As you age, your future care plans may become a topic of conversation among your family members. Most seniors scoff at the idea of senior living communities. Still, many places that feature personal care services have the potential to renew your sense of purpose and improve your quality of life.Here are five ways personal care communities can help you to live better:Daily Support. A little help goes a long way. With 24-hour personal care services, staff members are available to assist you with dressing, bathing, and grooming. Many senior living communities include light housekeeping, laundry, and maintenance in the rental fee, so youre free to conquer the day on your terms. Safety. A fall-related injury could be detrimental to your health; even a fear of falling can keep you homebound. Personal care communities are designed with mobility challenges in mind, offering fall prevention programs and emergency call systems.Food. Leave the food preparations to the Dining Director. Most communities provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an emphasis on nutrition without sacrificing taste. Special dietary needs are also accommodated.Engagement. Through social, recreational, and educational programs, personal care communities can nurture your physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Senior Commons at Powder Mill in York engages its residents with an array of activities and events designed to foster meaningful relationships. Activities include card games, on-site entertainment, guest speakers, shopping and scenic excursions, devotions and more. Fitness. Personal care communities provide on-site fitness classes like circuit training and yoga to help maintain your strength, mobility, and balance, so you remain as independent as possible.At Senior Commons, residents are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve with a focus on preserving overall wellness through life-enhancing programs and services. To find out if a move to a senior living community is right for you, schedule a tour to meet the staff and residents.Editors Note: This article was contributed by Kelly Golden, marketing director at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, which provides Independent Living, Personal Care, and Memory Care on one campus.
No one wants to experience a fall, but for those over 55, a fall can lead to serious injury. Thats why learning how to prevent falls is so important for healthy aging.Heres a look at why falls happen, why preventing them is important, and some exercises and activities that can help older adults build balance and stability, while actually being fun and engaging.To help prevent falls, first understand why they happenHere are some common reasons why seniors fall:Changes in visionWeakening hip and leg musclesPoor posture or spinal degenerationStumbling due to the inability to lift your feetSlower reaction time to obstaclesDrug interactions that result in dizziness or poor balanceLightheadedness caused by low blood pressureWhy its so important to prevent fallsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year, resulting in more than 32,000 deaths. One out of every five falls causes an injury, such as a broken bone or head injury.Working on flexibility, stability, stretching and strength are vital when your goal is to prevent falls so you can live a long and healthy life. Many of the movements are simple, and many are fun activities as well. Always remember to take your time, do what feels comfortable, and breathe deeply. Here are just a few suggested exercises to prevent falls.Getting started: activities and exercises to help prevent fallsDanceDancing is a wonderful exercise for aerobic fitness, weight management, muscle and bone strength and endurance. In addition, moving through space in different directions and in different ways improves static and dynamic balance, spatial awareness, coordination, and reaction time. Dancing is also an excellent way to get all the benefits of socializing and interacting with others on a regular basis. And it can be a lot of fun!Tai ChiThe National Council on Aging reports that many studies have shown Tai Chi to be one of the most effective exercises to prevent falls. Tai Chi targets leg strength, flexibility, range of motion, and reflexes.According to the Tai Chi for Health Institute, with regular practice, Tai Chi improves balance by strengthening muscles and co-ordination; at the same time, it strengthens the mind, thereby improving calmness and confidence in not falling. Thus, both physically and mentally, Tai Chi is an extremely effective exercise when your goal is to prevent falls.YogaYoga is good for so many things that affect healthy aging: reducing stress, treating fatigue, lessening pain, and perhaps most importantly, increasing core strength and balance. This last one can reduce the risk of falling.You dont have to do complicated moves to the benefits. For example, the simple mountain pose can help you improve your posture and body awareness. Stand tall, weight distributed evenly on both feet, keep your knees slightly bent. Draw your shoulder blades together and down your back. Relax your arms and let your palms face forward. Breathe deeply and relax.WalkingNo special equipment required, just a good pair of walking shoes and a place to walk (indoors or outdoors). Add a friend or two and you have a fun way to get a workout that doubles as a balance booster!According to Harvard Health, walking strengthens the muscles in the lower body. It also is a great way to stretch muscles and thus improve your posture, which in turn, can improve your balance. Dont worry about distance, especially if you are beginning a walking program. And dont hesitate to use a cane or walker if you need one. As you feel stronger, add more minutes to your walks. Try to walk at least 150 minutes a week. Wear comfortable clothing, walk with confidence, and breathe deeply.GrapevineHeres an easy move that can help improve your balance. You might begin by being near a wall or a chair to help steady you or hold someones hand if needed. Simply step across in front of your right foot with your left leg. Continue moving across the room sideways, uncrossing the left leg. Repeat. When ready, just reverse direction. Wear smooth-bottomed shoes and concentrate on your movements.At Heritage Communities, we are here to help you live better and live longer.We do this by proactively implementing best-in-class lifestyle enrichments, senior-centric technologies, and the latest approaches to senior care. Our values define how we lead, care, and behave at every community we own. Let us tell you more.We redefine living better. You make it your own. Download our free guide, Family Decision Toolkit. Or contact us today 402-614-5222.
As my parents and grandparents age, I often think about the comparison between the struggles they face as they age and the struggles I faced growing up. For example, when I was a child, they were always telling me to be careful. I often heard dont climb that tree too high or you will fall or stop jumping on the bed before you fall. They were worried that I would hurt myself and break a bone.I am sure that most of us remember similar conversations growing up. Now that I am older, I find myself having those same conversations, only this time its me worried about my parents safety. I finally understand what I put them through, but I have the same loving concern for their safety that they had for me.The biggest concern for most older adults is staying independent and living at home as long as possible. The biggest threat to that independence is a simple slip and fall. Here are some sobering facts:Falls are the #1 cause of injury-related deaths for those 65 andEvery 11 seconds an older adult is in an emergency room being treated for aFor those over 65, the odds of falling are one-in-three.Of those that are injured from a fall in a home, only 28% returned to their home after hospitalization; half require ongoing care in a skilled nursingOver 2.8 million people are treated for calls and over 800,000 are hospitalized for fall-related injuries each year.However, there is good news! There is something you can do to help prevent your loved ones from falling. Research has shown that there are four main areas to address when preventing falls. Those are:1) vision screening2) home safety assessments and modifications3) medication reviews and modifications4) services to improve physical mobility, agility, and balance. Focusing on one of these areas, however, is not enough.A combination of all four of the areas is the best approach.The problem is that these services are typically offered by different providers, and they are fragmented. The question then becomes: Is there one place where I can go to get all the resources, answers, and help with the coordination of all of these services?The answer is YES! Talem Home Care is a FREE referral service for those who need access to fall prevention services. Trusted experts in keeping loved ones safe and independent at home, Talem Home Care is dedicated and committed to reducing falls by providing fall prevention services and education.The time to act is now. Every day that goes by could increase the possibility of our loved ones getting hurt. Call Talem Home Care TODAY at 720-789-7350 or visit us at www.talemhomecare.com.