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Staying Connected Doesn’t Have To Exclude Seniors

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Most of us are up to speed when it comes to using mobile phones, however if you’ve ever had the “get your elderly parent or grandparent to work one” experience, you might be a little frustrated. It’s worth the effort though and once they get past the hurdle of learning something new, they will probably love it. Several companies offer cell phones specifically designed to accommodate the needs of seniors. Some of the special features include the following:

A simple design that is easy to understand and doesn’t include all the bells and whistles younger people want.

Numbers that are displayed on large keypads and have large font sizes as well.

Some feature a large red emergency button to call for help and run off AA batteries if the Li-Ion battery runs out of charge. Some models are even hearing aid compatible.

Cell Phone by *val15 on deviantART

One popular model has 4 number memories, speakerphone, 9 ringtones, vibrate setting, call timer and works with ear-hooks. Other even more simplified models, come without a numeric keypad and instead just have five large memory-buttons for calling family or essential numbers instantly. It comes with a neck-strap and is made of durable material. All of the major providers offer wireless plan options for 65+ seniors who don’t need all of the extra services or minutes because they may not use the phone that often. These plans are more affordable and have a limited amount of usage minutes compared to regular plans. If a senior wants the independence and security of having a cell phone for emergencies, staying connected to family, friends and their physician when they’re outdoors or shopping, consider one they can learn and use easily.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Phoenix and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

Brain Pacemaker Reduces Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Disease

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Hyderabad is the capital and most populous city of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is known as the city of pearls, lakes and, lately, for its IT companies. Doctors at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences there are performing an innovative surgical procedure to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease, or PD, is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer’s motor skills, speech, and other functions. PD’s symptoms include tremor, stiffness, and slowing of movement caused by degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the mid brain. PD also causes neuropsychiatric disturbances, which include mainly cognition, mood and behavior problems and can be as disabling as motor symptoms.

PD usually affects seniors and older adults in the age group ranging from 55 – 75 years old, but it can also develop in younger people. The disease is progressive, with symptoms becoming more severe over time. Deep brain stimulation, a complicated surgery also known as the pacemaker for the brain, is fast evolving into a reliable therapy for Parkinson’s disease. A team of neurosurgeons at the institute has managed to achieve an improvement of 80 per cent in the condition of patients crippled by Parkinson’s.

brain by *Mateu on deviantART

The team has conducted close to 90 successful surgeries, helping patients lead a life of independence and dignity. While pacemakers for the brain may not cure Parkinson’s, neurologists say the therapy has drastically reduced the symptoms and managed to improve the quality of life. Deep brain stimulation involves placing electrodes in the ‘sub-thalamus’ region of the brain. The electrodes are connected to a pacemaker (Implantable Pulse Generator) which sends electrical signals to the brain to stimulate its activity.

The pacemaker is placed just below the collarbone, and runs on a battery, which has a shelf life of five years. Doctors program the pacemaker to deliver appropriate stimulation to the brain. “We have seen remarkable transformation in patients. Many have gone back to lead their normal lives. The rate of worsening of the disease has reduced,” says Rupam Borgohain, Professor of Neurology, who heads the DBS procedure at the NIMS.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Dallas and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

Comfort Clothes: How They Help Seniors And Caregivers

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Aging often causes dexterity, arthritic problems and other situations that create difficulty using buttons, hooks, snaps, and zippers. Not only senior citizens and the elderly benefit from functional clothing, Parkinson’s disease and those recovering from heart disease or stroke also appreciate having a selection of adaptive clothing. Comfort clothes can be especially helpful for those who have limited range of motion. Regular clothes can be difficult and frustrating for many people who have trouble lifting their arms to put on a blouse or shirt or bending over to put on pants or a skirt. Adaptive or comfort clothing was initially designed for use in nursing homes, is widely used in elderly care, and Assisted Living homes. Recently more and more families have discovered these products to help their loved ones when the need arises.

Many companies offer footwear styles including diabetic shoes and diabetic socks, and Velcro® shoes, wheelchair clothing, incontinent clothing, women’s dusters, housedresses, side opening pants, snap back shirts, plus size women’s clothing and plus size men’s clothing, adult bibs and clothing protectors, and a number of easy dressing solutions for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Functionality and ease of dressing are not the only reason caregivers and family members appreciate this type of clothing. Getting out of a robe and nightclothes every morning plays a big role in morale and dignity for those who may have lost so many other forms of independence. Several companies can be found online that offer up assortments in appealing colors and prints and help provide a better sense of pride in one’s appearance and well-being.

source: Elderly Asian gentleman by ~OdinPeterson on deviantART

The lines usually include special snaps and zippers located in more accessible parts of the clothing that are easier to reach and often utilize Velcro as a simple way of attaching them. Some specialty clothing lines even conceal the Velcro closures with outside decorative buttons that make the clothing appear mainstream.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care Los Angeles, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Facilities and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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