Getting a good night’s rest is essential for your health no matter your age. Changing to sleeping patterns are a normal part of the aging process. Physicians often use a person’s sleeping patterns as a gauge of how their health is doing. Not sleeping well can often be a sign of illness or depression. Additionally, daytime and nighttime drowsiness increases the chance of falls and related injuries. There are so many reasons to improve your sleeping abilities.

Here are some general tips for improving your sleep that can apply to any age.

Noise keeping you up/waking you? Does someone in your house snore? Maybe there are little ones up at odd hours or a noisy heater that kicks on at 3 AM. Sleeping with earplugs can greatly improve your sleeping. A white-noise machine or switching rooms can also help to eliminate those noises that are disrupting your sleep. You can even download a white-noise app for your phone at a much lower cost than a white-noise machine.

Lights On/Lights Off During the day, exposing yourself to sunlight helps to regulate your melatonin levels. At night, artificial lights can lower your melatonin levels and prevent you from feeling sleepy. Getting an appropriate amount of sunlight during the day and using low-wattage bulbs at night can help to balance that melatonin and improve your natural sleep cycle. Limiting “screen time” before bed can also help with this. Additionally, using an eye mask or room darkening curtains can help to keep your bedtime surroundings dark and keep you from stirring in the middle of your REM cycle.

Create a routine and stick with it. Our bodies work on circadian rhythms. When we throw off that rhythm, we have a harder time sleeping. Once you pick a bedtime, try to get to bed at that that time every night – and make sure you’re waking up at the same time in the mornings too. Helping to regulate your body’s clock can greatly improve your sleep. Make relaxing before your bed time a part of this routine. Take time to wind down, avoid phones and television, and let yourself let go of your stresses from the day.

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Today is National “Go Fishing” Day! We know that not all seniors love fishing, but we believe that recreation is an important part of anyone’s well-being. So, in celebration of this fun holiday, we’ve created a list of fun recreation ideas for seniors. Our list includes ideas for seniors with a range of mobile abilities. Many of these ideas are also adaptable to fit the needs of someone with less mobility – either by altering the activity or providing mobility aides.

  • Go for a walk
  • Ride a bike
  • Head to the gym
  • Visit the pool
  • Birdwatching
  • Nature walk/hike
  • Tai Chi
  • Volunteer
  • Bake
  • Quilt or sew
  • Make pottery
  • Learn woodworking
  • Go to the theater
  • Join a club
  • Go fishing
  • Go to the theater
  • Learn photography
  • Visit family
  • Go boating
  • Dance!
  • Garden
  • Play board/card games
  • Look at old photos
  • Do a puzzle
  • Play with the grandkids

What are some other ideas you might add?

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In celebration of Adopt-A-Cat Month, we thought we’d share a little bit of information about how a pet can be a great companion to a senior in your care.

Companion animals can help to improve anyone’s physical and mental health through lowered stress levels and blood pressure. Pets can help those who are feeling lonely to feel like the have a friend. Pets also provide an opportunity to care for something, and sometimes that’s just what someone needs is a chance to care about an animal and take care of its needs. Animals can provide a fulfilling relationship in so many ways.

Having a pet can also help seniors to establish a routine that brings meaning to their days. Pets have to rely on their owners for many needs and many of those needs can be met by a senior, especially with mobility aids to help them get around the house. Does the dog need to go for a walk? Now the senior owner has a reason to exercise or take their wheelchair for a spin outside of the house too!

When out and about, pets can also help seniors to make new friends! Many pet owners frequent the same places and share in similar activities. Your cat could be the perfect conversation starter to forge a new friendship.

Overall, having a pet can be a great experience for a senior in your care. Having a pet can help seniors achieve more independence in their day-to-day life – something we’re really big fans of.

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We had the opportunity this past month to support CAPSA by participating in the the CAPSA 5k Night Run and the CAPSA Golf Tournament to raise money. We love opportunities like this to support great causes.
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  • Get Moving!
    Physically active adults tend to rate their sleep satisfaction higher. Find an exercise within your interests and abilities and get moving.
  • Relax.
    Worrying about whether or not you’ll be able to sleep right before bed uses your brain in a way that can actually make insomnia worse.
  • Light’s out.
    A dark room signals to the brain that it’s time to sleep. Sometimes, just getting darker curtains can make all the difference.
  • Less Caffeine.
     Drinking caffeine later in the day (especially right before bed) tells your body to stay awake. Cut down on the caffeine and save it for earlier in your day.
  • Get Comfortable!
    Nobody likes sleeping in a lumpy bed! Invest in better pillows, nice mattresses, and enough bedding to regulate your temperature throughout the night.
  • Stay Safe.
    Anxiety and worry can busy your mind and keep you from getting the rest you need. Invest in products like our Safety Bed Rail to give you peace of mind and ensure that any tossing and turning won’t toss you right out of bed.
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We’re not talking about how to stop aging or keep the candles on your birthday cake below 40 forever. When we say “stay young” we mean how to keep the livelihood and independence in your life. Here are some tips that can apply to any age!

