Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

With the weather getting warmer every day, there’s no doubt that summer is fast approaching. The summer can be a great time for relaxing with family and enjoying the nice weather. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Summer Safety Tips For Seniors Your body works hard every day to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat forces your body to work harder than normal, which often is the root cause of heat-related illness. Essentially the heat forces your body to work beyond its limits. For senior citizens, this can be a dangerous – and even

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Dehydration Tips

Summer is now here… as we approach the “heat of the summer” you should be aware of your need for fluids.  If you are exercising, spending time in the sun, or are under the weather, you can more easily become dehydrated.  Once dehydration starts your body begins to shut down, except for vital functions.  Luckily the body gives us symptoms to prevent dehydration from happening. The body will react to the need for water by giving of signs that you should recognize. The initial signs and symptoms of mild dehydration, in adults, start to appear when a person has lost

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6 Important Reasons to Keep Hydrated this Summer

6 Important Reasons to Keep Hydrated this Summer

Our bodies are over seventy percent water, so the importance of drinking enough H2O goes far beyond cooling down on a hot day or quenching your thirst. The human body needs to be properly hydrated to function. Not enough water can affect things like muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion and even mood. 6 Important Reasons to Keep Hydrated this Summer Here are just a few reasons it’s important to get your eight* glasses of water a day! Keep Bladder and Kidneys Healthy – Because water helps to flush out any unwanted microbes, well hydrated people have fewer

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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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