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Most Common Health Issues Faced By Senior Men

Friday, January 30, 2015

Everyone gets older - aging is inevitable. With increased age mobility becomes difficult, eyesight gets weaker and hearing suffers as well. However, some of the common problems faced by men as they age are significantly different from those faced by a woman. There are five common health concerns that are more prevalent in men than women, and often they are avoidable or controllable, with early detection and preventative health.

Obesity

Although obesity is a disorder common to both men and women, it is seen more often in men. This is because men often let themselves get sedentary after retirement or spend far too much time in front of the TV. Obesity, if not controlled, can lead to many disorders, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Male Baldness

Also known as Alopecia, baldness strikes almost every man.  While this condition can be slowed through regular use of hair growth solutions most men lose about 50% or more of their hair by the age of sixty. Many men experience pattern baldness in their late teens and early twenties, but there’s a certain correlation between hair loss and age.  

Heart Attack

Men who are heavier, those who smoke, and those who suffer from either hypertension or diabetes are more prone to getting a heart attack. While heart attacks do occur in women they are not nearly as common, which makes this a disorder of more concern for aging men.

Hypertension

Hypertension is also seen in women. However, once again, it is more common in men. Hypertension or high blood pressure, is also known as the silent killer. When the force with which blood flows increases, it puts a lot of strain on our heart as well as other organs making hypertension deadly if it is not controlled. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to heart failure, stroke, kidney diseases, and many other forms of heart disease. It might also cause impaired vision if the blood pressure affects the optic nerve.

Heart Disease

Heart diseases are common in aging. Men who are obese often have higher levels of cholesterol and are at far greater risk as that cholesterol can cause clogged arteries, increase blood pressure, and heart attack. With age, our arteries become narrow and less flexible which also puts additional strain on the heart.

Disease and age increase with the other. Preventative care, doctors visits, light exercise, and an attention to a healthy diet are the most common methods of preventing age related diseases.  If you or a senior you love need home care assistance, call us. We offer senior home care in Dallas and the surrounding area. 

Meditation and Its Health Benefits in Senior Care

Friday, January 30, 2015

Meditation has been widely recognized as an alternative therapy for multiple diseases and people have witnessed miraculous recoveries when they started meditation after suffering different diseases and disorders. Proponents of mediation often argue that many common health issues don’t need pharmaceutical intervention, but rather a cure by changing ones mindset through meditation. Whether meditation can have definitive and miraculous results or not is still largely undecided, but what many do agree on is that meditation can help alleviate a lot of common ailments which can later grow into bigger disorders and problems.

Unfortunately, there’s a simultaneous increase in our age, and our ailments and pains. Fortunately, there are some common health benefits you can gain by meditating daily and it works whether you are young or old. However, older people have a lot to gain as their body and immune system isn’t as strong as it used to be and as a result meditation might help them deal with the age-related problems. Here are some of the areas many experts believe can be improved through meditation.

Improved Memory

According to experts, meditation helps stimulate both the long-term memory as well as the short-term memory hub in our brain. This allows older people to retain memories longer, and helps make new ones as well. With time, meditation makes the brain stronger which may help diminish some of the natural cognitive decline associated with aging.

Enhances Digestive System

Regular meditation helps improve the function of our digestive system. Deep breathing, which is an important part of any meditation technique, helps improve blood circulation and enhances the oxygen content of our blood so the organs receive more oxygen and become stronger. This helps improve the digestive system and can reduce common digestive issues faced by the elderly. The extra oxygen to all our organs helps improve the immune system, lungs, and brain which help older people get stronger and their bodies are able to ward off common diseases.

Improves Mood

Meditation and deep breathing help stimulate the part of the brain responsible for mood. This is the prefrontal region in the cortex. This region is also responsible for depression and the improved functionality may ward off the common onset of depression in the elderly.

Helps De-Stress

Stress is the seed from which many disorders grow.  Meditation is a first line of defense against stress and many psychology professionals are turning to this technique to help melt away the stress. The breathing exercises in meditation provide more oxygen to the brain which stimulates the ‘happy’ regions, making one feel relaxed and happy at the same time. It also relieves physical tension we hold in our body that can lead to advanced aging.

