Health at Home Senior Life Updates

Health at Home Senior Life Updates

Health at Home Senior Life Updates are helpful pieces of healthy information created for the over-50 crowd. Whether you consider yourself a “senior” or not, these healthy tips can serve as useful reminders for you to take care of yourself. Live Well. Be Well.

Health at Home Senior Life Updates Archive

January 2017

January 2017

Simple Steps to Stay Independent Longer

MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE

  • Keep floors free of clutter.
  • Remove small rugs or secure them with double sided tape.
  • Add grab bars in the bathroom and shower.
  • Use the handrail when on staircases.
  • Make sure your home has plenty of lighting.

SPEAK UP

Talk openly with your doctor about fall risks and prevention.

KEEP MOVING

Regular exercise can improve your balance.

CHECK YOUR EYES

Have your vision checked at least once a year.

By Holly Kline, PT, COS-C, HCS-D; Corporate Director of Rehabilitation Services

February 2017

February 2017

Be Kind to Your Heart

Start with one or two of the following steps and continue, step-by-step, to a healthier you!

  • Reduce stress - take quiet time for yourself.
  • Stop Smoking!
  • Limit the use of alcohol - moderation is key.
  • Watch your weight. Losing as few as 10 pounds can lower the risk for heart disease.
  • Eat Healthy. Eat your vegetables, watch your salt, limit your caffeine, low-fat diet.
  • Limit your caffeine.
  • Become more active.
  • Become a partner with your health care provider.

When you eat right, exercise, don’t smoke and talk to your doctor about any health concerns or symptoms, you can have a Healthy Heart.

March 2017

March 2017

Celebrate National Nutrition Month®

Plan your Healthy Plate.

Use ChooseMyPlate.gov as your example

HEALTHY EATING TIPS:

  1. EAT A VARIETY OF HEALTHY FOODS LIKE THESE:
    • Green Leafy Vegetables
    • Red and Orange Vegetables
    • Beans and Peas (Legumes)
    • Fruits
    • Whole Grains
    • Fat-free or Low-fat Dairy
    • Protein (Seafood, Lean Meats, Poultry, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds)
    • Healthy Oils and Fats

  2. AVOID SATURATED FATS, TRANS FATS, ADDED SUGARS, AND SODIUM LIKE THESE:
    • Cookies
    • Crackers
    • Snack Foods
    • Biscuits
    • Commercially Prepared Fried Foods
    • Beverages with Added Sugar

  3. CONTROL PORTIONS BY:
    • Eating the Right Amount of Food
    • Use “MyPlate” as an example

April 2017

April 2017

Tips for Medication Management & Safety

  • KEEP A WRITTEN LIST of all your medications, include prescriptions, herbal medicine, supplements or other over-the-counter medications
  • SHARE YOUR LIST with your physician and with your care providers at every appointment, as well as your designated contact.
  • KNOW THE NAMES of each of your medicines.
  • DO NOT STOP or change medicines without your doctor's approval.
  • NEVER BREAK, crush, or chew tablets without asking your health care provider or pharmacist first.
  • KEEP MEDICATIONS in a cool, dry place, away from bright light, heat and/or moisture.
  • REQUEST LARGE PRINT or high contrast labels of you have trouble reading them.
  • REFILL PRESCRIPTIONS EARLY to avoid running out.
  • USE A PILL BOX, calendar, or other reminders to help you take your medications as directed.

May 2017

May 2017

Here comes the Sun! Stay Safe!

Check your skin at least Monthly and report any of the following to your doctor:

  • Asymmetry, if one half of a mole or birthmark doesn't match the other half in color or shape.
  • Borders of a melanoma are usually irregular and appear scalloped, uneven or blurred.
  • Colors can range from red, blue, white, gray and black and are not uniform throughout.
  • Diameter is usually greater than 6mm. Report any growth that is larger than a pencil eraser.

Enjoy the outdoors but protect yourself from the dangerous effects of the sun.

  • SLIP! on a shirt
  • SLOP! on sunscreen
  • SLAP! on a hat
  • WRAP! on sunglasses

American Cancer Society - cancer.org

June 2017

June 2017

Stay Cool. Stay Hydrated. Stay Summer Safe!

  • Limit outdoor activity to morning or evening Noon to 3:00 pm is the hottest part of the day (Take regular breaks in the shade).
  • Bring Water With You on Outdoor Excursions Take a drink about every 20 minutes
  • Drink Plenty of Water or Sports Drinks Depending on temperature, humidity, & activity
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat in the sun Avoid direct sunlight
  • Eat fresh fruit A good source of nutrition & fluids
  • Talk to your doctor about what's right for YOU Prescribed fluid restrictions may need adjusting for the heat
  • Know the signs of dehydration Thirst, flushed skin, headache, fever, dizziness, rapid pulse & difficulty breathing


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