Archive for June, 2013

Health News: Yoga Gets The Brain Moving

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Yoga is an exercise that one can do in the comfort of their own home, in an area of about 10 feet. So it may come as a surprise to some to learn that researchers at the University of Illinois found superior brain functioning in those who performed yoga; as compared to those who participated in aerobic exercise.

The study focused on 30 volunteers who participated in a series of aerobic exercises on the treadmill, and yoga. After each particular exercise, aerobic or yoga, participants in the study were asked to perform a series of cognitive tests. The results found that the participants scored significantly better on the tests after yoga sessions; as opposed to their scores after aerobic exercise and at baseline (not exercising).

While the cause of why yoga benefits cognitive function is not yet known, lead researcher, Neha Gothe, attributed the results to the breathing and meditation aspects of yoga, and the possibility of these aspects reducing stress and anxiety. Which, in theory, would lead to a clearer mind and better functioning.

“The breathing and meditative exercises aim at calming the mind and body,” Gothe said, “and keeping distracting thoughts away while you focus on your body, posture or breath.”

Plus, the cool thing about yoga for the seniors and elderly, is that some forms of yoga are less taxing on the body than aerobic exercise. Check out these great yoga exercises for seniors from Discovery Health.

Do you practice yoga? If so, what are some of the benefits to yoga you’ve experienced? Leave a comment below, we love hearing from you guys!

 

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Home Safety Month; Four Tips For Keeping The Elderly Safe

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

 

As the month of June comes to a close, those in senior care are wrapping up another informative Home Safety Month. Below are our top four tips (from us and friends) to keeping seniors and the elderly safe at home. Remember, no matter how much you safeguard a home, one of the best ways to keep the elderly safe and sound, is to have someone around to help them. Whether that’s a friend, neighbor, loved one, or one of our own trusted care advisors, nothing attributes better to you and your loved one’s peace of mind quite like knowing someone is there for them.

Keep Floors Safe and Simple:

This may seem obvious, but still it needs to be said, one of the biggest dangers for seniors around the house are objects scattered along the floor. For those with mobility issues, sight deficiencies, or dementia-related illnesses, identifying or even navigating around these objects can be difficult. Keeping a safe, clean, and simple floor is one of the quickest and easiest ways to avoid accidents.

From our friends at Senior Care Corner: Non-skid surfaces and, especially in senior’s homes with dementia, simple floors with single or no color patterns can prevent confusion and accidental slips.

Handrails:

Handrails are relatively simple to install, and extremely beneficial in aiding seniors navigating difficult areas of the home; such as bathrooms, stairs, and decks. However, while handrails may be simple to install, it’s imperative they are installed correctly and securely. Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) are builders who are specifically trained to help keep seniors safe, and can help ensure your handrails are properly installed. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, check out our friends at Master Home & Lawn Care.

Prioritize Necessities:

This one is a great tip from the National Safety Council. Let’s be honest, as cool as the 12-speed juicer is, most of use a microwave more often than the Juicer Pro 5000 Plus. We also use basic utensils, plates, paper towels etc. more often than some of the measuring cups, strainers, and other cool gadgets in our kitchen. Arrange your kitchen, and other rooms, to make finding and using basic necessities easier than the things we use less.

A Lamp and a Phone:

As the saying goes in poker, “as long as I have a chip and a chair,” the same can be true for your bedside dresser. Only substitute the chip and chair with lamp and phone. No matter what age we are, we all have to get up at some point in the night. And no matter what age we are, we have all tried to navigate our way to our destination in the dark; only to be rudely awakened by a sharp corner or something on the floor. Keeping a lamp, and a phone, next to your bed can help eliminate a.) the need to get up in the night, and b.) an accident caused by navigating the house in the dark.

Most of all, use common sense when organizing a room for an elderly loved one. Keep hazards out of reach, and as said before, keep it simple. If you do want to make sure you are doing the best you can to keep a friend or loved one safe, contact a care advisor, or CAPS, as previously mentioned, and ask them for advice on making sure your friend, family member, or loved one is as safe as possible in their home. After all, as studies show, that’s where they want to be.

 

 

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