November 8, 2019

5 Tips for Dealing with Chronic Pain as a Senior

Filed under: Aging,Healthcare,Seniors Health — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 5:02 am

elderly pain management

By Lizzie Weakley

As we get older, our bodies may begin to require more care and might function less efficiently than when we were younger. After decades of wear and tear, our joints, muscles, and bones begin to ache from years of service. In addition, the older we get, the risk for a chronic illness increases, which may cause chronic pain or discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with this problem that are both practical and affordable. Check with your doctor before trying any of these tips.

Routine Exercise

Depending on your age and overall health, your doctor may give you approval for starting an exercise program. This can be done at home by watching an exercise program for persons whose circumstances, like age and health, are similar to yours. Alternately, the doctor may suggest joining a local YMCA or recreation center exercise class that meets at least weekly. Exercise can help to strengthen bones while making joints and muscles more limber. Systematic exercise also may stimulate the production of your body’s endorphins, which can ease pain and help you feel better. The immune system may also benefit and contribute to the reduction of inflammation.

Healthy Eating

Avoid inflammatory foods like sugar, and for some, white flour or gluten, may ease physical discomfort. Weight reduction for obese persons can take extra pounds off of the body frame, also reducing physical discomfort. Certain foods or a specific eating plan may be suggested by your doctor or a nutrition specialist to ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs to function efficiently, which may in turn lessen physical pain.

Relaxation

If you are a busy person with chronic pain, it may be a good idea to spend some time each day relaxing and escape stress temporarily. Taking a short nap or enjoying nature in the back yard or at the park provides a break from your daily routine, which also have a positive effect on chronic pain levels.

Medical Pain Management

Your GP may provide a referral to pain management doctors who can treat your discomfort from a medical perspective. With many treatment options to choose from, there is a good chance they can find ways to make you feel more comfortable. Pain management experts have the skills and knowledge needed to assist with chronic pain issues.

There is no need to suffer pain in silence. Try tips like these to get your pain under control so you can enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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October 25, 2019

Always on the Go: Maintain Your Mobility as You Age

Filed under: Aging,Mobility,Seniors Health — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 5:04 am

Seniors maintaining mobility

By Anita Ginsburg 

Unfortunately, our bodies tend to become weaker, frailer and less agile as time goes on. As a result, we become slower and our reflexes aren’t as sharp. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be this way. There are plenty of ways to keep your body in top form. Granted, this isn’t something that will magically happen nor will it happen overnight. Keep reading for tips on maintaining mobility as you age.

Eat a Nutritional Diet

Having a nutritional, well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to maintain mobility. In fact, one of the most common reasons why our bodies deteriorate is because of a poor diet. Constantly eating things that are high in fat, sugar and preservatives is not healthy, especially for older people.

In fact, we can start to lose muscle mass as early as the age of 30. Make sure to incorporate a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts into your diet every day. A good way to stay on track is to fill your plate with at least 70 percent fruits and veggies and 30 percent protein.

Manage Your Weight

Eating a healthy diet is beneficial, however, it won’t mean much if you’re overweight. Being overweight not only makes moving harder, it’s also really detrimental to your health. Being overweight is proven to cause health problems such as diabetes, which requires an ongoing medical supply of insulin. As such, it is important that you do everything in your power to maintain a healthy weight.

Exercising is one of the best ways to maintain your mobility while keeping your body healthy. Exercise is also good for our joints. Our joints become more vulnerable to injuries and damage due to the lack of synovial fluid and the cartilage becoming thinner. If you need equipment to help you stay on your feet longer for walks or errands, visit a local medical supply. While it’s important to move around as much as you can, don’t push your body past its limits by ignoring mobility tools available to you.

Take Vitamins

It is essential that everyone consumes the necessary amount of vitamins every day. However, everyone is different and may not be able to consume certain foods or drinks to do so. This is where vitamins come in. You can get vitamins through your local pharmacy or have them prescribed by your doctor. Vitamins are especially essential for people who have certain deficiencies.

Lacking the proper mobility can affect more than our physical health. It also affects our well-being. We might start to lose interest in hobbies, become depressed and we even start to isolate ourselves. Maintaining your mobility will certainly help prevent any of the above-mentioned issues from happening. Make an effort every day to follow these tips and you just might feel like you’re a teen again.

