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What Steps Can You Take to Reduce Fall Risk?

Fall-related injuries are responsible for sending more than 1.6 million senior Americans to the hospital, according to the National Institutes of Health. To put matters into perspective, one-in-three seniors are going to experience a fall each year, falls that often result in a loss of independence, may cause fractures, other injuries, and sometimes even death. What Can You Do? If you are trying to evaluate and minimize risks related to falls, there are a few different things that you are able to do. If you want to reduce the controllable risk of falls, we recommend the following: Make sure that you have a good fit – It is important to have g …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Health, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

The Health Benefits of Pets For Seniors

The Health Benefits of Pets For Seniors

The interactions between people and their pets can be truly amazing. The relationship with an animal can do more than just bring joy into someone’s life; in fact, studies have shown that owning and caring for a pet has a number of different health benefits for seniors. We want to share a number of different proven benefits that pets have for seniors. Pet Benefit #1 – Better Function For Seniors A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society from 1999 revealed that seniors who have either a cat or dog are more functional than those seniors who do not have a pet. These seniors were better able to bathe and dress independentl …


by Jonita Dixon

Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living Lifestyle

Reasons to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

Reasons to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

As a family caregiver, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious. You can relieve some of your stress by hiring a geriatric care manager. These professionals can help you understand the elder care system and help with potential caregiving decisions. These are a few of the different reasons that many families have decided to hire a geriatric care manager: Reason #1 – Make Better Decisions Having a geriatric care manager can may help with recommending changes and provide an honest assessment of whether our loved one is able to care for him/herself. It is normal to be personally invested in decisions as a caregiver, but with a geriatric care …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Caregiver Resources, Senior Health, Senior Living

Nutrition Tips for Seniors: Aging Well

Nutrition Tips for Seniors: Aging Well

Some people assume that it does not matter what they eat as they get on in age – and they could not be more wrong. If you want to maximize your overall health as you get older, these are a few of the different tips that you want to take into consideration. By following these tips, seniors will find it far easier to remain independent and stay active later in life. Tip #1 – Make Sure To Visit The Dentist Dental issues are going to make it a challenge to eat later on, which is going to affect your overall nutrition. Because it makes chewing difficult, dental pain may cause seniors to reduce their overall intake of proteins and other important b …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness

Brain Foods To Help Boost Senior Memory

Brain Foods To Help Boost Senior Memory

Most of us place a tremendous emphasis on our body aging in a healthy manner as we get older – but what about our brains? As some people age, they have a significant decline in their mental processing, experience memory loss, and have a decreased cognitive ability. This is why it might be good for seniors (and everyone for that matter) to focus on foods that might be beneficial to keeping their brain healthy. These are four different foods that are proven to help with memory retention and cognitive function. Food Option #1 – Salmon Salmon is a great omega-3 superfood that is a great way to add omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein to your diet …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living Lifestyle

Tricks to Keep Hydrated This Summer

It is important to remain hydrated during summer, especially for seniors. As the temperatures rise, an increase in fluid intake can help to decrease migraines, body temperature irregularities, joint pain, and infections. Water is also great for helping reduce blood pressure. We know that water is great and healthy – but how can we make sure that seniors get enough of it? These are just a handful of tips that ensure that seniors remain hydrated by making water as appealing as possible. Tip #1 – Enjoy More Broth Most elderly find that broth is a great way to remain hydrated. Especially if seniors refuse juice or water, broth can be a great way …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness

Choosing The Right Medicare Advantage Plan

Perhaps you want to find a Medicare advantage plan to help you cover your medications and health care expenses; we have a few tips that can help you find the best possible deal for your specific demands. In the last ten years, the Medicare Advantage plans have become more and more popular amongst retirees. These government-approved health plans (sold by private insurance companies) are options that you have instead of original Medicare. If you join an Advantage plan, it is going to provide you with hospital insurance (Part A) and medical insurance (Part B) coverage. There are even plans that have benefits such as hearing, dental, and vision. …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness

Creative Ways to Lower Caregiver Stress

Study after study reveals the negative effects long-term stress can have on the body and mind. As a caregiver for a loved one, you have one of the most stressful jobs in the world: you care for someone who can no longer care for himself or herself on their own. The symptoms of stress are easily identified as issues arise with your sleep pattern, you have headaches, and your appetite is affected: either you begin losing weight or you end up overeating as an emotional eater. Then there is the anxiety, irritability, mood swings and ongoing tension – nobody ever said being stressed out was going to be fun. Stress Reduction the Creative Way There …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

Flu Shot Pros and Cons for Seniors

For many of us, the seasonal flu is nothing more than a temporary annoyance. We might have aches and sniffles and spend a few days in bed. However, for seniors, flu could be a serious issue that leads to potentially serious complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis. This might lead to hospitalization and even death. Why Seniors Are Advised to Get the Flu Shot It is possible to protect the immune system with a yearly flu shot. In order to mirror the most prevalent strains, the vaccine is updated each year. While older adults might not always have the best success, a flu shot does lower the risk of flu. Seniors who want extra protection ha …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Health, Senior Living

Strategies For Coping With Stress And Anxiety

Stress and anxiety, these are great ways to make sure that you are kept up all night. The standard “do not worry so much” response is not going to be especially helpful if you are struggling with stress. This is why you probably want methods on how to deal with stress if you are already dealing with stress right now. Stress can drain the body, lead to physical health issues, and it could also cause depression. These are some great ways that can help you relax to ensure that stress and anxiety do not control your life. Tip #1 – Make Sure That You Get Enough Sleep Stress and anxiety often keep you up at night, making it difficult to get enough …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Living Lifestyle

Why Visiting Loved Ones Keeps Them Young and Happy

Spending time with our loved ones is not only fun, it also has a number of massive benefits for their overall health. These types of visits can help keep seniors emotionally happy and physically young. There are actual tangible benefits to these visits that most of us might not know about. Reason #1 – You Can Create New Experiences And Memories While we can look back at our cherished memories by reminiscing, that does not mean that we cannot enjoy some good times in the future. Visits can be both memorable and cheerful, whether you just grab a quick bite to eat or have a casual stroll around the block. We never know where our next favorite me …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Health, Senior Living Lifestyle

Healthy (And Tasty) Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Some people assume that all tasty foods have to be bad for you. We have previously discussed the importance of antioxidants as we get older – these are going to help us stay fit and ward off disease. While antioxidants might sound like something that you can only eat when eating healthy – dark chocolate is one of the most important (and overlooked) antioxidants that we have available. What it does Dark chocolate has been shown to activate enzymes that are able to remove cancer-causing mutagens and carcinogens, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help to lower blood pressure. It can also help reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots, because it …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living Lifestyle