Senior Care Requests Rise After Family Visits During The Holidays

(NewsUSA) – For adult children with aging parents, spending time together around the holidays can bring attention to changes in lifestyle or behavior that might indicate that a senior needs assistance at home.For those who provide senior care, the weeks immediately following the holidays tend to be the busiest of the year as families work to arrange care for aging loved ones. According to Home Instead Senior Care, January is the highest volume month for new inquiries related to senior care. Home Instead saw a 41 percent rise in service inquiries from December 2016 to January 2017.Families who have recently spent time with aging loved ones should consider these factors when deciding whether it is time to engage a senior care provider.* Mood. Was a senior loved one acting different around the holidays this year? Was he or she less talkative or more emotional?* Physical appearance. Did mom or dad lose a significant amount of weight since your last visit? Did they appear to be keeping up with personal hygiene?* Social life and routine. Did an aging relative mention socializing with neighbors and friends? Do he or she seem to be interested in making plans and getting out and about?* Household. During holiday visits, was their home clean and orderly? Have they fallen behind on paying bills, refilling medications, or housework?* Food choices. Did they have nutritious food at home, or was the refrigerator empty because they can’t make it to the grocery store?Families who notice changes in senior loved ones can find support and resources at caregiverstress.com or by reaching out to a local Home Instead Senior Care office. For many older adults, help with everyday tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping and medication reminders can allow them to stay safe and healthy at home.For more information, visit caregiverstress.com or find a Home Instead office near you at www.homeinstead.com/state

How Older Americans Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care

(NewsUSA) – It’s not just you.As a nation, America is getting older – with another 10,000 Boomers turning 65 every day. And whether you like to admit it or not – and who does? – odds are you’re probably already experiencing at least some of the same nagging health issues you once thought only happened to your parents.What’s also likely, assuming you’re one of the nation’s 100 million chronic pain sufferers, is that you’re seeking a safer alternative to opioids after being scared off by news headlines of people becoming addicted and even dying from them. Read on to see if drug-free chiropractic care may be right for what ails you.* Back and neck pain. It’s the primary reason older Americans visit doctors of chiropractic every year. And as Dr. Phillip Pizzo of Stanford University’s School of Medicine has said, "We see that for many patients, chronic pain becomes a disease in its own right."Blame the aging process itself for why even the most active seniors – weekend athletes, say – aren’t immune from such pain: Our muscles, spinal discs, facet joints and ligaments simply become less hydrated, weaker, and less able to withstand normal stresses. Doctors of chiropractic, who are highly educated and trained in the structure and function of the human body, can help provide relief through hands-on techniques that enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion.* Osteoarthritic pain and dysfunction. Knees or hips acting up? As with back and neck pain, doctors of chiropractic can also outline a program of exercise – monitoring your progress along the way – aimed at rehabilitating and strengthening specific muscle groups.* Overall wellness. This, it’s been said, is "the wheelhouse of a chiropractor." Exercise. Nutrition. Alignment. Posture. He or she can advise you on all those and more."Doctors of chiropractic are dedicated to helping patients get the best outcome from their body," said the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Sherry McAllister, DC.For more info, visit f4cp.com/findadoctor

SilverSneakers Fitness Program Improves Older Adult’s Physical and Mental Health

(NewsUSA) -Joanne C. was 74 when she had a stroke two years ago that left her paralyzed on the entire right side of her body. She refused to accept that she’d end up in a wheelchair and began rehabilitation, determined to get her life and body back to where it was before her stroke.Joanne’s hard work paid off. She has regained much of her strength and movement and can walk again. In large part, she credits her SilverSneakers exercise classes – offered through her HumanaChoice® PPO, a Medicare Advantage preferred provider organization (PPO) health plan – as key to her successful recovery.Being a SilverSneakers member helped keep Joanne in good physical condition before her stroke. "SilverSneakers helped me be familiar with many of the exercises they had me do in physical therapy and gave me the confidence and strength to persevere through a difficult rehab process," Joanne says.Numerous studies, including Tivity Health’s SilverSneakers Annual Member Survey of 2016, confirm that exercising, especially with others, improves older adults’ physical and mental health.1,2, 3However, there are challenges that prevent many Medicare beneficiaries from joining gyms and fitness classes.By offering SilverSneakers through its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Humana is working to overcome those barriers so more people with Medicare can benefit from exercising.For those on a fixed income, joining a gym can be expensive. SilverSneakers provides gym access at no additional cost to many of Humana’s MA members across the country, including those in Florida and Texas. SilverSneakers has partnered with almost 14,000 fitness and wellness centers around the U.S. and, with national reciprocity, SilverSneakers members can go to any one of those facilities.The program is designed with the Medicare population in mind and taught by certified instructors who offer classes and modifications for all fitness levels. These instructors are specifically trained to help members avoid stress-related injuries to muscles and joints.There’s also a wide variety of classes offered, including circuit training, yoga, Latin dance and even an outdoor boot camp. SilverSneakers members also have access to all of a facility’s amenities, which can include a range of exercise equipment, weight rooms and swimming pools."According to Tivity Health’s annual survey, SilverSneakers has made a significant difference in the lives of many of our Medicare Advantage members, not only in their physical health, but also in their social life," says Lauri Kalanges, M.D., Humana’s Medical Director of Medicare Products for the Mid-Atlantic Region.Tivity Health’s Annual Member Survey of 2016 found that 91 percent of SilverSneakers participants reported an improved quality of life. SilverSneakers has had a substantial impact on the health of its participants, reducing hospitalizations and the risk of depression.3For more information about SilverSneakers, go to www.silversneakers.com.Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization with a Medicare Contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change each year. SilverSneakers is not offered on all Humana MA plans in all areas. 1. Nguyen Q, Ackermann RT, Maciejewski M, Berke E, Patrick M, Williams B and LoGerfo JP. Managed-Medicare Health Club Benefit and Reduced Health Care Costs Among Older Adults. Prev Chronic Dis 2008;5(1). 2. Nguyen HQ, Maciejewski M, Gao S, Lin E, William, B, LoGerfo JP. Health Care Use and Costs Associated with Use of a Health Club Membership Benefit in Older Adults with Diabetes. Diabetes Care 2008; 31:1562-1567 3. Nguyen, Koepsell, Unutzer, Larson and LoGerfo. Depression and Use of a Health Plan-Sponsored Physical Activity Program by Older Adults. Am J Prev Med 2008;35(2):111-117 

Easing Senior Loneliness – It’s More Important Than We Think

(NewsUSA) – Social isolation is a little-thought-of, but growing, factor in the health and well-being of people 65 and older – and it may play a greater role than obesity as a public health hazard, according to research at Brigham Young University.But what does "social isolation" really mean? It’s how often we interact with others, and how much we enjoy those connections. In fact, social interaction is so important that it’s actually a key factor in maintaining good health.As we age, a support system is more important than ever – because often, basic life circumstances may have changed. For example, seniors may be on a fixed income, with less money to spend on eating out. Or may not see well enough to drive. Bottom line, it can become difficult to fulfill the basic human need to connect with others."Relationships really do matter when it comes to healthy aging, because there’s a strong correlation between a satisfying social life and a senior’s overall well-being," says Larry Weinstein M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Humana Behavioral Health. "If you’re feeling isolated, the first step is to talk your doctor, and it’s important to reach out to family and friends for encouragement and support. There also are lifestyle changes we can make to better nurture our emotional health, and by extension, our physical health."Humana’s Dr. Weinstein recommends five ways in which to become more active and engaged:1. Socialize on ScheduleNurture existing relationships by scheduling a weekly phone call, coffee date, or game night with friends or family.2. VolunteerIf you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. Or comforting babies at a hospital.3. Stay ActiveLocal senior and community centers offer health and wellness activities, exercise classes, walking clubs, and social programs, often at little to no cost.4. Learn Something NewJoin a book club or take a class to learn a new skill. Local libraries are a wonderful community resource, often offering seminars free of charge.5. Get a PetPets are wonderful companions. Choose a pet that suits your needs. For example, an older, trained dog is easier to care for than a puppy. Or a cat or fish might be a good fit.When it comes to maintaining good health, social interaction matters. If you – or a loved one – are struggling with social isolation, please contact your physician.And for more information on health and wellness, please visit humana.com

Florida Invests In Seaports, State Is Key Player in Global Marketplace

(NewsUSA) – Summer may be over, but Florida’s economy isn’t cooling down. So much so that start-ups and businesses are flocking to the Sunshine State because of its strategic geographic locations, state-of-the-art infrastructures, multilingual workforces, and concentrations of corporate and financial resources. That’s according to Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and the principal economic development organization for the state. Other reasons for the influx of businesses to the state include taking advantage of the younger talent moving to the area, no state income taxes, and promotions to reduce the property tax. Also the much lower cost of living. And to make Florida even more attractive for U.S. and international businesses, the state has also invested billions in upgrading and expanding its seaports in recent years. To this end, the state is continuing to invest in its ports based on the market demand. Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature, the state’s seaports have seen billions invested through state, local and private funding since 2011. This has produced a Return On Investment (ROI) of nearly $7 in state and local tax revenue for every $1 of state investment. And an additional $2.8 billion has been earmarked for capital improvement projects over the next five years to ensure that Florida remains a key player in the global marketplace. The annual Five-Year Seaport Mission Plan is a statutorily-required report produced by the Florida Ports Council on behalf of the Florida Seaport and Transportation and Economic Development Council. Some highlights of the 2017-2021 plan include: * $50.1 billion in value of containerized cargo moved (6.4 percent increase); * 3.5 million twenty foot equivalent units handled; * 15.5 million cruise passengers served (1.4 percent increase); * $2.8 billion programmed in improvements over the next five years. “Those are market-driven investments, responding to market needs,” says Doug Wheeler, President and CEO of the Florida Ports Council, a Florida nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s 15 public seaports and their management. “We’re seeing more and more businesses recognize ports as very beneficial to their bottom line.” As these 15 Florida ports see upgrades and expansions, international companies are taking advantage of the benefits. There has been a growth in business from Mexico, South America, Central America, and Asia businesses, says Wheeler. The ports have seen an uptick in automobile business and parishables, such as fruit. “We’re seeing growth at our ports,” Wheeler says. “It benefits everyone on the supply chain and helps the existing port tenants. We’re seeing companies with a manufacturer component recognize that ports can be a value-added service and be where they need to be to export or import their products.” Companies are not the only ones benefiting from the upgrades in seaports. The economy of the state is also feeling the love. Since 2012, the total economic value of the Florida seaports increased from $101.9 billion to $117.6 billion, and total jobs supported and related to cargo and cruise activity grew by 217,664 within the state. “Clearly, port infrastructure investments by Governor Scott and the legislature are paying off as Florida further establishes itself as a key player in the global marketplace,” Wheeler says.

Senior Volunteers Make A Difference in The Lives of Older Adults

(NewsUSA) – With years of experience and a willingness to make a difference in their communities, more older adults are volunteering to serve their peers in need. By doing so, they are staying active, meeting new people and learning new skills — all factors that contribute to health and longevity. But most importantly, they are making a difference in the lives of others.Volunteers Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Adults, a new report from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), highlights five volunteer programs that are changing lives.These programs demonstrate how local Area Agencies on Aging across the country are innovating to meet critical needs and offer local seniors meaningful volunteer opportunities."My volunteer work has given me the opportunity to meet with some very inspirational people, whom I otherwise would have never been able to meet because they are homebound," says one volunteer.The five volunteers highlighted in the n4a report represent thousands of older adult volunteers across the country who give their time and talents to ensure that other, older Americans live with dignity and choices in homes and communities for as long as possible. They may inspire you to volunteer your time and talents.In Atlanta, trained volunteers teach health and wellness classes to their peers. The classes cover topics such as fitness, healthy sexuality, disaster preparedness and issues related to mental health. Program staff members report that most of their volunteer community educators are in their mid-60s with the most dedicated volunteers in their 70s and 80s.Veterans in Maine are volunteering to visit other veterans who are often isolated in rural communities. They swap stories and provide companionship. The volunteers also link their fellow veterans to social services and programs that address unmet needs."As Vets age, they seem to be forgotten. The need is huge for volunteer veterans to visit and share life stories with other veterans," says the program’s director.Other senior volunteers across the country are staying active in their communities by making weekly phone calls to homebound seniors, helping seniors navigate public transportation, providing rides to medical appointments, and educating seniors about Medicare, among many other critical tasks.There is a role for everyone!For more information about how you can volunteer, contact your local Area Agency on Aging or the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116. For a copy of the five case studies, visit www.n4a.org and find "Volunteer Resource Center" under n4a Initiatives. 

Daughters in the Workplace Need More Support

(NewsUSA) – For the millions of women caring for an aging adult while balancing a full-time job, it can be a struggle to juggle conflicting demands.In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, found that one in four daughters in the workplace report that her career growth has suffered because of being a caregiver, feels her supervisor is unsympathetic to her caregiving responsibilities, and feels that there is a negative stigma associated with time off for elder care.There is much that can be done to address this problem.Employers can provide support and resources to help daughters and sons feel empowered at their jobs and working caregivers can educate themselves on the policies and resources available to them. Home Instead created Daughters in the Workplace, available at www.DaughtersintheWorkplace.com, a free resource for working caregivers and their employers.Here, caregivers can test their knowledge on caregiving benefits with the "Can you take time off work to care for Mom?" interactive quiz.Furthermore, working caregivers can use the following tips to help feel more empowered at work:1. Be realistic. Understand how much you can do.2. Honesty is the best policy. Be honest with yourself and your employer about what you need.3. Think creatively. Think outside the box to offer solutions that work for you and your employer.4. Get plenty of rest. Well-rested, you can get more done and be increasingly confident in handling daily challenges.5. Take one day at a time. Caring for an older adult is an unpredictable job and one that often calls for a measured approach.6. Arrange for help including respite care. Check with your Area Agency on Aging (www.n4a.org) for community resources, or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office (www.HomeInstead.com) to learn how professional caregiving could help you.7. Educate your employer. Do what you can to explain the kinds of challenges you are facing.8. Look for ways to give back. If your employer offers flexibility and help, think about ways to pay it forward with your manager and co-workers.9. Be organized. Honing your organizational skills could go a long way toward staying on top of your job and easing your anxiety.10. Find support. Connecting with others going through the same circumstances could be meaningful.To explore additional resources for Daughters in the Workplace and their employers, including the interactive quiz, visit www.DaughtersintheWorkplace.com or find a Home Instead office near you by going to www.homeinstead.com/state

Championing the Right to Age Well

(NewsUSA) – In 1967, one of today’s most iconic runners made her mark in history.Despite an angry official who tried to push her off the course of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer defiantly ran on, broke barriers and became the first woman to officially complete the legendary race.Today, at the age of 70, Switzer continues to defy the odds.This year, she ran the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon again to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her historic milestone and continued to inspire others to break new ground. She also announced a partnership with the health and well-being company, Humana, to help celebrate seniors, encourage them to take an optimistic view of aging, and live healthy, active lifestyles."When the Boston Marathon race director tried to shove me off the course in 1967, my life’s purpose was crystalized. I knew I wanted to be a champion for others committed to blazing their own path," Switzer says."I’m working with Humana to inspire seniors to achieve their best health, so they can experience all that life has to offer."Switzer shared tips on how she maintains an optimistic outlook on aging, and why she believes that great things are ahead when your health is ready — no matter what age you are!Don’t let your age define you.The biggest tip is to realize that you’re never too old, too slow or too out-of-shape to begin living an active lifestyle. Whether it’s walking the dog a bit further than usual, or taking a swim at the local health club -; finding ways to get active can help you live healthier and be more optimistic.Take it one step at a time. Allow time to adjust to a new routine. Start small and build on your efforts in small intervals. Listen to your body and be proud of your progress.Two is better than one. To help you stay motivated, get a buddy who has similar fitness goals. If a buddy is waiting for you, you won’t worry about being embarrassed or feeling slow; it’ll just be the two of you. There are few things greater than sharing victories and accomplishments with someone close.Make time for rest. Equally as important as staying active is ensuring that your body recovers from the stress endured from physical activity. Not only will your body thank you, but you will grow to love your active lifestyle more without aches and pains holding you back.Switzer recently took her message to the National Senior Games presented by Humana, one example of how the company is committed to championing seniors and breaking barriers — namely, the stereotypes associated with seniors in today’s society — and proving that with a healthy body and mind, age is truly just a number. While at the Games, she participated in the 10K Road Race in a celebratory role and presented an inspiring and encouraging speech at the Celebration of Athletes.In addition to being a fierce advocate for seniors and optimistic aging, Switzer has been a lifelong advocate for women runners in general.In 1972, she co-founded the first women’s-only road race; in 1984, she led the drive to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games; and in 2015, she founded 261 Fearless, a global non-profit that empowers and connects women through the transformative action of running, and encouraging them to overcome life obstacles and embrace healthy living."I think optimism is everything and you don’t have to be a marathon runner to possess it," Switzer says."The more you do, the more you can do!"  

