A friend was recently fishing along the New Jersey coast and caught five Brown Sharks, on one day, and no it was not all the same shark. As he fished off the beach-not that far from a large group of swimmers, they were there and there were many. The experienced fisherman informed me they are harmless but so close to swimmers, we are in their territory. What have you ocean swimmers learned? Like all wild creatures they have skills that help them survive and when provoked those skills come into…
Rising summer temperatures are not only a source of discomfort but can cause heat related illnesses especially in the elderly. Before you head outdoors stay safe by following these essential safety precautions.
1) Check the latest local heat advisories
2) Avoid walking between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — generally the hottest time of the day
3) Begin your daily walk at a slow pace to prevent exhaustion and retreat to a cool place if you start to feel uncomfortable
4) Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
5) Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to stay adequately hydrated and pack…
After this year’s long and rain-filled spring, just about everyone I know is itching to get out and enjoy the extended daylight and gentle breezes. Recent research has shown that being in nature has very real benefits for our physical and emotional health. For family caregivers, summer weather offers opportunities for slowing down a bit and exploring the healing powers of nature.
Most of us don’t get outside enough. The EPA has shown that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors.1 And of course, family caregivers looking after a homebound…
Those living with Rheumatoid Arthritis often have difficulty with daily activities and cooking is no exception. This chronic condition causes inflammation at the joints and surrounding tissues. This can affect your ability to use a cutting board, open jars, carry pots and stand for long periods of time.
But by using certain kitchen tools and modifying your kitchen environment, you can decrease the amount of stress placed on your joints. If you or a loved has Rheumatoid Arthritis, follow these tips to make cooking easier.
Use Adaptive Kitchen Tools
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The latest research from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging showed that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.1 When I read this, I was expecting to see the suggestion that the use of hearing aids can, therefore, help prevent dementia. Unfortunately, that recommendation did not come (hearing aid use is the subject of the researchers’ next study). So are there any lessons for a family caregiver of an elderly person who is exhibiting signs of hearing loss?
Flashback to your childhood and recall what your parents would say to you if you were about to do something that could cause harm to yourself, like climb out of the crib or venture into the street. It was usually a resounding, “No!” They were trying to protect you, and you may or may not have known it then but it was for your own good. Today, it seems children rarely hear the word no.
Some parents, when put to the test, will say they want their child to figure it out,…
Growing up my group of friends spent time at the local playgrounds trying to figure out if the sneaker with the pump up feature could help you run faster. Our methods weren”t exactly scientific but we eventually came to our senses and figured out that a pair of over priced sneakers won’t make you a better athlete.
However did you know older adults can reduce their risk of falling by choosing the right pair of shoes? Allow me to guide you through some of the key features to look for in a shoe that…
If you’re not sure about which walking device is the right one for a loved one with mobility issues then you’re not alone. There are a numerous amount of choices that available both online and at your local medical supply store.
I have found many people end up choosing the rollator because of its features. This is not surprising when you consider it has a fold down seat, travel basket, four wheels and a set of brakes.
Now before you run out to the store to purchase a rollator you need to understand that it’s not the right device for everyone.…
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We all find moments that are worth celebrating. My favorite memory of this year’s London Olympics actually occurred seconds after the 400 meter semifinal had ended. The winner of the race Kirani James in a show of respect approached Oscar Pistorius who had finished 8th and requested to exchange their official uniform name tags.
You might be wondering why so much attention was given to an athlete who didn’t win a medal? Oscar is a double amputee and uses prosthetic legs to race against some of the world’s fastest runners. His journey to…
The elderly can stay active outside this summer by taking a few precautions before heading out the door. Older adults are at a higher risk of experiencing heat related illnesses brought on by rising temperatures so stay safe this summer by following these steps.
1. Avoid walking outdoors for exercise between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — generally the hottest time of the day.
2. Walk at a slower pace to prevent exhaustion and retreat to a cool place if you start to feel uncomfortable.
3. Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing.
4. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids…