Love Your Heart

Heart

Valentine’s Day may be over, but Heart Health Month is not! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. , according to the Center for Disease Control, so getting help fast when a heart-attack comes can literally mean the difference between life and death. Life Alert medical alert system is perfect for summoning help fast, 24/7.

Getting help fast with Life Alert is important; however, it’s just as important to keep your heart healthy so it doesn’t get into trouble in the first place. Studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and fiber can considerably reduce the risk of heart disease. You can do your part by purchasing healthy foods at the grocery store, maintaining a healthy diet and including regular exercise. Doing these few things and creating good habits can lead to a longer life expectancy.

Here are some tips on what to eat, what not to eat and how to avoid bouncing back to your old habits.

1. Buy more fruits and veggies.
The more colorful the better! Bright fruits and veggies are low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Studies suggest that adults should get at least five servings per day of these superfoods.

Fun fact: Tomatoes are high in lutein, which is beneficial for your eyes and heart!

2. Pass on the high fat dairy or meat.
When perusing the meat counter, keep an eye out for skinless cuts of lean meat; the less visible amount of fat, the better. All ground meats, including chicken, turkey, pork or beef should have 20% less fat. Once you get to the dairy aisle, look for 2% “reduced fat” or less. This goes for yogurt, milk, cheese and any other dairy products you may enjoy.

Fun fact: There is one fat that you can’t eat too much of—fish! Several servings of salmon or any other oily fish can help to lower the risk of heart disease. It also helps to increase the body’s level of healthy omega-3s!

3. Avoid rushing into major changes.
Learning to eat for heart health can be a difficult change for some, but do not worry. The best way to make any change is to take small steps. Before you know it, you and your family will be eating healthier and feeling better too! Your heart works hard, why not give it a helping hand?

Now that you are better prepared to keep your heart healthy, take the extra step to protect it and your lifestyle with Life Alert. Life Alert’s medical alert system can be a huge asset in keeping you safe if you are elderly, living alone, or both.

The lightweight, waterproof pendant can be worn at all times, even in the shower so that a simple touch of a button will send you the urgent medical assistance you need if you fall, have a medical emergency, or hear an intruder breaking in.

Give Life Alert your heart and they will keep it safe.   To know more, call 1-800-513-2934, for a free brochure.

Works Cited:
1. “Heart Disease Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 19 February 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm&gt;.
2. Stevenson, Sarah J. “7 Heart Healthy Shopping Tips for Seniors.” A Place For Mom. 02 Feburary 2015. <http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-02-06-senior-heart-healthy/&gt;.

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Coping with Caregiver Criticism

Taking a break without worrying about your elderly loved one is very important. Getting a medical alert device can help with giving you peace of mind.

Home Instead Senior Care of Dover, DE

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This cartoon about Noah’s Ark Complaints Department was on Pinterest and it made us think about caregivers who move heaven and earth to keep everyone afloat… and all they get for their efforts is a lot of hemmin’ and hawin’.

So often, we hear family members say things like:

“I try so hard to make Dad happy, but nothing I do is ever good enough.”

“Mom has always been so sweet-natured, but now all she does is complain.”

Most of the time, caregivers realize that they can’t take all the criticism personally – relying so heavily on a loved one can be difficult for anyone. When Alzheimer’s and/or other illnesses are added to the mix, it can become normal for a senior to lash out or grow resentful. Still, it’s hard for even the most even-keeled among us to not get worn down by a constant stream of negative feedback.

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Make the Change

The only thing constant in life is change. Certain factors help us determine how and why we change, but most of the time we make a change because we learned the hard way the first time. If you or a loved one is living independently and is in need of an emergency alert system, do not wait for an accident to happen to make a change. Be proactive and get Life Alert today.

If you are unsure if it is the right time to purchase a medical alert system, consider these top 3 situations as a sign for change.

1. A Fall Has Occurred:
Did you know that 1 in 3 U.S. adults aged 65 and up falls every year ? For those of you who have fallen or know of a loved one who has, it is imperative that immediate care is easily accessible, especially before any damage related to a fall becomes debilitating. The best way to guarantee medical help will arrive quickly, 24/7, is with Life Alert.

