Healthy Tips for Seniors: Coronavirus and Community PrecautionsRead More
Healthy Tips for Seniors: Healthy Tips for Flu Season
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 remained the same from previous years, the highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older.Read More
Healthy Tips for Seniors: Mental Health Awareness
Just as physical health is important for one’s overall well being, mental health plays an important role as well. Often mental health is something that many do not like to talk about, and therefore will delay getting help. It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. That is roughly 1 in 5 individuals over the age of 55. Addressing any potential mental health issues can improve your or your loved one’s quality of life.
Older adults are more likely to report physical symptoms rather then psychiatric symptoms, and will often seek care from their primary physician more often than from a psychiatrist/psychologist. Knowing risk factors that can play a role in mental health, can aid in identifying symptoms quicker and receiving the appropriate care.Read More
Physical Activity and Heart Disease
Healthy Tips for Seniors: Don't Let Spring Allergies Get the Best of You
As spring time approaches, so does Allergy season! As flowers begin to bloom and people start to cut their grass more frequently, sniffling and sneezing begin to affect the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies. This is a reminder for those residents at Treemont senior living in Houston community as you return to your Gardening Angel projects and walks around the campus.
As flowers and trees begin to bloom, they release pollen in the air. As pollen goes into the air, it causes one’s immune system to identify pollen as a danger and release antibodies that attack the allergens. The antibodies released in the blood are called histamines. Histamines are responsible for symptoms such as runny nose and itchy eyes that most people experience. ThisRead More
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 ameans 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:
- 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.
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 AmericansRead More
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 inRead More
Why Traditional Medicare is Best for Treemont Senior Living in Houston Residents
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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
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.Read More
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 theRead More