Monthly Archives: February 2017

What You Can Do To Help Prevent Memory Loss

With each passing year, there is new opportunities to make treasured memories with your family. However, if your loved one is having difficultly remembering past events and names, it may be a sign of a larger problem. Last year, an estimated 5.4 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. From this, 5.2 million cases were in adults age 65 or older. Although there are no guarantees or cures for Alzheimer’s, certain activities may help improve memory. At Choice Health Management, we take the health of your family to heart. To help slow the effects of memory loss and improve overall health, we offer these key guidelines for your aging loved ones.

Stay Social

According to research done by the MacArthur Foundation, social support can improve the mental performance of seniors as well as increase self-esteem. Joining groups, especially ones that include learning new skills or hobbies, is a way to cultivate a sense of meaning and counter the effects of stress-related disease. Additionally, participating in activities that challenge your brain can aid in sharpening the memory. To start, ask your loved one what activities they are interested in and research local groups or clubs that can help provide assistance. This can be as easy as doing a jigsaw puzzle daily or joining in a local bingo game. All of these efforts may seem small but, by giving purpose and relying on a strong social team, you can help improve both memory and their quality of life.

Keep it Healthy

By placing an emphasis on healthy living, your loved one can improve their physical fitness and brain cognition by receiving vital nutrients. Fruits and vegetables offer sufficient sources of antioxidants and healthy fats from fish, nuts, and whole grains help protect the body from deterioration and reduces the risk of stroke. Additionally, regular exercise is another key practice to staying mentally sharp. This does not have to be extraneous or intense to be effective. Participating in daily walks, yoga, swimming or even gardening can reap vital physical benefits.  By combining proper diet, daily exercises and a consistent sleep schedule, the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure dramatically decreases. From this, you give your loved ones the best possible tools to stay healthy.

Seek Help

Although steps such as a strong diet and proper sleep can aid in increasing fitness and prevent disease, it is not always enough. If you are concerned that your loved one needs additional assistance, Choice Health Management is here to help make the process as easy as possible. Contact our staff today to learn more about our assisted living and memory care services.

3 Keys to a Happy Heart

While Valentine’s Day brings plenty of room for romance, this year it’s time to wear red for a different reason. February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a period dedicated to recognizing the number one health concern in the nation. To protect your loved ones, Choice Health Management offers these keys to maintaining healthy heart:

  1. Know the Symptoms

In the event of a heart attack, time is one of the most precious variables in limiting damage. If chest pains or feelings such as squeezing or fullness persist, it is not a time to be cautionary. Although this can be as simple as acid reflux, it is important to seek professional assistance in order to rule out the possibility of heart complications, particularly if is paired with back or jaw pain. Similarly, shortness of breath, anxiety, cold sweat, dizziness, fainting, fatigue and nausea are also important triggers.

  1. Keep it Healthy

Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, putting them at a high risk of heart disease. By exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, you can help prevent heart attacks as well as improve overall health. To help make this possible, be sure to keep your goals realistic. Avoid crazy diet fads and stick with the basics by decreasing your red meat consumption in place of grilled chicken, cutting the potato chips for veggies and finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle. Above all, avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

  1. Limit Stress

To preserve health and maintain peace of mind, reducing stress is an important element for your fitness. Find time during the day for meditation or reflection. Look for opportunities to volunteer at events that are close to your heart and commit to getting a full sleep schedule. Hobbies are another way to find outlets to relive potential stress. Taking up journaling, yoga or gardening can help ease strenuous thoughts and maintain your quality of life.

Although American Heart Month is only twenty-eight days long, the impact of developing these important habits can benefit you year-round. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help avoid heart disease and improve overall health. If your loved one needs professional assistance, Choice Health Management offers a variety of services to keep them safe. From skilled nursing services to assisted or independent living, we take your family’s health personally. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.