May 23, 2019

Why Dental Implants are More Practical and Affordable for Seniors

Filed under: Aging,Healthcare,Seniors Health — Tags: , , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:41 am

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

dental implants for seniorsHealthy teeth are a vital part of our overall health. They allow us to eat comfortably and help to reduce the chances of secondary infections from dental problems. As we grow older, though, it may not be possible to maintain our original teeth. Decay or damage can simply be too extensive, and it becomes time to talk about other options for improving your oral health. One choice that is growing in popularity is dental implants. If you have teeth missing or in very poor condition, there are several reasons why you may find that implants are a good choice for you.

You Replace Only The Missing Teeth

Tooth loss is rarely organized. You may lose one on the upper right, one on the lower left, and one in the front, or any other random order. Bridges, partials, and dentures require larger openings for insertion, but dental implants can take the place of a single tooth. If an adjacent tooth needs to come out later, it is no more complicated to add another implant. Other dental options require a totally new appliance for the expanded space.

You Won’t Lose Them

This goes for loss from inside your mouth and out. One of the greatest inconveniences and fears of dentures is that they will come out of your mouth when you are speaking or eating. All on 4 dental implants are permanently attached, with no concerns about adhesives. And because they don’t come out at night, you won’t worry about dropping them, getting them dirty, or leaving them in a hotel room.

They Are Easier to Care For

Dentures require a container for cleaning and a seemingly endless stream of tablets. They take up space on the bathroom countertop and provide an unpleasant intrusion when you are a guest. Dental implants are brushed and cared for just like natural teeth, reducing the expense, mess, and space associated with caring for your teeth.

They Will Last Longer

Typically, dentures only last five to eight years, while dental implants can potentially stretch out as long as 15 years with proper care and with gentle use. Using dentures can mean additional time at the dentist on a more frequent basis, as well as the expense of purchasing new appliances more frequently.

Having healthy teeth is an important part of your overall health, especially as you enter your senior years. However, the effects of time and life can leave your teeth in poor condition and in need of removal. At that point, you have a choice between traditional options like dentures and bridges, and more permanent solutions like dental implants. Over time, implants are less expensive and more practical.

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May 2, 2019

What are the main differences between manual wheelchairs & electric wheelchairs?

Filed under: Mobility,Senior Safety,Seniors Health — Tags: , , — seniorlivingguide @ 11:43 am

Manual vs Electric Wheelchairs

Courtesy of ScootersNChairs.com

Wheelchairs are mobility tools that help people who have difficulty walking or who can no longer walk at all achieve greater independence. The most obvious difference between a manual wheelchair and an electric one is that an electric power wheelchair doesn’t require that you have tremendous upper body strength or someone to push you around in it. That said, the differences between the two types go far beyond this simple comparison.

No one wants to rely on a wheelchair for a temporary or permanent length of time. If you or a love one have reached a point though where you must use a wheelchair, review the information in this comparison guide to help you make an informed decision.

Mobility

A manual wheelchair offers less mobility than an electric one. These wheelchairs aren’t great for all day or long-distance movement. Anyone who has incredible strength and durability eventually tires while either trying to turn the large rear wheels and maneuver the chair and their own body weight or maneuver and push the chair and the weight of the person sitting in it from behind. On the other hand, electric wheelchairs feature a battery, motor and other parts to make them self-propelled and entirely drivable with little effort. The person sitting in the chair simply moves a joy stick. These wheelchairs are a fantastic solution for anyone who doesn’t have enough upper body strength or a caregiver who can push them. Electric power wheelchairs also make it easier for users to travel to locations near a home or office without a car and up and down hills or around curves without fear of losing strength and control.

