National Handwashing Awareness Week

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Did you know that the simple act of washing our hands has prevented the spread of diseases since the 1840s? When Dr. Semmelweis in Austria noticed that patients were dying at alarming rates at his hospital, he decided to conduct an experiment that required the student doctors to wash their hands after touching deceased patients before treating living ones. Mortality went from about 12 percent down to 2 percent, which caused a chain reaction of doctors to adopt this method. Without realizing it, you may have saved someone’s life or prevented them from getting sick by performing this simple act throughout your life. Unfortunately, not many people realize how important it is to do this every day and at different times throughout the day. Therefore, National Handwashing Awareness Week was implemented. This week, Dec 1-7, the observance is meant to remind people of all ages about washing their hands, when to do it and how to do it correctly. The Henry the...
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Holiday Blues (continued)

Holiday Blues (continued)

Two days ago, our team at Ourseniors.net wrote a blog about the holiday blues and its possible causes. Today we would like to dive in a little deeper into the subject. The holiday blues or seasonal affective disorder affects about 14% of Americans, according to a paper published by the US National Library of Medicine. These feelings of sadness are incredibly challenging during the holiday season, which comes coupled with social pressures. These holiday blues are especially detrimental to seniors who are isolated or who suffer from chronic illnesses. Symptoms of seasonal depression: Trouble concentrating Constant rumination Loss of interest in activities Sleepier than usual The holiday blues can severely diminish the quality of life of seniors. If you are suffering from seasonal depression, know that you are not alone. There are ways to manage this onset of sadness without medication. Ways seniors can manage the holiday blues: Get a full night's sleep Do not overeat Say no to overscheduling Do something you...
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Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

The end of fall marks the beginning of the holiday season. The holidays can be a joyful yet lonely time, especially for seniors. During the winter season the holidays can provoke a real syndrome called the holiday blues. The holiday blues are a feeling of overwhelming sorrow, introspection, and solitude. It steals the joys of the holiday season and can have long term effects on an individual. Possible causes of holiday blues involve: Tiredness Delusional expectations Tension Over-commercialization Financial anxiety Distance from family and friends According to a survey published by the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of people felt a rise in stress, anxiety, and depression levels between the weeks of Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. The holiday blues typically dissipate a week or two after the holiday season and should not be confused for depression, which can be long-lasting. Seniors are especially susceptible to this phenomenon. If you would like to learn more about the holiday blues, visit our...
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A Senior’s Guide to Healthy Heart Lifestyle

A Senior’s Guide to Healthy Heart Lifestyle

The heart is the engine that keeps the human body moving. It pumps blood in and out of the lungs and supplies the entire body with oxygen. As we age, our hearts begin to slow down, and our arteries stiffen. This change is natural, so being proactive over our heart's health is essential. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for older adults. Adults 65 and older have an increased risk of developing heart disease and are much more likely to suffer from a heart attack or heart failure. This change, in one of the most active muscles in the human body, is debilitating and dramatically reduces the quality of life of seniors. Luckily there are ways to prevent, delay, and reverse the risks of heart problems! How to have a healthy heart: Have your blood pressure checked regularly Two and a half hours of cardio/week Two days of strengthening exercises/week ...
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Holiday Stress and Sadness

Holiday Stress and Sadness

The holidays are just a few weeks away and for many, this is the best time of the year. For some, this is not the best time of the year as it may serve as a reminder of financial instability, the inability to see family and friends or of past holidays and the people who they are no longer able to share it with. There are a few ways to get ahead of these negative thoughts and feelings such as setting realistic goals of what you can and cannot do, letting the past go and enjoying the present moment, meeting new friends or joining a new group to be with during the holidays or volunteering to help someone else in need. All of these can help alleviate the stress of the holiday season and provide a better perspective. For those who are unable to leave their home and feel alone, unhappy or detached, SilverCloud is a great tool to use to...
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How to Age with Grace

