By MD for Seniors

If your loved one needs help walking more often than usual, her independence may be declining.

As a caregiver, you’re constantly looking out for your loved one’s health and overall well-being.

To determine a person’s current state of mobility and whether or not some level of assistance is required, you should address how well they perform activities of daily living.

What are activities of daily living?
Activities of daily living are the tasks people should be able to perform on an everyday basis without the need for assistance. There are two main groups: basic ADLs and instrumental activities of daily living.

ADLs include:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Transferring
  • Continence

IADLs include:

  • Transportation
  • Meal preparation
  • Basic communication
  • Housework
  • Taking medications
  • Managing finances
  • Shopping

Both groups of actions are considered essential day-to-day tasks. If your …read more

By MD for Seniors

Talk to a loved one about shoveling your entryway for you.

Winter has officially arrived.

For many, the colder temperatures are here to stay for the next several months and preparing your home is critical for your health and well-being. By taking precautionary measures, you can reduce your chance of falling and stay warm and cozy in your home all season long.

Here are four ways to get your home ready for winter weather:

1. Prepare for slick walkways
You may not be spending as much time outside when it’s cold, but you’ll still want to prepare the walkways. Sprinkle slick sidewalks with salt to reduce your chance of slipping and sliding. Make sure …read more

By MD for Seniors

Stuffed peppers are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Sticking to a healthier diet is an excellent New Year’s resolution, but sometimes people can struggle to maintain this pledge. Having a few healthy but tasty recipes on hand can make sticking to your resolution easier.

A healthy diet consists of two factors. First, it’s essential to limit fatty red meats, cut out processed sugars or additives and to eat in moderation. But beyond eliminating what is considered bad for you, you also want to give your body foods that are full of essential minerals and vitamins that bolster the immune system and keep the body and mind feeling their best. …read more

By MD for Seniors

Peppermint is the flavor of winter, and with good reason.

Candy canes are a true symbol of the holiday and winter season. They complement a tall glass of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day so well and make a delicious addition to many desserts. But this timely treat isn’t only delicious. It harbors numerous health benefits!

Here are six ways peppermint can enhance your overall well-being:

1. Relieve stress
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, consider a cup of peppermint tea. Organic Authority said the natural menthol found in peppermint leaves works as a muscle relaxer, which can help to relieve …read more

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Recent research has found that the proportion of older adults living with dementia in the U.S. has dropped in the last decade, but overall, more and more Americans are being diagnosed. How can this be?

For a number of reasons, the rate at which Americans are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia has dropped considerably. Unfortunately, the population of the U.S. is aging as the baby boom generation grows older. With a larger group of elderly adults, experts believe that the total number of cases of dementia will continue to climb in the coming years, even if …read more

By MD for Seniors

Don't set a goal that someone else wants you to achieve.

There’s something about the idea of a fresh start that gets people motivated to make positive changes in their lives.

For many, the best time to make an improvement is on Jan. 1, also known as the perfect day to set a New Year’s resolution.

But while nearly half of the population has the drive to start anew, only 8 percent of those people actually achieve their goal, according to research from the University of Scranton. This coming year, don’t let your good intentions be the only step you take. Follow through and accomplish your resolution to better your overall …read more

By MD for Seniors

Volunteering can provide a great sense of fulfillment in your life.

Jan. 1 is right around the corner.

That means the opportunity for a fresh start will soon present itself. Use the remaining days of 2016 to reflect on your life as a whole. Are you happy with your health? Are you spending enough time with your grandchildren? Do you do enough to give back to your community?

In 2017, set a goal that focuses on bettering your overall health, both physically and mentally. It’s easy to let a resolution get brushed under the rug, but it’ll be a priority if it’s something you’re truly passionate about changing. Here are a few …read more

By MD for Seniors

When your loved one's health begins to affect your life, it's time to have the conversation.

As a caregiver, you know that talking to your loved one about relocating to a senior living community can be a touchy subject.

Even though assisted living options provide quality care to improve your parent’s overall health and well-being, he or she may be intimidated by the thought of moving and see it as a loss of his or her independence.

Having the conversation may seem threatening, but it’s a step you must take when you begin to feel concerned about your parent’s overall health.

Understanding when it’s time to have the talk
Ultimately, noticing a change in your loved one’s …read more

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Brighton Gardens of Mountainside, NJ, recently launched a new activity called “Mom’s Home Cooking,” where residents cook or bake a cherished recipe of their own on Thursday mornings.

Resident Bea Ferrozzoli didn’t think she would bake again but pulled out her recipe box and shared her delicious recipe for her Apple Crumble Pie. Lucky us! Recreate her delicious dessert for your next family get together:

Mom’s Apple Crumb Pie

Ingredients:
8 Granny Smith apples
¼ c. brown sugar
1/8 c. white sugar
½ squeezed lemon
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbs. cornstarch

Peel and slice apples, then mix with above ingredients. Arrange slices in pie crust

Topping:
2/3 c. Bisquick
¼ c. …read more

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Snowshoeing is a fun winter physical activity.

Many people find it difficult to stay in shape during the winter, especially during the holiday season.

The festive feasting and all of the sweet treats you’ll consume between Christmas and New Year’s Day don’t make matters easier. But as long as you balance the savory splendor with healthy choices and exercise, you’ll be good to go.

This winter, don’t settle for a gym membership to stay in shape. Take advantage of all of the fun activities the season offers! Here are a few examples of how to spread holiday cheer and burn calories at the same time:

1. Go Christmas shopping …read more