Comfort

Since electric chairs are often designed for long-term mobility, they also typically feature more padding than manual wheelchairs. If a person has a painful chronic condition, they might prefer an electric wheelchair because it offers a softer and more comfortable, thickly-padded seat. A manual chair usually features thinner seat and back padding so that the chair is easier to collapse and transport. Additionally, electric designs have evenly-distributed wheels that move more smoothly along level surfaces. Some electric-powered wheelchairs even feature all-terrain wheels for uneven surfaces. All electric designs reduce the jarring movements that typically occur when someone tries to force a manual chair to move in a particular direction.

Price

Many people choose manual wheelchairs because they’re less expensive than electric wheelchairs. A powered wheelchair has a lot more parts and an electrical system that can break down at any time from something as simple as a dead battery, faulty wire or circuit board or even a lightning strike. Some models have complex systems that require expensive future software or hardware updates. A manual wheelchair simply has a seat, back, handles, arms, leg rests and wheels. As a result, an individual or their insurance company pays a lot more for an electric chair mobility option upfront and during maintenance and repair scenarios than for a manual one.

Transport

When comparing mobility products, it’s fairly obvious that manual wheelchairs are easier to transport in vehicles than electric wheelchairs. A manual chair is lightweight and typically folds or collapses in a way that makes it fit well in most standard-sized automobile trunks. An electric wheelchair requires either a special van or large headroom vehicle that features a lift or ramp if the user wants to go somewhere on their own or travel with someone else. Some people use an electric wheelchair at home and a manual one when traveling with a caregiver.

Final Thoughts

Battery-powered robotic leg braces and exoskeletons have become the next best potential alternative to wheelchairs for people who suffer from leg paralysis. These mobility products are still in early development and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Automobile manufacturers have also come up with new vehicle designs that make it possible for wheelchair users to simply roll into their cars and drive away while still seated without depending on lifts, ramps or trunk storage.

Scooters ‘N Chairs is offering a bi-annual mobility scooter giveaway for Seniors. Click here for your chance to win a mobility scooter: https://www.scootersnchairs.com/pages/mobilityscootergiveaway

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April 25, 2019

3 Reasons Voice-Guided Technology Services Elderly Care

Voice Assistants for Seniors

Courtesy of Kara Masterson

Chances are that you know someone who has entered the elderly phase of life. It can seem difficult to watch older members of society struggle to do tasks that younger people take for granted. Fortunately, voice guided technology can help the elderly to function more effectively in their daily lives. Here are three reasons why voice guided technology is involved in servicing the ongoing care of this segment of the population.

When the Elderly Fall

Often, the elderly can experience a major fall when no one else is around. This can be a dangerous situation for many people who live alone. Fortunately, modern advancements in voice guided technology makes it possible for older members of society to reach out for help in these situations. It turns out that a device like Alexa in the home can be a useful tool for aiding a fallen elderly person who needs to call for help in an emergency. Not only is Alexa capable of being voice commanded to do tasks, but it is a very affordable option that even retired persons can take advantage of in their homes as well.

At Home Medical Monitoring

Another area where voice guided technology is beneficial to the elderly arises with the need to monitor and interact with the health needs of these individuals. This is an important area of advancement, because many elderly people cannot easily drive themselves to doctor’s appointments. However, they may still require regular medical care as in the case where a patient uses a Home Kidney Dialysis Machine to perform peritoneal dialysis. Such devices can guide the patient with step by step verbal instructions to ensure the proper outcome.

Digital Access

Voice guided technology is opening up digital access to the elderly. This can be mostly seen in how this technology is helping this segment of the population stay connected with family, friends and access information online. Due to the fact that so many elderly people are blind or visually impaired, voice guided technology can make it possible for these individuals to use modern phones and even successfully navigate and interact on popular social media-based websites. As a result, this provides an elderly person with the ability to access information and communicate with anyone they desire like everyone else. These kinds of barriers have been eliminated by the use of screen reading software that talks to a user and by voice recognition software that gives an elderly user voice command-based control over an Internet ready device.

