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Parkinson’s Disease, LSVT & Rock Steady Boxing
LSVT and How It Can Help Living with Parkinson’s Disease
LSVT stands for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and was named for Mrs. Lee Silverman, a woman living with Parkinson’s disease and was developed by Dr. Lorraine Ramig and has been scientifically studied for over 25 years with support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding organizations.
LSVT trains people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to use their body more normally. People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed and with other activities of daily living. LSVT effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches them how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions – more like the movements of everyone around them.
LSVT treatment is customized to each person’s specific needs and goals and can help regardless of the stage or severity of your condition. That said, the treatment may be most effective in early or middle stages of the condition, when patients can both improve function and potentially slow further symptom progression. Beginning the work with LSVT before there are significant problems with balance, mobility or posture will often lead to the best results, but it’s never too late to start. LSVT can produce significant improvements even for people facing considerable physical difficulties.
Rock Steady Boxing
The Parkinson’s Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s. Rock Steady exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.
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For older adults, life can become quieter and lonely as the years go by. One way to combat this life change is by owning a pet. The health benefits of owning a pet for seniors far outweigh the work that goes into owning one.Our furry, feathery, or even scaly family members can provide a variety of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. The bond between seniors and their pets goes far beyond mere companionship. Here are some of the top health benefits of owning a pet for seniorsReduces Loneliness And IsolationAs they get older, many seniors experience feelings of social isolation and loneliness. This can lead to depression and other significant health problems. Having a pet, whether its a dog, cat, or even a bird, provides companionship and helps to reduce these feelings of isolation. Pets are loyal and loving, offering unconditional affection that can significantly improve your mental and emotional well-being.Increases Physical ActivityOne of the biggest benefits of owning a pet, particularly an active dog, is that it forces you to be physical. Dogs need to be walked, which in turn encourages regular physical activity on your part. Seniors with dogs are more likely to go for daily walks or play with them in the yard. Even this little bit of physical activity helps maintain mobility, joint flexibility, and cardiovascular health. In addition, physical activity of any kind leads to a stronger immune system and a reduced risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.Lowers Stress And AnxietySimply looking at a picture of a little puppy or kitten is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Studies show that petting a dog or cat can trigger the release of the mood-regulating hormone serotonin. It also increases the feel good hormone dopamine while decreasing the level of the stress hormone cortisol. This fluctuation helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, a pets rhythmic, soothing presence can help lower blood pressure, contributing to overall cardiovascular health.Boosts Mental AlertnessInteracting with pets can stimulate mental alertness and cognitive function. While training your pet and teaching them tricks helps to boost their mental capacity, it also helps to maintain your mental acuity. This mental stimulation can delay the onset of cognitive decline and reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimers disease.Fosters A Sense Of PurposeMost of us work hard and look forward to the day we can finally hang up our work boots and retire. However, when that day finally comes, many seniors often experience a diminished sense of purpose. Owning a pet can give you back a sense of responsibility and purpose. Caring for a pet requires routine tasks like feeding, grooming, and exercise, providing structure to your days and a reason to get out of bed in the morning.Enhances Social ConnectionsA study has shown pet owners are more apt to meet their neighbors than non-pet owners. Pets make great icebreakers for seniors when they are out on walks or at pet-friendly facilities. This can give you an opportunity to connect with others and strike up a conversation.Reduces The Risk Of Allergies And AsthmaAlthough it sounds like it would be the opposite, having a pet has been found to reduce the risk of developing allergies and asthma the older we get. This can be an added health benefit for seniors who have had pets throughout their lives.Get Your Purrfect CompanionOwning a pet can do wonders for your health and well-being. These little bundles of joy enrich seniors lives in ways that extend far beyond companionship. The emotional, physical, and mental health benefits of having a pet cannot be argued or overlooked. Seniors who share their lives with a furry friend often experience reduced stress, increased physical activity, enhanced emotional well-being, and a greater sense of purpose. This article was submitted by VIPCare. For more information visit the website: getvipcare.com
