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What Are The Most Common Health Concerns For Seniors?
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/26/2015
Today, we enjoy longer lives than ever before in human history. This is largely due to improved medical care. However, there are certain age-related ailments that appear to go hand in hand with a longer life span. Read on for some common health concerns that affect seniors.

Eating Well As You Age
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/24/2015
The benefits of healthy eating are apparent at any age. However, for individuals aged 50 and over, these benefits can include increased mental acuity, higher energy levels, resistance to illness, faster healing times when illness does strike, and better management of chronic health issues. A healthy diet has also been linked to maintaining a positive outlook and achieving emotional balance.

How To Stay Healthy In Your 70s And Beyond
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/19/2015
Although it's true that the risk of medical issues increases with age, that doesn't mean that we can't continue to be healthy in our 70s, our 80s, and beyond. Still, it's difficult to deny that the average 75 year old is more likely to be juggling several simultaneous medical conditions than the average 25 year old.

Tips For Staying Healthy At Any Age
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/17/2015
Aging involves progressive changes that become more noticeable as time passes. Regardless of these unavoidable changes, however, there are many things that you can do to ensure that you maintain your health and longevity and decrease your risk for physical and mental issues as you age. Not only are people today living longer lives, we're also living healthier lives well into our 70s, 80s, and even 90s and beyond. So what are the keys to living a long and healthy life?

Sleep Better With Patriot Plus
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/12/2015
If you need a hospital quality bed in your home, you can't go wrong with the Patriot Plus Homecare Bed Full Electric. Proudly made in the USA, the Patriot Plus provides better mattress support than the average spring deck mattress. With a robust grid sleep surface that is durable enough to last for years to come, and a comfortable feel that will ensure a good night's sleep, the Patriot Plus is a great option for long term at-home care or short-term surgery recovery.

Managing Role Reversal When Caring For Elderly Parents
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/10/2015
When we were children, our parents were always they when we needed them. They provided love, support, advice, and so much more. After so many years of relying on our parents for strength and encouragement, it can be difficult when the roles are reversed and we are thrust into the caregiver role that has so long been the domain of our parents.

How To Deal With Stress And Aging
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/5/2015
Regardless of your age, stress can have a huge impact on both your health and your overall quality of life. However, depression and anxiety can be especially dangerous for older individuals. According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, depression and anxiety can lead to physical decline in seniors. Older adults may experience stress related to financial issues and health matters.

Tips For Successful Aging
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/3/2015
We all age. It's one of life's inescapable realities. However, there is quite a bit of difference between aging and aging well. We've all heard the phrase “aging gracefully.” However, it is equally important that we aim to age successfully. There are many aspects to successful aging.

Depression And The Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/29/2015
Depression can strike at any age, but the changes that accompany later life can be particularly conducive to depression. As we age, we lose much of what once defined us. Retirement from a long held job can lead to boredom and depression, as well a loss of social or occupational identity. As we age, we also witness the deaths of friends and loved ones. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. A variety of medical problems can also result in frustration and, eventually, depression. Not to mention the fact that many common medications can actually lead to depression even as they work to cure the primary condition for which they were prescribed.

Loss Of Appetite In The Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/27/2015
Not only is it perfectly safe for those over 65 to exercise regularly, it is also highly recommended. The benefits of exercise throughout a person's life cannot be overstated. In fact, almost all people can benefit from some form of additional physical activity. Not only does regular exercise protect people from chronic disease, it also improves mood and reduces the chances of injury.

Exercise And The Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/22/2015
Not only is it perfectly safe for those over 65 to exercise regularly, it is also highly recommended. The benefits of exercise throughout a person's life cannot be overstated. In fact, almost all people can benefit from some form of additional physical activity. Not only does regular exercise protect people from chronic disease, it also improves mood and reduces the chances of injury.

Fire Safety And The Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/20/2015
After age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a fire compared to the rest of the population. Therefore, knowing what to do in the event of a fire is particularly important for older adults. The issue of fire safety among the elderly has garnered much attention in recent years. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a program around key safety tips for older adults in the event of a fire. The program is called “Remembering When: A Fire And Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults.” The program offers a variety of guidelines to increase fire safety for the elderly.

