Nov 27

The infographic below from shows that 8% of the population has Diabetes in America, almost 29 million people.

But many cases of diabetes can be prevented through better diet and exercise. This doesn’t mean that we all have to become vegetarians or run marathons, but simple changes to diet, and mild, regular exercise can greatly reduce the chances of acquiring the disease.

As a nation, we have become more sedentary and eat larger portions than our grandparents. We also eat more sugar and processed foods than generations before us. Cutting down on sweets and fried foods, while walking daily might be all that’s needed to keep diabetes at bay.

Diabetes is the leading cause of complications with the feet, which many times result in amputation.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has created a Diabetes Awareness campaign for the month of November. Details about the campaign can be found on their website at: www.APMA.org.

Diabetes Numbers in America

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Sep 18

You don’t need your doctor to tell you that eating a balanced diet and the right proportions will put you on your way to feeling better and healthier. If you do a great job at it and throw in a little exercise, you may not need to see your doctor as often either.

Any age group can benefit from following this advice, but the older we get, the more important vitamins and minerals become for living a healthy lifestyle.

Taking multi-vitamins will help, but sometimes it’s better to get the necessary vitamins and minerals from a natural source, namely food. The tricky part is finding the right food sources for maximizing the benefits and nutritional value of the vitamins and minerals.

The infographic below makes it easy to find the right foods to take care of what ails you, and does a mighty fine job of explaining how all of this works by breaking it down to the type and function of each vitamin and mineral. It also shows the deficiency that is caused by a lack of each nutrient and the optimal food source for each one.

It helps to know there are two types of vitamins – fat soluble and water soluble. Essential Minerals are also broken into two categories – macro and micro. It will make sense as you read through the chart. This may even be worthy of printing out and hanging on the fridge for easy access. Happy eating!

Natural Vitamins and Essential Minerals Found in Food
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Jul 11

The title to this infographic caught our attention, but most of these 10 Strange Ways to Stay Healthy aren’t really so strange. Okay, maybe a few of them are a little strange.

Many people think staying healthy involves making sacrifices or doing things that can be difficult, such as exercising regularly or eating foods that are healthy, but aren’t always the best tasting. It’s true that good diet and moderate exercise are important, but most of the items on this list are fun and easy to do.

Variety is the spice of life and adding these items to your daily or weekly routine should be quite pleasurable. Enjoy!

10 Strange Ways to Stay Healthy Infographic

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Jun 20

This is one of the best videos we’ve seen that explains what Alzheimer’s Disease is, and how it spreads throughout the brain.

What is Alzheimer's Disease

As the video illustrates, Alzheimer’s begins when Plaques and Tangles form in the Hippocampus and kill brain cells. As the disease progresses, it spreads to other parts of the brain, first to the language center and finally to all other areas until breathing is compromised.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, it is important to understand the disease and how it may control a person’s thoughts and emotions, as well as physical well-being.

One in ten people over the age of 65 will get Alzheimer’s Disease. While many live for eight to ten years after being diagnosed, at some point they will need monitoring, a caregiver, and some form of mobility equipment to carry on with their daily lives.

Thanks to AboutALZ for this very interesting and informative “pocket film.” To find out more, visit: www.AboutALZ.org.

Jun 13

This came to us in an email and we found it both funny and enlightening.

A C-130 was slowly lumbering along when a young, cocky fighter jet flashed by.

The jet jockey decided to show off.

The fighter pilot told the C-130 pilot, “watch this!” and quickly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep, fast climb.

Fighter Jet

He then finished his maneuver with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier. The fighter pilot asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that?

The C-130 pilot said, “That was impressive, but watch this!”

The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on the radio and said, “What did you think of that?”

C-130 Airplane

Puzzled, the fighter pilot asked, “What the heck did you do?”

The C-130 pilot chuckled. “I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, used the bathroom, and then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.”

When you are young and foolish – speed and flash may seem a good thing.

When you get older and smarter – comfort and dull is not such a bad thing.

Older folks understand this – it’s called S.O.S. – Slower, Older and Smarter.

May 16

With Baby Boomers now hitting their stride into retirement age at record numbers (10,000 per day), many consider where to retire as a key consideration.

An AARP study concludes that most people want to remain in their own home for the rest of their lives, or at least as long as possible. That leaves a few people to consider moving to someplace a little warmer and sunnier. So we did a little digging and found 6 Lists from different sources that discuss the Best Places to Retire.

Best Places to Retire

Here are a few things to consider when thinking about where to retire:

  • Can you financially afford to sustain your ideal lifestyle for many years to come?
  • Will you need a car where you live?
  • Is there good public transportation in the area?
  • How close will you be to family and friends?
  • Does the area offer good amenities such as shopping and restaurants?
  • Are there plenty of options for recreation and exercise?

While these are just a sampling of things to consider, make a list of what’s important to ensure that the area where you choose to retire will meet your important needs.

There’s no shortage of retirement ideas on the internet and we’ve found a few that looked interesting.

Yahoo Finance recently ran a story, “The Best Place to Retire Overseas on a Budget,” that discusses the attributes of Ecuador.

U.S. News Money had an article called, “The 18 Best Places to Retire Overseas,” with a short summary about why each place made the list.

The Huffington Post weighs in with, “Best Places To Retire: 10 Most Relaxing U.S. Cities To Enjoy Your Golden Years,” that has a photo slideshow with descriptions.

CNN Money offers a list of the “25 Best Places to Retire” with a focus on reasonably priced homes, low crime and tax rates, and quality health care.

AARP writes about “10 Great Sunny Places to Retire” from their Best Places to Retire in 2012 list.