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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October 16, 2019

Winter Blues: How The Season Affects Senior Sleep

Filed under: Aging,Seniors,Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:29 am

Sleep for Seniors

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the Winter Blues, affects millions of people every year. A form of depression that occurs at the same time every year, with symptoms diminishing when Spring weather arrives, the likelihood of a SAD diagnosis increases as we age — and seniors who are housebound are especially at risk.

One of the most frustrating aspects of SAD is that it often mimics the symptoms of other illnesses. Seniors exhibiting symptoms of the Winter Blues have been diagnosed with everything from thyroid problems to mononucleosis, often because they don’t make the connection between their symptoms appearing every year and improving with the weather, and because the disruption to their sleep cycles, mood, and behavior is so extreme. For that reason, it’s important for seniors and their caregivers to understand the symptoms of SAD, so they can help ensure a correct diagnosis and the right treatment.

Understanding The Winter Blues

For many people, just the thought of Winter is enough to bring them down. The idea of being stuck inside, with short days, freezing temperatures, and mountains of snow and ice outside, isn’t always appealing. Winter weather can disrupt your usual routine, preventing you from visiting with friends or taking your daily stroll, which can lead to sadness.

It’s not just the disappointment and boredom that can come with Winter weather that causes, SAD, though. Although researchers aren’t certain of the exact cause, it’s believed that the disorder is due to changes in the amount of natural light exposure during the Winter season. The shorter days and longer nights, and in northern climates, the changes in the angle of sunlight, are disruptive to natural circadian rhythms, or the sleep-wake cycle. This disruption disrupts the body’s production of serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood. Without enough natural sunlight each day, serotonin levels fall, causing symptoms of depression — and significant changes to the sleep cycle.

SAD and Sleep

Although SAD causes many of the classic symptoms of depression — withdrawal, changes in appetite, changes in mood, loss of interest in activities — but changes to sleep patterns are some of the most common. The Winter Blues can cause increases in sleep for seniors, especially during the day, but it can also contribute to insomnia.

Many of these sleep changes are attributable to the changes in ambient light during the day. The human body is naturally attuned to the cycle of day and night. When that cycle changes, and there is more darkness than light or vice versa, the sleep-wake cycle is disrupted. This is only exacerbated by the natural tendency for circadian rhythms to chance as we get older. In general, as we age, we become sleepier earlier in the day, and wake up earlier in the day. But when the sun starts going down at 3 p.m., as it does in some northern climates, that could mean a very early bedtime for some people.

One of the most interesting aspects of the effect of SAD and sleep is the fact that many people report symptoms of insomnia during the Winter, when in fact, they don’t have insomnia at all. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that people with SAD often report that they have insomnia, when they are in fact getting just as much sleep as usual. The difference? They typically spend more time in bed, because the seasonal changes cause them to spend up to four hours a day more resting than usual. The perception is that this extra time resting is insomnia — or sleeping to excess — when in fact they’re getting the same amount of actual sleep as usual.

Still, the fact that the Winter Blues can have such an effect on sleep patterns is cause for concern. There are things you can do, though, to support better sleep during the Winter, and reduce the effect of SAD.

Supporting Healthy Sleep 

Encouraging healthy sleep for any age during the Winter months is important for maintaining overall well-being, but it’s especially important for older adults. It’s possible to reduce the symptoms of SAD and improve sleep with a few changes to the daily routine.

    • Consider investing in a “happy light.” Using a special, full-spectrum lamp for a short time every day can help regulate the circadian rhythms and improve mood.
    • Start the day with some exercise. Exercising each day is a key part of healthy sleep. Take a short walk outdoors in the morning if possible, or do a simple indoor workout during bad weather.
    • Practice good sleep hygiene. Create a sleeping area that’s conducive to sleep: Dark, cool, and comfortable. Establish a bedtime routine to encourage sleep; for instance, go to bed at the same time every night, take a warm bath, read, or use specific lotions to indicate it’s time for bed.

 

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol intake.

 

  • Avoid long afternoon naps. If you need to rest, only sleep for 20-30 minutes.
  • Talk with your doctor. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or trouble sleeping, your doctor can help by recommending lifestyle changes, further testing to rule out other issues, or prescribing medication.