Needless to say, there are many more benefits of regular meditation and we can see a proof of this in the lives of the people who practice it daily. They look younger and feel younger and many will tell you meditative benefits can be experienced by practicing it for less than 20 minutes a day. There are no shortage of guided meditation apps for the phone, books, DVD and CD programs, and even pod casts dedicated to guiding you through daily meditations. What do you have to lose, give one a try and experience the benefits of meditation.   

Common Health Issues Faced By Senior Women

Friday, January 30, 2015

Aging is not easy, especially for women who are often more particular about their appearances then their male counterparts.  Seeing wrinkles and crow’s feet appear on their perfect skin can never be easy. Even more difficult is experiencing how simple movements become arduous, and aches and pains become a constant companion as the years pass. All these signs are usually accompanied by some common health disorders. Let’s take a deeper look at these age related health issues:

Arthritis

One of the most common health issues that ail aging women is arthritis. This problem affects about 50% of elderly women and is more common in women than men. These are pains that might have happened years ago but rise again with age. Knees become weaker, joints ache, and knuckles become painful.

Some believe that a common way to avoid arthritis is by following regular exercise programs or by practicing yoga which keeps the bones and joints limber and may keep pain at bay.  Weight is another factor that counts with arthritis in women. If a woman is heavy, there is more weight on her knees and bones that exerts unneeded stress on her and increases pain. By reducing weight and practicing exercise, arthritis can be reduced.

Osteoporosis

The importance of calcium has been drilled into most women from the time they are young. This is because the risk of developing osteoporosis in women increases if their bone mass is low. If bone mass is low, there is a greater chance of tripping and falling causing broken bones. This also makes mobility difficult as broken bones heal slower at an older age. By consuming the daily required amount of calcium, osteoporosis can be avoided. By reducing weight, discomfort from this ailment can be reduced significantly.

Vision Loss

As they age, many women find that their vision is increasingly less sharp. Women who suffer from diabetes are more at risk of developing vision related problems. Many health experts believe common problems with eyesight can be kept at bay by increasing intake of green vegetables and foods that are rich in antioxidants. Doctors also warn against smoking as it can have negative health benefits to your eyes. Women who smoke are also at a higher risk of losing their sight as they get older.

Aging is beautiful and unavoidable part of life. With it comes wisdom and much deserved respect; but also common health problems. Preventative care, regular doctor’s screenings, exercise, and a healthy, vegetable rich, diet can help with the more common issues. 

Early Warning Signs of Glaucoma

Friday, January 30, 2015

Early Warning Signs of Glaucoma

Few people have heard of glaucoma and when they experience it's symptoms it may already be too late. People are unaware of glaucoma which is why they are unable to read the warning signs and as a result pay no attention to the initial symptoms. When it comes to the eyes, no symptom should be taken lightly as eyes are sensitive and when it comes to treating them for serious disorders, the process can not only be expensive and painful but it can wear down a person mentally. Finding your world going blurry or dark is something no one can take well.

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that may lead to vision loss which cannot be treated. There are various types of this disease and in some variations there may be signs while other forms of glaucoma appear without warning. This is why everyone should get their eyes checked at least every 6 months to make sure everything is normal. This will allow the doctor to observe any signs of a developing disorder. Here are some warning signs of glaucoma you should look out for. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to get your eyes checked immediately without any delay.

Difficulty in Peripheral Vision

Our eyes allow us to view from the corner of our eyes. This is known as peripheral vision. If you are witnessing problems in your side vision or cannot see at all from the corner of your eye, this is a huge warning sign that there is something drastically wrong. Whenever any part of your vision gets blurry, make sure to get it checked immediately. Do not delay till it is gone completely.

Appearance of Halos

Look at a light bulb and check if you are seeing rainbow borders around bulbs or if you can look directly at a light bulb. If you cannot see directly at the light or you are seeing rainbow colored halos around light, it is a sign of glaucoma.

Loss of Vision

If you find you cannot see clearly or see at all, all day or during any part of the day. Do not take this warning sign lightly and go see a doctor immediately. This can prove dangerous if delayed and can lead to irreversible damage. If you find that out of the blue you are unable to see for a few seconds or minutes and your vision comes back normal, it could be also be a sign of glaucoma.

Redness or Tears

Excessive tearing of the eye can be due to allergies or it can be due to glaucoma, you won’t know till you get it checked. Frequent redness in the eye is also another sign of glaucoma.

