How to Avoid Fall Risks

How to Avoid Fall Risks

Did you know that falling is the greatest cause of injury among seniors? And that most falls occur at home? For many seniors with limited mobility, the fear of falling can cause them to limit activity. This may be both bad for health—as it means less movement—as well as unnecessary. If the right precautions are taken, seniors can enjoy freely moving about their homes without fear of fall risk. So, what can you do to make your home safer? Read Full Article »

A Healthy View: How to Best Care for Your Vision

A Healthy View: How to Best Care for Your Vision

In our younger years, many of us took our vision for granted. With age comes wisdom, and unfortunately, too often vision problems. As we age we value our sight and want to protect our eyes as best as we can. Below, you’ll find tips on how to keep your eyes in the best health possible. Read Full Article »

How to Avoid the Flu

How to Avoid the Flu

It’s that time of year—flu season. While many opt for the flu shot, some believe this is not the best option for them, and others may not be able to get it because of allergies. Even if you do get the flu shot, there are still other minor illnesses that are more prevalent around this time of year. The good news is, there are ways to boost your immune system, so whether you get the flu shot or not, you’ll decrease your chances of coming down with something. Read Full Article »

Making Memories: Special Activities to do with Grandchildren

It’s a given that grandparents have much to offer their grandchildren. Grandparents’ wisdom, experience, and first-hand knowledge of historical events can have a wonderful, positive impact on younger generations. But grandchildren can affect grandparents for the better as well. Studies show that helping take care of grandchildren can improve scores on cognition tests. And since it’s well known that social interaction positively affects mental health, it may be concluded that spending time bonding with grandchildren can increase grandparents’ health and well-being. Read Full Article »

Caring for Seniors – When to Seek Professional Help

Those of us at the Nurses Guild understand that caring for an elderly loved one is often a difficult stage of life. You want the best for your family member, to help him or her maintain health and independence for as long as possible—even if it means sacrificing your own comfort or well-being. What many family caregivers may not realize, however, is that sacrificing too much can ultimately have negative effects—on your health, the health of your loved one, and on your relationships. Knowing when it’s time to ask for […] Read Full Article »

Safety in the Storm: Hurricane Tips for Senior Citizens and Those with Health Conditions

As a resident of Florida, you are well aware that severe weather can often appear out of nowhere. While most residents know what to do to prepare for a hurricane or major storm, many do not know about the extra precautions needed for senior citizens and those with chronic health conditions. Though each person’s needs are specific to their situation, there are steps to be taken that can help ensure your unique needs are met during times of severe weather. Read Full Article »

Should Seniors Have Pets? Questions to Ask

The benefits of pet ownership are numerous and well-known. Seniors especially are often encouraged to keep pets as they are an excellent way of staying active and social, and help prevent loneliness, depression, and stress. Pet ownership is even correlated with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and fewer doctor visits. But is it right for you? Below you’ll find some questions to ask yourself before making the decision to adopt a furry friend. Read Full Article »

How to Stay Healthy When Mobility is Limited

When recovering from an injury, surgery, or managing a health condition such as arthritis, you may find that your previous exercise routine is not possible. This doesn’t mean exercise must be stopped altogether. In fact, finding new ways to get moving can aid in the healing process, make chronic health conditions more manageable, and boost your mood. Keep reading for tips on how to stay healthy when mobility is limited. Read Full Article »

Treating Seasonal Allergies: Special Tips for Seniors

Living in Florida means warm temperatures, sunny skies, and tropical foliage year-round. It also means there’s always something in bloom – it’s always allergy season! Unfortunately, doctors are seeing more cases of late-onset allergies, which mean even seniors who have never experienced allergies before may find that pollen has started to cause a reaction. While antihistamines are a quick and easy solution for many people in younger demographics, they may not be an option for some seniors because of potential side-effects. So how can you enjoy the Sunshine State’s perpetual […] Read Full Article »