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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Walker Safety


Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 2, 2019 9:10:00 AM

Physical Activity and Heart Disease

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Join the Walk and Roll, Learn about Walker Safety

Join us March 8th at “Walk and Roll,” 2pm to 3pm, Green Room

Assistive Devices such as Walkers are very common among the elderly population.  Walkers can be used temporarily or as a 

means of maintaining safety precautions when ambulating.  Although a walker can aid a person with moving around more safely and independently, it is important to make sure the walker is being used correctly.  Improper use of a walker can increase the risk of fall and/or injury.

Safety precautions when using a walker include:

  1. Adjusting the height of the walker is very important. The correct height will ensure that the proper posture of the body is maintained. Your hands should lay on top of the walker with arms relaxed and slightly bent at the elbow at about 15 degrees.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Physical Activity and Heart Disease


Posted by Lisa Witt on Feb 23, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: The Role of Physical Activity in Maintaining Heart Health

As people get older, is very common to see a decline in mobility. A person’s level of activity or type often changes as we age, due to illness, injuries, or general decline.  It is very important, however, to stay active to maintain a healthy life style. Adults who maintain a level of physical activity are at a lower risk for multiple diseases including Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, Muscle Atrophy, Depression, and overall cognitive function.

Physical Activity can greatly benefit your overall, health, but especially your heart. Without proper functioning of one’s heart, a person becomes susceptible to different conditions such as Coronary Artery disease and Hypertension that can lead to a Heart Attack or a stroke. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that heart disease is the number one cause of death for most people in the U.S.  Almost 525,000 Americans

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season, Be Prepared


Posted by Lisa Witt on Sep 23, 2018 6:15:49 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season is Upon Us, 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. This year Texas is one of the four states that has experienced high influenza-like illness activity according to the CDC. Although, hospitalizations due to the Flu have remain the same from previous years, the highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older.

Although, receiving the Flu vaccine is the first and most important prevention methods, there are other habits to keep in mind that with reduce the risk of getting the FLU or getting sick in

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

Why Traditional Medicare is Best for Treemont Senior Living Residents


Posted by Admin on Jul 25, 2018 11:54:17 AM

Why Traditional Medicare is Best for Treemont Senior Living in Houston  Residents 

 

Treemont recommends Traditional Medicare, with a supplemental plan, for residents age 75+. In fact we feel so strongly, we are offering Treemont residents an incentive to choose Traditional Medicare (see discussion later in this blog post.)  
 
In discussions over the past month with Treemont families and residents, I realize there is much uncertainty regarding whether residents have Traditional Medicare vs a Medicare Advantage Plan. Everyone over age 65+ has Medicare. If you would like us to do a 
“quick check” on which Medicare coverage you have, please call or email me with 3 pieces of information:

Name of Senior
Medicare Number
Date of Birth

Click to Email Lisa to Verify Your Medicare Plan  

 

We recommend Traditional Medicare  for seniors 75+ for the following reasons:

 

  • Traditional Medicare provides the Maximum Flexibility to choose one’s doctors, hospitals, specialist, rehab center, nursing home, home health care and hospice providers without having to be
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Shingles Clinic, Thursday, July 18th at 10am


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jul 17, 2018 5:17:24 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a shingle stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. The reason for shingles is unclear. But it may be due to lowered immunity to infections as you grow older.

Shingles is more common in older adults and in people who have weakened immune systems.

Shingles is caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus. This iss thee same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may become reactive as shingles. The virus that causes chickenpox and shingles is not the same virus responsible for cold sores or genital herpes.

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Alcohol-Medication Interactions


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 9, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Alcohol-Medication Interactions

In the U.S. 13 percent of people are over the age of 65, and this same group is responsible for over one-third of the purchased prescription drugs in the country. It is more probable for elderly patients to use prescribed medications on a long-term basis or several prescribed medications at the same time due to different medical Issues.  Some medicines that you might never have suspected can react with alcohol, including many medications which can be purchased over the counter. Even some herbal remedies can have harmful effects when combined with alcohol.

As the population ages, the problems associated with mixing alcohol and medications are certain to increase.   Older adults are at a higher risk for harmful alcohol-medications interactions. Aging slows the body’s ability to break down alcohol, so alcohol remains in a person’s system longer. In older adults alcohol use may increase the

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: An Inside Look at Osteoporosis


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 12, 2018 9:45:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: An Inside Look at Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to bone loss.  It causes bones to become fragile and increases the risk of fractures (breaks). Some bone loss is a normal part of aging. Osteoporosis causes bone loss to occur too fast. When this happens, bone becomes very weak. It can cause: loss of height, spinal change, such as a stooped posture, and severe back pain from fractures to the vertebrae. Many people have osteoporosis and don’t even know it. At first osteoporosis doesn’t have any symptoms. Most people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they fracture a bone like the hip, wrist, or spine. By the time a fracture occurs, the person may have had osteoporosis for many years.

 

Bone is always changing as old bone breaks down, and new bome is formed. After about age 30, the body slowly begins to lose more bone than

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: New Medicare Cards are Coming


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 28, 2018 6:35:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: New Medicare Cards are Coming

Beginning April 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be issuing new Medicare cards to its current members. For those who will be obtaining a Medicare care for the first time, you will receive the new card automatically. The change is prompted by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 that requires the removal of Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. Removing the social security number from the Medicare card is intended to prevent fraud and identify theft. 

10 things to know about your new Medicare card

  1. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your mySocial Security account.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Senior Living Houston Residents: Downsizing Your Home


Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 31, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Senior Living Houston Residents: Tips on Downsizing Your Home

by Julia Aldrich from www.Homelight.com

A big and spacious home is the dream for many American families looking to settle down. However, two or three decades later, after the kids have flown the nest and found their own places to grow their lives in, most retirement-age adults may be landing in a somewhat unprecedented predicament: a large house with an unnecessary amount of space. And, when we say unnecessary, we mean expensive and burdensome to take care of. Downsizing is a smart move for a lot of seniors who find themselves in this situation and the act can save them a lot of stress, as well as a lot of money if they go about it in the right way.

Here are a few tips to consider when making your downsizing house plans:

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Podiatrist Tips for Senior Living Houston Community


Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 24, 2018 9:07:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Podiatrist Tips

When we think about different aspects of our bodies that can cause medical issues, we often do not think about our feets. However, our feet play such an important part in the human body. Our feet handle a lot of work in our daily lifes by “carrying” us through out the day! This does not include the effect that actitivies we do such as walking and dancing, footear, illness and disease have our feet. Podiatric medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. Treemont's on-site home health company offers some advice to seniors.

 

There are multiple reasons why a person may want to see a podiatrist. Reasons include:

  1. Calluses
  2. Corn
  3. Bunion
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors