Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Medications are a crucial part of life for most seniors, helping them stay healthy and manage chronic conditions. But for all the good they do, medications also represent a risk for older adults. Making mistakes when taking medications can lead to serious — even fatal — consequences. So, it’s important that seniors and family caregivers alike do all that they can to avoid medication mistakes. Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes As America’s choice in non-medical home care, the team at Visiting Angels knows how important it is for seniors and their families to avoid medication mistakes. To help, we’ve listed some

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Bilingual Helps When Recovering from Stroke

Bilingual Helps When Recovering from Stroke

Almost 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, with nearly 75% of strokes occurring in people over the age of 65. For a large percentage of these individuals, recovery from a stroke is a tough and trying process. But according to scientists, one unexpected trait may drastically improve your ability to recover from a stroke. Bilingual Helps When Recovering from Stroke That trait: Bilingualism. Surprised? At Visiting Angels, our senior home care professionals were too! But that didn’t hamper our senior home care providers from enjoying this positive news. “While bilingualism might be a surprising answer for stroke recovery, any news

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8 efficient ways to stay healthy amidst noises

8 efficient ways to stay healthy amidst noises

The world around us is driven by noise and chaos. Be it the work environment, crowded stores, constant background music or the Smartphone notifications that seek your attention 24x7, it's hard to find peace and quiet as you go through the day.  You might feel as if you are constantly hustling and that rest and quiet are unattainable. Needless to say, this affects your health as well. Let’s get familiar with some ways in which you can cut down the noises and usher in peace, quiet and good health. Devote time to meditation Meditation is a burning example of the

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Bridging the Dental Care Gap

Bridging the Dental Care Gap

An Aging Matters reader asked, "I would like Information about paying high dental costs. Do people have two dental policies? Do they go to Canada or Mexico for care? Do any states have programs for middle-income retirees?" Bridging the Dental Care Gap Dental care is expensive. For some, there is not sufficient funds to care for their teeth. They're forced to choose between paying for dental work or buying food. The lack of affordable dental care for older Americans is a problem across the country as baby boomers retire and people live longer. Many adults 65 and older don't have dental

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Brain Exercises to Simplify Life

Brain Exercises to Simplify Life

  Despite the wisdom that has been circulating for centuries, too many of us
fail to heed the call to be satisfied with the simple life. We don't explore
the depth of Ranier Maria Rilke's observation: "I trust all joy." With these
four simple words, he gave us a formula for simple living. If you were to pass along three or four words of wisdom to the next generation, what words would you choose? Brain Exercises to Simplify Life ZIPF-IFY THIS George Kingsley Zipf was an American linguist who created an empirical formula related to the frequency of spoken words. In its simplest application,

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Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

This week at the Aging Well Conference in Arlington, I was invited to speak on the critical topic, The Decisions A Health Care Proxy May Make On Your Behalf. I've written several times about legal documents and selecting an executor and agent. While researching for the presentation, I came across valuable information on the American Bar Association website and want to share with readers. Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical The decisions a healthcare proxy will make on your behalf Choices about medical care, including medical tests, medicine, or surgery The right to request or decline life-support treatments such

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Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in 38% of US Nursing Home Residents

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in 38% of US Nursing Home Residents

Drug-resistant bacteria are one of the biggest concerns of modern medical science, posing a serious health threat, especially for vulnerable people like seniors. But according to a new study out of Columbia University School of Nursing, many nursing homes are rife with drug-resistant strains of bacteria, such as E. coli. Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in 38% of US Nursing Home Residents Based on data from several independent studies around the world, the researchers found that more than a quarter of nursing home residents were carriers of drug-resistant bacteria. The researchers found that this number was even higher in America, with nearly 40%

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How to Prepare for Elderly Medical Emergencies

How to Prepare for Elderly Medical Emergencies

If you help care for an elderly parent or grandparent, it’s important that you’re prepared for medical emergencies. Emergency preparedness can be a literal life-saver, ensuring seniors receive the first aid and medical attention they need when injury, illness, or a health event strikes. How to Prepare for Elderly Medical Emergencies Proper emergency preparedness comes down to three key factors: Knowing what to do when an emergency strikes. Having the materials you need for a given emergency. Experience and training in emergency response. Below, the elderly care experts at Visiting Angels have outlined key steps that family caregivers can take to

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Health Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

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When you think of social media, I doubt you picture grandma tapping away on her smartphone.You would be surprised by the benefits of social media for seniors. Health Benefits of Social Media for Seniors Just three years ago the number of social media users over the age of 65 was thought to be under 10%. Now, that number seems to be on the rise according to recent studies. Health Benefits of Social Media for Seniors The reasons for the recent rise in the popularity of social media with this generation is still up for debate. Some people speculate that it could be due to

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