly aging boomer population, this number will continue to rise.

Although staying mobile, being connected to friends and family as well as remaining involved in the community are all undeniable benefits for aging drivers, many people question whether older people should be able to continue driving at all.

While this question might be contentious, it’s an issue that needs to be addressed.

Accident research has shown that driving is statistically more dangerous with age. The American CDC reports that each day in the US, over 700 elderly drivers are hurt and nearly 20 are killed in auto accidents. In 2014, over 10 million Americans had been in an accident where an elderly driver was at fault.

Simply being older in and of itself shouldn’t prevent someone from driving. However, with age comes both cognitive and physical challenges that can make driving difficult - if not outright dangerous - for some seniors if they’re still climbing under the wheel.

If you have a loved one who’s getting older but still driving, you need to be aware of their situation so you can help determine when it’s time for them to hand over the keys.

If you’re a senior yourself, trust your family to pick up on any signs that it might be time for you to consider quitting driving. They are only trying to keep you and others on the road safe from harm and can often be much more objective than you can when establishing whether it’s still safe for you to drive.

Of course, this is often easier said than done when you’re trying to point out to someone that they should relinquish their car keys for good. Your loved one might fear becoming dependent on someone to drive them and worry about losing out on their social life. You should reassure them that this isn’t the case.

Because this can be such a tough topic to breach, we’re here to help you best answer the age-old question: “When is it time to quit driving?”

 

Is It Time To Quit Driving

An old VW bug. Many older individuals may wonder when is it time to quit driving

As people get older, they begin to experience assorted age-related health problems that can make driving physically awkward.

Older people face escalating problems with eyesight and hearing and reaction times naturally slow. Also, many older adults in America face debilitating chronic diseases that can greatly impair their ability to safely navigate the roads.

When it comes to travelling difficulties, drivers older than 65 are twice as likely to have medical problems that contribute than younger drivers. The Centers for Disease Control reports that drivers over the age of 80 are more likely to die in a crash than any other age group.

 

Prescription Medicines

If you’ve ever seen a commercial for prescription medication, you know the scope of potential side effects can be huge and worrying. Many medications that can cause problems with vision, increase drowsiness, result in confusion and induce shakiness are medications routinely prescribed to older adults for a variety of health problems.

Different medications can also interact with one another and bring about even more serious issues. If you are concerned with the medication you or a loved one are taking, be sure to speak with your doctor.

 

Hearing Difficulties

Almost one-third of all adults over the age of 65 experience problems with their hearing. Loss of hearing is a natural side effect of growing older, but it can create extra problems on the road.

If you’re unable to hear approaching sirens, loud honking horns and you’re oblivious to many other road noises, you can’t be expected to safely go about your business.

 

Health Concerns

For many people, getting older comes with a growing number of medical problems. From diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s to heart attacks, many health conditions put everyone on the road at risk.

 

Visual Difficulties

When you’re driving, you rely a great deal on visual cues. Sound eyesight is key since up to 90% of the information needed to safely drive is relayed from what you directly see.

You need to read signs on the road, look out for hazards, watch for exits, not to mention monitor how fast you’re going. When vision become impaired with age, all of these things become more difficult for the driver which increases all-round danger.

 

Vehicle Damage

Chances are you aren’t riding in the car each time your loved one goes for a drive so you might be unaware of any damages incurred.

Be sure to periodically check the car looking for scratches and any dings more serious than a door nick.

 

Violations

If your loved one has always been a stellar driver but is suddenly coming home with tickets for traffic violations, it might be time to talk about their driving future.

 

Precautionary Measures

If your loved one is the cautious type and already aware of their diminishing driving skills, they might take preventive steps to avoid accidents.

If your dad suddenly stops going to his Thursday night bowling league and backs out of other social obligations held at night, he might’ve realized he can no longer safely drive when it’s dark outside.

 

Assessments For Older Drivers

A pair of glasses held by an individual. If youre wondering when it is time to quit driving you might want to go to your doctor for an eyesight  and hearing exam.

