Avoiding Heat Exhaustion

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat causes an average of 658 deaths per year in the United States. That’s more than many natural disasters in this country! No one is more at risk from heat exhaustion and heat stroke than the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.

Avoid spending too much time outdoors at once, but if it does happen, be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The most common signs of heat exhaustion are dehydration, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, clammy skin, and cramping. If you notice these symptoms, get indoors or in the shade immediately and drink water. Heat stroke is the more severe of the two, and symptoms include a high body temperature, alternating between chills and sweating, flushed skin, rapid breathing, and a racing heart rate. If you think you’re beginning to suffer from heat stroke, stop what you are doing immediately and seek medical assistance.

Protect yourself this summer season by following these guidelines.

  1. Limit your time outside in the hottest parts of the day: from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Even if you stay in the shade, the heat and humidity can do just as much damage without the sun being directly on you.
  2. If you must go out, ensure that you are wearing proper attire. Hats with a wide brim, loose fitted clothing, and sunscreen all help to protect you from the heat.
  3. Light colors help to reflect the sun’s rays and the heat associated with it. Whites and pastels will keep you much cooler than dark blues and blacks. Also be sure that your clothing is lightweight and loose fitting.
  4. Drink plenty of water. Fluids will keep your body hydrated and less likely to suffer the ill effects of heat exhaustion. Avoid any drinks with alcohol in them; they will only dehydrate your body and make the situation worse.
  5. Avoid exercise and other strenuous activity in the extreme heat. Work out in air conditioned gymnasiums or through activities that are cooling, such as swimming.
  6. Avoid hot areas such as attics or cars that have been outside for a long time. Cool your car down before getting in.
  7. Let your body get used to the heat. If you go on vacation to a place with temperatures that you are not accustomed to, allow a few days for your body to adapt to these new conditions before you do any kind of vigorous activity.

One of the most dangerous issues with overexertion in the summer is actually a psychological one. Many people, especially the elderly, do not want to admit when they can’t do something safely. Some would rather risk severe injury or death rather than appear weak or incapable. However, be aware of your own limitations and the seriousness of the summer weather. Don’t allow your idea of what you could do in the past keep you from taking care of your health now.

David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services for the elderly in their home and is abreast of all the latest guidelines for seniors.  We would be happy to discuss your case with you.  Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website.  You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

 

iPads are Great for Seniors

For many years, seniors have faced the stigma of being slow adopters of new technologies. However, as computers and graphical interfaces become more user-friendly, nearly everyone has been able to utilize them to make their lives more convenient and more accessible. Here are some of the great benefits that iPads offer to seniors.

  1. iPads offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of text and image sizes. Simply pushing your fingers apart makes the text as large as it needs to be. As eyesight fades with age, this can allow anyone to continue to read books or stay up-to-date on current events.
  2. Nothing is more troubling for seniors than feeling disconnected from their friends and loved ones. iPads give them access to email and messaging software so that they can still keep in touch. Video streaming applications such as FaceTime even allow them to chat with children, grandchildren, and friends who may live on the other side of the country.
  3. Even if motor control is a problem for some seniors, iPads have an extremely easy-to-use graphical interface. A man with arthritis may not be able to rummage through old photos in a box, but swiping from picture to picture on an iPad is a breeze. The same is true for most applications. Interacting with the iPad is often as simple as touching the icon you want. Apple prides itself on its simple touch-screen model which is ideal for many seniors.
  4. There are many great healthcare apps for seniors that will allow them to track their diet, monitor their health, and even communicate with their doctors and other healthcare providers. There are even apps that can warn loved ones of any troubling physical signs in their elderly relative.

If you do decide to get an iPad for your elderly friend or family member, take the time to talk with them about what he or she wants out of an iPad. Show them how to set it up and how these benefits will make their lives easier, safer and more fulfilling.

Having this gateway to the outside world is critical once the elderly become homebound. David York Home Healthcare Agency is very sensitive to the potential of feeling isolated and makes every effort to send caring and compassionate home health aides into the client’s home. David York Home Agency (DYA) is well versed in the problems of the elderly and all factors related to eldercare services. DYA provides certified home health aide services for the elderly in their home and is abreast of all the latest guidelines and trends for seniors.  We would be happy to discuss your case with you.  Please call for a free consultation today at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website.  You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

Is that Memory Slip More Serious?

Memory slips – they seem like a common part of aging, but they can also be a sign of something fairly serious, including Alzheimer’s or even dementia. How can you tell the difference? What’s normal and when should you be concerned? Those smaller slips are often called Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI. AgingCare.com recently posted an article to help you tell the difference. Here are a few of the highlights from the piece.

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  • 20% of older adults suffer from MCI and increasing age is the most well-known factor.
  • Symptoms typically include misplacing items, having trouble remembering the names of those recently met individuals, and being unable to follow a normal conversation. The more extreme the symptoms, though, the more likely it is to be an MCI case.
  • Concerning MRI scans can also indicate MCI. The brain can actually undergo physical changes when MCI is present, but that does not mean that it’s not Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, as both of those tend to come with brain changes too.
  • The earlier the diagnosis, the better. As soon as you notice cognitive problems in your loved one, head for the doctor. There are many therapies that can be implemented early on to help slow the progress of the condition.
  • Diagnosis is difficult. Often obtaining the diagnosis is more difficult than you may have initially considered. The doctor will have to take a full medical and family history, then conduct a number of tests. There are also a few different types of MCI, so understanding which one your loved one may have can be tough.
  • Post-diagnosis, things don’t always look better. The FDA hasn’t approved treatment for MCI. What’s more, though, is that it can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia, making things difficult.

