Monthly Archives: August 2016

Training Like a World Class Athlete: Staying Fit After 70

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The games are quickly approaching, and most of America is looking forward to watching some of the most athletic people in the world compete for their country.  A benefit of this excitement is getting everyone on track to train harder and get in shape no matter what age.  If you’re looking to help your aging loved one stay fit, Choice Health Management Services is here with some great tips for fitness after 70:

  • Consult your doctor. This will alert them to pay extra attention to your heart, lungs and bones. You don’t want to overstress your heart, and you want to make sure osteoporosis hasn’t started to set in and risk breaking a bone.
  • Start slow. You may feel like you’re miles behind everyone else at the gym, but it’s important you go at your pace. If you overdo it, you may find yourself back at the doctor’s—and not for good reasons!
  • Remember that you’re not 20 anymore. While you may remember the thrill of running 5 miles in 45 minutes or less, doing so now could put you in a lot of pain. It’s okay to not be in the same place as you used to be.
  • Stop if you feel pain! It’s your body’s warning signal that you’re overdoing it. Again, you’re not 20, so recovering from a hard workout now will take much longer than it used to.
  • Warm up. This is something you may not have had to do as a young adult, but as an older adult, not doing so can lead to injury.
  • Experiment with a variety of different exercises. Find one that you enjoy and that doesn’t overstress your body or put you in pain. Biking, walking, swimming and yoga are good things to consider.

Young or old, there’s no denying the benefits of regular exercise, and what better motivation for getting fit than watching the games.  At Choice Health Management Services, we believe strongly in staying active and fit no matter what age.  In addition to regularly scheduled activities, we offer in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation that is focused on helping residents return to prior levels of function.

Contact Choice Health Management Services today to discuss how we help residents stay active!

Helping Your Loved One Beat Extreme Heat While Living With COPD

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If your loved one is living with COPD, extreme heat can be downright dangerous. Not only does it exacerbate their condition, it can also turn fatal. However, by taking the correct precautions, you can help your loved one beat the heat and stay healthy for the remainder of the summer. Choice Health Management Services has these tips for you:

  • Help them stay inside as much as possible, especially on the days where the heat and the humidity are at their most extreme. If they don’t have air conditioning, then go someplace that does during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Places such as the mall or the public library are good spots to take refuge in. Their community may have a senior center for them to stay at as well.
  • If your loved one must be outside, help them concentrate their activities during the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense. Make sure they take plenty of breaks where they’re sitting in the air conditioning for a while.
  • Make sure they drink lots of water. This is important in helping thin the mucous, which helps ease COPD symptoms. They should also avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks, as these can lead to dehydration.
  • Invest in a dehumidifier—in fact, have several throughout the house. Like the old saying goes, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” While we don’t completely agree with that—heat is bad for COPD—relieving those awful symptoms that come with humidity can go a long way to helping them feel better.

Overall, managing your loved one’s COPD symptoms on a hot day all comes down to taking it easy. It’s not worth it to end up in the hospital because they overexerted themselves too hard.  Choice Health Management Services has facilities throughout North Carolina and helps residents manage the heat on a daily basis.  If you have questions about how residents are cared for in extreme heat, reach out to us today!