Treemont Retirement Blog

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Treemont Doctors


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jul 25, 2021 3:22:14 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Need a Primary Care Doctor that Makes House Calls?
Meet Visiting Doctors: Dr. Nasiya Ahmed & Dr. Adrian Zaharia  
  1. A key benefit of having Senior Allegiance as Treemont’s Preferred Provider Home Care agency is that Senior Allegiance can arrange to have its patients seen by a doctor at Treemont. Senior Allegiance has partnered with two doctors: Dr. Nasiya Ahmed and Dr. Zaharia to provide on-site primary care physician (PCP) services for Treemont residents.

Dr. Nasiya Ahmed, founder of Village Physicians, specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. Value is placed on the doctor-patient relationship, offering convenient and longer appointment times as well as after hour physician services. Dr. Ahmed will see residents through the entire continuum of care offered here at Treemont as well as Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, then back to Treemont Independent Living or to Treemont Health Care Center if a rehab stay is needed. The idea is for your doctor to follow you wherever you go. For an on-site appointment at Treemont, contact Dr. Ahmed’s office at (832) 408-8575.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: How to Talk with Your Healthcare Provider


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 21, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Tips on Improving Communication with your Healthcare Provider

Having good communication between you and your healthcare providers is important for your health. Sharing all information with your healthcare provider about your health situation is key to receiving the proper quality of care. The challenge is that most appointments with your healthcare provider are short. Here are a few suggestions to help get the most out of your visits when seeing your healthcare provider. 

Before your Appointment:

  1. Make a list of 2-3 things you most want to talk about with your provider and bring this list to your appointment.
  2. Make a list of past and current health problems, including surgery or treatments. It is also important to include medications that have caused unwanted side effects.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Fall Safety for Seniors


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 16, 2021 2:20:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Fall Safety for Senior Citizens

 Falls are a very common occurrence among the senior citizen community. According to the CDC, more than one out of four older people fall each year and just one fall doubles the chances of falling again. The majority of falls occur in the home setting, making any senior citizen susceptible to a fall. More than 3 million citizens are treated for fall injuries a year. Although many of the falls that occur do not result in serious injuries, statistics, show 1 out of 5 falls cause a serious injury. The following injuries can result from a fall:

  1. Broken bones such as wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures
  2. Head injuries
  3. Reduce the level of activity due to fear of a recurrent fall
  4. Can affect a person’s ability to live on their own
  5. New medications may be prescribed (such as blood thinners)
  6. Death 

Even though falls are common, there are a wide range of reasons that can increase the chances of a fall.

  1. Lower body weakness
  2. Vitamin D deficiency
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Pros and Cons of Senior Living in Houston


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 15, 2021 8:45:00 AM

Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Senior Living Options
Pros
Security & Peace of Mind

The rise of violence against older Americans makes this population particularly vulnerable. Age and deteriorating health can compromise older adults’ ability to protect themselves from danger, making them prime targets for scams, burglaries and physical assault. Senior living communities tend to offer more security against these threats. In fact, many are equipped with locked doors, security guards, gates and/or security systems. 

Increased security can be very beneficial to older adults who may not live in the safest neighborhoods or near family that can check on them regularly. Thankfully, in addition to the security measures mentioned above, living in a senior living community typically means that older adults will be in close proximity to neighbors and staff who can look out for them. Other benefits that provide peace of mind include the availability of extra care options, inside corridors, safety checks and an emergency call system. Senior living resident Maggie talks about why she feels safe in a retirement community.

Community

When you retire, lose a mate or have little in common with your youthful neighbors, life can get lonely. Avoiding loneliness and isolation is especially

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Easy Hobbies to Pick Up in Independent Living for Houston Seniors


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 13, 2021 1:46:04 PM

Easy Hobbies to Pick Up in Independent Living for Houston Seniors
By Cassie Garcia. Cassie has lived more life than she cares to admit (don't dare ask her age). She's been a cattle rancher, a scuba instructor, and a botanical garden curator. Now, she spends her time writing, gardening, and chasing after her three grandchildren.  Photo Credits: Source  Source      Source

They're called the 'golden years' for  reason. We can now do all those things we never had time for in the past. Retirement has its rewards....whether you finally pick up that crochet needle, build a birdhouse, or just want to develop new hobbies.

Independent living for seniors in Houston has so many options and activities that stimulate the mind and keep hands busy. It's never too late to learn something new. Here are a few easy hobbies to put on your to-do list.

