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Improving Quality of Life in Long-Term Care

It’s all in the details

May 14, 2013

Improving life in long-term care

When new residents first come to long-term care, we spend a lot of time asking questions about their past experiences and interests. Specifically, we hope to learn who they are and what brings them joy. This is the most authentic version of themselves – and the one we want to cater to and welcome into our community. This includes incorporating who they are into their physical space and making their new home, truly a home.

Mixing Medications

How to Avoid Dangerous Combinations

May 9, 2013

It’s no secret that seniors are often taking more than one prescription medication. As we age, we are more likely to develop chronic illnesses – and frequently need medication to lead healthy and active lives. However, medications in older adults come with safety concerns, especially when multiple prescriptions are involved. There are more chances for overdoses, under-doses and dangerous side effects.

Fighting off Bone Disease

May 2, 2013

fighting off bone disease

Every year, nearly 1.5 million fractures are attributed to osteoporosis. But what causes bone disease and how can you protect yourself from it?

Maintaining Cognitive Skills Later in Life

April 30, 2013

Maintaining Cognitive Skills

Use it or lose it. That’s the basic philosophy behind maintaining cognitive abilities later in life. For busy adults, this can be easy enough. Days are filled juggling work, appointments and household chores, providing plenty of stimulation to keep cognitive thinking skills sharp. I, however, often see seniors adjusting to a slower daily pace and it can take more effort to create opportunities to exercise these skills regularly.

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

April 23, 2013

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

We often hear about the importance of losing weight – and the struggles that come along with it. The truth, however, is that maintaining a healthy weight can be just as challenging. Once you reach an ideal weight, seniors should still evaluate food choices and commit to exercising regularly. It’s truly about embracing an overall healthy lifestyle.

This lifestyle is rewarded with significant health benefits including lowering your risk for certain conditions including diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Health Goals for Older Adults

Embracing the Potential of Aging

April 11, 2013

Health Goals for Older Adults

I’m always impressed by seniors in our community and their commitment to healthy living. As Orchard Cove’s Vitalize360 coach, I regularly have the opportunity to help residents set and work on personal goals. It’s exciting to witness an 86-year-old woman recover from a hip fracture and commit to improve her physical fitness by taking on new activities such as swimming and Zumba. Sometimes, the goals are not related to fitness.

Walking Health for Seniors

March 26, 2013

walking health for seniors

Fitness can be intimidating to many seniors. What’s safe? What’s effective? Where’s a good place to begin? The good news is you don’t need fancy gym equipment or a high-impact aerobics class to complete quality exercise that’s beneficial to your health. All you need is motivation and your own two feet.

Walking regularly is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise available. You can proceed at your own pace and reap the benefits – including a healthier heart, lower stress and higher energy levels.

March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a… ram?

Nuances of Hearing Loss

March 25, 2013

hearing loss

Okay, we KNOW it should be lamb, but very often, a person with hearing impairment may hear a similar word, but one that very much changes the meaning of the phrase. In the above example, familiarity with the phrase would help. But, what about this exchange?

“Hey, nice watch. What kind is it?”

“Oh, it’s 12:30.”

Shoes for Seniors

Find the perfect pair

March 7, 2013

Shoes for Seniors

It may be tempting to choose shoes based on style or a good sale, but poorly fitting shoes can cause a number of painful foot problems. Unfortunately, some seniors suffering from bunions, corns, calluses and other disabling problems because they are not wearing shoes that fit properly.

Laughter and Health

The Best Medicine?

February 28, 2013

laughter as medicine

When was the last time you had a good laugh? It may be more important than you think. Over time, we have learned there are numerous health benefits of laughter. Not only can it relieve physical stress and tension, but boost our immune systems, including reducing stress hormones and increasing the activity of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.

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