When things have begun to change and you just aren’t sure what the next step should be, consider taking your loved one in to the doctor for an exam.

The doctor can perform hearing and sight tests and they can also test reflexes and cognitive skills.

Be sure to speak with the doctor about medications and any interactions, too.

 

Parking The Car

A car parked. Many individuals might wonder when is it time to quit driving

Be certain to simplify the logistics of your loved one’s social life whether you drive them to gatherings and events or you arrange for alternative transport.

Most towns and cities have transport laid on for elderly citizens at reasonable cost. This might be a practical option for some.

Beyond this, taxis don’t seem quite so expensive when you’re no longer running a car.

Whatever the solution, make sure not having a car doesn’t impact your loved one. Make it easy on them as they wind down their long career on the road.

When it’s time to quit driving, remember your loved one has now lost a portion of their independence and they might fear being left marooned. Make sure this doesn’t happen when it’s time for them to quit driving.

 

What’s Next

Quitting driving can be a sign that it may be time to look for a solution to your loved one’s independent living situation. It may point toward the fact that your loved one can no longer live safely on their own. If this is the case, it may be best to reach out to an assisted living facility in New Mexico, such as Landmark Senior Living to help. If you are interested in learning about Landmark, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a free walkthrough of one of our facilities.

 

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Best Foods For Seniors With Diabetes

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Diabetes is a problem that affects millions of Americans across the country. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes. The condition disproportionately affects older adults, with 25 percent of adults 65 years and older dealing with the problem.

 

Older adults, and everyone who deals with diabetes or is at risk of dealing with diabetes, should learn more about the disease and about the potential problems it can lead to. It is also important to learn how to control diabetes and the symptoms related to the issue.

 

What Is Diabetes?

An older man thinking about the best foods for seniors with diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which a person has blood glucose, or blood sugar levels that are too high. Glucose comes from foods that you eat. Those who have problems with diabetes, insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into the cells to give them energy.

 

Too much glucose in the blood can damage your body over time and can lead to a number of different problems. Some of the common issues that those with diabetes deal with include damage to the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. It can also lead to heart disease, stroke, and more.

 

Type 1 Diabetes

For those with type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin, again, is the hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy.Without insulin, too much glucose can stay in the blood and lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and more.

 

Type 2 Diabetes

The more common type of diabetes is type 2. Your body does not make or use insulin well. People who are older, have obesity, do not exercise, or have a family history of diabetes are at a higher risk of developing the problem.

 

Prediabetes

Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not enough to be called diabetes. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

 

Blood tests can show if you have diabetes and one type of test can check on how you are managing the problem. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help control your problem including exercise, weight control, and a meal plan.

 

Foods For People With Diabetes

A spread of the best foods for seniors with diabetes including various fruits and vegetables

Obviously, the primary goal for the management of diabetes is to achieve regulation of blood glucose as much as possible. To do this, there are some general rules and guidelines that you should try to follow when it comes to your diet. Some of these food tips for diabetes include:

  • Carbohydrate intake should come from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and dairy products over other sources such as fats, sugars, and sodium.
  • Monitor carbohydrates, it is a key to establishing glycemic control.
  • Substitute low-glycemic foods for high-glycemic foods can help to moderately improve glycemic control.
  • Consume at least the daily recommended intake of fiber and whole grains.
  • Use nonnutritive sweeteners to reduce overall calorie and carbohydrate intake

 

For specifics on what to eat for your diet, there are a few types of foods that you should prioritize. A healthy diet for diabetes looks fairly similar to a healthy diet for anyone.

 

This includes a diet that features lots of fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. It also means less salt, sugar, and foods that are high in refined carbs.

 

Some recommended foods that people with diabetes should eat include:

  • Fruits: berries, grapes, cherries, apples, plums
  • Vegetables: cauliflower, onions, eggplant, turnips
  • Proteins: poultry, fish, eggs, unsalted seafood
  • Carbs: white bread, bagels, pasta, unsalted crackers
  • Drinks: water, diet sodas, unsweetened tea

 

Along with changing or altering your diet, there are many other things that you can do to improve your situation and control your diabetes.