The Importance Of An Elderly Home Safety Checklist
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/15/2015
Whether you are preparing to welcome an elderly loved one into your own home, of if you simply want to ensure that your loved one's home is still safe, an elderly home safety checklist is a great way to assess any home's safety and what moves need to be taken to improve safety conditions. You can ask your loved one's physician for a safety checklist, or get one through a local senior center or other social agency. Here are some examples of questions that might appear on a typical elderly home safety checklist. These can be altered based upon your loved one's health and individual needs.

Simple Home Safety Tips For The Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/13/2015
In-home care for seniors has grown increasingly popular in recent years. This is a good thing, as it allows an aging population to remain at home longer among family. However, there are some dangers associated with at-home care for seniors. If your home is not made safe for the seniors who reside there, then otherwise avoidable accidents may result. Here are some basic tips to ensure overall home safety for at-home seniors.

Kitchen Tips To Keep The Elderly Safe
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/8/2015
Kitchen safety is an important part of keeping your elderly loved one safe at home. The bathroom may be the most likely place in the home for an accident involving an elderly person to occur, but the kitchen comes in a very close second. In reality, the kitchen can be a dangerous place for anyone. Hot stove tops and ovens, sharp knives, and potentially slippery floors are all possible causes of accident or injury. For those 65 and older, these things, along with diminishing eye sight and the potential balance issues that come with age, make practicing kitchen safety even more important.

Preventing Slip And Fall Accidents In Winter
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 10/6/2015
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury among the elderly? As winter approaches, it is necessary to take added precautions to ensure that you or your elderly loved one does not fall as a result of icy winter weather.

Why Grandma's Cat Is So Important
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/29/2015
The healing power of pets has been well documented in recent years. The bond between humans and animals stretches back for millennia, and it seems we love our pets now more than ever before. Having a companion animal around can help lower blood pressure, relieve depression, and even reduce the risk of heart disease and other stress-related ailments. For some older adults, a companion animal may be the only company they have, as friends and loved ones pass on. Having a pet around in these circumstances can help lessen depression and loneliness.

Diabetes And Hearing Loss In The Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/24/2015
A recent study revealed that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who do not suffer from the disease. Among the nearly 90 million U.S. adults who are considered prediabetic, the rate of hearing loss is approximately 30 higher than in those with normal blood glucose levels. The reason for this seeming connection between diabetes and hearing loss is unknown. Some speculate that diabetes may affect the small blood vessels in the inner ear, just as it affects the blood vessels in the eyes.

Make Sure The Elderly Are Storm Ready
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/22/2015
Regardless of where you live, chances are you are subject to some type of severe weather from time to time. In the southeast hurricanes and tropical storms can be a serious concern from August to November, and in the mid-west Spring brings the ever present threat of tornadoes. During the winter months, the north and northeast can experience severe freezing and extreme winter storms. Whatever your geographical location, it is important that you take steps to safeguard your family when storms hit. Elderly loved ones who live on their own are particularly vulnerable when storms roll in, since they may lack the means to make necessary preparations on their own. Below are some tips to make sure your elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors have all they need to safely ride out whatever storms may come your way.

Helping The Elderly With Hygiene
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/17/2015
Maintaining proper hygiene is important at any age, but in the elderly any sudden or gradual changes in personal hygiene can be a sign of social withdrawal, depression, or other illness. On a related note, how well your loved one maintains household cleanliness can also be indicative of problems in these areas, as well as a general decline in physical ability.

Some Unexpected Uses For Milk Of Magnesia
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/15/2015
Magnesium hydroxide, more commonly known as milk of magnesia, is often used to treat constipation, heartburn, and upset stomach. It can provide effective relief from occasional constipation and help keep you regular. It is also highly effective as an antacid. It is an osmotic laxative, which means that it works by drawing water into the intestines to encourage bowel movement. As an antacid, it works by lowering the amount of acid present in the stomach. As useful as it is for these applications, there are several less known uses for this common household medication.

The Importance Of Quality Sleep For Seniors
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/10/2015
As we age, our sleeping patterns may change. This is perfectly normal. Older adults tend to fall asleep earlier, wake earlier, or sleep less deeply. These changes are nothing to worry about. However, waking up tired every day or being unable to fall asleep or stay asleep might be indications of insomnia, which is not a normal age-related sleep change.