What Are Elder Law and Special Needs Planning?Elder law and special needs planning involve preparing for expected and unexpected life circumstances, including the possibility of becoming incapacitated as well as protecting and providing for future needs of loved ones with disabilities.At its core, Elder Law focuses on the unique needs of older persons and practice areas that address issues of concern for aging adults, adults with disabilities/incapacity, their families and caregivers. Unlike traditional estate planning, Elder Law begins by assisting you with issues associated with a long and healthy life, rather than simply planning for death. It mixes legal and practical issues such as being able to continue residing in your home if you had a chronic condition, having someone help in managing your finances, and not becoming a victim of financial abuse in the process. Elder law endeavors to help you solve the problem of not knowing what you dont know.Special Needs Law focuses on solving legal problems for individuals with special needs and their caregivers. Although there is no uniform definition of special needs, the phrase describes individuals with a wide variety of physical or mental conditions who require assistance with personal care needs, activities of daily living, paying bills, managing finances, etc., who may be vulnerable to and need protection from exploitation or abuse, and who may need access to public benefits or any number of other types of assistance. If you currently provide care for a child or loved one with special needs (such as mental or physical disabilities), you must have contemplated what may happen to him or her when you are no longer able to serve as the caregiver. Frequently, parents and grandparents are concerned about how their children and grandchildren will be cared for after the parents or grandparents deaths and want to plan in advance to protect their special needs loved one. Elder Law and Special Needs Planning encompass many different fields of law, including, for example: Disability planning, durable powers of attorney, living trusts, advance directives, other tools to delegate management and decision-making to another in case of incompetency or incapacity Estate planning, including the management of finances and assets during life and disposition on death using trusts, wills, and other instruments Special/Supplemental Needs Trusts Conservatorships and guardianships Long-term care planning and placements Trust and probate/estate administration Elder abuse and financial exploitation Medicaid planning Retirement and Social Security planningWhen each day seems to present a new challenge, thinking about the future can be overwhelming. A plan can help break things down into achievable pieces. No matter what age or stage, it is getting started that counts.This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.This article was submitted by Ashley Day, Esq., A Day Law, LLC. Reach her at 251-277-3377.
Basics of Reverse Home MortgageA reverse home mortgage is a type of loan that allows homeowners to access a portion of their home equity without having to sell their home or make monthly mortgage payments. Unlike a traditional mortgage, the loan balance of a reverse mortgage increases over time and is typically only repaid when the homeowner sells the home or passes away.Differences from Traditional Mortgage Reverse mortgages do not require monthly mortgage payments, while traditional mortgages do. The loan balance of a reverse mortgage increases over time, while the loan balance of a traditional mortgage decreases over time as payments are made. Reverse mortgages are typically only repaid when the homeowner sells the home or passes away, while traditional mortgages are repaid over a set term. A Financial Solution for Seniors For seniors, a reverse mortgage can be a great financial solution. It allows them to access the equity in their homes without selling or giving up ownership. Reverse mortgages are also a great way to supplement retirement income. They provide a steady stream of funds that can be used to cover living expenses. With a reverse mortgage, seniors can enjoy their retirement years and have peace of mind knowing they have a reliable source of income.Reverse mortgages are also a great way to pass on wealth to heirs. The loan is paid off from the sale of the home, and the remaining equity is passed on to the heirs.Eligible homeowners obtain reverse mortgages for many reasons including: Repairing or modifying the home to meet the physical needs of getting older Supplementing retirement income to meet expenses Managing the costs of in-home care Paying off an existing mortgage Paying increased bills due to inflation and economy Paying property Taxes Delaying Social Security Providing a source of funds for living expenses in lieu of liquidating financial investments during times of market downturn or disruption Helping retirement savings last longer Purchasing a retirement home Recent ClientsA retired couple in their late 60s, John and Susan, were struggling to make ends meet on a fixed income, due to inflation and the cost of living increasing. They had significant equity in their home but were hesitant to sell it and downsize because of the current real estate market. They decided to explore a reverse mortgage as an option to access their home's equity without having to sell it. The reverse mortgage allowed John and Susan to access their home's equity and use the funds to pay off their existing mortgage and cover their increased living expenses. They were able to stay in their home and maintain their quality of life, without having to worry about making monthly mortgage payments. Mary Anne, a retired infusion nurse, suffered some medical challenges and her insurance did not cover all of her additional expenses. She decided a reverse mortgage was her best option. It allowed her funds to seek non-traditonal treatment and was able to eliminate the financial stress in her life, allowing her body to heal.A retired widow in his late 70s, James wants to stay in his home as long as possible. His home was mortgage free and he intends to leave it to his two children who live out of state. The reverse mortgage allowed him to access his home's equity and use the funds to make the modifications to continue staying in the home unassisted.It allows him the peace of mind knowing the has additional money to pay an in-home care giver if and when he needs one.He is able to stay in his own home and now worry about being a burden on his out of state children. He expressed to me that feeling of relief is priceless.This article was submitted by Nicole Cramer with Anchor Funding, Inc. Contact Nicole at 251-349-9891 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about whether a reverse mortgage can work for you.