 

Exercise

An older woman with diabetes out on a walk

Like everyone, being healthy doesn’t just have to do with your diet. You should focus on other things such as exercise and staying active to help you with your overall weight regulation efforts. All forms of exercise, including aerobic, resistance, and a combination, have been shown to be equally effective in helping those with diabetes.

 

Exercise will help control weight, lower blood pressure, reduce harmful cholesterol, strengthen the muscles and bones, reduce anxiety, and increase self-confidence.

 

For those with diabetes specifically, it can lead to a number of other positive benefits including improving your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you have diabetes, it is best to exercise one to three hours after eating when the blood sugar level is likely to be higher than normal.

 

During exercise it is important to be aware of symptoms of low blood sugar. Some of these symptoms include feeling shaky, weak, or confused. If you are experiencing any of these issues, you should stop exercising.

 

And after exercising, you should also check your blood sugar. The more strenuous workout, the more it can affect your blood sugar. One tip for helping with this is to eat a slower-acting carbohydrate snacks such as granola bars or trail mix.

 

Exercise holds a number of benefits, but it is important to be cautious and careful when it comes to exercising when you have diabetes.

 

Next Steps

Obviously, diabetes can be a problem for many older adults. In many cases, diabetes can be debilitating and lead to older adults struggling to live independently. Luckily, there are options for people who have these problems. Caretakers and assisted living facilities are available to help your loved one if they are dealing with this issue or something else.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one assisted living facility in New Mexico that is dedicated to providing your loved one with the quality care they deserve at this chapter in their lives. Our staff has the tools and knowledge to make our residents time with us as enjoyable and safe as possible. If you are interested in learning more about what Landmark has to offer, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a free tour of one of our facilities.

 

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How To Boost The Immune System In The Elderly

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

As we age, our bodies become more and more susceptible to injury, sickness, and disease. Not only do we experience things like a reduction in bone density and loss of balance, both of which can lead to harmful falls, but we also deal with a loss of immune functioning.

 

Unfortunately, as the immune system weakens, it becomes more likely that we will not only deal with common and uncommon health issues like the cold and other illnesses, but the illnesses will cause more problems and even potentially lead to life-threatening issues.

 

How Does The Immune System Work?

A man thinking about how the immune system works

To put it simply, the immune system in the body is meant to defend itself against bacteria, viruses, and substances that appear foreign and harmful. Essentially, it is meant to protect the host from chemicals and other substances that could cause harm.

 

The immune system is made up of special cells, tissues, and organs that work in conjunction to protect the body. The white blood cells are the cells of the immune system. They work by trapping viruses, bacteria, and other invaders, including cancer cells to protect the body.

 

Without the immune system, you would constantly be getting sick from germs like bacteria and viruses. Unfortunately, aging causes the immune system to weaken, making it more likely for seniors to deal with chronic illnesses.

 

The Immune System And Seniors

As we know, the immune system provides an important function but aging can cause the effectiveness of the immune system to fall. The immune system becomes slower to respond and, in turn, the body may heal more slowly. Moreover, the immune system’s ability to detect and solve cell defects also declines a problem that can result in cancer.

 

All of these issues increase your chance of getting sick and dealing with some diseases. Flu shots and other vaccines may not work as well or protect you as long as they are expected to.

 

It should be noted that autoimmune disorder, a disease in which the immune system can mistakenly attack and destroy healthy body tissue, can develop.

 

Boosting The Immune System

A bowl of vegetables. Eating healthy foods can help boost the immune system.

While seniors are one major at-risk group when it comes to a weakened immune system, there are things that you can do and things you can avoid to help improve immune functioning.

 

What To Do

There are many things that you can begin to do to help improve immune health.

 

Eat Healthy — What you put in your body has one of the biggest effects on your immune system. If you are not eating right, it will show. Luckily there are several foods that you can eat to boost and improve immune health and functioning. For one, getting a protein-rich diet can help to boost the immune system. Along with meats, beans, and other high-protein foods, you can also prioritize things like garlic, spinach, turmeric, ginger, and more to improve your immune health.

 

Exercise — Besides helping with weight regulation, self confidence, and an array of other things, exercise can lead to a number of positive health benefits include an increase in immune functioning. Moderate exercise including bicycling, daily walks, even playing golf can all help improve how well your immune system works.

 

Sleep — According to the Mayo Clinic, lack of sleep can have an effect on your immune system. Studies have shown that people who don’t get enough sleep or good quality sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to some sort of bacteria or virus. Similarly, a lack of sleep can affect how fast you recover if you do end up getting sick.

 

What To Avoid

Along with things that you can start incorporating in your life there are a number of lifestyle changes that you can make and things that you should avoid when it comes to immune health.

 

Smoking — Smoking cigarettes and using tobacco leads to a number of different health consequences, one of the most prominent problems is its effect on the immune system. Cigarettes contain large amounts of tar and other chemicals when can have harmful effects on your immune system, making it less effective at fighting off infections.

 

Alcohol — Like smoking cigarettes, alcohol affects nearly every organ and function of the body, including the immune system. Excess alcohol consumption can lead to immune deficiency and increase the susceptibility of certain diseases. Alcohol impairs the ability of white blood cells to migrate to sites of injury and infection. Fortunately, by limiting or stopping alcohol use, you can avoid these issues entirely.

 

Stress — Research has shown that people who experience long-term or intense stress can deal with a number of issues, one of which includes a weakened immune system. This can lead to people being more prone to viral infections like the flu or common cold. There are a number of ways in which you can improve your situation and reduce stress. One of the best ways to do this is through exercise, a natural stress reliever.

 

These are just a few of the simple things you can do to help improve your situation and strengthen and prolong immune health.

 

Next Steps

The immune system plays a big role in keeping the body healthy and preventing diseases and infections. Unfortunately, functioning of the immune system starts to dip as we age and for many seniors it can lead to problems like getting the flu, common cold, or other problem. And these issues will likely be worse than normal and can even lead to life-threatening conditions for some seniors. Problems like these can make it difficult for some seniors to live on their own. Luckily, there are a number of caregivers and assisted living facilities that are willing to help.

 

Landmark Senior Living in Hobbs New Mexico is an organization that is dedicated to providing the care and treatment that your loved one requires and deserves at this stage in their life. If you are interested in learning more about Landmark, please take a look at our website and schedule a free tour of one of our facilities.

 

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Tips For Preventing Pneumonia

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jul 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

As we age, our bodies become more and more susceptible to dealing with certain illnesses and problems such as pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air pockets of the lungs, they can become filled with fluid or pus and can cause serious coughing fits.

 

Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for younger children and people older than 65. In fact, the mortality rate for seniors with pneumonia is high.

 

What Is Pneumonia?

An older couple sitting together inside because she has pneumonia

Pneumonia is a breathing and respiratory condition caused by an infection in the lung. It is a common illness that affects millions of people each year in the United States. Bacteria is the most common cause of pneumonia, however, there are other ways, like chronic illness, in which someone may be affected by pneumonia.

 

This bacteria can get to you in several ways including:

 

  • This bacteria can be living in your nose, sinuses, or mouth and can spread to your lungs
  • You can breathe these germs directly into your lungs
  • You can inhale foods, liquids, vomit, or fluids from the mouth into the lungs

 

Pneumonia can also be caused by several other reasons including fungi and viruses. Pneumonia caused by fungi is most common among people with chronic health problems and weakened immune systems.

 

Risk Factors

There are a number of risk factors that can increase your chances of being affected by pneumonia. Some of these risk factors include:

 

  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Dementia
  • Problems with the immune system

 

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of pneumonia include:

 

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Excess sweating and clammy skin
  • Headaches and more

 

These are just some of the many symptoms that you may be affected by if you have pneumonia. Unfortunately, for senior citizens, these symptoms may get worse and other problems can develop as seniors deal with a weakened immune system.

 

Preventing and Treating Pneumonia

An elderly woman in a wheelchair suffering from pneumonia

While pneumonia is a serious issue, especially for seniors, there are prevention strategies and treatment methods you can use to reduce your chances of being affected by pneumonia.

 

Prevention

There are a number of different ways that you can prevent pneumonia one of the most obvious and effective ways you can do this is to get vaccinated. Getting a flu shot each year is helpful in preventing seasonal influenza. However, the flu is a common cause of pneumonia, so getting a flu shot is a good way to kill two birds with one stone and reduce your chances of dealing with pneumonia.

 

Along with getting a shot, there are a number of other simple lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your chances of not being affected by pneumonia. One simple way you can achieve this is by washing your hands frequently. Especially after blowing your nose, using the restroom, eating, and more. Washing your hands will help prevent bacteria from spreading.

 

As mentioned before, smoking and tobacco can lead to damage that affects the lung’s ability to fight off infection. Smokers have been found to be at a higher risk of getting pneumonia, and many smokers are encouraged to get the pneumococcal vaccine.

 

Treatment

While there are many things that you can do to prevent pneumonia, some people will still inevitably deal with it. Luckily, there are treatment plans and methods to help those who are dealing with the issue.

 

Medication is commonly used to help those who have pneumonia. If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, you will likely be given an antibiotic

 

Unfortunately, for seniors, the problem is more difficult to treat as it can involve multiple organs. It can be serious and progress rapidly, often leading to a high mortality rate.

 

It should be noted that even with treatment, high-risk groups, like seniors, may experience harmful and dangerous complications. Complications that can occur include:

 

Bacteria in the blood — Bacteria in the blood, called bacteremia, occurs when the bacteria enter the bloodstream from your lungs can spread the infection to other parts of the body, including the organs. This can cause organ failure.

 

Difficulty breathing — Because pneumonia is an issue that affects the respiratory system, I can cause issues with breathing. If the problem becomes serious enough, it can lead to hospitalization and require the help of a breathing machine while the lungs heal.

 

Fluid accumulation in the lungs — This condition, referred to as pleural effusion, can cause build up in the space between the tissue layers in the lungs and chest cavity. If the fluid buildup continues it can cause infection and may require help to have it drained or removed with surgery.

 

Lung abscess — Lung abscess occurs when pus forms in cavities in the lungs. An abscess is usually treated with antibiotics but sometimes requires the help of surgery or drainage to remove the pus.

 

These are some of the complications that can occur in older individuals. Unfortunately, some of these issues may interfere with a senior’s ability to safely get through day-to-day tasks and may even require the assistance of a caregiver or an assisted living facility.

 

Next Steps

While searching for an assisted living facility in Hobbs may seem strange and unnecessary, they can be helpful and even life-saving in some cases, like when a loved one has pneumonia. There are a number of assisted living facilities out there that are dedicated to providing quality care for your loved one. Landmark Senior Living is one of those facilities. Landmark has the tools and capabilities to provide your loved one with the time and care that they need to stay healthy during this chapter of their lives.

 

Landmark provides several different care services that can help seniors who deal with certain specific health problems. For instance, memory care is one of Landmark’s strengths, it is meant to provide those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia with the care that they need. If you are interested in learning more about Landmark and what we can offer, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a complimentary walkthrough of one of our facilities.

 

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Keeping Seniors Safe From The Heat

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jul 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

As summer is now in full effect and temperatures are rising around the country, it is a good idea to look at and learn more about heat-related illnesses that can prove to be dangerous.

 

Normally in hot conditions, the body will cool itself by sweating. However, if the weather is too hot, or humid, sweating may not be enough to cool the body off. The body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and cause you to develop a heat illness.

 

Most of these heat illnesses happen when you stay out in the heat for too long. Exercising and working outside when it is hot or humid outside can lead to heat illnesses. Seniors are one of the most at-risk populations. Moreover, some medications and drinking alcohol can raise your risk of dealing with these illnesses.

 

Heat-Related Illnesses

The sun rising in the desert. It is important to protect seniors from the heat as they age

Too much heat can cause a number of problems and several illnesses under the name hyperthermia.

 

Heat Syncope — This type of illness is characterized by sudden dizziness that can occur when you are active in hot weather. Unfortunately, the situation can become worse if you are taking heart medication like a beta-blocker. Similarly, if you are not used to hot weather, you are more likely to feel faint or tired.

 

Heat Cramps — As the name suggests, heat cramps are the painful tightening of the muscles in the stomach, arms, or legs. Cramps can result from a number of different things including working hard and exercising.

 

Heat Rash — Heat rashes are skin irritations that are caused by excessive sweating, they are more common in younger children.

 

Heat Edema — Heat edema is swelling in the ankles and feet when you get hot.

 

Heat Exhaustion — Heat exhaustion is a warning that the body can no longer keep itself cool. It can cause you to feel thirsty, dizzy, weak, nauseous, uncoordinated, and more. It can cause the body to sweat profusely. During heat exhaustion, body temperature can stay but your skin may feel cold. It can cause a rapid pulse in the body.

 

Heat Stroke

One of the most worrisome heat illnesses is heat stroke as it can prove to be fatal. Heat stroke is a life-threatening illness in which the body temperature rises above 106 degrees in minutes. Symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse, dizziness, nausea, and more. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if treatment is not received.

 

Untreated heat stroke can damage the brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles. The damage becomes worse the longer treatment is delayed and increases the risk of serious complications or death.

 

A few quick tips to help avoid heat stroke include protecting against sunburn, be cautious during the hottest parts of the day, be aware of medication side effects and don’t stay in a parked car.

 

There are a number of other general tips that you can take advantage of to help stay cool in the summertime.

 

Tips For Staying Cool

A fan to help an individual stay cool. It is important to help keep seniors away from the heat, especially in the summer

One of the best ways to lower the risk of heat illness is to prevent dehydration and drink lots of fluids. However, there are a number of other easy changes that you can make to lower and risk of dealing with heat stroke or other types of heat illnesses and possibly avoid the situation entirely.

 

Some of the best ways to stay cool in the heat of the summer include:

 

Utilize Air Conditioning — Living in a house without air conditioning should not even be an option for some seniors. If possible, people without air conditioners or fans should go to places where these items are present, such as senior centers, movie theaters, and libraries.

 

Avoid Crowded Locations — Crowded and overpopulated locations can cause someone to feel stressed out and can increase body temperature. If there is somewhere you want to go that is generally crowded, plan a trip during non-rush-hour times.

 

Dress Appropriately — While some older adults dress the same throughout the year, it is suggested that you adjust depending on the weather. For example, if it is hot outside, it is best to wear natural fabrics like cotton than can be cooler than synthetic fibers.

 

Dehydration

As mentioned before, dehydration is the main symptom of heat illness and is one of the main causes of problems like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Dehydration is caused by the loss of too much fluid from the body. It happens when the body is losing more fluids than you are taking in and your body does not have enough fluids to function properly.

 

Obviously, the way that you avoid dehydration is to make sure that you’re getting enough fluids in the body. Drinking enough water throughout the day is important, each person’s needs are different so it is best to consult a health care professional on how much you should be drinking each day. It also best to avoid drinks that have high sugar or caffeine. Moreover, you should be drinking extra fluids when the weather is hot or when you are sick.

 

It should be noted that older adults have a higher chance of dehydration as they lose their sense of thirst as they age and it can lead to them not drinking enough fluids.

 

Next Steps

While these tips can be helpful for those who are in hot or humid parts of the country, some seniors may not be able to use them effectively as they may be dealing with age-related issues that can interfere with day-to-day life. If this is the case, it may be best to seek out the help of a caregiver or an assisted living facility.

 

One assisted living facility in Hobbs New Mexico that can help is Landmark Senior Living. Landmark has a number of facilities and dedicated staff to help make life at Landmark a fun and exciting experience. Landmark also has memory care services in place to help residents who are dealing with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. If you would like to learn more about what Landmark can offer, please visit our website today.

 

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