Well, winter finally arrived this week! While it certainly isn’t the worst we’ve ever had, when I slipped on a patch of ice I was reminded that we all need to focus on safety- especially for our Seniors! Remember- we are ALL just one fall away from an extended stay at the hospital. Here are some tips from our friends at the Ohio Department of Aging.
- Stay active. The stronger you are, the better your balance will be as you traverse the snow and ice and slush. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about easy indoor exercises and seek opportunities to be active.
- Wear boots and shoes that fit properly and have soles with good traction. Keep shoes and walking aids (canes, walkers) dry and free of snow, ice, dirt and mud.
- Coats, gloves, hats and other winter clothing are designed to keep you warm, but items that are bulky, don’t fit well or can catch on nearby objects can increase your risk of falling.
- Know your limitations! If the snow is too heavy, DON’T SHOVEL IT! If the walk is too icy, DON’T TRY TO WALK ON IT!
If it’s time to consider a move to a “maintenance free lifestyle,” give us a call- we’ve got a few open apartments! As always, you can visit http://www.stowglen.comor our Facebook page for more information!
Am I really losing brain cells as I age?
It seems like everything you read about aging these days has to do with dementia, the risk of Alzheimer’s and other neurological problems. When we are young- between 20-25, our brains reached peak performance. In our 30’s memory starts to slip, our 40’s & 50’s our reasoning skills slow down. By our 60’s the brain has actually begin to shrink! Like any other muscle, we can at least stave off deterioration with a good workout- here are some tips!
- Break a sweat! Exercise pumps blood to the brain and encourages growth of new brain cells
- Listen to music: A study in the journal Neuron showed that listening to music may sharpen the brain’s ability to anticipate events and stay focused
- Eat wisely: Certain foods like brightly colored vegetables and fruits are high in antioxidants- these counteract disease causing free radicals in your brain!
One of the most frequent complaints I get from my senior friends is about Medicare!
They often refer to it as a “necessary evil” and they don’t ever know where to start!
Can you get Part B with Part D and what about my Social Security disability benefits?
Fortunately, I can help- please come to the “Medicare 101- The Basics” luncheon at Stow-Glen on 11/1 to learn more from a local expert, Beth Kamer. She will cover each “part” that makes up Medicare as well as those products that work with original Medicare. We will all learn what the “donut hole” is and how it is calculated. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work are from Ohio State University. She has 23 years of experience in Hospitals, home care, nursing homes, senior center and Elder Law. Also, she has been an independent Insurance Agent for 3 years, working with Medicare products only. Believe it or not, she actually enjoys working with seniors and families to educate them on Medicare options! Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and challenges they’ve faced!
Question: Mom seems lonely and depressed since her sister died, what can we do?
Have you ever stopped and really thought about all the loss a senior has experienced? By the time someone is 80, they have probably lost a spouse and a sibling. They have definitely lost their parents and other family members. By this point they have lost many close friends. Also, many have lost their driving privileges, overall health, hearing and many other things! I don’t want to depress anyone, but that STINKS!
That’s why having friends is so important for seniors- consistent socialization does wonders for our physical, emotional and intellectual well being! Here are a few reasons:
- Less isolation: a friend pulls us out of our shell and helps us live a good life. Places we wouldn’t normally go alone, we’ll go with a friend!
- More stimulation: Studies show that staying mentally and physically active help fight dementia, cancer and other diseases related a sedentary lifestyle!
- Friendly conversations: Seniors are full of memories and stories to share, but since they live alone, there might not be anyone to share them with. When a companion is there, seniors have someone to listen, show curiosity and develop genuine interest in their histories and the things they enjoy. At Stow-Glen Retirement Village, we have story after story after story of how important socialization is for our seniors! Now is a great time to make the move to Stow-Glen- can you imagine hundreds of neighbors of the same age with the same interests, goals and musical tastes? Call today for a tour!