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5 Misconceptions About a Power Of Attorney

December 03, 2018 in: Senior Health,

It is extremely painful to watch your parents become ill. If your parent is becoming mentally incapacitated, or the condition is terminal, they may want to give someone the right to handle their financial and medical dealings. This is where a power of attorney comes in.

What Is A Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document allowing a person, called a principal, to appoint an agent to act on their behalf and in their best interests in the event the principal becomes seriously injured or mentally incompetent.

However, there are a lot of myths and misconception about a power of attorney.

Meditation for seniors in Assisted Living - Phoenix AZ

November 19, 2018 in: Senior Health,

Meditation is a practice originating from the most ancient civilizations in the world. From the Vedas in primordial India to the Taoist China, meditation has long been around for thousands of years. Today, it is a staple part of Yoga exercises.

Since meditation is extremely beneficial, physically and mentally, it is now recommended for people of all ages, especially seniors in assisted living.

The Importance of Healthy Gut Bacteria for Seniors in Assisted Living – Phoenix AZ

November 12, 2018 in: Senior Health,

In the human gut lives an entire community of microorganisms, belonging to a vast variety of different species. There are thousands of bacteria and fungi inside our intestines, which differ from each other more than an elephant does from an ant.

Health experts say a healthy balance of gut bacteria is essential to healthy aging, as an unhealthy mix can lead to obesity, depression, diabetes, and autoimmune disease.

Therefore, as you age, it becomes more important for you to take care of your gut microbiome to ensure a long, healthy life.

Best Yoga Poses for Seniors in Assisted Living

November 05, 2018 in: Senior Fitness, Senior Health,

Yoga is a healthy practice of mind and body that helps you defy age! From a 5-year-old child to a 95-year-old man, anyone can do yoga and benefit from its effects. While yoga is beneficial for people of all age groups, it offers a distinct set of advantages to older adults. If you are a senior in assisted living, performing yoga daily can help you stay healthy and age gracefully.

Why Do Seniors Need Flu Shots?

September 10, 2018 in: Senior Health,

After 65 years of age, people get more susceptible to the risk of developing serious complications derived from flu. Young, healthier adults have stronger immune systems protecting them from such complications. The elderly can actually face the biggest burden of flu diseases. More than 70% of deaths from flu occur in people above 65 years of age, and they are more likely to become hospitalized due to the flu.

Occupational Therapy and the Elderly

August 16, 2018 in: Senior Health,

The main focus of occupational therapy is to improve day to day skills. Occupational therapy allows you to have a better quality of life by helping you stay independent.

What is the job of occupational therapists?

Many seniors suffer from motor control issues or other disabilities. Occupational therapists are experts in assisting seniors who are suffering from these problems. They are not like the physical therapist who assists them to gain their mobility back, but they train seniors to regain their independence by helping them adjust to these challenges.

How to Deal With the Phoenix Heat

July 31, 2018 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.), Senior Health,

The winter weather in Phoenix is simply amazing. Cool evenings and pleasant daytime temps are simply magical. It’s why more and more people are moving to Phoenix all the time.

But in the summer it’s hot. You already know it’s hot in Phoenix. But with an air conditioned home, air conditioned car and air conditioned everything, you manage to get by. Oh, and swimming pools certainly help, too.

But if you want to get some fresh air or spend more than just a few minutes outside, you need to be prepared for the heat to stay safe and healthy. And if you’re older, you need to take even more precautions. Here are few tips to safely deal with the heat:

  1. Stay hydrated

    1. This is probably common sense, but make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day when it’s hot. You lose a lot of water because the humidity is already low – add higher temps and evaporation increases even further.
  2. Know the signs of heat stroke

    1. Signs of heat illness begin with thirst, then progress to something more serious—cramping, exhaustion, nausea and vomiting. If you don’t get fluids at this point you could be at risk for heat stroke.
  3. Keep your car cool (ish)

    1. If you have to take your car to the mall, do your best to keep it cool. If you can find a cherished tree to park under, do it. It’s worth the extra walk. Use windshield reflectors to limit the heat in your car and protect your dash. The heat can actually melt and warp your dash…really. You’ll also thank yourself when your steering wheel isn’t too hot to touch. Also leave your windows cracked just a little to let the hot air out. If you can afford it, get an automatic starter that you can turn on before you get into the car.
  4. Maintain your AC

    1. Get you home AC checked before the season gets hot. There is nothing worse than a home that is 110 degrees inside. Not to mention it’s unsafe. It will also cost more because AC repairman charge more for emergencies during the heat.
  5. Get outside very early or very late

    1. Temps in the early morning or late evening are still pretty hot, but not as intense as mid-day. If you need to get out for a walk, do it when the sun isn’t going to bake you.
  6. Head for the Mountains

    1. If you can get out of town and up to the mountains, do it. It’s good for your health and good for your soul.

Health Benefits & Safety Tips of Senior Yoga

June 12, 2018 in: Senior Fitness, Senior Health,

Growing older means you have to pay extra attention to your health. While eating healthy and exercising can maintain your weight and physical health, yoga and meditation can keep your brain sharp and active in old age.

This article is all about how senior citizens can benefit from yoga. We’ll also guide you through some safety tips to ensure that you practice safe yoga.

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