February 12, 2018

Keeping Your Heart Healthy-February is American Heart Month

Filed under: boomer,SeniorLivingGuide.com,Seniors,Seniors Health — seniorlivingguide @ 4:25 pm

By: Darleen Mahoney

I could review the statistics of heart disease in America and the surprising fact that women are more prone to die from heart disease than men or that it is the leading cause of death over cancer. Yes, that’s right! Cancer!
“In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. In fact, coronary heart disease (CHD)—the most common type of heart disease—is the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States”. (https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-disease-women).

At the end of the day, the important facts that we need to know are how to help Seniors Heart Healthprevent heart disease in our everyday lives and the signs that we may be in “trouble” and need to seek medical attention.
Preventing heart disease can be challenging for those who are conditioned to living an unhealthy lifestyle based on their choices of food, alcohol, exercise, etc. Getting healthy doesn’t happen overnight and must become a way of living, not a short-term solution to a medical issue.

Healthy living choices to help prevent heart disease include:
● Eat healthy.
● Get active.
● Stay at a healthy weight.
● Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
● Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
● If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
● Manage stress.

Have you ever been surprised to hear that someone who was “perfectly healthy” died of a heart attack? The people close to that person said, “he was never diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, we all thought he was perfectly healthy. Who knew?” Everyone is shocked when this happens. This is because someone might not be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease until he or she has a heart attack, stroke, heart failure or angina. Therefore, watching for heart disease symptoms prior to a heart event is critical.

According to Mayo Clinic, (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353118), symptoms in men and women can be different. Men will more likely have chest pain, while women may experience chest pain/discomfort along with shortness of breath, nausea, and extreme fatigue.

Other symptoms may include:
● Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
● Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back

There are also various other symptoms for different types of heart disease:
● abnormal heartbeats (heart arrhythmia’s)
● heart muscle (dilated cardiomyopathy)
● valvular heart disease
● heart infections

In a nutshell, all these different types of heart disease have 3 symptoms in common and they are your keys to knowing that you need to seek medical attention right away. They are chest pains, shortness of breath, and fainting.
Heart disease can be treated more proactively when treated early on. Contacting your doctor to discuss your heart health concerns is being proactive in a longer, happier, healthier heart and life.

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January 29, 2018

Keeping Our Seniors Healthy Through Meal Delivery Options

Filed under: Meal Delivery for Seniors,SeniorLivingGuide.com,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 1:31 pm

By: Darleen Mahoney

Recently our website, SeniorLivingGuide.com, added a chat box. We decided to have a very hands on approach to this as we wanted to have our own team answering and interacting with our online visitors and we also wanted to have additional insight to what our visitors were looking for when visiting our website. Our online chats have been very eye opening in the inquiries that our online visitors need help with even beyond the scope of housing needs.

Meal delivery for Seniors has been a topic that our team has recently assisted in.

Why is this important to Seniors?meal delivery for seniors at home

Why are more seniors or their caregivers choosing delivery services for health reasons?

Some of the reasons would be out of necessity. They do not have the ability to prepare healthy meals due to their own health reasons or they are overwhelmed with caring for their spouse. Some choose to do so because they would like to take a more relaxing approach to the kitchen in their retirement years and do not want to sacrifice nutritional benefits.

What should be considered?

  • Diets– multiple health reasons can limit one’s diet options, choosing a delivery service that takes these seriously in their food prep, but still can provide tasty food would be ideal.
  • Affordability-Meal delivery may be a more affordable option than eating out. For some Seniors, there are also services such as Meals On Wheels mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
  • Taste– This is very important in choosing a delivery service, does it taste good? If not, continue looking at different options. There are many websites such as, momsmeals.com and www.diana-food.com , that may offer healthy solutions to meal delivery.

If meal delivery is not ideal, there may be other options for Seniors in receiving meals:

  • Senior Centers/Church-sometimes your local Senior Center or Church will offer meals, but they typically do not deliver. Transportation would be necessary, and the menu is not specialized to taste and dietary needs.
  • Mailed Food Services– There are so many of these being advertised that is can be overwhelming! Many of them still require plenty of time spent on food prep and may negate the whole purpose of food delivery and they can be expensive in the long run.

According to www.ncoa.org/economic-security/beneifts/food-and-nutrition/senior-nutrition/, “Giving your body the right nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight can help Seniors stay active and independent. Seniors will also spend less time and money at the doctor.”

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January 26, 2018

SeniorLivingGuide.Com Gives Back!

Filed under: Case Managers,SeniorLivingGuide.com,Social Workers — seniorlivingguide @ 10:56 am

By: Darleen Mahoney

SeniorLivingGuide.Com has a heart for the Social Workers and Case Managers that connect daily with our Seniors. We know how hard they work every day. We also know how unappreciated they may feel at times; therefore, we are celebrating them! It is our mission to let them know that they are valuable and appreciated. SeniorLivingGuide.Com sponsors 20 Annual Social Worker/Case Manager Appreciation Luncheon’s.  That’s right, there are 20 luncheons across 3 States.  These lunches happen once a year in 14 locations in Florida, 3 times in North Carolina and 3 times in Virginia. There will be multiple companies at this event to support them with valuable resources, a delicious meal and best of all, prizes! For more information and to register for this one-of-a kind event, visit www.eventinginc.com.  SeniorLivingGuide.Com extends a very profound thank you to all these folks for their hard work, tenacity, and tireless hours they spend on behalf of our seniors.

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