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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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: COVID-19 and our Community


Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 30, 2020 12:06:02 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Coronavirus and Community Precautions

As the spread of Coronavirus continues to be a main concern throughout the world it is important to stay informed and do our part to  respond to this emerging public health threat. As we are bombarded daily on television and social media with  information about the Coronavirus, it is important to obtain information from trustworthy sources. As a home health agency we, at Senior Allegiance, rely on organizations such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). These websites  provide the most up to date information with regard to COVID-19 prevention, management, and status of the virus.

Senior communities such as Treemont Retirement Community are a focus of concern for many, due to the age demographic of residents in these communities. Treemont has the unique opportunity to house Senior Allegiance Home Health agency that has become a great resource and partner in responding to COVID-19, along with Treemont Health Care Center.

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season Healthy Tips


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 27, 2020 9:45:06 AM

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.

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Mental Health Awareness


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 16, 2019 9:10:00 AM

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.

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Spring Allergies Advice


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 20, 2019 8:15:00 AM

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. This

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