14- Mar2017
Posted By: Tony Fischer
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Emergency Plan For Seniors: Five Things To Consider

High Winds, blizzards, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes. Crazy weather is effecting nearly every corner of the United States. When a weather event causes a power outage or property damage we become consumed with fixing the damage and putting our lives back together.  But what happens when someone lacks the physical or financial ability to make things right again?

This is the case for millions of frail elderly who don’t have the physical or financial support to help them recover from a disastrous event.  For those seniors struggling to live independently at home, a simple power outage can increase the risk of falls or injury.

So how can we keep a natural disaster form becoming a health crisis.

Have an Emergency Plan

Every American household is encouraged to have and emergency kit that includes at least batteries, flashlights, candles, water and food.  For a senior an emergency plan must go beyond keeping some extra supplies around the house.  Healthcare conditions that require special treatments and medications must be planned for. The difficulty is finding people to support a senior in the community, especially when the very same disaster is affecting them.

If you are supporting a senior living at home alone, it makes sense to plan for the inevitable and unpredictable event that could put their independence into question.

Here are some things to consider when developing an emergency plan for a senior you care for.

Ready for disaster – make sure the senior understands their emergency plan.

Make Sure Emergency Kit Is Accessible

Having and emergency kit is good but for a senior, it doesn’t help if you can’t get to it.  Assuming the kit has everything it needs (fresh water, unexpired food, batteries etc.) the senior will need to have access for it to be useful. Make sure you plan to have someone go to the senior’s house and set up the emergency supplies for them. That means putting the water where it is easy to reach and placing battery powered lights to light up walking areas. If the senior needs help with meal preparation, set-up a regular schedule of visits to make sure they have something to eat.

Electrical Powered Equipment

Some medical conditions require devices that need electricity.  This usually affects seniors that use oxygen concentrators.  It is vital to have make sure that emergency oxygen tanks are full and the gauges are working properly. If the device used does not have a power-free alternative, make sure you have a relocation plan ready for the senior in case of a power outage.

Have a Relocation Plan

No one wants to be forced out of their home, even in an emergency.  But for seniors a relocation plan should not be overlooked.  Establish ahead of time under what conditions a relocation will be necessary. Too hot, Too cold, lack of drinking water or an unsafe environment are all reasons to consider temporary location.  Knowing when to relocate is important because any time spent in an unsafe environment increases the senior’s risk for injury.

Inform Local Police and Fire

If the senior you care for has special needs, you may want to inform local emergency personal. Each community has an emergency plan of its own that accounts for its most vulnerable citizens.  Informing your local first-responders can help them prioritize emergency services when warranted.

Discuss the Emergency Plan

All too often caregivers make plans and then suddenly spring them on the unsuspecting senior when the time comes.  A disaster can be scary enough without a bunch of well-meaning family members rushing in telling a senior they have to leave the house. This is why it is important to discuss any emergency plan with the senior you care for ahead of time.  If they know what the plan is they will offer more cooperation. Informing them will help make a stressful situation run just a bit more smoothly.

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09- Mar2017
Posted By: Vive Health
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10 Outdoor Senior Activities for Spring

Seniors can feel the rejuvenation of spring by getting out of the house and soaking up some sun! Check out these 10 fun ideas for senior activities this spring, from physical fitness to entertainment and giving back to others.

Exercise & Staying Active

Prioritize exercise this spring with a focus on activities and routine fitness you can enjoy outdoors.

  • Nature Walk: Explore the outdoors on your own or with your spouse or grandkids by taking a walk through nature. Forgoing steep hikes, find more moderate trails or walking pathways near where you live, and schedule time each week or each month to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, take a bottle of water with you, and even bring your smartphone, which has a compass and can let you take pictures of colorful flora and fauna.
  • Gentle Yoga: Spend an hour of relaxation and meditation outside in the sun to really feel at peace. Gentle, stretching movements and deep breathing practices make yoga a restorative exercise, great for seniors with or without mobility issues. Known for helping people de-stress, maintain a healthy weight, and lower blood pressure, outdoor gentle yoga is best practiced with a class or some type of in-person instruction.
  • Bicycling: The relatively low-impact activity of cycling is perfect for adults over 60 looking to get their heart rate up in the cool spring air. Cycling (along with sports like tennis and swimming) promotes strong balance and coordination, and when done regularly, can help maintain a healthy weight, fight heart disease, improve lung function, reduce stress levels and strengthen bones.

Entertainment

Take advantage of the warmer weather and all your hometown has to offer with fun outings and activities to entertain you.

  • Community Festival or Show: Follow your city’s Chamber of Commerce and other cultural organizations on social media to learn about festivals, craft fairs, open flea markets, and performances coming to an outdoor arena near you. Often offering free entry, community outdoor events are a great way to check out local artists and musicians, try new and different foods, and spend time with family.
  • Be a Tourist: Maybe you have lived in your town for some time, but when was the last time you really explored it? Springtime revives a newfound hunger for discovery and becoming a tourist in your own city is a great place to start. Book a trolley, open-air bus or boat tour to check out all the local sights and attractions, and to learn some history about where you live.
  • Bird Watching: The sounds of spring are most celebrated in the tweets and chirps of little birds returning to nest. Bring a sense of wildlife entertainment to your own home by buying or making bird feeders to hang outside (watch out for squirrels!). Get a pair of binoculars and a book on local birds and enjoy spending time watching and learning about your new feathered friends.
  • Family Picnic: Invite your family and friends to an outdoor picnic this spring! With gingham tablecloths and picnic baskets, you’ll be hitting all the right notes – and don’t forget traditional picnic menu staples like lemonade, cookies, finger sandwiches, mac-n-cheese, and salad. Plan for games to follow the meal like charades or flying kites.

Helping Others

Embrace the chance to help others and give back to your community as the weather warms up.

  • Join a Charity Walkathon: Springtime is filled with charity fundraisers and walkathon events. Not only are they a great way to get exercise and interact with others, but your registration fees will benefit a good cause. Check out local nonprofits and organizations you support and see if there is an upcoming walkathon or fundraising event you can join.
  • Organize a Community Cleanup: Coordinate a community cleanup by inviting neighbors and friends to help beautify your neighborhood. Volunteers can donate trash bags and gloves for picking up trash and litter, and light landscaping with donated flowers or bulbs can add a touch of color to your shared park or neighborhood entrance. Organize volunteers for free using online tools like SignUp.com.
  • Volunteer at a Festival or Rally: A great way to get involved in your community, meet new people and help others is to volunteer at an outdoor event you’re passionate about – maybe it’s an arts festival or a political rally. You can search for volunteer opportunities based on your location and interest using websites like VolunteerMatch.org and CreatetheGood.org.

No matter where your spring adventures take you, don’t forget to stay hydrated and be safe. The benefits of staying active, helping others and having fun this spring will carry you throughout the rest of the year.

This guest post was courtesy of Vive Health, Rebel Against Age — Trusted Online Medical Supplies for Seniors.

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