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Exercises For Seniors: Types of Exercise, Tips, and Getting Started

Exercise has been shown to be beneficial to people of all age groups. As we age, the benefits of exercise increase and help keep the body and mind healthy. Seniors who exercise are happier, less likely to fall, reduce their chance of getting serious health disease and can more easily perform day to day life activities. Despite the numerous benefits of exercise, many seniors are reluctant to start an exercise program. They worry that they are not healthy enough or that they will fall and get hurt. Almost everyone can do some type of exercise. Even small amounts of exercise can have noticeable positive affects and help seniors live longer and better. Understanding Types of Exercise It is important to understand the different types of exercise and how a person can benefit from them. Exercise can basically be broken down into four categories: endurance, strength, balance and stretching. Each type of exercise focuses on different aspects of a person's life. Some types of exercises work together to bring about the desired health goals. By combining different types of exercise, seniors can develop an effective exercise plan. Endurance exercises work several large muscles groups at a time and increases the flow of oxygenated blood and the body's ability to use it. The most common type of endurance exercise is walking. Other endurance exercises include swimming, hiking and dancing. Endurance exercises...

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Caregiver Support: Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Who Will Care for the Caregiver? For most people, caring for their loved one is only the logical thing to do. There is no second thought when it comes to providing that extra care that they need. Many think to themselves "why wouldn't I do it?" Usually, it begins with one or two things. Quick trips to the grocery store or that necessary driver for doctor's appointments. These are such simple tasks that can easily be added to the schedule. But the tasks multiply. As the task list grows, the caregiver just adds them to the daily routine. Too soon the caregiver starts structuring their schedule around the caregiving. As caregivers fill their “free” time with chores and other tasks for their loved one, they start to separate from everything they used to do: go out with friends, exercise, maintain memberships to clubs and other activities. They become isolated from everyone else because their time is spent caring for this other person. Feelings of being trapped in the situation are not uncommon, and that can lead to depression. Caregiving not only affects the caregiver mental and physically, many times it also greatly affects them financially. Since most caregiving services are not covered under health insurance, caregivers are forced to take care of family members themselves, sometimes taking a lesser position so they are available for their loved one, or...

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How to Care For Aging Parents

If you are caring for an aging parent or other elderly loved one, this book could be a wonderful and valuable resource for you and your family. The task of being a caregiver can be extremely difficult, especially when you may be second guessing your decisions and actions. Fortunately Virginia Morris has written this wonderful, practical, and easy to read guide to help you with every aspect of caring for your aging parent, taking care of yourself, and you family. How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris, with a foreword by Robert N. Butler, M.D. This guide, aimed at the "Sandwich Generation," provides a road map to assist adult children in caring for their aging parents. Combining personal experience with expertise in healthcare and social and political issues, Morris has produced a thoroughly researched, well-organized, and comprehensive manual. Chapters follow in logical progression, yet they can stand alone and be read on an "as-needed" basis. The topics covered include the concrete, practical areas such as home care, finances, nursing homes/hospitals, legal issues, and medical/safety concerns as well as the psychosocial areas of handling emotions, dealing with death and dying, sibling conflicts, and spiritual needs. In her discussions, Morris adds useful details such as a suggested list of things to pack for the hospital. Support for the caregiver as well as to the elderly person is covered. Sprinkled...

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Geriatric Care and Assessment

What is Geriatrics? Geriatrics is a field of medicine that encompasses only the elderly, and unlike common misconception, geriatrics simply refers to the maintaining of a healthy quality of life for the elderly. Geriatrics is a medical branch in its own right, as it is a different variety of medicine. Most Geriatrics consist of assessment tests that are aimed at determining the ability of a senior citizen to live independently. These assessment tests will look at health, physical ability, and mental health. There is no minimum age for geriatric care, as individuals age differently. Geriatric care also differs greatly from adult health care. Due to the changes in the physiology of the elderly, special medicine is needed, as regular doses would do more harm than good. Also, this medicine needs to be administered in a certain way, so only one trained in Geriatrics should be giving the doses. There are several different fields of Geriatrics, much like other medicinal fields. Seeking the right doctor is something that a Geriatric Assessment test can help with. Special care for the elderly has been a main stay in the field of medicine for centuries. Scientifically, Geriatrics helps millions of senior citizens lead comfortable lives, and sometimes independent lives. The special care administered will prolong life and allow the Senior to live alone, or with minimal help. However, there comes a time when...

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Basement Remodeling Ideas

Your basement is a part of the house you have neglected for too long. It does not need to be a dark, uninviting room useful only for laundry and storing boxes of things you haven’t looked at in decades. Your basement can become a perfectly good, useful part of the house – even a place for someone else to live comfortably. In this article, we’ll mention some basement remodeling ideas to get you started. Once you start with ideas for remodeling your basement, you will find that it’s almost like you’ve added a new floor to your house! Here’s a scenario that many of us may face: what if you have a relative, like a mother-in-law or a child, come back to live with you for a time? The basement can be an excellent place to remodel for this purpose, giving your relative space they can feel at home in. The basement naturally feels a little different from the rest of the building – you can use this to your advantage. That “different feeling” will make your guest feel more comfortable with calling a certain portion of the house their own. You can seize on that “different feeling” for other purposes, too. Once you’ve renovated the basement, you will find that the space’s unique qualities make it very suitable for rooms in the home that aren’t meant to feel...

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