Outdoors

Simple modes of physical activity for adults prevent some of the health problems that crop up as we age. It also helps our muscles stay strong for those day-to-day tasks. You’ll sleep better after enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

Gardening - Outdoor gardening in raised beds or containers improves motor skills while enhancing the five senses. Plant

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Sleep Time


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 15, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Sleep Time

An appropriate amount of sleep is essential for any age group, but especially for senior citizens. Along with the physical changes that occur with age, changes in sleeping patterns can be a part of the aging process. It is recommended that senior citizens get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day. Learning how to manage sleeping problems can be challenging, but the importance of sleep for physical and mental health is very important. Not being able to get control of sleeping issues can affect senior citizens in the following ways:

  1. Proper amount of sleep helps maintain brain health and lowers the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
  2. Inadequate sleep can affect ones moods. A lack of sleep can decrease hormone levels that can result in irritability, stress, and depression in severe cases
  3. Lack of sleep can affect concentration
  4. Sleep deprivation impairs learning by affecting the ability to store and recall information
  5. Without an adequate amount of sleep, the body’s healing process can be delayed. Your body depends on rest to fight
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season during Covid, Be Prepared


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 11, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season during Covid, Be Prepared

In the United States Flu Season most commonly occurs during the Fall and Winter. Influenza activity is more active during October and can last until late May, although peaks of Flu cases are seen in December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important method of protection from the flu and its potentially serious complications.

Although receiving the Flu vaccine is the first and most important prevention method, there are other habits to keep in mind that will reduce the risk of getting the FLU or getting sick in general. The following are steps recommended by the CDC that can aid in fighting the FLU this season.

  1. Vaccination: The Flu vaccine protects against virus strands that are considered to be common during the Flu season. Those at a higher risk for these virus strands are the elderly and those with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Stay Safe, Wear a Mask. Protect Each Other


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 28, 2020 3:15:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Treemonters, Protect Each Other. Stay Safe, Wear a Mask.

It is likely an understatement to say that most of us have “Covid Fatigue.” We yearn to return to “normal.” As we enter into cooler weather, however, nation-wide and locally, we are seeing a spike in Covid19 cases. No one is immune from this disease.

It is critical to safeguard ourselves and our neighbors. Studies show the risk for exposure reduces with the use of a mask. As we begin Flu season and continue dealing with COVID, it is imperative that we continue to wear our mask and follow social distance. It is easy to have the urge to relax but we must keep doing our part. As activities resume in Independent Living, we must make sure that everyone in the activity is wearing a mask. This includes small gatherings

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Covid19 and Doctor Visit Options


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 14, 2020 3:12:57 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Covid19 and Doctor Visit Options at Treemont

Coronavirus precautions will continue for the immediate future with the need for continued social distancing. Therefore, Senior Allegiance and Treemont want to make sure that our residents continue to have access to the doctor care necessary to maintain their health.  This includes access to: (1) a Primary Care Physician and (2) Emergency Care.

Need a Doctor? If you need a Primary Care Physician (PCP) Senior Allegiance is working with Dr. Nasyia Ahmed of Villa Physicians. Dr. Ahmed recently joined the Treemont Family to offer her services as an on-site primary care physician specializing in Internal Mediciine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Dr. Ahmed will see residents across the entire continuum of care offered here at Treemont as well as Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, then back to Treemont

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Hurricane Season: Emergency Preparedness


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 10, 2020 10:08:59 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Hurricane Season Emergency Preparedness Checklist

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane season at the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th.

Other types of emergencies include:

  • Chemical, Drought, Earthquake, Fire, Flood, Flu, Heat Wave, Highway safety, Hurricane, Landslide, Power Outage, Terrorism, Thunderstorm, Tornado, Wild Fire and Winter Storm.

Benefits of living in retirement community include:

Living at Treemont and/or having services with Senior Allegiance provides a layer of comfort since the community works with you in preparation for all types of emergencies. Independent Living has a small power generator that can keep our kitchen refrigerators and freezer operational. From that Treemont can also power its phone system for the front office and connect some lighting for the lobby area. Treemont staff will be present to distribute flashlights and attend to resident needs. Treemont has extra water on hand and continues to provide meals to residents. If power is out, and residents are unable to walk stairs, meals are delivered to their apartments. Treemont does what it can to make sure residents are attended to during power outages.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors