Would You Like To See 100? Part 1

Today’s blog came from another local business owner named Tamara Willingham of TamaraTCM Acpuncture and Herbs. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 100 YEARS…AND COUNTING! Would you like to live to be 100?  You would be surprised at how many people would answer “no” to that question.  Many people are in such poor health that it is a physical and emotional struggle to get through each day, let alone an entire century.  It doesn’t have to be that way. Actually, if we are living properly, enjoying the rich quality of life that we are entitled to, we should all be thrilled to live to 100!  In fact, the hard part should be figuring out how to squeeze all of our goals and accomplishments into such a relatively short period of time. It’s true that we are living longer than our ancestors, but while the medical profession is quick to point out that our lifespan is increasing, what remains hidden in the fine print is the atrocious quality of life that our senior population must endure.  Twinkies® have a long shelf life, but it would be a stretch to call them healthy. A balanced meridian system is the foundation of health and longevity, and it is like a bright light glowing deep within.  Dim the light and your quality of life dims along with it.  Extinguish the light and you die. The key to living a long, healthy life is to maximize the function of the meridian system as long as possible.  Acupuncture does exactly that. Understand that longevity is built right now.  Today.  This very...

Chiropractic Benefits for Seniors

Many seniors are unaware of the outstanding benefits that are possible through regular chiropractic care. In an article written by Dr. Naumov, he compiled a list of seven of the most frequent benefits that chiropractic care provides for seniors. Although Dr. Naumov is located in New Jersey, we have a large chiropractic community right here in the Northwest Ohio Area. 1. Pain Relief Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest forms of health care to treat pain due to spinal related conditions. 2. Increased Range of Motion of the Spine and Extremities Chiropractic care has been shown repeatedly to increase not only the range of motion of the spine but also in the extremities. 3. Increased Balance and Coordination Many problems in balance and coordination in the aging population have been shown to come from injury or degenerative changes to the cervical spine (neck region). 4. Decreased Joint Degeneration A subluxated (misaligned) spine is much like a misaligned wheel on an automobile. This misalignment will cause the spine (and the wheel) to wear out prematurely. 5. Increased Health and Well-Being We commonly ask our patients what changes they notice once they are out of pain. Here are some regular responses we hear every day: I feel great!   I can sleep through the night! Now I can play in the garden! I have so much energy! 6. Decreased Incidence of Falling Injuries due to falling are extremely common in the elderly population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures which occur annually among Americans...

Adult Brief Changing Tutorial

When you are out and about with someone who wears adult diapers or briefs, it’s always best to be prepared for the inevitable to happen. However, rather than worrying about changing  in a public place,  we are going to teach you how to change the brief without the hassle of removing pants and shoes. Yes, it sounds crazy, but you can do it. Mary is the star of the show, as she demonstrates the easy way to tidy up. Make sure you click the link below to watch our lovely demonstration video. Brief Changing...

Traveling for the Holidays

We found this article while scrolling the internet today and thought it would be appropriate to share with all of our wonderful readers. Below, we have included a few helpful passages from the article as well as a link to the original, if you wish to enquire further. -If possible, visit your older relative at his apartment or home. One’s living space is also a gauge in the progression of aging. Peek inside the refrigerator – is there expired food? Is there enough food for a few days? You may see unopened bills on the table – or overdue notices. These are also indicators that your older relative may be having difficulty keeping up with day-to-day responsibilities at home. While you are in the neighborhood knock on a neighbor’s door and ask if your older relative gets out of the house every day – or if his friends still visit from time to time. With aging comes the risk of isolation. -If you suspect that an older relative’s health is beginning to decline, then it’s time to begin a conversation and put a plan in place to help. Have a family meeting to get everyone up to speed and on board to assist when and where necessary. There are many automated systems that can easily be put into place for online payment of utilities, phone and other regular charges. Reach out to a neighbor or community organization to check on your older relative periodically. Starting this dialogue is also important because sometimes an older adult who may have lost some functional capacity may have unknowingly made some financial or...
Caregiver Burnout: Are You Aware of Your Needs?

Caregiver Burnout: Are You Aware of Your Needs?

Caregiver burnout can be a serious problem when looking after someone who is permanently or even temporarily unable to care for themselves. Being aware of your personal situation and how you react to stressful situations is key to identifying your burnout zone and keeping situations from escalating. The other day, one of our staff members was fortunate enough to catch the beginning of a domestic dispute before things turned serious. A patient and their child were in the middle of a yelling match when the staff member came into the house and broke up the disagreement. After hearing of this event, we decided it would be beneficial to provide a few helpful tips to prevent similar situations. Observe the social & recreational needs of family caregivers Stay social. Make it a priority to visit regularly with family and friends. Isolation will eventually turn into depression or resentment. Do things you enjoy. Laughter and joy can help keep you going when you face trials, stress, and pain. We suggest incorporating mutual interests between the patient and caregiver to do things you both enjoy. Maintain balance in your life. Don’t give up activities that are important to you, such as your work or your hobbies. Give yourself a break. Take regular breaks, and give yourself an extended break at least once a week. If possible, establish shifts with other family members who can take turns watching your loved one. Keep in mind Emotional needs of family caregivers Take time to relax daily and learn how to regulate yourself when you start to feel overwhelmed. Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts and feelings is a good way to...

Seniors and their Pets

Pets Help Our Hearts Studies show that older pet-owning citizens have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-owners, helping to reduce their risk for heart disease and decrease their number of visits to the doctor. Additionally, a number of other studies suggest that pet owners have a better chance for long-term survival after surviving a coronary event than non-pet owners. Studies show that older pet-owning citizens have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-owners, helping to reduce their risk for heart disease. Pets Help the Elderly Overcome Depression and Loneliness According to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, caring for a cat or dog helps elderly people overcome depression or loneliness. Whether that be from the loss of a loved one, not having family or friends nearby to interact with, or not being able to get out much, having a fluffy friend gives older citizens a sense of purpose since they have to take care of their pet and think about things other than their own problems. Even for elderly patients in nursing homes, animal-assisted therapy has shown to help patients decrease their anxiety levels and give them something to look forward to. Christina Miller, a former convalescent home activities director in Southport, N.C., says she witnessed the positive impact animals had on elderly patients when a local animal shelter made weekly visits to her facility. “Residents who normally weren’t active were suddenly getting up, petting and talking to the cats and dogs, smiling and interacting,” she says. “Patients would ask me, ‘Are the dogs here? Did they come yet?’ Half the patients had...