Senior Living

Important information for all seniors. Read up on the best things you can do to prevent health problems. You'll find ways to stay active, while being safe and living life to the fullest, well into your golden years.
  • Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

    Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task for anyone, but if you have limited mobility or if you just don't have as much spring in your step as you used to, it can seem overwhelming. Everyone could use a little help with their spring cleaning, so don't be afraid to ask for it. Below is a list of easy spring cleaning tips that anyone can use!

    Make a List

    Take a look at your house and yard and make a list of all the things that you want to get done. Putting everything on a list helps to place things in perspective. Here's a quick list of some things that you may want to do to get your list started.

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  • The Health and Societal Benefits of Seniors Volunteering

    Retirement doesn't need to mean becoming idle. There are many advantages of seniors volunteering, other than the overall benefit that society gets from good deeds and activism. If you're retiring, this is the perfect opportunity to devote your time or other available resources for a cause that you care about. You're not being compensated with money, but you'll be getting something far more valuable.

    Maggie Kuhn proudly refers to herself as a "little old woman", because she knows there is power and value behind this title. Mrs. Kuhn was forced into retirement at the age of 70, but, of course, she wasn't about to let that slow her down. Kuhn founded an organization called The Gray Panthers, which fights age discrimination and advocates for social and economic justice.

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  • Start Planning Summer Travel Early

    It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, in fact, early winter is the perfect time to start planning. After all, the best vacations are a result of lots of planning ahead. The little details that you might overlook if you were in a rush are usually the details that make the best memories.

    Decide on Where to Go

    If you don't already know where you want to go, you can make a list of summer vacation destinations to choose from. Talk to the person or people you'll be traveling with, so you can narrow down which places you all agree on.

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  • How Your Body Gets Better Once You Quit Smoking

    By now, we all know the risks of smoking tobacco. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it any easier, even for those who truly desire to quit smoking. You might have the mentality that you've already been smoking for so long, that the damage has already been done. You might not see the point in quitting.

    Even though you may still develop health problems years after you've quit smoking, there are still a lot of benefits of quitting, no matter how long you've been smoking. In fact, it's amazing how quickly your body gets better once you've quit smoking.

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  • How Home Oxygen Concentrators Help Prevent Mountain Sickness

    Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is still somewhat of a mystery to medical experts, but what they do know undeniably, is that it is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. If you are planning a trip to a ski resort high in the mountains, or any other location that has an altitude about 6,000 feet above sea level, AMS can be a threat.

    There are a few different ways to prevent AMS is the first place, and everyone is different in how going to a high altitude affects them. One person might get it mildly while another gets violently ill. It can be especially dangerous to those with a chronic lung disease.

    Using a home oxygen concentrator might be the best way to prevent mountain sickness since it allows more oxygen to get into the blood stream. You might want to talk to your doctor about doing this, well before your trip to the mountains.

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  • Tips for Bathing While Using an Oxygen Concentrator

    If you need to use your oxygen concentrator for many hours each day, you might find that you'll need to be able to take a shower or bathe yourself while using it. Even though your oxygen concentrator cannot get wet or be around a lot of moisture in the air, you can still enjoy a nice shower or bath while getting your oxygen therapy.

    Here are some tips for taking a shower safely while using your oxygen concentrator, as well as somethings you will need to have in your bathroom to make it much easier.

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  • Staying Safe in the Summer Heat with Respiratory Problems

    Summer can be a wonderful time of year, with family barbeques and outdoor fun, but it can also be dangerous if you have a chronic lung disease, like COPD or asthma. Just like the extreme cold can trigger an exacerbation of your lung disease, so can extreme heat and humidity during the warm months of the year.

    If you know what triggers a flare-up for you, you know what to watch out for, and what to do if you start to have trouble breathing. You don't need to let them ruin your summer, though! With a few precautions, you can stay safe and still have fun doing all the things you like to do during the lovely summer months.

    Just as a reminder for the hottest days coming up, here is a list of things that are known to be dangerous for people with chronic lung diseases, and what you can do to stay safe.

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  • Top 10 U.S. Summer Destinations for Seniors in 2015

    Getting out and seeing new a place is a great thing to do no matter how old you are. As we get older, we can find ourselves needing different kinds of fun, whether it's laid back and indoors, or more exciting in the outdoors. Seeing the sights and going to the places you've always wanted to go are important, because you only live once.

    If you want to travel but you're not sure where to go, we've compiled the top 10 U.S. Travel destinations for seniors. These locations are widely varied to cater to many different tastes, and you won't break the bank paying for these trips! Life is meant to be enjoyed, and the world is meant to be explored.

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  • 4 Steps for Taking Control of Your Health Care

    Your doctor and your health insurance company are not the people in charge of your healthcare. In reality they are only there to help you receive the important medical care and medical supplies you need. The real master of your health and well-being, is you. With the recent decline in health care coverage and the increase in costs, it has become incredibly important for all of us to be more proactive with our healthcare, and not just a helpless bystander. Below are some simply steps to help you be more proactive about controlling your healthcare.

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  • High Altitude Hiking – How Oxygen Therapy Will Help You Reach the Summit

    The higher you travel above sea level, the thinner the air gets, and this can become a big problem for some people. If you want to do some high altitude hiking with your friends, there are some precautions you will need to take, especially if you have a lung or heart condition.

    Those with COPD, asthma, congestive heart failure and other heart problems would definitely benefit from the use of portable oxygen therapy, if you are going up into high altitudes. Also, if you are not used to being in higher altitudes, and you travel higher too quickly, you can suffer from the symptoms of altitude sickness.

    Mild altitude sickness is very common in people who have a healthy heart and lungs. Even experts cannot always predict who will get it and who won't, but if you have a condition that prevents you from getting enough oxygen into your bloodstream, even at sea level, you will definitely have a hard time.

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