The COVID19 – Pandemic has affected us all in how we will lead our lives post Coronavirus. In addition, we senior citizens are being confronted with new methods in order to manage how we live going forward. Major changes have occurred in attending to our healthcare and well-being needs physically, socially, and mentally. To protect our health, Telehealth is a solution, which allows us to see the doctor without visiting their office.
- Good news for seniors is that Medicare has now expanded Telemedicine coverage and you can arrange doctor appointments until further notice, without incurring added charges. This includes chronic conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- FYI – The terms Telehealth and Telemedicine are being used interchangeably. These are the descriptions I found at The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) – https://www.aafp.org/about/the-aafp/history.html
- iPhone users can contact telemedicine doctors using FaceTime. Android users can use Skype. There are numerous apps, which can be utilized.
Medicare Descriptions of Telehealth coverage:
https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/the-best-telemedicine-apps/ Continue reading “Senior Care and COVID19”
February is a great time to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and being grateful for the love in our lives. It’s also Heart Awareness Month. Yes! As a Brave Heart survivor of open heart surgery of almost 25 years, this is an issue close to my heart 😊 (pun intended).
Heart disease is a complicated health challenge all over the world. However, in particular, this month I would like to call attention to the fact that heart attack symptoms for women are quite different from the ones diagnosed for men. In addition, women are often misdiagnosed in emergency rooms after the heart damage has occurred [ref: https://myheartsisters.org/2009/05/28/heart-attack-misdiagnosis-women]. Below are some of the signs women should consider when being diagnosed for heart disease. Notice there is no suggestion of heavy chest pain.
♥ Shortness of breath, ♥ Pain in one or both arms, ♥ Nausea or vomiting,
♥ Sweating, ♥ Lightheadedness, or dizziness, ♥ Unusual fatigue, ♥ Indigestion.
Continue reading “It’s HEART Month for Love & Health”
Happy New Year!
Now that the holiday furor has settled down for most of us, I would like to share with you that I often hear my senior friends discussing how much sleep they are NOT getting. Or, that they don’t NEED much sleep.
It turns out that it’s not a good thing when we are sleep deprived at any age. In his book “Why We Sleep“, neuroscientist and sleep expert, Matthew Walker, gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. According to his research, sleep helps our ability to learn, regulates our appetite, assists with our well being and immune system. It affects our emotions, and metabolism. Walker further suggests we can utilize sleep to improve our energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, to name a few. He also says that sleep slows the effects of aging. The list is much longer than what I have shown here.
According to a blog post I read, the less senior citizens sleep, the faster their brains age. I also learned that seven hours of sleep daily was perfect for cognitive function. In addition, sleep for senior citizens is important to provide time to heal from other health related issues.
Continue reading “Is a Good Night’s Sleep for Seniors Important?”
If you haven’t already started your New Year’s Resolutions list for 2020, here’s a suggestion for senior citizens who are feeling guilty that they never exercised in 2019, and think it’s too late at this stage in their lives to start.
The good news for 2020 is that anytime you start exercising you will gain benefits. In last month’s post, we learned that we could gain a better night’s sleep just by taking a 30 minute walk. Also, younger folks in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s can benefit as well. Just 150 minutes of moderate- intensity exercise a week ‘fits the bill‘. Ultimately, some exercise is better than none.
♥ Park your car a little farther away, and walk to your destination.
♥ Take the stairs more frequently.
♥ Take short breaks during the day. Continue reading “Exercise is a Win-Win Anytime We Start”
Living as a senior citizen comes with various challenges. Some mornings I wake up with a pain I did not have the day before. Other mornings, I find myself feeling a little anxious about an upcoming medical test, or just plain nervousness due to “who knows what?”
On occasion, my sleep is affected by nervousness (the latter occurrences). I do find, however, that taking a 30 minute walk calms me down; makes my aches and pains more manageable, and I also sleep better during the night.
- A recent study suggests that moving can enhance our sleep patterns, and, in this case, walking fits the bill. It turns out that we do not have to work out strenuously in order to gain the benefit of a good night’s sleep. Taking more steps during our monthly activity can give us better sleep quality. That’s welcome news for those of us who do not have the physical ability or time to do more intense routines.
- In past posts we also learned that walking can help those of us with arthritis feel better and reduce pain.
Continue reading “Can walking help you sleep?”
This picture is somewhat of an exaggeration ♥ However, I am sure some of us feel like we are from another planet when we strap ourselves into a CPAP mask before retiring to get a ‘good night’s sleep‘. It seems rather odd that this type of discomfort can actually be good for you. So I took it upon myself to find out what the risks are associated with not using the CPAP mask, and if there are times when a little vacation from this routine is OK. Click the links for detailed information .
The Risk of not using your CPAP
Continue reading “That annoying CPAP machine/mask”
It’s actually no laughing matter, and quite embarrassing for people who have loud snoring problems. It is also difficult for those people who are subjected to hearing the noise and disruption. In both cases, Sleep Apnea interferes with getting a good nights sleep.
Oddly enough, the person doing the snoring is in danger of all types of issues, which may result from this condition.
Some are listed below:
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping often followed by snoring or gasping for air
- High blood pressure
- Daytime Tiredness
- Nighttime sweats
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning
- Morning headaches
- Mood changes
- Depression or Anxiety
Continue reading “Sleep Apnea Issues”
I had the fortunate experience to learn about using Yoga for pain from a public television station, and thought I would share that information with you along with some websites, which provide information on Yoga for seniors (not that you have to be one to benefit from reducing pain with Yoga methodologies).
Continue reading “Yoga For Pain Relief”
Happy summer to all of you. This time of year makes us more aware of our physical wellness. We shed those winter garments to reveal bodies, which have had holiday fun and some sedentary behavior, along with sluggishness due to weather circumstances.
Continue reading “What is Healthy Aging?”
Today I am celebrating 24 years since I had open heart surgery. Yes!
Walking is a really personal gift to me. What do I mean? After my surgery, I asked my Cardiologist, “what type of exercise can I do?” He recommended that I walk, which seemed easy enough to do.
However, the truth was, after the surgery I did not have the strength to walk across a street by myself. At that point, I promised myself and the forces that guide us that if given the future opportunity to walk, I would make sure to honor that ability.
Continue reading “For Women: Are 10,000 Steps a Day Necessary?”