COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know March 12, 2020 10:47 1 Comment
Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.
Get Ready for COVID-19 Now
- Have supplies on hand
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
- Take everyday precautions
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Take everyday preventive actions
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
Four Healthy Habits for Seniors to Reduce Cognitive Decline and Prevent Dementia March 3, 2020 09:19
With little advancement in the ability for drugs to treat dementia, many people are left asking:
- What can I do to help prevent or delay the onset of cognitive decline and dementia?
- What can I do to maintain healthy living as I grow older?
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WOW!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! THIS IS MY LIFE SAVER -SO GLAD I FOUND THIS March 2, 2020 11:49
Anne Pringle Burnell is awesome in leading the exercise. I have been using this for two weeks. What a difference in the way I feel and move. You get a total body workout sitting in a chair. I was so weak and now I'm getting stronger by the day.
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Staying fit forever: ‘Even people using walkers or wheelchairs are exercising’ February 27, 2020 10:58
Staying fit forever: ‘Even people using walkers or wheelchairs are exercising’
“You have to be active,” Becker says, imitating a hunched-over person thumbing a cell phone. “Everyone is sitting in front of a computer all day. You have to move your entire body.”
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Enrolling in Medicare? Don't Make This Giant Mistake February 6, 2020 12:31
Enrolling in Medicare? Don't Make This Giant MistakeIt pays to enroll in Medicare on time if you're no longer covered by a group health plan through a job (either yours or your spouse's), because paying for private insurance out of pocket could be astronomical.
Chronic Illness Number 7: Heart Failure February 3, 2020 14:13
|14% of older adults were treated for heart failure — a condition that occurs when the heart cannot adequately supply blood and oxygen to all of the organs in the body.|
The heart might become enlarged, develop more muscle mass, or pump faster in order to meet the body’s needs, causing you to feel tired, light headed, nauseous, confused, or lack an appetite. The best prevention is to follow a doctor’s recommendations to decrease your risk for coronary heart disease and high blood pressure.
Begin an exercise program. Try to limit saturated fats, foods high in sodium, and added sugars. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.
Medicare site lets you compare nursing homes February 2, 2020 10:01
If the time comes to find a nursing home for a loved one, you may conduct research on a website called “Nursing Home Compare” at Medicare.gov. The database includes all Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes in the U.S.
To start the search, you input the location of the nursing home and may include the nursing home name. The program gives detailed information about nursing homes, which allows comparing the quality of care and staffing.
Certain icons have recently been added to the website to inform consumers about abuse at a nursing home. If a nursing home was cited for potential issues regarding abuse, a red icon with a hand is shown next to that nursing home name. A different icon with an exclamation point indicates that a nursing home has a history of poor care and may need increased oversight and enforcement.
Nursing homes in New York cost between $12,000 and $20,000 a month. Very few people can afford the high cost of 24-hour skilled nursing care provided by nursing homes. Although both Medicare and Medicaid may pay for the costs, the two programs differ significantly.
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older or for younger people with disabilities. Medicare will pay for short-term nursing home stays for rehabilitation purposes to help improve a health condition or maintain a current health condition.
If a patient has a qualifying stay in a hospital for a minimum of three days, Medicare will pay for rehabilitation costs in a skilled nursing facility for up to 100 days. Medicare fully pays for the first 20 days and then partially pays for the next 80 days. The patient has a co-pay for the 80 days paid either from their own funds or possibly through secondary insurance coverage.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state insurance program for medical care for needy people and is also the main source of payment in the country for middle class people for long-term stays in a nursing home. To qualify for Medicaid for nursing home costs, an applicant must comply with complex rules governing which assets the applicant may keep, and which of the applicant’s assets are available to pay for nursing home costs. Each state administers nursing home Medicaid, so eligibility rules vary from state to state.
It is heartbreaking to move a loved one to a nursing home. In addition to the frustrating rules involved in the government paying for nursing home care, finding an acceptable nursing home is another overwhelming task for the family. The Compare Nursing Home website helps in the search by giving critical information about safety or the lack of it for vulnerable patients in nursing homes.