2. Help Is Nowhere Nearby:
Having our independence and living alone can be very rewarding. As adults, we believe we are able to care for ourselves without the help from another. But should an accident occur, would you have family, friends or neighbors close by to check on you? 62% of fall victims who don’t receive help within an hour won’t be able to live independently after recovery . Having a medical alert system, such as Life Alert, can make a huge difference in the overall life of a fall victim, because a simple press of a button will ensure you get help, fast—possibly reducing the chance of any permanent injury setting in.

3. You Worry Often:
You have enough on your plate as is: work, kids, soccer practice…the list goes on. No matter how busy things get, there is always a part of you throughout the day that worries about grandma, mother or father. The guilt of not being able to be there as often as you’d like can be unbearable. Wouldn’t you like to be able to eliminate such worry with a simple purchase? Life Alert’s medical alert system can bring comfort and confidence for both you and your elderly loved one.

Sometimes people may say, “There is no simple solution”, but we are here to argue that. Life Alert can be the simple solution you and your loved one have been searching for. Worry free, independence can be life altering, for both of you. Don’t wait to make a change; live your life to its fullest .You can be safe with one touch of a button thanks to Life Alert. For a free brochure, call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. “Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview.” CDC. 22 September 2014. 30 December 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html >.
2. Jacobson, Alison. “Home Safety for Seniors-Fall Prevention is Critical.” 27 August 2013. <http://safetymom.com/home-safety-seniors-fall-prevention-critical/ >.

RX: PETS!

As we grow older, searching for that one thing to make us feel young again can seem overwhelming. There dogseems to be a laundry list of pills you can take, vitamins to swallow and creams to use, but what ever happened to good old fashioned Fido?

A pet can be great addition to any home if you are looking for companionship, safety and love. They can provide a good cuddle on the couch or a fierce bark when needed.
But why should the elderly own a pet?

If your healthcare provider told you that there was an effective treatment for senior citizens that:

  • Reduces stress
  • Helps deal with grief and loss
  • Influences activity
  • Reduces depression
  • Increases life expectancy
  • And aides in security

Would you believe them?

Believe it or not, that treatment is available and you don’t even need a prescription to get it. It’s called pet ownership.
Companion animals require a fair amount of care. They need to be walked, fed, groomed and loved. Seniors can take advantage of these responsibilities. The increased exercise will help to ensure their hearts stay healthy and their joints, flexible and limber. Getting out and exercising also lends to the opportunity to become social and to make friends. Let’s also not forget the benefits of just being outside, soaking up fresh air and Vitamin D loaded sunshine.

For senior citizens, owning a pet gives them the gift of caring for something other than themselves. This can bring them a sense of pride and accomplishment. The care of another life is extremely rewarding when done correctly. Some pets require more responsibility and maintenance than others, so be sure a good match is made.

For the seniors out there who are animal lovers, but are unable to own one themselves, need not to worry.
In a recent study, “the effects of pets on elderly people in nursing homes found that residents exposed to pets consistently smiled more and became measurably more alert than those who did not encounter animals.”

You do not need to own a pet to gain the same benefits stated above. Just visiting with an animal can bring you the same joy, happiness and health.

The benefits of owning a pet are obviously positive, however, there are some precautions you should consider before becoming a pet owner, such as, falling. In some cases, people do trip over their pets, resulting in a fall. Most companion animals – although a benefit to one’s health – are unable to help if you fall and cannot get up. For a senior citizen, lying on the floor for hours (and sometimes days) can be devastating. However, this can be avoided with Life Alert. One touch of Life Alert’s HELP button worn around the wrist or as a pendant will send emergency help fast, 24/7, relieving the stress and fear from you and Fido.

Life Alert can also summon help for a Fire, Smoke, and CO Gas poisoning. You can even use Life Alert to summon police if you hear an intruder. So, consider Life Alert your Lassie.

To learn more about all of the services Life Alert offers, call 1-800-513-2934 and order your FREE BROCHURE.

Works Cited:
1. “Help Support Pets For The Elderly.” < http://www.petsfortheelderly.org/articles.html&gt;.
2. Burke, Sarah. “In the Presence of Animals.” U.S. News & World Report. February 1992. < http://www.petsfortheelderly.org/research.html&gt;.