Take the time to learn more about the condition by visiting the AgingCare.com post.

David York Agency (DYA) is skilled at recognizing the symptoms of various diseases endemic to the elderly and makes every effort to send caring and compassionate home health aides into the client’s home. DYA provides certified home health aide services for the elderly in their home and is abreast of all the latest guidelines and trends for seniors.  We would be happy to discuss your case with you.  Please call for a free consultation today at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website.  You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, google+ and LinkedIn.

 

Aging Well

Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “aging well”? It usually refers to a person’s looks but aging well can mean so much more. It’s not just about wrinkles, sagging and spots. It’s really about health.

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Aging well means maintaining your health. A healthy body is naturally more attractive but that’s really just a side benefit of a healthy body, mind and spirit. Here are a few ways you can start aging gracefully no matter if you are 19 or 90.

 

Choose good foods.

You really are what you eat. Science has proven that over and over again. What we put into our bodies has so much influence on how well they operate. Make good choices starting at a younger age and you’ll thank yourself when you’re older.

Whole foods are always best. Choose foods that are processed as little as possible. You want your plate to be full of real food, grown from the earth and not a laboratory experiment. Leave the packaged foods and shrink-wrapped treats at the store and make an effort to eat for nutrition and not convenience.

Think about color when you make a plate. Colorful vegetables and whole grains have more nutrients than beige food. Try to eat deep greens more often. Opt for lean proteins and healthy fats like olive oil instead of fatty cuts.

Move more.

Your body was made to move. The more you move, the better you will feel. Patients of all ages with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, MS and arthritis find relief in gentle exercise. If you want to stay healthy well into your golden years, begin an exercise program now.

Many local senior centers, community centers, gyms and YMCAs have excellent programs made just for active older adults and senior citizens. Water exercise, chair aerobics and strength training are popular choices. Look for something that you can enjoy and stick with in the long term. If you aren’t able to get out of the house for exercise, look into home healthcare services that may be able to provide qualified help like physical therapy.

Don’t forget to exercise your mind and spirit.

Most studies show that people who are involved in activities that challenge the mind and feed the soul stay in better physical health and suffer less depression as well. Some show that the progress of dementia and perhaps even Alzheimer’s can be delayed with cognitive exercise. Don’t forget that you are made up of more than a body. Your overall health includes your mind and spirit too.

Take up hobbies that stimulate your mind. Learn something new by taking adult education classes at your local community college. Engage your friends in word games and puzzles. Get familiar with the local library and read, read, read!

Find activities that soothe and feed your spiritual side too. Your preferred place of worship is always a good place to start. There are also local charities that could use your life skills and knowledge like food banks and afterschool programs. You can spend a little time improving the world and yourself in the process.

When you think about aging well, think about your whole self and what you want your later years to be like. The choices you make today will determine the quality of those years to come.

At David York Agency, we could provide direction as to how to manage the total care of your senior loved one. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit us on our website DavidYorkAgency.com to become acquainted with all we offer. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Staying Home Longer

For most seniors, the goal is to stay in their own home for as long as possible. Perhaps a more reasonable goal would be to stay in your home as long as it’s safe. There are certain dangers in remaining at home for older adults, especially if they live alone. Home healthcare services can help make staying at home safer and healthier for an older adult.

StayingHomeSome of the biggest issues for seniors who wish to stay in their own home have to do with physical safety, household maintenance, social isolation, health care and personal care. All can pose a threat to the bodily health or emotional, mental state of an older adult. Most of these challenges can be effectively addressed for a significant length of time with in home care for elderly loved ones.

Health and Personal Care

When a senior begins having trouble performing the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), it is time to consider help. It’s often the little things like oral and dental care, grooming and bathing that being a senior citizen to care facilities. The ability to take care of these items on a daily basis often determines whether or not a senior can safely remain at home. A qualified home health care aide will ensure that a senior’s personal care needs are met. Medically, even with a good memory, it’s easy to forget a dose of medication. The home health aide can remind the client to take their medication, thereby ensuring that a senior’s medical needs are met.

Household Maintenance

For some seniors, running the vacuum or mopping the floor is an arduous if not impossible task. Simple home upkeep can be overwhelming and small repairs often go undone. Even making a nutritious meal seems too much to do. A little help with light housekeeping and meal preparation can help a senior stay in their home.

Social Isolation

Never discount the value of companionship and conversation. Personal interaction makes a huge difference in a person’s attitude and mood. A home health aide can accompany a senior on a walk, a few errands or a fun outing and help keep them safe while providing much-needed social opportunities.

For those seniors who wish to remain in their current homes, home health aide and care services can help make that wish come true.

When home healthcare becomes necessary, David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services. Visit our website at David York Agency – providing healthcare professionals to the elderly and infirm, with the highest degree of personal service. Call us at 718.376.7755