The (Cleaning) Rites Of Spring
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/8/2015
Who doesn't love Spring? The snow has melted, skies are blue, and flowers are blooming in abundance. The long cold winter has finally loosened its icy grip on the world, and the air is filled with birdsong and the fresh scent of Spring. For the elderly in particular, Spring can be a rejuvenating time. After all, elderly individuals are more likely to be home bound during the winter months. Even a minor cold can result in far more serious medical issues for the elderly, and a single slip on the ice can result in broken bones and loss of mobility. For this reason, many elderly people do not venture out during the winter months unless absolutely necessary.

Walking For Seniors
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/3/2015
Walking is a great low impact exercise to help you stay fit at any age. Apart from a decent pair of walking shoes, walking requires no special equipment. You can do it nearly anywhere and the benefits far outweigh any possible risks. A regular walking routine improves balance, overall fitness, and even mood. Studies show that taking a short half hour walk each day can even lessen symptoms of depression. In fact, a walking routine proved even more effective than taking anti-depressant medication in most cases.

Soothe The Skin With Chamosyn
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/1/2015
Nothing puts a damper on recovery like uncomfortable, irritated skin. Chamosyn Ointment is an effective skin barrier that is ideal for a variety of painful skin conditions. Chamosyn's ingredients list is short, but don't let that fool you. This little tube packs a powerful punch. Made with protective zinc oxide and analgesic menthol, Chamosyn relieves burning, itching, and discomfort even as it protects the skin from irritants that can contribute to skin breakdown. Enriched with nourishing Aloe, Chamomile, and Manuka honey, Chamosyn soothes and hydrates as it heals.

Cranberries For Prevention And Health
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/27/2015
Native Americans were the first people to harvest cranberries for food in North America. They also used these distinctive red berries for medicinal purposes and incorporated the juices into dyes. First introduced to European settlers by the Algonquian peoples of Massachusetts, cranberries have been an American staple ever since.

All About Dietary Fiber
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/25/2015
Dietary fiber is found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. There are two types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, turning to a sort of gel, which allows it to collect bile, harmful toxins, or other debris which it then pulls from your body. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, attracts water, which adds bulk to the stool and helps food pass through the intestines.

Managing Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/20/2015
Anemia is a common problem, especially among the elderly. Indeed, it is sometimes assumed that anemia is an unavoidable component of aging. This need not be the case, however. In over 80% of cases anemia is highly treatable once its causes have been properly diagnosed. Approximately 15 to 30 percent of all anemia cases among the elderly are due to iron deficiency, while folate deficiency and vitamin B12 deficiency are behind 5 to 10 percent of cases. Chronic disease accounts for 30 to 45 percent of anemia cases in the elderly, and 5 to 10 percent of cases are the result of posthemorrhagic issues.

Maintaining Mobility
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/18/2015
Continuing mobility is very important to help older people maintain meaningful participation in social and physical activities as they age. Mobility is crucial to active aging and continued mobility enables the elderly to experience positive quality of life and better overall health.

Make Pill Organization Easy
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/13/2015
A 2010 study revealed that half of all men and women over age 65 take 5 or more medications each week. Nearly 15% of the elderly take a whopping 10 medications per week! The more medications a person takes, the easier it can become to miss a dose or even mix up different prescriptions. By following a few simple medication organization techniques, however, keeping track of your prescriptions can be easy.

Tips For Preventing Infection
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/11/2015
Whether it's flu season or you just want to keep your household free of harmful bacteria and viruses, there are many steps you can take to avoid infection and ensure a contaminant free home.

The Importance Of Good Posture
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/6/2015
Good posture is about more than the way a person looks. Sure, we all know we shouldn't slouch or strut because both of these postures can give a certain unwanted impression to the world. However, putting appearances aside for the moment, it is also important to consider the effects of poor posture on the health of the body.

Yoga Can Be A Great Way to Keep Seniors Fit, Active, and Relaxed
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/4/2015
Yoga is an age-old fitness program with a multitude of benefits. Today, as its benefits become more widely acknowledged, yoga classes are offered at community centers and even churches in nearly every town. From increased flexibility, to better coordination, to stress reduction, the benefits of yoga are innumerable.

Some Simple Advice for the Sandwich Generation
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/30/2015
We may love our parents as much as we love our children, but we certainly never expected to be caring for both parents and children at the same time. This is the predicament of the sandwich generation, the growing group of middle-aged moms and dads who also find themselves caring for their own aging parents.

Maintaining Proper Nutrition is Essential to Senior Health
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/28/2015
Proper nutrition is essential at all life stages. As a person ages however, he or she may experience decreased appetite. Obviously, this can lead to decreased food intake. This, in turn, can lead to health threatening nutrient deficiencies. As we age, our bodies no longer process essential nutrients as effectively as they did when we were younger, which makes proper nutrition particularly important for the elderly.

Fast Facts About Alzheimer's
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/23/2015
Alzheimer's, also referred to as senior dementia, affects approximately 5 million Americans. There is no known cure, and the cause is uncertain. It is impossible to prevent and very difficult to slow. Women are two-thirds more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's than men.

Taking the Stress Out of Surgery Recovery
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/21/2015
Recovering from surgery is never fun but with the right post-op recovery strategy, your at-home recovery period can be stress free. But don't delay! Post-op planning should start well before your scheduled surgery date.

Take the Embarrassment Out of Incontinence
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/16/2015
Fecal incontinence, either occasional or chronic, affects between 10 to 20 percent of the population. Some causes of fecal/bowel incontinence include nerve or muscle damage, rectal cancer, or rectal prolapse.

Making Your Bathroom Safer for Older Adults
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/14/2015
Did you know that 80% of falls among seniors occur in the bathroom? If you are caring for an elderly relative in a home setting, it is essential to safety-proof the bathroom(s) to avoid falls or other related injuries. In addition to safety, comfort is another important consideration when redesigning your bathroom to accommodate an older loved one.

Some Simple Advice to Prevent Falls
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/9/2015
A fall can spell catastrophe for an older adult. Each year, over two million adults over age 65 are treated in the emergency room for injuries related to falls. As we age, our bones lose density or mass. Beneficial bone building minerals, such as calcium, can also become depleted with age. This is why older bones are more prone to breakage.

The Importance of Proper Nutrition for the Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/2/2015
Nutrition is important for everyone but it is particularly impactful for older individuals. Proper nutrition can mean the difference between a healthy older adult life and one that requires frequent medical intervention, so it's important for caregivers to emphasize the need for adequate nutrition in order to maximize the quality of life for their patients or loved ones.

Proper Wound Care Tips After Surgery
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 6/30/2015
Surgery is performed to alleviate some particular issue but post-operative care can sometimes lead to skin issues. With seniors in particular, infection and complications that may arise after surgery can be equally as dangerous as the surgery itself. With that said, it is always important to take appropriate steps to ensure incision and post-operative wounds are taken care of properly.

Preventing Falls and Injury For The Elderly
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 6/25/2015
For older adults, the ideal living situation is one that allows them to remain safe while still living independently as they enjoy their golden years. However, falls and injuries are an unfortunate reality for many older individuals and a small fall that may barely leave a bruise on a younger person can be a serious and dangerous situation for an aging adult.

Senior Approved Fitness Exercises to Improve Strength and Balance
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 6/23/2015
Keeping fit is important for people of all ages but for older adults, proper fitness routines can mean the difference between a more independent lifestyle and frequent emergency medical needs. Senior approved fitness and exercise is a great way to strengthen the bones, muscles, and mind and there are several types of exercises in which seniors can participate if they are looking to make the most of their golden years!

Caregiver Stress
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/22/2013
Thousands of men and women care for their elderly parents and relatives. Unfortunately, many of us forget that caregivers themselves need our assistance and support. Caregiver stress is becoming more common in our society: those who are bound to carry the burden of care on their shoulders often face critical physical and emotional problems.

Bathroom Aides-Staying Safe
Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/13/2013
One aspect of your home, more specifically the bathroom, holds many difficulties and risks, especially as you grow older. While it's easy to overlook problems until they occur, planning ahead and knowing what may present as an issue is important. At Maven Medical, we can help you identify problems in your home and offer you products to assist with these issues.