We also found a Pinterest Board called, “Best Places to Retire” that has plenty of photos and links to resources. If you don’t know about Pinterest, it’s one of the hottest things on the web today and is certainly worth a look.

You may not be planning to retire just yet, but it is highly recommended to begin planning in advance to be sure you can afford it and find the best deals before they get too expensive. Eventually, others find the hidden gems and the prices always go up in due time.

Apr 30

We often discuss fall prevention for seniors and older adults and have offered dozens of ways to make the home safer. It’s an important topic. It all boils down to tripping, slipping, and falling.

Here are three problem areas and solutions for seniors to prevent tripping, slipping, and falling:

1. Prevent Tripping – Remove Loose Carpets From Walkways

Loose rugs, carpets, and even electrical cords and cables may seem necessary but they are a main cause of people tripping in the home.

Slipping Tripping Falling

In this hallway there is not one but two throw rugs in the main walking area of the home. Tacking them down might help but if the foot hits on the exact edge, they won’t give and could cause a fall for sure. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid using these types of carpets. If you’re concerned about carpet stains, try treating the carpet with a stain protector like Scotch Guard in frequently traveled areas of the home.

Cost to implement: It costs nothing to remove loose carpets and next to nothing for fabric protector.

2. Prevent Slipping – Use Shower Strips or Bath Mats in the Bathroom

Bathrooms are where we find most slipping accidents because the shower floors are wet. Bathroom floors outside of the shower can be wet too.

The best way to prevent slipping in the shower is to use a bath mat or non-slip shower strips. Grab bars are essential but they just give you something to grab if you do slip. Prevent slipping from ever happening by adding a non-slip surface to the floor.

Slips Trips Falls

Outside the shower, bathroom floors become wet from water leaving the shower or tub. Here it is okay to use a throw carpet such as a towel-type bath mat. It will give you something to step on as you get out of the shower to absorb the water. For a walk-in shower, shower dams can be installed at the threshold to keep water in the shower area.

Collapsible Water Retainer Shower Dam

Cost to implement: Cheap. Bath mats and shower strips costs less than $20. Collapsible shower dams cost a little more but they work well at keeping water in the shower and make cleaning the bathroom floors easier.

3. Prevent Falling – Add Handrails to Outside Steps and Walkways

Walkways in and out of the home with just a few steps can be the major cause of falling, especially for older adults who have trouble seeing. Make sure these areas are well lit at night and each step is clearly visible.

Outside Step Railing

Here is an outside entrance we modified by adding a wooden handrail. As you can see, the steps all look the same and it’s difficult to see where one step ends and the next begins. To make this more problematic, the steps were made of stone with hard, sharp edges. Falling on these steps could be a disaster. The area was also very wide and there was only a handrail on one side.

Railing on Stairs

We matched the wood and color and extended it all the way across the front of the house making the entire porch safe from falls. A second handrail leading up the steps offered two areas to hold on to for added safety. The result looks great and matches the home perfectly.

Cost to implement: It depends on the size and style needed. If you have a large area to cover and need custom wood or iron railings it can be costly. But it’s also possible to have it done without spending more than a few hundred dollars. Not only is it worth it, it can be an attractive add-on to your home.

Jan 24

Nearly 29 million people in the United States have Diabetes, which is the leading cause of foot complications, often times leading to amputation.

Obesity and an unhealthy diet are leading causes of Diabetes but many times it can be cured with lifestyle changes. Diet, exercise and getting weight under control might eliminate it, all by following a few simple changes in routine.

Below is an infographic that shows how to beat Diabetes. To see the full-szie version go to Daily Infographic.

How to Beat Diabetes

We have some Diabetes Resources on our website along with several products that can help those who suffer from Diabetes.

Nov 29

The infographic below is from The National Council on Aging (NCOA) website and shows that almost 4 million adults over the age of 60 face hunger in America. A large majority of them might be eligible for benefits but aren’t getting them.

Senior Hunger in America During the Holidays

While this problem is ongoing all year long, it’s especially heartening when seniors go without enough food at the holidays. Most of us take it for granted that there will be plenty to eat during the holiday season in November and December but there are plenty of ways to help older adults less fortunate.

Inviting senior neighbors, friends and family members to dinner during the holidays is the most obvious way to make sure they have enough food. Or better yet, visit them in their own homes and take food with you. Make sure you help clean up afterward and be sure to leave leftovers with them.

While visiting seniors in their own home, take a look around to see if they’re able to properly take care of themselves. Are the bathrooms and kitchens safe? Maybe they could use grab bars in the bathroom, or a low, steady stool with a handle for reaching into the cupboards in the kitchen. Check to make sure they have enough food in the refrigerator and cupboards.

Check around the house to ensure there is proper lighting in living areas, and carpets or cords aren’t in walking areas that might cause them to trip and fall. These are the most obvious hazards, but watching them move around in their own home will give you clues as to problem areas.

If you invite them to your own home, see if they have trouble getting around. Do they need a walker or have problems with putting shoes on?

It may seem like you’re being nosey, but you’re actually looking out for their best interest and signs of something that may become more problematic in the future.

The NCOA can help provide annual benefits to seniors for a variety of things such as food, prescriptions, and medical costs. According to the infographic, every $1 donated equals $40 in benefits.

For more information, visit The National Council on Aging (NCOA) website at:
http://www.ncoa.org/donate

Happy Holidays!

Sep 30

Healthcare fraud and medical identity theft is a growing problem with over a million cases each year.

Healhcare in America is a hot topic but not for the reasons most people expect. The infographic below outlines some of the major issues with healthcare fraud.

One way to fix the problem is to streamline the healthcare process and it needs to be done through legislation. Educating the public is the first step to enabling the legislation.

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Healthcare Fraud and Medical Identity Theft

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