  • Make new goals.
    Dream big and make goals for yourself! Using your imagination will keep your mind active and help inspire you to stay active and capable of accomplishing your dreams.
  • Read more.
    Reduce stress, improve your memory, learn more, expand your vocabulary… these are all great benefits of reading more. Bonus: reading is an inexpensive hobby that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
  • Play!
    Aren’t we all a little jealous of the endless energy little kids seem to have? Spend some time joining them in their favorite activities. Whether it’s playing catch in the back yard or learning a new trick on their favorite video game. Recreation is an important part of life. Release stress and build your relationships with those you care about.
  • Exercise.
    Active living helps to connect your mind and your body. Regular physical activity helps to lower your risk for a variety of conditions. Find adaptable exercise routines that fit your needs to help you look and feel younger.
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Having a senior in the home is not all that different from having a new baby. You want to do everything you can to protect them and make their home a safe environment. Perhaps for different reasons, but you’ve got to keep clutter off the floor. For babies, taking a tumble is not as much of a concern because their center of gravity is so much closer to the ground. However, people above the age of 75 are much more likely to cause some serious damage when they fall. Here are some tips for preventing falls:

  • Regular Exercise: low-impact things like yoga can help to strengthen muscles and improve balance.
  • Vision Checks: see an optometrist at least once each year.
  • Bone Strength: stock up on foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D.
  • Med Check: have your pharmacist look over your current prescriptions for anything that may cause dizziness.
  • Safe Home: make your living area safer by removing clutter and adding grab bars and other mobility products.

 

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Start with the medicine cabinet
I don’t know about you, but the medicine cabinet at my house has collected a few expired prescriptions over the years. Properly disposing unnecessary and expired medications is a great cleaning tip for anyone with seniors (or children) in their home. Make it easy for those in your care to independently find their own medications without a chance of accidentally grabbing the wrong pills.

Organize your to-do list
Sit down with your senior parent or grandparent and talk about which bills they need to pay, which regular appointments they need to get to, and other needs in these areas. Helping them set up automatic payments or putting medication reminders in their phone can help to make your job easier and help them to stay on top of all their personal needs.

De-clutter
Maybe this seems obvious, but it can be really easy for little “necessary” items to collect and start to become clutter. Get rid of some of those old magazines or get a magazine rack to store them in! Keeping clutter out of the areas that senior adults frequently walk through will help to prevent falls.

Help them simplify their cell-phone
One-on-one cell phone lessons with your senior parent can help them to feel more comfortable with using their phone. Go through their contacts with them and delete any unnecessary numbers, then set up favorites for the people they’ll need to call the most. Don’t forget to set up their phone’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) feature. Teach them how to access their favorite contacts, how to use helpful apps for seniors, and how to restart their phone.

 

What other spring cleaning activities have you done?

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“Purchased the pole for my 92 year old father. Placed by bed to help in and out. [It] works very well. [J]ust purchased another for by the toilet and a recline lever extender. [V]ery pleased with construction and ease of installation and use.” – Clarence

“The security pole & grab bar is an excellent idea. It can be installed anywhere without having to do any modification in your house. I installed it near the toilet in the bathroom so my daughter could pass from the wheelchair to the toilet by herself. She is still [too weak] to do it without help but we hope she will be able to to it in the future. Anyway, it gives her a sense of security that she can hold on the grab bar if in danger of falling. I definitely recommend this product.” – Manuel

“It is so much easier to get in and out of bed as this was a real problem before I purchased this. It also helps when I have to reach for something at the night table. I feel safe.” – Irene

“I purchased this for my elderly father [who] recently had fusion back surgery and also has Parkinson’s. He was having a very difficult time getting in and out of bed. [With] fusion surgery there is no bending [or] twisting. He is now able to get in and now out of bed without the help of my mother. Thank you for this product. He has his independence back!” – Duwaine

“I purchased this product for my husband for our bathroom. I have [a] small bathroom and the Stander Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar has assisted my husband with both standing from the toilet and getting in and out of the shower. It’s a great product. I feel secure knowing my husband is safe in the bathroom.” – Linda

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What sets Stander apart from the rest?
Our mobility aids are beautifully designed, extremely convenient, and safer to use than traditional mobility aids. In fact, we have some of the most convenient mobility aids on the market. Including…


EZ Fold-N-Go Walker

Most lightweight and portable walker in the world for easy traveling

 

Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar
This 2-in-1 grab bar that can be placed anywhere in the home (next to the toilet, bathtub, couch, or bed) for extra support, and doesn’t require drilling holes in the floor or ceiling because it’s tension mounted (no professional installation)

EZ Adjust Bed Rail
Usually people don’t like the idea of a bed rail on their bed because they feel like it’s intrusive. It’s not as intrusive as a full size bed rail. It’s the only bed rail on the market that extends in length for fall protection at night. And, it can fold down when not in use for easy bed making.

 


Assist-A-Tray
Couch-side handle helps you stand, and it comes with a convenient swivel tray so you can eat, surf the web, or simply keep handy items close by.

 


Metro Car Handle Plus
The most effective mobility aid to help you sit & stand from your car.

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