The good news about the Winter Blues is that they are temporary, and when Spring comes, the symptoms will disappear. There’s no need to suffer in the meantime though. Understanding what’s happening and taking steps to get plenty of sleep can help alleviate the effects and keep you healthy all season long.

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October 12, 2019

4 Solutions to Soothe Arthritic Pain

Filed under: Aging,Mobility,Seniors Health — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 8:41 am

Arthritis in Senios

By Anica Oaks

Arthritis is a name given to a large group of degenerative and painful conditions. They’re all similar in the fact that they are marked by inflammation in the joints of the body. This condition results in pain and stiffness for seniors. Here are four solutions that can help to soothe away your arthritic pain at home.

Hot and Cold Therapy

While this may not seem like a big treatment, it’s very effective for arthritic-related pain. Opt for a long, warm bath or shower in the morning. This will reduce stiffness in the joints. Even a heated blanket or heating pad utilized at night can allow your joints to stay loose the next morning. Reserve cold treatments for relieving the joint swelling and inflammation when it gets to its worst.

Compression Sleeves

You can typically find compression sleeves at your local pharmacy. They will likely have all sorts of sleeves including ones for ankle compression, elbow compression, knee compression, and so forth. The concept behind this type of treatment is that it applies a mild compression to the area that regularly receives inflammation. The compression helps to reduce the amount of inflammation that occurs, which translates to less arthritic pain for you.

Low-Impact Exercise

While your first instinct may be not to move the painful joints, you must reconsider. Low-impact movement can help to loosen up the muscles around the joints. This provides less possibility of inflammation around the joints. You’ll notice that the irritated joints will be more flexible and have less pain when you move them. If you have access to a pool, then doing any sort of exercise in the water is considered low-impact for your joints.

Massage Therapy

Regular massaging of the joints that get inflamed can help to reduce the amount of inflammation in the future. This results in less pain and stiffness for you. With regular massage, you’ll get an improved range of motion that can allow you to be more mobile throughout your everyday life. Talk with a physical therapist about self-massage techniques that you can use for your specific arthritic-related pain.

Relieving arthritic pain doesn’t always have to be done with medication. Rather, the above are some very effective treatment solutions that you can utilize at home to alleviate your pain. Be sure to try various treatment solutions to see which ones your body best responds to and stick with those in the future to help manage your arthritic pain.

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September 23, 2019

5 Ways to Help Seniors Live More Comfortably at Home

Filed under: Aging,Seniors Health — seniorlivingguide @ 5:08 am

Comfortable Living for SeniorsBy Anita Ginsburg

With more home health care options currently available for aging seniors, many elders are choosing to live out their golden years at home rather than at an assisted living facility or nursing home. Family members who help to care for an older relative or who check in on seniors who live alone are often the best caregivers for them, as they know the senior’s personality and preferences and will lovingly provide suitable, loving care. Here are five ways to assist aging loved ones in living comfortably in their own home.

Make Frequent Well-Being Checks

If your elderly family member is able to live alone, stop by or call frequently to check on their health and safety. You may want to provide transportation to doctor appointments or other meetings if the senior is unable to drive. Knowing that you will be checking in periodically can be reassuring to an older person living alone.

Assist with Nutritious Meals

Even if your aging loved one can cook, cooking for one person can feel like a chore, so it is a nice gesture to take over a home-cooked meal now and then. Help your relative cook larger batches of food that can be frozen for future meals. You can also have occasional meals delivered or take your relative out to dinner sometimes.

Arrange for Comfortable Bedding

Everyone wants a comfortable bed, but it gets even more important as a person gets older. Quality rest is important for good health. No matter what their needs, you can find a bed that will help your loved one get the rest they need. If they need to stay in bed for long periods of time or if they struggle with back pain, you may consider contacting an adjustable bed supplier. Adjustable beds can relieve back strain and can help your loved one sit up in bed easily without having to fluff pillows or readjust constantly. If you senior has specific needs, you may also look into getting a bed outfitted with hand rails, elevation options, and wheels for mobility.