These signs are commonly mistaken as a result of lack of sleep or even allergies and no one pays attention to them. However, it is always wise to get your eyes checked to make sure there isn’t a serious problem at hand that is being taken lightly.  

A Nursing Home Doesn’t Have to Be In Your Future

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Nursing homes have been so associated with aging that many people don’t know the breadth of options available to them. As the Baby Boomers mature, the choice to ‘age in place’ has increased in popularity.
Most of us know about retirement communicates and nursing homes but things get a little fuzzy when it comes to what’s considered ‘Home Healthcare’.

Home Healthcare is a broadly used term that defines services and companies that range from a single, non-skilled provider that checks in on mom, all the way to nationwide corporations that have thousands of employees and can provide medical care until your last breath.
There are two main categories of agencies recognized by the State of Texas. Licensed Home Health Agencies, which have RN’s that supervise and direct care can provide hourly or daily care for skilled and non-skilled needs.
These ‘skilled’ agencies can also manage and administer medications, an important distinction, as many families don’t have the time or in-depth knowledge to manage medications, which can get quite extensive.

The second type of agency is a PAS (Personal Assistance Service); these agencies are often referred to as sitter services and may provide companionship and help with chores around the house. PAS’s aren’t allowed to set up or administer medications and can’t provide skilled medical care. These is usually not a significant difference between what the two charge and they’re usually both able to provide hourly and live-in caregivers.

We all assume that the Federal or State Government oversees these businesses and there are strict government regulations they abide by.
This is not always the case, and it’s ultimately left up to the consumer to be vigilant about who they’re hiring and entrusting with their, or their loved one’s safety.

Asking a lot of questions, and trusting your instincts, can be tow of the best tools available to help ensure you’re working with the right company to take care of your individual needs safely and correctly.

Senior Transportation Needs in Dallas

Monday, September 17, 2012

In Dallas and its suburbs seniors can enjoy a great quality of life – except when it comes to transportation. There are a limited number of options for elderly or special needs people to get to and from important appointments, such as doctor visits or running errands. Recently DART announced a new paratransit service delivery model where customers may be picked up in a DART branded Yellow Cab taxi or an accessible van, but even this new service does not fully provide what is needed. 

September Services is your complete answer for senior transportation.  If you need someone on your schedule, and don’t want to wait to be just another passenger for a transit company, then contact us.  We are a home health agency with trained healthcare providers that are bonded, licensed, insured and can perform CPR should the need arise, providing a safer alternative for you or your loved ones.  We provide a full service experience that differs from other options because we escort and assist your loved one with their appointments and errands.  If you use September Services, a trained health care provider would be with them 100% of the time. 

So which do you feel more comfortable with, a taxi driver or caregiver?

Give September Services call today at (972) 934-3588 to find our more.

Medicare versus Private Pay? Who Pays for What?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Many of our patients want to know how Medicare fits into the skilled nursing services offered by September Services. 

Home health care, much like assisted living, is not covered by Medicare. There are some very specific exemptions to this rule, but generally speaking, the expense of home health care will need to be paid out-of-pocket, or by a long-term insurance policy.

Most licensed home health agencies will help you work with your insurance company. This could include everything from processing and sending nursing notes to invoices and careplans.

Every policy is a little different in regard to benefits and how they process payments.

Mom Needs Help? What Can I Do?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Have you noticed these changes in your Mom (or your Dad?)
  • Mental alertness
  • Eating habits
  • Changes in appearance
  • Walking/moving differently than before
  • Emotions
You may be concerned, but does it mean you have to take action right now?

Don't try to be pushy - just talk to her/him. Ask how they are doing, if they feel tired, stressed, lonely or sick. Maybe it's a specific reason why they are not doing well (we all have our bad days!) If you think it's something more serious, schedule an appointment with her doctor to rule out any problems.

In the meantime, don’t act too quickly on big decisions (like hiring in-home help or relocating to a senior living facility). Remember, she’s still your Mom.


“I am well pleased with the care and companionship that September Services provides for my mother. She alone cared for my brother and me as we grew into responsible adults. It is a blessing for us to be able to trust September Services to help us give Mother the fantastic assistance that she so richly deserves at this time.”