January 27, 2020

Step Past Your Joint Pain with These 4 Practices

Filed under: Mobility,Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 4:33 pm

By Anita Ginsburg

Joint pain and stiffness from arthritis can be daily challenges. While conventional treatments work to control inflammation and slow disease progression, there are natural therapies that can play an important role in how you feel.

Joint pain affects people of all ages, but it is most commonly seen in people over 65. While most physicians choose to treat joint pain with over-the-counter medications and alternative therapies, it’s important to find what works best for you. Oral medications can help, but they aren’t the only way to treat joint pain. Below are four ways to minimize your symptoms naturally.

Lose Weight

Weight loss is one of easiest and most effective ways to treat some forms of joint pain. Even an extra ten pounds adds undue stress on already tender joints. People suffering from osteoarthritis or other forms chronic pain may see a reduction in symptoms when they lose weight.

The best place to start is with your diet. Identify foods that contribute to weight gain and cut them out of your diet. Simply avoiding soft drinks and foods high in sugar can result in weight loss.

Topical Treatments

There are a lot of topical preparations to treat joint pain. Ice or heat therapy can help, and some people find that alternating both is helpful. There are also creams that can help. Topical treatments anesthetize the nerve endings in your skin, which can help minimize the ache.

Because CBD fights inflammation, CBD cream for arthritis pain can minimize joint stiffness. With some of CBD’s other benefits, you may also experience an alleviation of feelings of anxiety.

Physical Therapy

Physical and occupational therapy can also help reduce pain due to arthritis. Although painful in the moment, gentle movement can ease joint pain in the short term. Stillness or avoiding using the affected joints only exacerbates the issue. An occupational or physical therapist can teach gentle range of motion exercises and stretching, which you can do at home as well. Gentle massage can also be effective form of treatment.

Stay Active

Regular exercise does more than keep you slim. It also boosts flexibility and mobility. Even tiny calf pumps and arm circles can help keep your joints pliable. Try performing low-impact aerobic exercise, like walking.

You can also try yoga, which is good for both your body and mind. In yoga, you may also learn mindfulness and how to meditate. Both treatments can help reduce anxiety and the pain that goes along with it.

Living with chronic pain can take over your life. And while it’s easy to fall into thinking that you’ll never be pain free, that’s simply not true. There are things that can minimize joint pain and help you get back to living. Positivity thinking can do things modern medicine can’t.

Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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January 22, 2020

Are You A Veteran, But Aren’t Sure Where to Begin to Get Your Benefits?

Did you know that many Veterans and their families qualify for VA benefits, but do not seek those benefits because they feel overwhelmed by the process? Sometimes they do not realize what or if they qualify. There is so much paperwork and the entire process can seem daunting. However, there is good news! There is help that makes the process seamless and it’s free!

The National Association of Veterans and Families (NAVF) is a designated 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. NAVF’s mission is to help Veterans and their Families obtain the benefits they have earned and deserve. NAVF helps with specific issues Veterans and their surviving spouses encounter when applying for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Our NAVF team strives to eliminate the confusion and burden associated with obtaining the Veteran’s benefits.

NAVF specializes in helping qualified Veterans with a very specific benefit called VA Pension Plus Aid and Attendance, also known as A & A. This A & A benefit helps Veterans and their Families by making home care, assisted living and nursing home care more affordable. NAVF’s experience and understanding of the process have resulted in increased approvals for Veterans obtaining their A & A benefits. Our team of advocates, representing Veterans and their Families, helps with the entire process from document gathering through the application process to the final VA outcome.

Many Veterans and their spouses are unaware of their VA benefits. Too many give up because they are unable to successfully navigate the VA system. Often Veterans and their Family members attempt to apply to the VA on their own, resulting in the Veteran receiving a reduced benefit amount, delay in benefit or being wrongfully denied. NAVF works on behalf of these qualified Veterans doing all we can to get their benefits. NAVF’s experienced team members and simplified process have resulted in a 99% approval of claims submitted.

Working alongside of the Florida Veterans Foundation, a direct support organization to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, NAVF has increased outreach to aging Veterans thereby increasing VA monetary benefits. Currently, our joint efforts are realizing $10 million per month in benefits to aging Veterans in Florida.

NAVF will be scheduling educational workshops across Florida beginning in 2020. Please visit our website at www.NAVF.org  or call (904) 394-3908 for more exciting information including dates, times and locations of events!

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January 14, 2020

How Caregivers Can Protect Seniors from Phone and Internet Scams

Filed under: Finances,Senior Safety — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 2:56 pm

As a caregiver, you are committed to keeping the seniors in your life safe from harm. With an increasing number of scams targeting seniors, it is more important than ever to learn how to stay safe.

Seniors lose billions of dollars a year due to these scams and many of these cases are never reported due to embarrassment or shame.

Caregivers can help protect against scams by teaching seniors the warning signs. Every call or email should be scrutinized to make sure that it is legitimate.