Organize Social Activities

Staying in touch with other people is important for protecting seniors’ mental health and emotions. Encourage your loved one to join a Bingo group or to take up a hobby, and offer to be the chauffeur to these events. You can also help them organize a social event for them and their friends. Social media may also help aging people to stay in touch with friends and family members they may have lost contact with or who they may no longer be able to travel and visit.

Monitor Health Conditions

Even when things appear to be going smoothly, keep an eye on your loved one’s health and take note of any suspicious new symptoms. Undue fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, extra sleep, and reduced interest in visitors or communication may be signs of a mental health or physical health condition that needs to be medically evaluated. If an older person inexplicably acts differently than usual, it is probably worth getting it checked out by the doctor.

Older people appreciate the opportunity of living in their own homes as long as possible, but that doesn’t mean they need to be alone. Follow tips like these to ensure their comfort and guard their health.

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July 26, 2019

5 Tips for Handling Back Pain that Every Senior Should Know About

Filed under: Aging,Healthcare,Seniors Health — Tags: , , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:44 am

Back Pain Management for Adults
By Lizzie Weakley

Don’t let consistent back pain slow you down. As soon as you notice discomfort in your upper or lower back, take steps to reduce it so that you can return to your normal life.

Get More Sleep

A healthy night of sleep will actually increase your pain tolerance for the next day. As you get older, it’s easy to start sleeping only a few hours a night. If your pain is bothering you, add a few more hours; you might notice a significant difference.

On the note of sleep, make sure that you’re sleeping on a quality mattress. Firm mattresses offer significantly more support than soft ones and can keep your back in a healthy position.

Stay Active

Just like any part of your body, your back muscles need exercise to be strong. Even if your pain is acting up, attempt to fit in a little exercise each day. Go for walks to keep your lower back muscles active. If you live in a community that offers activity programs join in! Use gentle stretches to slowly strengthen weakened areas. Find a sport or an activity that keeps you moving without putting you through undue stress.

If you aren’t sure about any physical activity, check with your doctor. They may have suggestions specific to your unique physical condition.

Visit a Chiropractor

Back pain can be caused by many different factors. A chiropractic clinic, such as Burman Chiropractic Clinic PC, will be able to assess your pain and offer specific forms of advice.

Most chiropractors can help you immediately relieve your pain through massage or other treatments. They can also make sure you’re standing in a healthy posture, give exercise recommendations, and suggest specific forms of physical therapy.

Use Heat and Cold Intelligently

An ice pack will help you with immediate bouts of pain. The ice will numb the surrounding nerves and reduce inflammation. Use ice for about 20 minutes, then give the nerves in that area a rest.

Heat is used to relax muscles. Consistent heat therapy can reduce tension in a specific area. Try applying a hot pad to your back each night. You can also take a hot shower or soak in the tub. Don’t keep heat on an area for extended periods of time; if you feel uncomfortably warm, take a break and reapply the heat later on.

Buy a New Pair of Shoes

Your shoes dictate your posture throughout the day. Old or worn-down shoes could be the source of your back pain.

Find a pair of shoes that fit well and move the pressure away from your back. Different people have completely different posture needs, so talk to your doctor or chiropractor for specific recommendations.

Address your back pain as soon as you notice it. Your problem may be correctable with medical attention or simple lifestyle changes. If you maintain your health and exercise consistently, you will notice a significant reduction in the pain that you experience.

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July 19, 2019

How to Ask for Help in Your Golden Years

Filed under: Aging,Aging in Place,Home Health Care,Seniors — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 3:49 pm

How to Ask for Help in Your Golden YearsBy Anica Oaks

You may have heard the saying, “Grow old gracefully,” but there are many changes that occur as you move beyond middle age and into your golden years. Your 60s, 70s and beyond will be filled with various psychological and physical changes and challenges. Asking for help can make you feel weak, but you aren’t. It’s a sign of strength and self-awareness to recognize when you can no longer do something on your own.

Understand How Age Changes Things

You were probably taught from an early age that it’s important to be independent. Asking for help can make us feel like we’ve failed somehow, and you may worry that you’ll look weak and be a burden to your loved ones.

Getting older comes with some inevitable changes, and it’s important to accept these facts rather than try to go against them. Your health may decline, or you might have to live with a health condition like arthritis. You may also be dealing with feelings of loneliness and isolation now that your children are grown. If you are widowed, then facing the rest of your life by yourself can trigger deep feelings of sadness that may turn into depression.

Recognize What You Need

Are you physically struggling to get around like you used to? Maybe going up the stairs is too painful or strenuous now. Perhaps you have emotional needs that aren’t being met, but you don’t want to bother people by calling them up just to talk.

Maybe you notice some health symptoms that weren’t there before; do you have frequent chest pains, feel dizzy or have become more forgetful than you used to be? It’s natural to want to ignore these things and write them off, but getting help early can make you happier and protect your well-being.

Finding the Right Resources

The last thing you may want to do is move into a care home, but they are not all like hospitals or filled with sick seniors. Instead, there are many retirement villages and facilities that offer round-the-clock assistance while still giving you plenty of space and independence.

For those who do not have any close family or friends they can reach out to, exploring elderly home care options can make you feel empowered and give you the help you need. Make sure that you are vocal about everything that’s bothering you; it’s possible for loneliness, sadness and even fear of the future to make us come off as cold and distant.

Don’t allow yourself to become closed off from the world. As you progress through the next stage of your life, be open to asking for help, receiving love and being in the presence of others as much as you can.

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July 17, 2019

A Guide to Treating Chronic Pain for Seniors

Filed under: Aging,Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 3:17 pm

Chronic Pain for SeniorsBy Lizzie Weakley

Your chronic pain condition doesn’t need to run your entire life. Try these tips to find relief and enjoy more of your daily activities.

Get More Exercise

Regular exercise will strengthen your muscles and keep your body in a better overall condition. Even a small amount of movement each day will help you manage your pain.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, start with simple stretches and a daily walk. Consider enrolling in an exercise class geared toward seniors. Your health care professional will be able to recommend specific exercises that strengthen the area where you experience the most pain.

Look for Natural Alternatives

NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin are good to use in a pinch, but they can have complicated effects with other medications. Extended use of NSAIDs can also result in stomach problems in the long term.

Look for natural forms of pain relief like herbal teas, heating pads, and ice packs. Cold should be used to ease immediate pain, and heat should be used to loosen muscles. You can also try acupuncture, massage, and other treatments to find relaxation.

Seek Regular Treatment

You aren’t expected to manage your pain alone. Many different chronic pain services are available to help you find a long-term solution. Start by talking to your doctor about the options available to you. You might also want to visit a specialist related to your condition.

Don’t let yourself go without treatment. Some cases of pain are truly chronic, but others can be solved with medical care. Pain doesn’t always stem from an obvious source; only a doctor can identify and treat the actual cause of your discomfort.

Get Plenty of Sleep

A full night’s sleep has been shown to significantly increase your tolerance to pain. Adding two hours of sleep to your current schedule could increase your tolerance by as much as 25%.

As a senior, getting enough sleep isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Your chronic pain might even keep you from falling asleep at night. Clear your schedule so that you can sleep in a little later in the morning. You might also consider taking naps in the middle of the day. You’ll feel significantly better when you wake up.

Many seniors only sleep 4-6 hours a day. For pain management, try to average 8 hours; shoot for 10 if your pain is bothering you. If you continually deal with insomnia, your doctor may be able to prescribe a sleep aid to assist you.

There’s no single solution for the management of chronic pain. Your pain specialist may recommend several different treatments; try each option, and stick with the ones that work best for you.

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July 5, 2019

Best Recreation Spots And Activities for Seniors

Filed under: Aging,Entertainment,Senior Activities,Seniors Recreation — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 9:22 am

By Michael Feldman

Do you think your ideas of keeping your elderly family members are lacking the spark? Or you are a senior person yourself and you are on the lookout for ideas to stay happy and engaged. If you are nodding your head in a Yes, you must not stop here and keep reading ahead to get your hands on some amazing ideas for the best recreation spots for senior family members.