How to Age with Grace

American culture is obsessed with youth or the next big thing. The digital age has helped create shorter attention spans and the constant need for outer validation. So how does one age with grace in these modern times? Through mindfulness, grit and a positive outlook on life. Psychology Today offers a simple acronym to help guide us through this process. Grace: Gratitude for your life Resilience against your adversities A positive attitude Courage to face your fears Education to help you grow Embedding G.R.A.C.E. into your life by practicing these acronyms can positively affect your outlook on aging. By exercising these virtues, you will more easily notice the silver linings of life. Take the necessary steps today to begin your practice! Love the skin you are in because only those who are truly lucky make it to the golden age. For information about any senior-related need, you may contact an OurSeniors.net Advisor by phone at 866-333-2657 (se habla Español), or by using Contact...
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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed globally to raise awareness of one of the commonly overlooked cancers with the lowest survival rates. More than 150 people are diagnosed with it every day and it is the ninth most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and tenth most in men. It is not the most obvious cancer to some people as the pancreas is deep within the abdomen and cannot be easily felt during a routine exam. Only an imaging study such as a CT, MRI or EUS scan can be used to see a pancreatic tumor. Recognizing symptoms can lead to early detection and better outcomes for patients. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network wants people to look at a few of the risk factor that have been identified by research. Family history Diet that is high in red and processed meat Obesity Smoking Long-standing diabetes Chronic pancreatitis Pancreatic cancer causes vague symptoms that many may attribute to various ailments. If...
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Recognizing Elder Abuse

Recognizing Elder Abuse

Did you know that one in ten individuals over the age of 60 have experienced abuse? According to the National Council of Aging, about five million senior Americans face elder abuse yearly! The act can be a singular occurrence or repeated. The abuse can be committed by family, long-term care staff or friends. Elder abuse can be: Physical Emotional Verbal Psychological Sexual Neglect Financial exploitation Healthcare fraud and scams The abuse of seniors can occur at home, in institutions and community settings. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that women are more likely to be abused than men, yet seniors who are isolated, physically disabled or mentally impaired are also vulnerable. Warning signs of elder abuse: Bruises, broken bones, burns, abrasions, pressure marks, scars Lack of proper medical needs, deprivation Inappropriate use of drugs or restraints Bedsores, odor, weight loss, poor personal hygiene Withdrawal, depression, strained relationships, sudden changes in attitude with a caregiver Yelling, threats, humiliation, abuse of power...
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Hello November!

Hello November!

The holiday season has officially started, which means cooler weather and plenty of great food! This season is a special time for friends and family. If you are caring for a senior or have a loved one in a long-term care facility remember to include them. These next few weeks can be a very lonely time for seniors. There are a few weeks left to prepare and make Thanksgiving, even more memorable. Our team at OurSeniors.net wishes you and your family a happy holiday season. For information about any senior-related need, you may contact an OurSeniors.net Advisor by phone at 866-333-2657 (se habla Español), or by using Contact Us. Take an online look at our senior living magazine, OurSeniors.net Magazine. You can view the entire OurSeniors.net Directory of Approved Vendors at OurSeniors.net Approved Vendors and Partners....
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Combat Alzheimer’s Disease with The Mediterranean Diet

Combat Alzheimer’s Disease with The Mediterranean Diet

A healthy diet is necessary for individuals in all stages of life. A balanced diet optimizes and fuels the body throughout the long hours of the day. Diet becomes even more important as a person ages, especially after the onset of a disease like Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that devastates memory and thinking skills according to the National Institute of Aging (NIA). The slow but progressive disease is the most common cause of dementia and is usually detected in seniors. Though the disease is irreversible, it is important to maintain a healthy diet to combat its onset or progression. So, what do you eat to combat Alzheimer’s disease? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers have found that a Mediterranean diet slows down changes in the brain which leads to Alzheimer’s disease. The Mediterranean diet is a blend of traditional Mediterranean-style cooking with healthy eating recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Components of the Mediterranean diet: ...
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