Friday, April 25, 2014

Yes, Old Dogs CAN Learn New Tricks

America’s seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen according to a new Pew Research Center report . 

This study includes a unique exploration not only of technology use between Americans ages 65 or older and the rest of the population, but within the senior population as well.

Two different groups of older Americans emerge, says the report: 

  • The first group, (younger, more highly educated, or more affluent seniors) has relatively substantial technology assets, and also has a positive view toward the benefits of online platforms. 

  • The other (older and less affluent, often with significant challenges with health or disability) is largely disconnected from the world of digital tools and services, both physically and psychologically.

As the Internet plays an increasingly central role in connecting Americans

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blending to fuel your mind, body and soul

Can health and happiness come from a blender?  Maybe...

We've all know that children should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, consuming all the nutrients needed to grow up strong. So why as adults do we forget that it’s just as crucial to continue those healthy habits throughout adulthood and well into the “golden years?” Whatever age you are, we should all make nutritious and sensible choices to promote peak physical and mental performance.

Build strong bones

Experts say the human body begins to lose bone mass at about age 30. That’s why it’s important to get plenty of calcium to keep bones strong, along with vitamin D, to help your body absorb calcium. Good sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, okra and collard greens. A convenient and delicious way to take in more calcium is to incorporate an Emerald Smoothie into your daily routine. Simply blend pineapple, celery and spinach with soy milk and ice in a blender. This quick and easy concoction will give your diet an extra boost of essential nutrients.

Emerald Smoothie:
pineapple, celery and spinach with soy milk and ice

Sharpen the mind

Making wholesome choices helps keep your brain fit. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like sardines and salmon, as well as flaxseed and walnuts, have been linked to improved cognitive function and reduced risk for certain diseases. Eating fish regularly is one way to get enough omega-3s. If you’re not a seafood fan, numerous types of fish oil capsules are available at drug stores. Avocados also boast omega-3s, as well as monounsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol and improve circulation. Avocado provides a rich flavor and texture perfect for nearly any sandwich, as well as dips, smoothies and even desserts.

Antioxidant-rich blueberries are another mind-boosting addition to any diet. Considered a “super food,” these berries contain properties that have been linked to better brain health, improved motor skills and a sharper memory. To increase your berry intake, try a fruit salad for lunch or whip up a fresh berry sorbet for dessert.

Nourish your nervous system

Vitamin B12 is vital to your well-being. It can aid your body in producing red blood cells, properly developing nerve cells and preventing anemia. This vitamin can be found

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Easy Ways To Prevent Falling At Home

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury death for senior citizens. Fortunately, most of the falls that occur each year can be prevented with these five simple tips. 

Our elderly family members are at an increased risk for suffering a fall in their own home. According to the Center for Disease Control, one third of adults who are over the age of 65 fall each year and 21,700 people died from a fall-related injury in 2010.

Some of the common injuries as a result of falls include lacerations, head trauma or hip fractures. It's also just plain scary to fall and not be able to move. The good news is that there are a number of things that can be done to prevent a fall from occurring.

The following five precautionary tips can help our elderly family members avoid falling. 

  1. Exercise regularly. Exercising is one of the best things that you can do to prevent yourself from falling. It helps increase your balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. You should engage in low-impact exercise most days out of the week for a minimum of 30 minutes. Tai chi, swimming and walking are examples of low-impact exercise. Additionally, your doctor may recommend that you participate in physical therapy. A physical therapist can create a custom exercise program for you. 
  2. Understand the effects of your medication. There are a number of medications that can increase your risk of falling. Certain drugs can lower your blood pressure and cause you to feel dizziness and/or confused. Some medications can interact with other meds and produce unpleasant side effects. That is why you should make an appointment with your doctor and discuss the medications that you are using and be aware of its side effects. 
  3. Get your vision and hearing checked. You should get your vision and hearing checked at least once a year. You may need to get glasses or have your current prescription changed. If you think you hearing is weak, getting a hearing device would help you better understand your surroundings. You will be less likely to suffer a fall if your vision and hearing is good. You should also keep your house well lit and the walkways clear. You will need to put night-lights in your bathroom, bedrooms and hallway. 
  4. Use assistive devices. There are several devices that can help make it easier for you to get around your home. This includes things such as canes, walkers and custom-made shoes. You may also want to consider getting a medical alert device to alleviate your fear of falling down and give you piece of mind. If you fall, the only thing that you will have to do is push a button. Emergency monitoring personnel will answer the signal promptly, respond to your emergency and take appropriate actions.  New technology is now making automatic fall detection monitoring a reliable option for many. 
  5. Make changes in daily lifestyle. As you grow older, the daily activities that seemed effortless earlier could feel more strenuous. You can feel stronger and more energetic by eating a more balanced diet, drinking more water and less alcohol, supplementing with the right vitamins and minerals. You could also ask a family member or hire a professional to help you with bathing, eating, dressing and other daily activities as a secondary precaution.