Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for those 65 and older. Aside from the physical harm, the emotional impact is damaging as well. Fear and depression can set in, thereby reducing quality of life. Here are some ways to prevent fall:
1. Physical Exam:
2. Stay Active
Staying active can reduce the risk of falls by improving your strength, flexibility, and coordination. Special exercises or working with a physical therapist can target your weaker areas and lower your susceptibility to falls.
3. Light it Up!
Light up your living space. Darkness can disguise or conceal fall hazards. Place lighting in all areas of your house and make sure it’s available during the night. Increase lighting by your steps going up and down.
4. Use Assistive Devices:
Speak to your doctor about using a cane or walker if you think it may increase your stability and balance. You may also want to add rails by your steps and grab bars throughout your home.
You can also reduce your risk of falling by wearing the right shoes and putting non-slip mats in slippery areas such as showers or kitchens. Aside from adding these mats, make sure to walk carefully when encountering icy patches or slippery surfaces.
December 7th is a day to pay tribute to the 2,403 service members and civilians who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
To join the live broadcast of the event visit: http://pearlharborevents.com/broadcast/
People 65 years and older are at high risk of getting seriously ill from flu, due to the weakening of the immune system that happens with age. During most flu seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. In fact, it is estimated that between 70-85% of flu-related deaths and 50-70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur among people in this age group.
Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce flu illness and serious outcomes. A 2017 study showed that flu vaccination reduced deaths, intensive care unit admissions (and length of stay), and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients 65 years and older.
This year get a flu vaccine to #FightFlu. Learn more information about flu and flu vaccines at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/65over.htm
On this day, as we give thanks and feel blessed for the bounty that we have, we would like to express our gratitude to our veterans who have made the sacrifices that enable us to give thanks. These brave men and women have upheld our freedom and liberty. Thank you to our veterans and military members.
Everyone has a memory stumble from time to time. Whether it’s forgetting where the car keys are, finally finding the glasses perched on top of your head, or slipping on someone’s name, momentary lapses are normal. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to memory loss. Here are some tips to improve and boost your memory function.
Mental function is not at peak performance when you have gotten few hours of sleep, or your sleep has been restless or interrupted. In fact, sleep generates changes that solidify memories in the brain. Most adults generally need 7-9 hours of sleep.
2. Improved Diet
A healthful diet is not only good for your heart but also for your brain. Choose fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. Also opt for low fat protein sources such as fish, beans, and skinless poultry.
Physical activity increases blood flow to the whole body. That includes your brain and its associated memory. "Physical exercise has the best evidence for preserving memory and mental function with aging," says R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD, director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. If you don’t have the time for a full workout, try to squeeze in a few 10-minute walks.
4. Mental Exercise
Challenge your mind! Findings report that cognitive function and memory have been improved by applying mental exercises. Learning a new skill, learning a new language, or doing a crossword or some math in your head are great ways to strengthen your memory.
5. Stay Social
Social interactions give a boost to your memory as well as your mood. Visit friends and family, enjoy a show, or attend an event. Research shows that even 10 minutes of socializing can improve memory function.
You can't find your discharge papers (otherwise known as your DD214), and the VA says it was burnt in a fire. Now what? Does that mean that you can't get any benefits that require your discharge papers?
On July 12, 1973, a fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis destroyed records held for Veterans who were discharged from the Army and Air Force.
The fire destroyed 80 percent of the records held for Veterans who were discharged from the Army between November 1, 1912 and January 1, 1960. The fire destroyed 75 percent of the records held for Veterans who were discharged from the Air Force between September 25, 1947 and January 1, 1964 with surnames beginning with Hubbard and running through the end of the alphabet.
It is true that many records were destroyed, and therefore obtaining your original discharge DD214 may be impossible. However, this should never stop you from getting the benefits that you deserve. If the VA can not give you the actual discharge papers, you can obtain a letter from the VA which can be used in place of your discharge paperwork.
Begin your request by clicking here and check your benefits at the same time!
Below are the 2018 rates for the Aid and Attendance Pension. These are the maximum rates that one can get for the pension. Each case can vary and one may get a lesser amount than the below rates, however, one can not get more than the below rates.
VA Benefits is something you "Earned" - Thank you to our Veterans!
This Thanksgiving, of the many things we need to be thankful for, let's not forget to be our veterans. Our veterans have fought for our country, and have given us our freedom.
Because you served our country during a period of war, you have earned special recognition and benefits. The VA Aid and Attendance Pension is designed to re-pay you and your family for the sacrifices you made when we needed you most. Whether you served in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the current Gulf War, you have earned our respect for the time and dedication away from family and friends.
If you are 65 or older, a veteran of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marines, or Coast Guard, and you served at least one day during a period of war (you did not have to be in combat) and received any discharge other than dishonorable, you may be eligible for funds to help pay for long-term care expenses at home or in a care community.
To learn more, explore additional details here on our web site or call us at 800.262.1735. Find out what you may be eligible for in a brief no cost phone consultation.
What a great Veterans Day Weekend!
We spent the weekend thanking our Veterans for their selfless service to our country. It was an honor to meet so many amazing heroes!
A special thank you to all of the Assisted Living Communities that partnered up to make this weekend possible.
Most of us feel the desire to participate and do something for our veterans on veterans day. However, many of us do not know where to begin.
Military.com had a great article of 8 ways to participate in Veterans day 2017! You can do this on Veterans day itself or any day of the year! Below is summary of the 8 items within their article. You can view the full write up by clicking military.com.
1. Show Up - Attend a Veterans Day event in your area
2. Donate - To get a few ideas for donations, you can check out this page.
3. Fly a flag - Veterans Day is a great opportunity to fly the flag! Check out Military.com's guide to the flag.
4. Ask someone about their service - It seems like we all know someone who has served and Veterans Day is a great time to ask them about their service. Sometimes you don't have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.
5. Write - If you know a veteran, write a simple postcard or e-card that recognizes them on Veterans Day.
6. Don't Confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day - Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.
7. Visit a VA Hospital - Many VA facilities will have events on Veterans Day or a special lunch you can help prepare.
8. Get Outdoors with a Veteran - Invite a veteran or a military family to explore a national park -- admission is free for all visitors on Veterans Day.
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