Conclusion

Growing old is no longer the isolated situation it used to be. Modern devices are using voice guided technology to allow these individuals to live more fulfilling lives. From meeting at home healthcare needs to providing older individuals with a broad range of entertainment and social avenues with which to occupy their time, voice guided technology has truly redefined what it means to enjoy life after retirement.

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April 11, 2019

4 Ways to Choose the Right Type of Care for Your Aging Parents

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Courtesy of Emma Sturgis 

Selecting care for an aging parent is a concern shared by millions of children as their parents begin to have difficulties fully attending to their own personal and medical needs. There’s no universal right or wrong answer, but there is a best answer and right type of care based on the answers to some fundamental questions.

Give Your Parent A Voice In Decisions

Whenever possible, include your parent in his/her own care plan and decisions. Start talking about care sooner rather than when a health crisis actually erupts. A huge problem caregivers face, is resistance to care as their loved one is afraid, angry, and saddened by their loss of independence and privacy.

Numerous studies have shown that patient involvement improves both acceptance of care and care outcomes. The Mayo Clinic outlines some helpful tips to help manage resistance to care:

•Plan care talks when the parent is relaxed and open to the conversation.
• Ask their preferences and expectations.
• Describe care in a positive light, but outline the pros and cons of each option.
• Have answers to cost concerns.
• Enlist professional help from medical providers, lawyers, and care managers.

Some parents may be at a point where they’re mentally unable to contribute to care talks. If so, determine if they’ve ever created an advanced healthcare directive, such as a living will. Such documents give a voice to a parent who can no longer make their wishes clear. It also removes some of the decision burden off of care-taking children.

Consider Your Own Involvement In Care

Just as many caregivers forget to give their parent a say, some also tend to forget their own needs in selecting the best care for their loved one. It’s important to consider the following as it relates to your ability and time to attend to your parent’s care needs:

• Do you have children and/or a significant other vying for your time?
• Do you have professional obligations that keep you occupied at a set schedule, on-call hours, random or late hours?
• Can you mentally and physically attend the care needs of your loved one alone, with assistance, or not at all?

The answer to such question are often very different depending on what stage of life you’re in professionally, personally, physically, and mentally. It’s such answers that are often just as crucial as your parent’s state of health in determining the most appropriate source and type of care. Know what you can do, when you can do it, and what assistance you’ll need to do it.

Consider The Level Of Care Needed

Care for seniors can be met through an array of services and housing options. Which one is best will greatly depend on your parent’s mental and physical needs.

• Long-term Care Facilities

LTCs, also commonly called a nursing home, are available for structured, skilled 24 hour nursing care. These provide everything from medication and wound care services to daily routine group activities. As the name suggests, LTC facilities are designed for the long-term management of both acute and chronic disease process.

• Assisted Living And Independent Living

Assisted living and independent living facilities provide less structured care for those capable of attending the bulk of their activities of daily living. Assistance and guidance with things like medication reminders, transportation to and from appointments, housekeeping services, and laundry services are generally offered. The facility usually also offers community spaces for dining and group recreation. The communities are specifically for seniors, but different ones will offer different amenities.

• Memory Care Facilities

These are akin to nursing homes in structure, but they specialize in the care and security needs of people with cognitive diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s that often leave seniors physically high functioning and mentally low functioning. Note that many senior AL and IL communities are integrating separate memory and LTC facilities on the grounds to make the transition between levels of care as easy as possible for seniors and their loved ones.

• Home Health

This is a care option that can allow seniors to age in place longer. They will remain in the comfort of their own home (or a loved one’s home) with support caregivers that either provide services around the clock or come in at assigned times to perform specified duties. Home health services are vast and cover areas such as personal care, household chores, meals, medication reminders and administration, wound care, medical equipment services, and money management.

• Adult Day Care

This is a service akin to daycare for children. Skilled and semiskilled attendants attend to your parent’s safety, medical, social, and physical needs during the day. This is a good option for working caregivers planning to care for their parent at home.

Do A Trial Run

The options for care are vast, which is good for comprehensiveness of needs. However, the choices can nonetheless be overwhelming. It may take trial and error to ensure that your aging parent is both happy and receiving the level of care they need.

Start by making a list of all the must-have services. You’ll likely find multiple options for care are a fit. Narrow the list down by price consideration. Give the end list a trial run:

• Take your loved one to tour the facilities and/or meet in-home caregivers.

• Go for a meal at a facility and ask if you and your parent can sit in on a group activity.

• Ask for help from local agencies, such Area Agency on Aging, in gathering information about local options.

• Gather references and read online reviews for care service options and specific facilities.

• Since most facilities and services charge on a month-to-month basis, it’s easy to test the waters for a monthly trial.

In closing, these four check marks can help ensure your parent receives the best care possible. Just remember to give both you and your parent a voice in the decision process, understand what care is offered by what specific providers, and realize that you may have to test multiple waters before finding an exact fit.

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April 3, 2019

Health Fairs for Seniors

By: Darleen Mahoney

As Seniors search for more Healthcare options and answers, Health fairs are becoming more and more a valuable resource. Healthcare can be confusing and overwhelming for many seniors and their caregivers. Health fairs offers seniors in the community the opportunity to engage with professionals in a relaxed and threatening or sterile atmosphere to discuss common health issues and conceHealth Fairs for Seniorsrns.

Many Health fairs focus on preventative and offer proactive information like health screenings, blood pressure checks, cholesterol blood tests, vision and hearing tests which may provide feedback to identify any risks. For example, Gulfside Healthcare Services located in Land O’Lakes Florida, is presenting a community Health fair for Seniors and their Caregivers on April 16th, featuring a “Healthcare Navigation Table of Experts” for one-on-one assistance with healthcare-related needs offering free blood pressure checks, free living wills, and access to information on Home Health, Palliative Care, Hospice Care and Elder Law.

Successful Health fairs can inspire health lifestyle changes in Seniors and provide support for their Caregivers.

*If you would like more information on the Gulfside Healthcare Services community Health Fair, contact them at info@gulfside.org or 727-845-5707

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March 18, 2019

Medication, Alternatives, and Beyond: 4 Pain Relief Methods for Seniors

Filed under: Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 9:35 am

Medication Alternatives for Seniors

Courtesy of Dixie Somers

Pain is a natural feeling that the central nervous system uses to inform people that their bodies are potentially in danger. Without pain, we would inadvertently harm ourselves on a daily basis, not to mention live a much shorter life. While pain is necessary for survival as we know it, some people’s central nervous systems malfunction, causing some people to feel pain throughout the day.

Surprisingly, some 50 million people in the United States alone suffer from chronic pain. As people get older, they’re more likely to face around-the-clock pain. Let’s dig into four potential treatments that are known to help people deal with constant, non-stop pain.

Money Might Not Grow on Trees, but Kratom Sure Does

Kratom refers to a tree in Southeast Asia, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, which has been used by the natives of Indonesia for hundreds of years to knock the edge off of the pain they’d feel while working. Mitragyna speciosa’s leaves contain dozens of opioid-type molecules that are great at blocking pain. The plant is legal in the United States and costs no more than pennies per dose. Be sure to talk to your doctor before using any substance that might interact with any medications you might be taking already.

Physicians Can Really Work Magic in Bringing Relief to Suffering Seniors

Licensed physicians have a vast array of tools at their disposal to help people feel better, such as seniors who suffer from chronic pain. Physicians can consider your specific situation and work with you to figure out the best route for you. Whether that’s physician-approved exercises done at home or prescription drugs from a pharmacy, you’ll know it’s backed up by study and professional know-how.

Mental Health Treatment Could Help Some Seniors Deal with Pain

Cognitive behavioral therapy involves a counselor and client talking to one another with the intention of getting the client to build skills to deal with unwanted behaviors and thoughts. Even though people effectively can’t rid themselves of pain, crafting a toolbox that is filled to the brim with such mental tools can, in fact, get seniors feeling better.

Weightlifting

Exercise is known to help people feel better. Believe it or not, certain exercises can be used to reduce pain in people with chronic pain. Although the risks of injury are somewhat high, the effects are said to be well worth it. Exercises like weightlifting and walking are great to help seniors stay active as they age and mitigate pain. Be sure to consult a doctor before you start any new regimen.

Dealing with pain all the time is one of the worst medical problems to face and can be incredibly frustrating. However, these four tips and tricks should keep any senior out of terrible pain. With the help of some trial and error and your doctor’s advice, you’ll be back to doing what you love in no time.

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March 15, 2019

Gearing Up for Retirement? 4 Questions to Consider Before Beginning Your Journey

Filed under: Financial Planning,Retirement — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 9:50 am

Retirement Questions

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

Retirement is the opportunity to enjoy more free time than just about any point in one’s adult life. However, it is not a decision to take lightly. In order to become properly prepared for this major life transition, you should consider a few things. Below are four important questions that should be addressed before beginning a journey into retirement.

Am I Financially Prepared for Retirement?

One of the biggest concerns, of any retiree, is outliving their retirement funds. It is important to consider how long a retirement fund should last. Factors that should be considered are the already existing money saved up and the income generated from Social Security payments, pensions, dividend payments, and disability payments. It is also important to consider that one may live longer than expected. By preparing for a retirement that can last multiple decades, financial concerns will be left at a minimum.

How Do I Plan to Spend My Day in Retirement?

Retirement can be more than just sitting on the sofa watching TV, surfing the internet, or reading the morning newspaper. This phase of life is the opportunity to try new hobbies, create new social relations, or pursue new opportunities. Retirement is also a time to concentrate on becoming physically active. It is a good idea to have a way to structure one’s day to ensure that retirement is both productive and rewarding.

Should I Continue to Work Part-Time or Consult During Retirement?

While retirement is a time to escape the daily grind of work, one should consider if working part-time or consulting is in their best interest. A long career, in one field, can make one eminently qualified for highly part consulting or part-time work. And this added income can make retirement more comfortable and exciting.

Should I Move?

Many retirees prefer to sell their current home and move to a place more conducive to a retirement lifestyle. That can include moving to a beachfront condo, adult active community, or even seek something unique such as seeking out luxury mountain homes for sale. Retirement should be an opportunity to move to a fun, exciting, and desirable location.

Retirement should be a time to further develop yourself and explore your passions. And having a blueprint for a productive, protected, and active retirement will play a major role in the quality of this phase of life. Use the above questions to help make this unique phase of life both fruitful and rewarding.

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March 13, 2019

Tips for Helping Your Aging Parent Move into Their Senior Living Home

Filed under: Assisted Living,Downsizing,Seniors — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:38 am

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Courtesy of Elise Morgan

Moving your parents into an assisted living home is almost never going to be an easy process, and although there are many benefits to the transition, it’s inevitable that some aspects of the change will in one way or another upset them. Oftentimes, when being moved into a senior living home, parents may feel abandoned and believe that they are losing part of their identity.

Instead of having your parents feel as though they are ending the life they have always known, ensure them that they are moving into a new chapter of their lives and make the transition as smooth as possible with the following tips.

  1. Encourage Your Parents to Participate in Community Activities

Make the transition smooth and mitigate second-guesses from your parents by introducing them to the community and encourage them to participate in the home’smoving parent to senior home activities. This should be done both before the big move and after – helping your parents make friends and get to know their way around the community.

Assisted living communities have plenty of activities for your parents to participate in, and while not all may appeal to them, some may really grab your loved ones’ attention. When residents feel as if they have a place among the community, it is bound to help their outlook on the transition and even has the possibility of making the move a little bit easier.

  1. Make it Feel Like Home

This is where they will be living from now on, so make it feel like home. Not all assisted living homes have the idea of coziness in mind when designing the rooms, so be sure to bring over any items that can help with this. Some starter ideas to vamp up their new room for comfort is to sprinkle in family pictures and to add color to the walls with new paint or to the floor with a lovely rug. To maximize their bedroom for ultimate comfort, consider bringing in their old bed that they trust, or a new one that they will love instead of the typical assisted living mattress that is not typically designed for comfort. When you prioritize their home living space, your parents will start to recognize this as their new home in no time.

  1. Show Your Parents That They Did Not Lose Their Independence

It’s hard to not feel protective over your parents as they switch to a new home, but don’t feel that you need to be with them at all times during the move. In fact, this can actually hurt their progress, as excessive ‘handholding’ could inhibit your parent from successfully adjusting to their new home. Let your parents feel as if they still have control over their own life, and let them choose their own schedule, their own friends, and other decisions that are most important to them.

  1. Prepare Yourself for Bad Days

This transition is usually not going to be a walk in the park, so prepare yourself for your parents not taking to their new home immediately. You may experience some negative comments here and there, but remember that this is an important time in their lives and that this change is only to benefit them – not hurt them. Instead of taking these negative comments or feelings personally, document them and see them as an opportunity for places of improvement to their lifestyle down the road.

Just like any transition, it will take time to integrate your parents into their new home, but stay positive and know that this way they will lead a healthier and safer lifestyle.

  1. Remember – It Will Get Easier

Even though moving your parents into their assisted living home is difficult right now, know that it will not always be this way. Soon enough, your parents will start to get used to their new lifestyle, and the more that they are involved in the community and activities, the more likely it is that they actually begin to really love it. At the end of the day, remember that you made the right choice for this situation and that you did your best during this difficult time in everyone’s lives.

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March 4, 2019

Seniors in the City: 4 Ways to Prevent a Slip-and-Fall Injury

Filed under: Senior Safety — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:50 am

Seniors Fall Safety

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

For seniors, even a minor fall can have lasting consequences on mobility and comfort. Older adults typically have weaker bones, joints, and ligaments, which are more easily broken or strained from slip-and-fall incidents. It’s impossible to completely remove all the risks from daily life in the city, but there are a few effective strategies seniors can use to mitigate common hazards.

Stretch and Exercise Regularly

Senior citizens may not feel quite as energetic as they did in their youth, but even older adults can improve their health and reduce the risk of accidents by staying in shape. It’s a good idea to talk to a doctor and fitness specialist to find a safe routine for your current physical condition. A little bit of aerobic and strength-building exercise can make a lot of daily activities much easier.

Take Your Time and Ask for Help

It’s natural to desire independence and not rely on others for help, but this attitude can come at a high cost. Seniors shouldn’t hesitate to ask for assistance when appropriate, especially when disembarking vehicles, using stairs, or navigating uneven terrain. Rushing is also a sure-fire way to slip and fall, so take your time even if it means being a few minutes late.

Try Shoes with Traction

There are plenty of footwear options specifically designed for the needs of older adults. Getting walking shoes with a solid grip can make all the difference when it comes to preventing needless injury. Seniors also need to ensure their footwear fits properly to avoid complications with foot and ankle health.

Always Check the Ground

A confident, forward-looking stride is a good general practice, but it’s also wise to keep an eye on the ground, as well. Wet or icy surfaces are among the most hazardous for seniors, especially those with diminished balance from age-related issues. It’s usually best to avoid sidewalk and pavement that hasn’t been treated for snow or ice. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if going around treacherous terrain isn’t an option.

Seniors that stay in shape and tread carefully still run a risk of a serious slip-and-fall accident when they travel the city. Even if there’s something they could have done differently, the fault isn’t necessarily theirs. In cases where a property or business owner may be liable for the accident, some seniors turn to a lawsuit settlement funding company to access financial resources they need to press a compensation claim.

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March 1, 2019

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