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Stay Active this Winter with these 3 Indoor Exercises

With the winter weather looming outside, it can be difficult to do more than curl up with a book and wait until spring. However, limiting your activity this season can be detrimental to your physical fitness and cause a potential decrease in heath. To stay fit, Choice Health Management offers these indoor exercises to keep you active year-round:

  • Yoga
    If inclement weather has you staying indoors during the winter months, yoga is a low impact exercise that can be easily adjusted to fit any physical restrictions. Not only does it increase flexibility and endurance, but it can also be a way to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Many yoga poses come with alternatives to take pressure off of potential hot spots such as the wrists and knees. These poses can be done at home or through classes at your local community center.

 

  • Swimming

It can be tempting to skip a trip to the indoor pool, however, swimming is one of the most beneficial ways you can keep in shape. Since it is low impact, it gives you the chance to increase your endurance and flexibility without a heightened risk of injury. If the effort or weather risks of traveling outdoors intimidates you, finding a swimming partner can help increase your commitment. Many physical therapy practices offer aquatic exercise programs, so look into finding one that fits your specific needs.

 

  • Weightlifting
    The idea of weightlifting can seem intimidating, however, it can be an effective exercise to proactively prevent broken or fractured bones. When performed properly, weightlifting can also increase strength, balance and agility. All of this helps limit risk of future falls and injuries. This exercise also provides relief from arthritis pain by strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints. Before you begin, speak with your doctor about what exercises are best suited for your personal health to avoid potential injury.

Utilizing these important exercises this winter can not only help you stay social but it will contribute to a better sleep schedule and increased overall health. At Choice Health Management, we are here to help with on-site fitness centers for our assisted living residents and transportation services for our independent living residents. Find out more by speaking with our friendly staff today.

 

4 Ways to Fight the Flu This Winter

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The arrival of winter brings with it plenty of reasons to celebrate: Holidays, good food and time with friends and family are at the top of the list. However, this time of year also marks an increase in flu cases. According to the CDC, people 65 and older experience a 54 to 70 percent chance of flu-related hospitalization compared to other age groups. To protect yourself this winter, Choice Health Management offers these important preventive guidelines.

  • Practice Healthy Hygiene

Although we have been taught since childhood the importance of good health habits, these become particularly important during flu season. Make sure to clean your hands often to protect from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Make sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched areas in your home and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and make sure to eat healthy, get regular exercise and plenty of sleep.

  • Avoid Stress

Chronic stress not only can disrupt your sleeping habits, it can actually lower your immune system. Stress produces ample levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, which can alter your immune system responses. Although the body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting, chronic stress can active it long-term, disrupting your body’s processes. By lessening stress, you can help your body ward off potential illness.

  • Seek Medical Advice Quickly

During flu season, being cautious can make a difference. If you experience fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, or fatigues, they may be signs of influenza. In this circumstance, it is best to consult a doctor immediately to ensure that you can get treated early.

  • Don’t Wait to Get Your Flu Shot

Since adults age 65 years or older are at a high risk for complications from the flu, the most effective measure you can take to prevent influenza is to get a flu shot each year. According to the CDC, the shot reduces the risk of the flu by 57% for adults age 50 and older. Flu shots are often updated each season to keep up with changing viruses so it is recommended to get vaccinated each year.

Preparing for flu season is a crucial step in ensuring your year-round health. By taking these important precautions, you can maintain your continued quality of life. At Choice Health Management, our residents well-being is our first priority. Contact our pharmacy services to find out how we can help you.

3 Tips for Helping Aging Parents Over Thanksgiving

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With the arrival of the holidays comes the chance to reconnect with the loved ones in your life. However, this time of year can also be a potential source of stress for your aging relatives. Choice Health Management Services offers these tips to help you and your family make the most of this holiday season.

Keep your eyes open! Stepping into your loved one’s home can provide vital clues about their current well-being. Check to see if the refrigerator is stocked with food. Empty cupboards could be a potential sign of problems. Is their medication in order? If expired pill bottles are mixed with the new ones, it may be a sign that they need additional help identifying their proper intake. The most important way to learn is to listen so ask your parents about their hobbies and other daily activities to better understand their day-to-day lives.

Limit outside stress! Although the holidays bring a sense of excitement, don’t let your loved ones become overwhelmed. Avoid the large crowds at the mall. By sticking to a regular routine you can have a huge impact on the mental and physical health of your loved one.

Create solutions! Once you have identified the signs, it is time to make adjustments for your loved ones. It can be as simple as helping them organize their medication, or getting to know their friends and neighbors. By doing so, you can be confident that they have a support system, and you have a secondary contact even after you leave for home.

Above all, remember that you are not alone. Choice Health Management Services provides professional assistance including independent and assisted living. Please contact our team to learn more about the services we provide today.

4 Tips to Preventing a Fall

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Did you know that every 11 seconds, an Older American is admitted to the hospital due to a fall? It’s the number-one cause of injury for those older than 65, and can lead to hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. Furthermore, it carries a hefty price tag—the CDC estimates that the average cost of treating a fall runs around $30,000.

However, with a few preventative measures, you can cut back on the risk of your loved one experiencing a fall. We would like to share with you the following tips:

  1. Stay active.

    Many Older Americans stop exercising because they experience a decrease in their mobility through sarcopenia, or age-related muscle loss. Low-impact exercise can help restore some mobility, which is key in fall prevention. Many gyms and senior centers also offer balance classes, which can help re-train the muscles responsible for stability.

  2. Consult your doctor about whether your medications put you at risk.

    A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that drug use among older adults has increased in the past few decades.  That means more Older Americans are experiencing pharmaceutical side-effects that can lead to a fall, such as dizziness and loss of balance.  Some over-the-counter sleep aids are especially notorious for this, so consult your doctor if you have trouble sleeping at night. Sleep disorders can be caused by a number of factors, including sleep apnea.

  3. Practice fall prevention at home.

    Make sure there aren’t any objects on the floor that you can trip on, and that your rooms are well-lit. The bathroom is one of the top culprits when it comes to falls among Older Americans. Equip your home with the proper bath safety products. Things such as bath mats and grab bars can go far in preventing you from taking a tumble.

  4. Have your vision checked regularly.

    As we age, less light enters our retina, making obstacles, tripping hazards and contrasting edges harder to see. If you do wear glasses, make sure that your prescription is up-to-date.  Avoid tint-changing lenses, as these take a while to adjust to your environment and can pose additional tripping hazards.

 

Choice Health Management Services is dedicated to helping residents remain safe and healthy as they age.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions about how we keep our residents safe and healthy!