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Helpful Tips To Improve Bathroom Safety

jjue March 5th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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Installing grab bars in the bathroom are a great way to improve the safety of the older adults in our lives. But there’s more to improving safety than just purchasing a pair of grab bars. Try these helpful tips to improve the safety of your loved one when they’re getting in and out of the tub.

Concentration Counts

  • Getting in and out of the tub requires concentration
  • Your loved one may need help in the bathroom if they have difficulty with attention or concentration

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Practice using newly installed grab bars…
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Prevent Falls with a Nightlight

jjue January 25th, 2013, 9:12 AM
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Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight.

I have found that many older adults fall at night simply because adequate and accessible light is not available. A routine trip to the bathroom could potentially result in injury. Unfortunately, in this country, falls related injuries continue to be one…

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How to Select a Safe Pair of Shoes

jjue October 15th, 2012, 7:16 AM
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ID-1004707Growing 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…

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Things You Need To Consider Before Using A Rollator

jjue September 12th, 2012, 2:17 PM
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RollatorIf 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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A Guide to Adjusting Canes and Walkers

jjue May 28th, 2012, 9:10 AM
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Did you know that using a cane or walker that has not been adjusted for your height can actually cause more harm than good? I’m always concerned when I see people using walking devices that are either too long or short because it can change their walking pattern and may not provide adequate amount of support. This can result in an increased risk of falls and injury to the shoulder or hip.

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So how do you know if your walking device is set at the proper length? When you hold your walking device in standing position…

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Stay Active With 5 Easy Steps

jjue April 29th, 2012, 3:18 PM
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photo_9082_20091026Staying active can be as simple as going out for a walk. That’s right, there’s no expensive equipment to buy or gym contract to sign. If that’s not enough incentive, here are some benefits of daily walking.

  • According to a recent NY Times Magazine article, scientists have found that routine exercise which includes walking can improve cognitive flexibility and resist physical shrinkage in the brain
  • Walking works out all your major muscle groups and can help prevent physical decline

Follow these easy steps reap the benefits of an outdoor walking routine.

Dress your feet

Reduce your…

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Bridging Generations

jjue April 12th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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571599se6m9ir67I recently met with a few of our adult day center’s Chinese speaking members to discuss the importance of home safety and exercise. Despite our differences in age, I realized that our time together was both enjoyable and productive.

I found out right away that one of the advantages of meeting with a smaller group is the willingness of everyone to share their experiences. Their stories brought to life some of the principles I presented.

Just A Few Examples

  • One person takes a 20 minute walk every morning before heading out to our adult day center. Keep in mind group exercises…
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My Upcoming Adult Day Center Visit

jjue March 21st, 2012, 11:04 PM
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4649787tokm0m2lRecently I’ve been brainstorming about how I can make my presentations at local senior centers more relevant and applicable. I have appreciated the honest feedback of many older adults who have shared they’ve already heard the basic points of my talks.

However, they value the time I spend answering their questions. With that in mind next week I’m planning to visit our own adult day center with a more interactive approach.

Can I Pour You A Cup of Tea?

  • My plan is to moderate a small discussion group (4-6 adults) with a focus on…
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How to Reduce the Risk of Staircase Falls

jjue February 28th, 2012, 9:00 AM
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about one in three older adults will experience a fall. Many of these falls occur in the home due to the presence of safety hazards. I have found the stairwell to be a common area for falls to occur.

Fortunately safety hazards can be corrected. Follow these steps to improve the safety of your stairwell.

  1. Simply remove any clutter which also includes the shoes on the steps or that favorite sweater hanging off the handrail
  2. Make sure there is adequate lighting available
  3. Repair any damaged steps…
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Home Safety: Try This Not That

jjue February 2nd, 2012, 8:44 AM
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Have you ever tried to finish a home improvement project without using the right tools? How did it turn out? As a new homeowner, I’ve learned the results aren’t pretty.

Along the same lines, using the right equipment can enable people with certain physical limitations to safely accomplish every-day tasks in the home. If you use any of these common household items for these (or similar) reasons, allow me to share with you a few safer options.

1) Avoid holding onto the towel rack to enter and exit the bathtub or shower.…

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