Seniors Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

Seniors Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

A new virus called the Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV has erupted and claimed the lives of 81 people. This virus was first detected in China and has infected almost 3,000 Chinese citizens and citizens in 12 other countries. Since January 21, five people have been identified as positive carriers of the virus in the United States, and there are still 73 people pending investigation, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The pneumonia-like illness linked to SARS is now spreading from person-to-person, yet it is not clear how easily. The World Health Organization has yet to declare the outbreak as a global emergency but keeping yourself safe is critical as the death tolls rise and the virus spreads. How to keep yourself safe and reduce the risk of infection: Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds Disinfect and clean your home and common areas (doorknobs, cabinets) Try not to touch your eyes, nose,...
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BAM! Balance and Motion

BAM! Balance and Motion

Attention all seniors! Do not let the winter slow you down, get up, and whip that body into shape. Aging may be a natural part of life, but do not slow down and let it take over. Did you know that after 30, you begin to lose between 3% to 5% of muscle per decade, according to Harvard Health? This loss of tissue increases the risks of falls and injuries like a broken hip or collarbone. Keeping your body active and limber is critical. So, if you want to stay strong or if you set fitness goals for 2020, keep the momentum going and join senior fitness specialist Artie G. for BAM! BAM, a class for balance and motion, helps seniors develop balance, coordination, and core strength. In 45 minutes, you will increase your flexibility and range of motion through a very gentle and supportive class. Head on over to BAM, at Palm Coast’s Community Center this Thursday, February 6,...
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Suffering from Hearing Loss?

Suffering from Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a normal part of aging and affects about 37.5 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. So, if you have hearing loss do not worry; there are options. ClearCaptions provides a real-time phone captioning service for free! If a physician has medically recognized you as hearing-impaired, then you qualify. Real-time phone captioning allows you to see every word said on a call without ever placing your ear to the phone. ClearCaptions is user and budget-friendly! They have been vetted by our team at OurSeniors.net and can be found in our Directory of Approved Vendors. Through their recognized service, they honor the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and continuously support the needs of our community. This service is paid for by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act and is administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Hearing loss and phone use have never coincided, but thanks to modern technology, equal...
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Diabetes Prevention and Management

Diabetes Prevention and Management

On Monday, our team at OurSeniors.net wrote a blog about the risk of diabetes in seniors. Today, as promised, we would like to explore the different ways our readers can prevent or manage diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body converts food into energy. People who suffer from diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or create too much insulin. This unstable production of insulin does not allow the body to use sugar carried in the blood for energy properly. Though there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways control and prevent the disease. Here are a few ways to manage/prevent diabetes Know your ABC’s Average blood glucose level in the past three months Blood Pressure Cholesterol numbers Stop smoking Healthy meal plans Whole grains Fruits Vegetables Lean Meats Low-fat dairy Fish Skinless poultry Be physically active daily Walk 10,000 steps Swim Dance Lightly jog Aside from all the tips above, seniors who have already been...
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Seniors and Diabetes

Seniors and Diabetes

Diabetes can affect people of all ages, but did you know it is more common in seniors? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 25 percent of adults 65 and older have diabetes. That is over 12 million seniors living with the long-lasting health condition. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2015 and is expected to continue rising according to the American Diabetes Association. A report by the CDC states that more than 7.2 million people are not aware of having diabetes. Since seniors are at a greater risk for developing diabetes it is important to know the risk factors. Risk factors that may lead to Diabetes: Smoking Being overweight or obese High blood pressure High cholesterol High blood sugar Physical inactivity Though diabetes is tough long-term illness, it is manageable and it’s impact on your life can be reduced. Visit us on Wednesday to learn more about diabetes and to find different ways to manage...
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Do you have a Cold?

Do you have a Cold?

Catching a cold during winter is as standard as snow up north; it happens annually. The common cause of the cold is a respiratory virus called a rhinovirus, which is known to induce asthma attacks. Adults who are over the age of 65 are susceptible to these viruses due to a weakened immune system. If not treated, a common cold will increase the risk of pneumonia, bronchitis, and even a stroke. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 177,000, older adults are hospitalized annually due to the cold, and 14,000 of those adults die. These infections are dangerous for seniors and can be critical for individuals with heart and lung problems. Recognizing the early symptoms of a cold can lower the risks of serious complications. Symptoms of an oncoming cold: Muscular aches and pains Serious fatigue Green/yellow mucus production Sore throat Runny nose Sneezing Watery eyes Light coughing Headaches After the first signs of a cold, the average adult...
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SavOn Global Meds

SavOn Global Meds

Are your prescription drugs too costly? Do you feel like you chose the wrong Medicare drug plan that does not cover the right costs? If so, you should learn about our new Approved Vendor, SavOn Global Meds. SavOn Global Meds is a Florida-based company that sells branded and generic prescription medication sourced from overseas at a discounted price. The company finds the lowest drug prices among pharmacies made in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Turkey, and the UK. The same patented brands that are sold in the U.S. are sourced from these places and sold at a fraction of the retail cost here and often below insurance co-pays. Medications are delivered to the homes of customers, which reduces costs all around. For more information about SavOn Global Meds, call 561-250-8251 or 866-435-7650 or visit Savon Global Meds....
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Stay active during the holidays

Stay active during the holidays

The holidays are near and so are the temptations to eat heavy meals with desserts and to indulge a bit more than usual. We want you to know that this is totally okay, but you should keep in mind to stay active as much as possible. It is difficult with schedules getting busier and the daylight hours getting shorter, so we recommend that anyone in the Daytona Beach area to check out the City of Daytona Beach’s Leisure Services that includes four recreation centers. John H. Dickerson Community Center at 308 South Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd Midtown Cultural and Educational Center 925 George W. Engram Blvd Peggy Schnebly Recreation Center 1101 North Atlantic Ave Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Educational Center at 1000 Vine St The recreation centers offer everything from ballroom dancing, hula, arts and crafts, cardio drumming, “Seniorcise” and yoga programs for those over the age of 55. The Senior Oasis Program that the centers offer provide unique...
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Seniors Stay Warm

Seniors Stay Warm

Winters in Florida are mild when compared to the rest of the country. The cold weather temperatures range from 40 to 62 degrees Fahrenheit on average. However, people can begin experiencing symptoms of hypothermia at 60 degrees, especially seniors. Seniors have a difficult time regulating temperature as the body ages and face danger during the winter months. Seniors need to support their bodies and immune systems to be healthy and active during the holidays. How to stay warm and healthy during these next few months: Bundle up if you are going to be outside Check the weather daily Turn on your heater if the temperature is expected to drop Wear plenty of layers, especially on your head Stay active, keep your blood pumping Do not overeat and make sure what you do eat is healthy Avoid alcohol since it thins the blood The winter season is also the holiday season, which is meant to be shared with family and friends. Make...
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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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