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Easy At-Home Exercises for Seniors

A healthy, balanced body can be obtained at home with no expensive accessories. You’ll need loose, comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes and a chair. Cans of vegetables or water bottles can double for weights. Healthy balanced bodies need three things: flexibility, balance and strength. Easy at-home exercises for optimal health should include these plus aerobic exercise like walking or swimming four times per week for about 30 minutes. Ask your doctor if exercise is safe for you. Some diseases or health problems actually benefit from exercise, in addition to improving brain function and mood. Balance Before you exercise, stretch your body.
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What is a Power of Attorney?

Virtually everyone has heard of the term power of attorney or POA before. Even so, a lot of individuals don’t fully understand what the term means. Usually, understanding of POA comes into focus after a family member needs additional help due to what could be a variety of personal limitations. Power of attorney is written permission that allows one individual to help another who can no longer take care of crucial issues of life on their own. In understanding the relationship that results from a power of attorney there is a name given to both the person receiving help and
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Room By Room: Easy Tips to Making Your Home Safer for Seniors

The thought of taking on the project of making your home safer for seniors living with you may seem overwhelming. But tackling it in small room-by-room steps may be easier than you think. Bathroom: Install grab bars in the bathtub/shower and around the toilet. Also add traction to the tub with non-stick decals at the bottom. Add a raised toilet seat if the current one is too low. Lay a bathmat down that doesn’t move when stepped on. Turn the water heater down to 120 degrees or below to avoid accidental burns. Add nightlights for nightly visits to the bathroom.
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How do You Know When Your Loved One Needs Assisted Living?

The idea that a parent or an older relative is no longer able to live safely at home alone can be difficult to contemplate. However, there are signs that you should look out for that can indicate it may be time to consider the options that are offered by an assisted living facility. Noticeable Changes in Personal Care and Hygiene Habits If your loved one is unable to properly manage his or her personal grooming, there will be a noticeable change in his or her physical appearance. After an extended time of not bathing regularly and not cleaning his or
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4 Home Remedies for Joint Pain

Modern medicine has accomplished some amazing things. A century ago, people wouldn’t have dreamed that life-extending procedures like organ transplants would ever be possible. Other procedures, like hip replacements, eliminate pain and improve the quality of life. Increased mobility results in greater independence and an increased sense of self-sufficiency.  Despite many positive contributions, such as penicillin, home remedies for common ailments associated with aging, such as joint pain, are still often superior to modern pharmaceuticals. One reason for this is that many of them have potentially harmful side effects, and another is the potential for negative drug interactions with other
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A Senior’s Guide To A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult at any age. For seniors, getting older can present new challenges in falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. Sleeping problems for seniors can be caused by decreasing physical activity, illness or medications, developing sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea, or naturally changing circadian rhythms. Insufficient sleep can cause seniors to be more tired during the day, which can lead to irritability, isolation, and even physical health problems.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve the length and quality of your sleep as a senior: 1. Associate The Bedroom With Sleep And Comfort It’s important to train your
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What Kinds of Assisted Living Care Options are Available?

Assisted living care options can vary greatly. In this article we will discuss your options to give your loved one the most appropriate care he or she may need. We start with a basic question: How much support does your senior need?  There are communities, facilities, and programs available for every level of care. Senior Independent Living Communities These are designed for highly independent seniors who don’t have serious medical issues.  Typically, these communities offer well-furnished apartments, numerous social events, and group outings.  Residents can, if needed, arrange for room cleaning and one or more meals a day provided in
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What is Memory Care?

As we get older, our bodies show the signs of age, our skin wrinkles, arthritis sets in, eyesight declines. The mind ages as well and we have trouble remembering where we left the keys, our glasses and important dates. Unfortunately, the mind can also age in a fashion that changes a loved one’s personality and important memories that make them who they are. Severe types of heartbreaking memory loss conditions cannot be checked with new reading glasses or skin creams. Families must to find ways to deal with a loved ones condition and finding a community that can help with
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Skilled Nursing or Assisted Living: How to know which is the right place for one you love.

When you are responsible for helping a loved one get the care that he or she needs, you want to make sure you know what you are looking for and what will be the right fit for the one you love. This is not an easy decision to make. Let’s look at the difference between the two, so you’ll know what’s right. Assisted Living Facilities are retirement communities that provide amenities and support to our aging loved ones. They have caring staff that provides onsite services that the aging may no longer be able to do for themselves. This includes
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