Beehive Blog

February - American Heart Month!

Posted by paula worley on Monday, February 02, 2015

During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is also American Heart Month, a time to not only show your loved ones some love, but to show yourself some love too!

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. Try out these strategies for better heart health. You'll be surprised how many of them can become lifelong habits!

  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Get your cholesterol checked.
  • Eat a healthy diet and Exercise.
  • Take your medicine.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Manage your diabetes.

This is a great time to celebrate your heart and recognize how hard it works for you. Show your heart some love with these fun, simple, and healthy tips:

  • Be sweet - Heart healthy treats are filled with natural antioxidants that can help keep your arteries open. We recommend trying blueberries or strawberries.

  • Move to the beat - Any activity that gets you moving — like dancing or walking — can help increase blood circulation, reduce stress, and protect your heart.

  • Do your thing - Activities and hobbies like painting, writing, yoga, and meditation can help slow your heart and breathing rates and lower your blood pressure.

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/seniors-be-good-to-your-heart-on-valentines-day-and-all-year-long/#sthash.ijXsSy0P.dpuf

Thanksgiving with Seniors!

Posted by paula worley on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

         It’s Thanksgiving time again! Many families across the country are preparing themselves for turkey, stuffing, gravy, casseroles, and not to mention the desserts! Every year it’s the same routine that we all know and love. That is until something or someone throws us for a loop. One very common change is the aging of a loved one, who is no longer as independent, lucid, or physically capable of your normal routine.  Thanksgiving can be fun and festive for some, and emotionally and physically challenging for others. Since seniors are especially vulnerable to certain holiday-related health pitfalls, some people believe being prepared is best.

         Beehive Senior Care is here to help relieve that stress of the upcoming holidays. In addition to providing hands on care in the home, we are also here to help provide some great advice. There are some things to remember when preparing meals for seniors. Sometimes seniors don’t metabolize foods in the same way, or their taste buds might not be as sensitive to flavors as they once were. Don’t be surprise if their tastes have changed over the years or more recently. Here are a few tips:

  • Make food that is easy to chew and swallow
  • Use less salt
  • Add more seasoning (or less is they have become more sensitive)
  • Use recipes rich with nutrition
  • Remember medications- this is really important when traveling with seniors.

    Remember to ask questions. Take a moment to ask your loved one what they enjoy about the holidays. Many seniors are still able to express their likes and dislikes; not just about food, but also about traveling and who they would like to visit with.  Over the holidays, seniors with dementia may be a bit more work than you might have been expecting. Just remember, it is just as hard for them this time of year.  Try to stick with the familiar and maintain routines as much as possible. Keep your gatherings small, so as not to confuse your loved one. Focus on old memories. Short-term memories are usually the most affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Ask them questions about their childhood traditions. They might just surprise you with what they remember and you might learn something new about your loved one.




10 Low Impact Exercises for Seniors

Posted by paula worley on Friday, October 10, 2014

10 Low Impact Exercises for Seniors

Benefits of a low-impact exercises can range from stretching and strengthening muscles, reducing stress, preventing injury and even helping to lower your blood pressure. Seniors are no exception to exercising for good health. You should always talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise regimens.  Low-impact exercises fall into four categories: Endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. You should always incorporate all four categories into your weekly routine.

10. Walking:
  • Focus on posture while walking, keeping your back straight and shoulders rolled back
  • Start with shorter distances and increase your walks by a few minutes each time. 30 to 60 minutes is ideal.

9. Swimming:

  • Improving endurance and flexibility, swimming is a very beneficial low-impact exercise.
  • Forgetting to stay hydrated is still very important while swimming.  Working out in water does not mean you can get away with drinking less.

8. Cycling:

  •  Cycling in very easy on the joints. Your body absorbs minimal shock from pedaling
  •  If an upright bicycle is too hard on your back, neck, or shoulders, try a recumbent bike instead
  •  Cycling can improve health by easing arthritis pain, assisting with high blood pressure, and improving your mood.

7. Stretching:

  • Flexibility and range of motion is important in daily activities. Stretching can be especially beneficial for seniors.
  • Stretch before exercising, as well as, some general stretches in the morning and evening.
  • Take it slow, and never push yourself to the point of pain

6. Lifting Weights:

  • Weight-lifting exercises are actually an excellent low-impact way to build muscle and improve overall health
  •  30 minutes of strength training is beneficial for each muscle group twice a week, taking at least one day off in between working the same group
  •  “No pain is good pain” if an exercise causes you pain, back off an try a lighter weight         

5. Water Aerobics:

  • Taking advantage of the waters resistance to strengthening your muscles combines both cardiovascular exercise with strength training for a low-impact full body workout.
  • Water takes the stress off of your joints and allows you to build strength and endurance.

4. Yoga:

  • Yoga combines endurance with stretches, strength training and balance
  • Seniors don’t need to be left out of yoga benefits. A good instructor will offer alternative positions to poses that you have trouble with.

3. Gardening:

  • Spending time in the garden is not only enjoyable to some, it is also a beneficial way to get in your daily exercise.
  • Bending and squatting may be too much for some seniors. A gardening stool and the right tools can go a long way.

2. Tai Chi:

  •   Meditative exercise that flows slowly from pose to pose. Very much like yoga, tai chi is low-impact and it improves balance, strength and flexibility.
  •   Since Tai Chi is gentle it is excellent for seniors who are overweight or have knee, hip or ankle pain.

1. Golf:

  •  Health benefits for seniors that golf includes; increased flexibility, strength, and endurance training.
  • If you are not able to walk the whole course you can gradually add more walking each time you play.
  • Golfing for health is not all about the score.  It is about having fun and getting exercise at the same time.

 Sources:
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/senior-health-lifestyle/10-low-impact-exercises-for-seniors.htm



SLC Senior Expo October 2014

Posted by paula worley on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting Seniors out of the home is equally important when dealing with overall health of a family member.  No one wants to be inside all day. At Beehive Senior Care we like to recommend fun activities to do with our clients.  A fun idea for this week is... Salt Lake Cities Senior Expo!

The Senior Expo is Utah’s premier exhibition where you can access resources to assist older adults and their family and caregivers in finding help. 

This two-day exposition will be held Thursday and Friday, October 2 – 3, 2014 in Halls 4 and 5 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AND EDUCATION FASHION SHOW FOR SENIORS PERSONAL EMERGENCY PLANNING KITS (FREE) *** GRANDCHILDREN'S DAY *** FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd 

.....FREE Activities, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Clowns

Senior Expo. Explore, Learn, Connect.