This is what you should know about emergency medical alert devices

This is what you should know about emergency medical alert devices

Recently, OurSeniors.net published an article that reviewed several of the new, high-tech wearable devices that can monitor a senior’s vital signs. These devices can keep track of measurements like heart rate and blood pressure, respiration and even observe exercise and sleep patterns.  Emergency-use “Medical Alert” devices are a related topic, perhaps of greater interest. While a fitness or activity tracker can improve a senior’s health, medical alert devices can literally make the difference between life and death. The Life Alert Program, a service dating back to 1972, states that on average, it intervenes in one life-threatening situation every 10 minutes. Its ad line, “Help, I’ve fallen and can’t get up,” is one of the best-known commercial dialogues of all time. The original device was a pendant-shaped gadget, worn on a wristband or as a necklace. As you would expect, these devices have come a long way since the 1970’s. Beyond instant emergency assistance, today’s alert technology can offer a variety of...
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Are people not speaking clearly or is it me?

Are people not speaking clearly or is it me?

Have you noticed how quickly people are speaking these days? Do their words seem more like gibberish than English? Have you had to ask them to repeat themselves not twice but three times? If so, as surprising as it may sound, you may be suffering from hearing loss. Hearing loss is a healthy and natural part of aging. According to the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, one in three people between 65 and 74 suffers from hearing loss. If you are older than 75, the likelihood of hearing loss increases by up to 50%. But how do you know you're hard of hearing? If you are not sure where you stand within those statistics, answer the questions1: Do you sometimes feel embarrassed when you meet new people because you struggle to hear? Do you feel frustrated when talking to members of your family because you have difficulty understanding them? Do you have trouble hearing or understanding co-workers, clients, or...
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Sitting too much is bad for you, this is how to fix it

Sitting too much is bad for you, this is how to fix it

Since 2007, American adults have spent about seven hours a day sitting. Ever since the average amount of time devoted to a seat has increased by an hour. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four American adults sits for over eight hours a day! It was also discovered that 44% of participants did not engage in any moderate physical activity! Why is this a big deal? Your body was not made to be inactive or laying around for lengthy periods. Being idle for that long weakens your muscles, spine, and immune system. No wonder sitting has been called the “new smoking”. Experts worldwide agree that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for you. Here are just a few of the adverse side effects caused by a lifetime of over sitting: Unhealthy blood-sugar levels and type-2 diabetes High blood cholesterol levels A greater chance of heart disease A higher risk of obesity High blood pressure Gallbladder disease Higher...
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These 6 nutrients will help boost your eye health

These 6 nutrients will help boost your eye health

Imagine you're driving and then suddenly everything goes dark. You slam on the breaks and raise your hands to your face. You see nothing. No shadows, no outlines, just nothing. Scary right? Losing your eyesight, whether gradually or suddenly, is terrifying. Your vision keeps your mind sharp, safe, and aware of your surroundings. Without your sight, life would be so different. That's why eye health is so important. Did you know, nearly 4.2 million Americans over 40 are visually impaired? Another 24.4 million Americans suffer from cataracts? Eye diseases/complications are mostly preventable, yet few adults prioritize their eye health! If you're wondering, "How can I take care of my eyes?", you can start with eating the right foods that can directly impact your eye health. Six nutrients that will optimize your eye health: Eat food high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and say goodbye to artificial tears! It improves the production of oil film by the meibomian glands on the edge of your...
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These health tools can help monitor blood pressure, exercise

These health tools can help monitor blood pressure, exercise

New technology comes out every year that make our lives easier, from new smartphone applications to kitchen tools and more. One that we think could greatly benefit seniors is a wearable monitor that checks heart rate, blood pressure, exercise, sleep and other health indicators.  These can help with reaching fitness goals faster and help stay accountable with reminders to keep moving throughout the day. They can also benefit if you live a more sedentary lifestyle and are at risk for hypertension, diabetes and other illness. There are plenty of wearable monitors you can buy, but not all of them are up to standard. It’s important to consider the monitor’s battery life, accuracy, ease of use, durability and whether it is water resistant. We all forget to charge our phones or take off certain items before getting into the shower, so we want to make sure this new device can withstand long periods of time without charge and the occasional shower without...
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3 secrets for a brighter smile that you may not know

3 secrets for a brighter smile that you may not know

Ever look in the mirror and realize the shade of yellow in your smile? As the years pass, your teeth are prone to darken. It's an unfortunate consequence of the hard work your body goes through protecting you daily. The dull in your smile is a visible sign of aging. No amount of makeup can cover up a stained smile. But if you're ready to achieve a brighter smile, keep on reading. Below are a few home remedies that can help: Eat Strawberries Strawberries are an excellent natural whitener. The sweet berries contain malic acid, an enzyme that whitens teeth. All you have to do is crush one strawberry, add ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and mix. Brush with this paste, and you'll achieve a brighter and plaque-free smile within a few days. Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide The benefits of hydrogen peroxide are known far and wide by the toothpaste industry. But did you know that rinsing your mouth daily with a hydrogen peroxide solution...
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The major issue with meat you should know

The major issue with meat you should know

Americans love red meat, and they also love quick bites like processed meats. According to a study done by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, processed meat accounts for 25% of all red meat and poultry eaten annually. Unfortunately, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies processed meat as a carcinogen. This means that processed meats are known to cause cancer. Here are a few processed types of meat you need to avoid: Hot dogs Bacon Some deli meats Sausage Ham In other words, anything that has been salted, cured, or smoked is most likely processed. If you cannot understand or read all the ingredients listed on the package, then the meat is processed. These meats cause cancer and heart disease. Avoid them at all costs. In order to live a healthy senior lifestyle, you must focus on the things you are eating and how you treat your body. Convenience is not worth the price of your health...
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