Our elder citizens need our love and time the most since they are stuck at home and have little to do with recreation. If you are caught up in your daily routine and cannot spare some time to spend with them, then you should check out these recreation spots and ideas to ensure that they have a good time while you are busy elsewhere.4 senior women

Here is a list of top out-of-the-box ideas that you can pick every time you want to do something special for your elderly loved ones:

  1. Wine Tasting
  2. Mini Golf
  3. Gardening
  4. Arts and Crafts Work
  5. Karaoke
  6. Trivia Night
  7. Family Movie Date
  8. Senior Exercise
  9. Sauna Bathing
  10. Bird Watching
  11. Amusement Park
  12. Storytelling Groups
  13. Pet Care Training
  14. Charity Walks
  15. Swimming
  16. Massage Date
  17. Cooking Competition

Wine Tasting

Your beloved parent or grandparent has spent his/her lifetime drinking wine and they can definitely tell a classic wine from an ordinary one. Plan a wine tasting session and see what are some of the best choices you can stock at home for regular usage as well as for special events. Add a little twist to the wine tasting session and gift them the one they like the most.

Mini Golf

You really want your grandpa to re-live his golf playing joyous moments from his youth but the golf parks are far away to be his routine. Snap! Bring mini golf to your home garden. Keep them healthy and involved with a sense of appreciation to green elements.

Gardening 

Bring a lot of new greens to your home, regardless you have a decent landscape area or not. Remember to choose easy-to-manage vegetables and fruits to grow at home, and always offer to help them keep the plants alive. Connection with Mother Nature and seeing the fruitful results of their gardening skills is a fulfilling idea. Later, also arrange a special dinner date with the home-grown vegetables or fruits.Gardening with Seniors

Arts and Crafts Work 

Bring easy-to-manage artwork for their activities at home or enroll them in group activities. Let them flow with whatever they want to paint or decorate, let the artist come out and shine. Keep collecting these masterpieces and then also arrange an exhibition on the family reunion day. For everything they make, show a lot of appreciation to keep them happy and stay connected to ask what they are making next.Arts and Crafts with Seniors

Karaoke 

Elders with a mobility issue or health restraints need activities which require less physical effort. So, sit with them and let them sing their hearts out. Join them by arranging a Karaoke night with neighbors or family members. Join them to listen to the best numbers from their times; enjoy a merger of modern and ancient music tastes in one single night.

Trivia Night 

Family gatherings are always the best source of recreation. Make it a habit; let your children see what you do with your parents or grandparents and they will learn how you expect to be honored when you are old. Trivia night are an engaging and entertaining piece of activity where the whole family gets a chance to spend a quality night together. Let the elderly people test you and benefit you with their knowledge.

Family Movie Date 

Elderly family members often wish to be part of your active social routine, not just being limited to the activities they can perform on their own. They want to feel young and cherish family moments. Gather everyone and take them out for a movie date. Make sure the sofas are comfy and you get them a good glass of beer along with a good bunch of fellows.

Senior Exercise

Importance of staying active for the elderly can hardly be overstated. But at times, they just don’t feel like getting out of their comfort zone or some physical discomfort may be inclining them to stay glued to their chair. Chairs! No worries go for some on-chair exercises. You will get a lot of ideas from online videos. Grab a handful of relevant videos and when they wish to remain in their comfy chairs, let them be.Exercise with Seniors

Sauna Bathing 

Want an exotic recreational activity for your grandparents or parents but have no time to plan anything out of the place? Boom! Get a hot tub at home or take them to a sauna where they can rejuvenate. Hot baths are not just an exotic experience, they come with so many health benefits as well. So you can have dual benefits in one source of joy.

Bird Watching 

Appreciate their love for nature and arrange some bird watching trip. Get your children to join along and make sure they get a fair chance to appreciate the Mother Nature for those beautiful creatures. Let the old and young enjoy the masterly flights of birds in the open air or take them to an aviary to see some creatures they have never seen up close.

Amusement Park 

Who says amusement parks are only for children? Take elderly fellows to amusement parks and amuse them with technological advancement. Let their inner child feel comfortable to enjoy some special treatment. Serve their favorite flavor of ice-cream they were fond of since childhood. Recreate the best childhood memories you have with them when they took you out to these amusement parks.

Storytelling Groups 

Our elderly people have had their fair share of life experiences and learnings. They could be a great source of learning and mentorship to our children based on these lifelong lessons. Plan group activities for them to share their life stories with others.

Pet Care Training 

Pets are the most loyal partners when it comes to staying with elderly family members. They take care of each other given they have proper training and communication. Get both partners into training of better living. After all they spend most part of the day together, it’s important for a healthy relationship.

Charity Walks

Elderly often miss being socially active and being a reason for improving the lives of others. Take them to charity causes; let them be a part of the social and noble causes for the sake of humanity. This brings back their sense of responsibility and gives them a chance to see their contribution in this world.

Swimming 

The community pool is yet another source of networking as well as a healthy leisure activity for our home-stuck elders. Put them into learning classes and let them get the benefit of both social and healthy lifestyle. Where swimming is considered a joyous activity, it comes with known health benefits for arthritis or blood pressure patients.

Massage Date

Don’t feel like exerting any effort into physical activities because you had a tough week at work, get a massage and take your grandpa or grandma along with you. Spa massages are the most relaxing and soothing recreational treats one can get (or two can get). Take a drink along and enjoy your spa talk with an invigorating spa experience.

Cooking Competition

Loving families are the ones who cook together not just eat together. It helps you to work on your family bond and teamwork alongside. A happy date idea is a family cooking together; get your tailgate grill and set out for an outdoor BBQ, what a treat it would be!

Make teams and let the elderly ones be the judge to decide who won this year’s family cooking competition. If they don’t feel like just sitting and tasting at the end, bring them in your team of cooks as head chef.

By now, you must be planning your next family day to fit in one of these recreational activities to rekindle the family spirit. Bring the best of the leisure time for them to feel the connection and family bond. Let them know they are special and you are there when they need someone to lift them up from their boring lifestyle. If so, here is what you must consider:

  1. Take their input, at the end of the day you want to make them happy so ask them what they feel like doing.
  2. Plan ahead of the day and make sure you stick to it.
  3. Do not rush activities, they have been waiting, so make sure it is worth it. Spare some time at the end as well; do not make them feel that you are in a hurry to get done with it.
  4. Make sure their health and enjoyment go side by side, focusing on just one side will not serve the purpose.
  5. Have expert advice, always make sure you consult with their physician before putting them into any sort of physical activities.
  6. Take their feedback before planning the next one. Happy Seniors

So what are you waiting for? Start jotting down the to-do list for your next elderly day out or at-home recreational sessions. If you have some other ideas to share, please share as a comment with others who are on the lookout for ideas.

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June 24, 2019

4 Options to Keep Aging Teeth Healthy

Filed under: Aging,Healthcare,Seniors Health — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 10:21 am

Seniors Dental Care

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

It used to be an accepted part of life that people would need dentures when they reached a certain age. However, dentures are no longer inevitable today. Taking proper care of your teeth can keep them in good shape for many years to come. If you want to maintain a full set of pearly whites as you age, here are four options to keep your teeth in your mouth and off the nightstand.

Orthodontics

Braces aren’t just for teenagers anymore. If you missed out on straightening your teeth as a child or have teeth that have relapsed from previous treatment, orthodontic treatment can align your teeth and improve your bite. Teeth that are straight and aligned last much longer than teeth with crowding, which makes it difficult to clean them thoroughly, or malocclusions that cause wear and tear on the tooth’s surface.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth often lead to more missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, the jawbone becomes weaker and surrounding teeth begin to loosen and shift. Protect the rest of your teeth by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Implants can even be installed on teeth that have been missing for years. Unlike dentures, implants replace the tooth down to the root, which strengthens the jaw and helps to keep existing teeth in place.

Root Canals and Crowns

A damaged or abscessed tooth doesn’t automatically mean an extraction. Many teeth can be saved with root canal treatment and a crown. It might be tempting to save money in the short term by having a tooth pulled instead of getting a root canal, but that savings today will cost you in the future when the surrounding teeth begin to loosen.

Periodontal Care

Gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss. If you want to keep your natural teeth, it’s important to stay on top of gum care. Twice-yearly cleanings are essential for keeping your gums healthy, but sometimes aging and illness can cause periodontal disease despite good care. Prompt treatment, such as a gum graft or laser treatment, from a gum specialist called a periodontist can save your gums and your teeth.

Although these four options can help keep your aging teeth healthy and prevent tooth loss, regular visits to your dentist are the most important factor in keeping your teeth healthy at any age. Make an appointment today to get a cleaning and checkup and to learn more about retaining your smile into your golden years.

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