Common Scams to Look Out For
There are a ton of phone and internet scams that target seniors. Remember scammers are professionals. They know just what to say and how to say it to convince you into doing something you would not normally do.

Here are some of the common scams to look out for and warn your seniors about.

  • Romance/Sweetheart scams: these scams use online dating sites or social media to trick seniors into a romantic relationship before asking them for money
  • Lottery/Sweepstakes scams: this involves an email or call that claims the person won something (a new car or money) or is the beneficiary of an inheritance, they are manipulated and coerced to believe taxes must be paid ahead of time to receive the funds
  • IRS scams: scammers pretend to be the IRS, Law Enforcement and FBI agents stating there is a warrant out for your arrest and ask for payment by gift cards or money transfers
  • Grandparent scams: this is a call from a scammer that claims your grandchild or family member is in trouble and asks for immediate payment to help them
  • Text Message or Voicemail scams: these scams may ask for personal information or leave threatening messages

Tips to Keep Seniors Safe
A good rule of thumb to live by is that if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. So make sure seniors know a sudden call or email which claims you’ve won money is likely a scam.

Scammers often set up fake social media accounts and take time to earn trust before they ask for money. Make sure seniors know they should never wire money, purchase gift cards, or send other expensive items to someone they don’t actually know, even if they have talked online.

Show seniors examples of phishing emails that mimic the IRS or Social Security Administration. Get them into the habit of checking every link before they click on them or open attachments, as they could be malicious. Also they should have the actual phone numbers of these important agencies so they can reach out directly with questions instead of responding to an unexpected email or call.

Make sure seniors know not to provide information via phone, especially a call which again they did not initiate themselves. It is always better to hang up and call the organization directly.

Being proactive about monitoring phone calls, emails, and text messages is the best way to prevent falling for a scam. If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a scam, report any concerns to your local law enforcement agency.

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January 8, 2020

Five Reasons All-Inclusive Senior Living Makes Sense

Sponsored by: Resort Lifestyle Communities

All-inclusive resorts have been around since the 1950s when the French-based Club Med introduced the concept to their guests. When people learned about the perks of an all-inclusive stay that would simplify vacation budgeting, the idea really took off. Since that time, countless vacation destinations, cruise ships, and even retirement communities have adopted the all-inclusive model.

For more than two decades, Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) has offered residents a luxurious, all-inclusive lifestyle that provides a relaxing and worry-free retirement. For many, financial considerations are a priority. Here are five reasons that all-inclusive living with RLC simply makes sense.

  1. Budget Simplicity

When your rent, utilities, meals, and entertainment are all covered with a single monthly cost, it’s much easier to map out your personal finances. You won’t have the fluctuating costs of heating and cooling your home, and you don’t have to pay for big-ticket surprises, like when your water heater fails or your dryer decides it’s had its last spin. Perhaps even more importantly, RLC’s all-inclusive monthly cost is transparent. No hidden fees! Some senior communities require a nonrefundable entrance or community fee, which is sometimes referred to as your “buy-in.” Because RLC values a worry-free lifestyle in every aspect of our business, they don’t charge buy-in fees or require you to sign a long-term lease.

  1. Effortless Healthy Eating

Meal planning, grocery shopping, and preparation can make getting three square meals a day tedious and time-consuming. With an all-inclusive lifestyle, you never have to cook unless you want to! RLC offers a signature Freedom Dining program that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, or a fine dining experience that mimics that of a luxury resort. Professional chefs provide three wonderful, nutritious meals each day, anytime you like. And if you need a snack in between meals, their 24-7 chef’s pantry is the place to go!

  1. Free Time to Celebrate Life

Time is one of life’s most valuable commodities. When activities or chores like cooking, cleaning, or maintaining a home are done for you, that means you have more time to spend on the things you enjoy most. You can invest in meeting new friends, trying new activities like yoga, taking up new hobbies, and sampling new foods from our executive chefs. The possibilities are endless! Some RLC residents have even joined Wii bowling leagues together.

  1. Quality Conveniences

Another benefit that’s somewhat unique to RLC is the quality of services you get for your money. Residents’ comfort, safety, and enjoyment are their top priority. In order to support residents in these ways, their all-inclusive pricing includes convenience amenities, like access to live-in managers, a 24/7 emergency alert system, concierge service, gourmet chefs, housekeepers, maintenance staff, a full-time lifestyle director, and so much more. The cost of acquiring these services outside of a senior community would far outweigh the cost of your all-inclusive monthly payment at an RLC community.

  1. Things Money Can’t Buy

All-inclusive living also offers things money can’t buy. The ability to keep your beloved pet, the many friendships you can create, the feeling of freedom from chores, and daily access to delicious food (that you don’t have to cook), are just a few. When you add it up, all of these benefits equal a life of ease with the freedom to do as much or as little as you want. So, go to that happy hour, try a new fitness class, take a trip to the mall with friends, or relax and take a nap. You can live your life to the fullest – and it’s all included!

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