Saad Medical Supplies and Rental EquipmentAt Saad Healthcare, we can also supply top quality medical equipment for our patients. Our highly trained and courteous staff are very knowledgeable in claims assistance and can help you eliminate the paperwork headache associated with filing insurance claims, making sure you receive the maximum benefit to which you are entitled through Medicare, Medicaid, Workers Compensation, or private insurance.At our stores, you can find lift chairs, motorized scooters, wheelchairs, and other mobility aids; ostomy and diabetic supplies; wound dressings; hospital beds and bedside commodes; and incontinence products. If you have a medical need, call us and, chances are, we will have what you need.At Saad Healthcare, we have people available to provide you with quick and reliable service. No calling customer service, no waiting on parts to be shipped for you to install, instead, call our local office and we will take care of the rest. Another reason why we are a family of caring.
Hospice Care In Our Home or YoursSaad Healthcare provides In-Home and Inpatient hospice care to patients along the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts. Services are provided both in the home and at our Inpatient Facility located in Mobile Alabama.The Saad Hospice Program operates from the premise that man has three components: spiritual, intellectual, and physical. The program is dedicated to the provision of compassionate and comprehensive care to all dimensions of the patients and the caregiver/family. Our focus is quality care, dignity, comfort, and assistance with end-of-life issues by provision of physical, intellectual, and spiritual preparation for lifes last journey.What is hospice?Hospice focuses on managing symptoms and pain for people in the terminal phase of life. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team, focused on providing the holistic needs of the patient and family. Hospice is considered the model for holistic, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, by providing expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support tailored to the individual needs of each patient.In-Home HospiceIn-home hospice services are performed in the patients home by our team of skilled nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, aides, chaplains, and social workers.Inpatient HospiceInpatient hospice services are provided at our state-of-the-art inpatient facility, The Retreat, located in Mobile, Alabama. Our hospice intake facility is available to people from all over the Gulf Coast. The facility provides an atmosphere that is both warm and family centric and doesnt have the appearance of a typical medical facility.Paying for Hospice CareHospice care is a benefit covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Hospice care in the home or the inpatient unit, certain needed supplies and medical equipment and visits from staff including nurses, CNAs, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers are covered through these benefits.Do You Qualify for Hospice?If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal condition or prognosis, with six months or less life expectancy, you might qualify for hospice care. Call (251) 343-9600 or email email@example.comWhat is the Difference Between Home Health and Hospice?Home health is geared toward improving your condition with aggressive medical treatment that can include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and CNA visits. Hospice care is based on a holistic care model where emotional, spiritual, and physical comfort is the goal of the care team. Hospice provides therapy services as well as weekly nursing, CNA visits, social work, chaplain and volunteer and bereavement services. Hospice care also covers the cost of DME/medical supplies and disease-specific and comfort medication.What Types of Services Does Saad Hospice Offer? Routine Home Care General Inpatient Care Respite Care Continuous Care At SAAD Healthcare, our goal is to provide care and medical services with courtesy, respect, and warmth. That is the Saad way. Saad Healthcare is the one call to make to give you the confidence that comes from knowing you are doing the right thing for your patient or loved one.Founded fifty years ago as a retirement community, Saad Healthcare quickly grew into an organization offering home healthcare, hospice care, rehabilitation, private nursing, and medical equipment supplies along the entire Gulf Coast region. Today, Saad Healthcare can fulfill every need for a patient or loved one that is living with a chronic condition, recovering from, or facing a life-limiting illness. The Saad Healthcare team of experienced care providers will work closely with your physician to implement the best plan of care for you or your loved one. Fifty years of experience makes us the right choice, for the best possible care.