Thanks to St. Francis Health and Wellness in Little Falls, MN January 28, 2020 20:26
|Thanks to St. Francis Health and Wellness in Little Falls, MN for utilizing the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Programs. Patti H. says "We use four different programs- everyone loves it."|
Seniors Who Volunteer January 28, 2020 12:50
5 Reasons Seniors Should Volunteer
Regularly volunteering gets seniors out into the community, with people counting on their services and abilities. Being relied upon can give seniors purpose and a sense of responsibility, while also encouraging social engagement and even creating friendships.
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Chronic Illness Number 6: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) January 17, 2020 10:16
18% of older adults were treated for CKD or a slow loss in kidney function over time.
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Core Fitness DVD January 7, 2020 09:21
A Great Life is Possible in Assisted Living or a Nursing Home December 9, 2019 09:22
We fall into the trap of believing that older people don't have anything to give back and are just consumers of services. We take away what we know people need, what science has shown we need: a reason to get up in the morning.
Chronic Illness #3 - Arthritis November 24, 2019 15:07
31% of older adults were treated for arthritis – an inflammation of your joints, which causes pain and stiffness and is more common in women.
There are steps you can take to delay the onset of arthritis or manage the symptoms....
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Chronic Illness - High Cholesterol November 12, 2019 10:51
47% of older adults are treated for high cholesterol – a condition that occurs when your body has an excess of bad fats (or lipids), resulting in your arteries getting clogged, which can lead to heart disease.
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Seniors Who Feel Their Life Has Purpose May Live Longer November 10, 2019 14:58
"We found a strong association between life purpose and mortality in the US," said the study's lead author, Leigh Pearce of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
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10 Common Chronic Conditions for Adults 65+ November 7, 2019 09:58
Age, family genetics, and gender make it nearly impossible for older adults to avoid becoming a chronic disease statistic.
|Eighty percent of adults 65 and older have at least one condition, while 68% have two or more. You probably have a parent or grandparent who is managing a condition right now, or perhaps you are managing one yourself.|
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The Residence of Chardon Has Adopted the Stronger Seniors Program! October 4, 2019 11:34
Hats off to Carolyn L. at The Residence of Chardon, a senior community in Chardon, Ohio. They adopted the Stronger Seniors program this summer. Chair
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Do You Understand Medicare's Home Health Benefit? September 17, 2019 11:52
Medicare rules for coverage of home health care services are complicated and often misunderstood. Recent changes to Medicare criteria for coverage of rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing care have expanded the availability of home health services.
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Best Wishes to Silverado Memory Care of Naperville (Brookdale) September 12, 2019 14:34
Silverado Memory Care of Naperville, part of Brookdale Senior Living, has adopted the Stronger Seniors Exercise Program. We wish them all the best!
Alarming Number Of Seniors Go Entire Week Without Talking To Anyone September 11, 2019 10:03 1 Comment
Loneliness can affect your health, your well-being and the way you see yourself – it can make you feel invisible and forgotten.
Seated Exercise for Older Adults
Which Type of Exercise is Best for Parkinson's Disease? September 9, 2019 12:23
Different exercise programs pursue different fitness goals: balance and coordination, flexibility, endurance, and strength.
Examples of Parkinson’s-related exercise programs include:
Alternative exercises, such as yoga.
Practicing movement strategies.
Exercise May Protect Brain Regions that are Sensitive to Neurodegeneration September 9, 2019 11:17
Physical activity and fitness reflect on brain structure in cognitive decline. Especially brain regions which are affected by neurodegeneration seem to be responsive to exercise and fitness.
Exercise to Prevent Disease
The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Shouldn’t Be a Waste of Time September 6, 2019 11:42
The most common complaint from those age 65 and older is, “It’s a waste of my time and is just an excuse to bill Medicare.” In other words, the Medicare patient doesn’t understand the purpose of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit nor do they know what one should expect.
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Building a Better Life - Focus on the Process, Not Results September 4, 2019 11:43
The most content people aren’t focused on being the best; they’re focused on constant self-improvement.
When you stop stressing about external outcomes — like whether you win or lose, attain a certain promotion, or achieve some other form of validation — a huge burden is lifted off your shoulders and you can focus your energy on the things you can control.
As a result, you almost always end up felling better. Research shows that concentrating on the process is best for both performance and mental health.
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