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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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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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Pneumonia Prevention


Posted by Lisa Witt on Feb 6, 2018 12:27:00 PM

Healthy Tips: Pneumonia Prevention at Senior Living Houston Community

What is a Pneumonia?

  • Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The severity of the infection can often vary from mild to severe. However, Pneumonia is often more serious for infants, young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems.

Types/Cause

  • Many different germs can cause pneumonia, bacteria and viruses.
    • Community-acquired pneumonia is the most common type of pneumonia. This type is most often found in health care facilities.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Holiday Healthy Eating Strategies at Senior Living Houston Community


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 9, 2018 10:56:09 AM

Healthy Tips: Holiday Healthy Eating Strategies at Senior Living Houston Community

The holidays are a very exciting time of year. It is a time to enjoy family and friends, and enjoy delicious food. Whether it be to a family members or friends home, to traveling out of town, the holidays are a very popular time to travel away from your senior living Houston community. With so much going on during this time of year it is important to do our best to maintain a routine when it comes to our medicine, diet, and rest to ensure our health stays 100%. The following tips can assist in staying in healthy and prevent the hospital from being one of your stops during the holidays.

  1. Staying Hydrated

As a general rule, it is important to drink water throughout the day.  With the excitement of being surrounded by loved ones this is easy to forget. It recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of water during a day. Make sure to drink

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

Healthy Tips for Senior Living Houston Residents: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Explained


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 28, 2017 1:04:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Senior Living Houston ResidentsUrinary Tract Infection (UTI) Explained

by Nicolas Adams from the Health Magazine

This UTI topic has been previously covered, but we are benefitting from a more in-depth look at thte topic of Urinary Tract Infction (UTI) by Nicolas Adams from the Health Magazine. In previous Healthy Tips, Senior Allegiance has cited the Health Magazine so we are now pleased to have a guest article this month for the benefit of Treemont assisted living houston residents.

Overview

The urinary bladder functions as the muscular organ that stores urine, which consists of the waste products in the body. However, the bladder can be infected by microorganisms, too. Urinary tract infections are caused by microbes such as bacteria that proliferate in the bladder or ureters.

The urinary tract works by removing waste products and excess water from the body. It mainly consists of the kidneys, bladder, ureters and the urethra. The kidneys, which are kidney-shaped organs in the body, filter the blood and remove the waste products. It is where urine is formed and

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: How to Switch from Advantage Plan to Traditional Medicare


Posted by Admin on Oct 18, 2017 6:13:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: How to Switch from an Advantage Plan to Traditional Medicare

Treemont Retirement Community recommends the Original Traditional Medicare (TM) option over a Managed Advantage Plan (MAP) managed by insurance companies, for its senior living in Houston residents. To learn why, please Click hereIf you choose to enroll in TM, here is how to make the transition from a MAP to TM.

  • HOW TO CHANGE FROM MAP TO TRADITIONAL
    1. Call 1-800-Medicare
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Traditional Medicare Explained to Assisted Living Houston Residents


Posted by Admin on Jun 27, 2017 2:18:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Traditional Medicare Explained to Assisted Living Houston Residents  

Learn why Treemont Retirement Community recommends this Original option (vs an Advantage Plan) for its senior living in Houston residents. To learn why, please Click here.

What is Original Medicare, also called Traditional?

  • It is the traditional fee-for-service program offered directly through the federal government. UnderOriginal Medicare, the government pays directly for the health care services you receive.
  • "Original" covers 80% of medical expenses. Clients are responsible for the 20%.
  • This includes Part A and Part B coverage if you enroll in both.
  • There is also Part D (Drug coverage) and an optional supplemental insurance that pick up the 20% that original Medicare does not cover.
  • Open Enrollment starts on October 15th to December 7th.
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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Emergency Preparedness Assisted Living Houston


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 18, 2017 12:08:19 PM

Healthy Tips: Emergency Preparedness Houston Assisted Living

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane season at the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The Easter Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.

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 a  Houston retirement community include:

Living in assisted living in Houston 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. Treemont 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. Independent living staff (see two stellar employees on right) will be present to distribute flashlights and attend to resident needs. This senior living in Houston community has extra water on hand and continues to provide meals to residents. If power is out,

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