Tagged with 'Health'

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

These are the last words that many of us want to hear, but the reality is that you can feel better and get a head start on that New Years resolution if you make a few small changes to your holiday celebrations. There’s no need to cut out all of the fun - enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a few cookies by the fire, by all means - but there are several ways to make sure you are taking care of yourself this holiday season. 

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Falls Prevention Awareness Week Starts Now!

Assuming that you’ve seen ads for pumpkin spice everything, you are well aware that Fall is officially here. Did you know, however, that the first week of Fall is also Falls Prevention Awareness Week? From September 23d to 29th, the National Council on Aging and organizations around the country educate and assist older adults to decrease their risk of falls. Read on to learn more about how you can prevent a fall without sacrificing your mobility.

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Taking Care of the Caregiver

When a loved one needs your care, it can be all too easy to dedicate yourself to meeting their needs. But in order to care for a loved one, you, the caregiver, need to take care of yourself, too. These four steps can help to keep you safe and healthy so you can care for your loved one.   

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Why to Pay Out of Pocket for Durable Medical Equipment

Health insurance was originally designed to make coping with healthcare costs – and the costs of the equipment that you need – easier. Over time, though, health insurance has become more complex, and the emergence of high-deductible plans often means that you’ll still need to pay significant amounts of money out-of-pocket.

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How Other Cultures Take Care of Their Elderly

Different cultures have different views, traditions, and methods of providing care for their elderly. From the use of assisted living facilities to the expectations of a family’s role as a parent ages, you’ll find some significant differences in care methods. Let’s take a look at the different approaches to senior care that are most common in three cultures.

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5 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying Medical Equipment Online

When you need to buy medical equipment, you may find that buying it online is the most practical option. When you buy medical equipment online, you often have a larger selection of products and sizes than you would see in a store. You may also be able to take advantage of prices that are lower than those offered in stores.

But when you shop online, it’s important to shop smart. Make sure that you find out the answers to these important questions before you buy medical equipment online.

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Age in Place or Move to Assisted Living: What’s the Best Decision for You?

It’s a decision that rarely has an easy answer. Should you age in place in your home or move to an assisted living facility? Most seniors face that question at some point in their lives. As you age, it’s likely that you may have increasing difficulty performing basic living functions. While you may want to stay in your home, it’s tempting to think that life may be easier with the support that comes from assisted living.

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Bedsore Prevention: 4 Tips to Avoid a Challenging Skin Condition

Limited mobility, whether temporary or permanent, can bring a host of different challenges. There are the practical and logistical difficulties of managing daily living activities, like getting dressed, using the restroom, and even feeding one’s self.

There are also the mental challenges that can arise. It’s difficult to lose some or all of your independence. You may have to rely on others for basic tasks. You may grow bored or even depressed by your inability to leave the house or even your bed. If you’re caring for a loved one with limited mobility, you might notice them becoming more withdrawn.

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