Tips for Healthy Aging and Independent Living
All tips are extracted from reliable research sources or given by experienced individuals. By individuals we mean practitioners, carers or someone who has personally experienced a condition. We intend to update this page regularly.
- Face - Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms - Can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
- Speech - Is their speech slurred?
- Time - Time to call 999
Although it makes every day seem a whole lot better, the hot weather is dangerous. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke is a very common aftermath of a hot day, and the elderly are prone to this threat.
Here are some ways to prevent this:
- Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
- Keep the curtains closed so the room stays cooler, cover up with light-coloured and loose clothing
- Drink plenty of cold drinks
Also, be aware of the warning signs for heat-related illnesses; dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems. These warning signs should trigger immediate help.
If you or someone you know has a personal alarm system, make sure a pendant is worn at all times - know how to stay safe on a summer's day.
N Frances Horgan (et al.) Age and Ageing, vol 38, no 1, January 2009, pp 62-67.
Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day the call is made, or the duration of the call. The routing will be based on the same system as 999 calls. If a caller is using a landline, the routing will be based on the caller's postcode and the call will be directed to the police force for that area. If a caller is using a mobile, the call will route using the mast from which the call is being transmitted.
Depending on individual cases, one option could be to lower the bed. Stand-alone bed occupancy sensors can also be an option. Bed sensors will alert the carers through a pager whenever the person they're looking after leaves the bed. This simple and cost effective device can enhance the safety of loved ones while reducing carers' anxiety.
We do install and provide stand-alone bed occupancy sensors to both individuals and care agencies. So please give us a call if you need to know more about them or to order one.
Note: there is no ongoing cost associated with stand-alone bed sensors.
The study found that people who had higher vitamin B12 levels were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage compared with those who had lower levels of the vitamin in their blood.
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient found in meat, fish and milk.