¿Desea tomar el camino menos transitado? Aquí le explicamos cómo

(NewsUSA) – En las rutas con paisajes puede haber caminos complejos divertidos, pero es totalmente diferente a navegar por la vía; no olvide estos consejos para mantenerse seguro y evitar quedar atrapado.–Obstáculos simples: cuando está pensando conducir en arena, nieve o lodo, desinfle sus neumáticos para mejorar la tracción, disminuyendo las huellas de los mismos. Mantenga el momento y si sus ruedas comienzan a girar en la arena o en la nieve, disminuya un poco la velocidad. Si está en el lodo, mantenga las ruedas girando para ayudar a limpiar el lodo de los neumáticos.–Obstáculos complicados: cuando se acerca a grandes rocas, troncos o zanjas durante su viaje en rutas externas, tómelos en un ángulo, para que solo un neumático esté en el obstáculo, mientras los otros tres se mantienen al nivel del piso para maximizar la tracción. Coloque un neumático en el obstáculo, luego conduzca despacio para ayudar a proteger el chasis de su vehículo.–Colinas: siempre piense en un plan de escape en caso de que su viaje no resulte según lo esperado. Sin embargo, puede aumentar sus probabilidades de conducir de manera segura en las colinas, si se aproxima recto hacia ellas para obtener mayor tracción en las cuatro ruedas. Utilice la velocidad más alta posible para subir la colina cómodamente.Pearse Umlauf, Presidente y Gerente General de Jeep Jamboree, dice que tener los vehículos y neumáticos correctos, permite tener experiencias incomparables en la carretera. "Las Jeep Jamborees son para fines de semana de aventura en rutas externas que hacen que las personas pongan los pies sobre la tierra, para que disfruten de sus Jeep 4×4 al aire libre", dijo Umlauf, quien trabaja en la coordinación de operaciones para el uso seguro y mantenimiento de los vehículos para rutas externas en EEUU y el mundo.Señaló que los neumáticos BFGoodrich serán los neumáticos oficiales de la Jeep Jamboree en el 2017.Cuando está listo para ir al campo, Del Albright, salón de la fama de los deportes de motor todo terreno, y BFGoodrich Performance Team Expert, tienen 50 años de experiencia en manejo con neumáticos en caminos. "El neumático todo terreno T/A KO2 es mi favorito, con un diseño fuerte y duradero que lo hace ideal para los conductores todo terreno que desean probar sus vehículos o que solo disfrutan el campo", dijo. Albright también es un defensor a tiempo completo de la conservación y preservación de los caminos para el uso de los conductores todo terreno. Uno de sus caminos favoritos, el camino Rubicon en Lake Tahoe, California, estuvo en riesgo de cierre debido a la erosión; sin embargo, Albright lideró a un grupo de voluntarios para que repararan los lugares con problemas y preservaran el camino para los conductores todo terreno y otras personas que disfrutan del aire libre. Algunos de sus otros caminos favoritos incluyen: el Rausch Creek Off-Road Park (Pennsylvania), el San Hallow State Park (Utah) y el camino Hatfield-McCoy (Virginia occidental).Para obtener mayor información sobre BFGoodrich y de aventuras en ruta, visite www.bfgoodrichtires.com  

Lights, Camera, Action — Holiday Style

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – In only minutes, you can ensure your Christmas tree will meet the “merry and bright” standard. Your holiday lighting dreams can surpass expectations with just a bit of advance planning.
“Test Your Lights” Tuesday begins November 22 and runs every Tuesday through Christmas. Mark your calendar to test your holiday lights.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than gathering the family to decorate the tree or house only to find some of your light sets don’t work,” says John DeCosmo, CEO of Ulta-Lit Technologies, maker of the LightKeeper Pro, a one-of-a-kind tool that not only finds the bad bulb on a string of lights but also illuminates the rest of the working bulbs.
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At $19.99, the LightKeeper Pro is both economical and eco-friendly. In many, many instances, users save money by reducing the need to replace an entire string of lights simply because of a couple of bad bulbs. Old sets of lights don’t need to end up in a landfill.
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With over 100 years of experience with light sets, here are some tips from the pros:
* Measure: Using your two hands, touch your pointer fingertip to your other pointer fingertip. Then take your thumb tip to your other thumb tip. Bring all four tips together to create a maximum 1/8″ diamond. While standing no less than 10 feet away from your lit tree, peek through that diamond and scan the tree from side to side, top to bottom. This will assist in finding dark spots where you may want to add more lights for a fully lit tree.
* Quality vs. price: Commercial-grade light sets are more reliable for outdoor use because of their durability and thicker insulation.
* Decide on LED vs. incandescent: LEDs are more expensive than incandescent lights, but they last longer. The use of a tree with 1,000 incandescent bulbs can cost $10 over an average holiday season, while the same tree with LEDs would cost approximately $1.50.
* Replace and repair: If you notice one or two unlit bulbs within a section that is primarily operating properly, replace those bulbs ASAP. Two burned-out bulbs can decrease the lifespan of the light set by 39 percent, four burned-out bulbs by 67 percent.