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What Assisted Living Residents Need To Know If They Want To Live Past 60

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Every 70 seconds a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. If you intend to live past the age of 60 you need to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, especially since there is no cure. Today it is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Our brains change as we age just as the rest of our organs do. Most of us notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work are not a normal part of aging. These may be signs that your brain cells are failing. September 21st was World Alzheimer’s Day, when the Alzheimer’s Association joined with organizations and people around the globe to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on families. Today, 35 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer’s as well as related forms of dementia and assisted living facilities have realized that this number is rapidly growing. Assisted living facilities are educating seniors about the deadly disease so they are aware of the signs, symptoms and possible precautionary methods.

World Alzheimer’s Day is an opportunity to raise donations and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. There is a need for more education, support and research on this disease. As a citizen of society you can participate by joining one of the many World Alzheimer’s Day events within your community. Assisted Living Facilities celebrate this day by organizing fundraisers and events to help raise awareness. Memory Walk 2010 is a perfect example. Participants come together and walk in order to change the course of Alzheimer’s Disease. Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause.

What Exactly Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
The human brain is your most unique and powerful organ, yet a healthy brain weighs only about three pounds. It has three main parts:
The Cerebrum fills up most of your skull. It is involved in remembering, problem solving, thinking, and feeling. It also controls movement.
The Cerebellum sits at the back of your head, under the cerebrum. It controls coordination and balance.
The Brain Stem sits beneath your cerebrum in front of your cerebellum. It connects the brain to the spinal cord and controls automatic functions such as breathing, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure.

The real work of your brain goes on in individual cells. An adult brain contains about 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, with branches that connect at more than 100 trillion points. Scientists call this dense, branching network a “neuron forest.” Signals traveling through the neuron forest form the basis of memories, thoughts and feelings. Neurons are the chief type of cell destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease. Signals that form memories and thoughts move through an individual nerve cell as a tiny electrical charge. Nerve cells connect to one another at synapses. When a charge reaches a synapse, it may trigger release of tiny bursts of chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters travel across the synapse, carrying signals to other cells. Scientists have identified dozens of neurotransmitters.

Alzheimer’s disease disrupts both the way electrical charges travel within cells and the activity of neurotransmitters. 100 billion nerve cells! 100 trillion synapses! Dozens of neurotransmitters! This “strength in numbers” provides your brain’s raw material. Over time, our experiences create patterns in signal type and strength. These patterns of activity explain how, at the cellular level, our brains code our thoughts, memories, skills and sense of who we are. Alzheimer’s disease leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. Over time, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting nearly all of its functions.  Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and is fatal. Visit alz.org to find a Memory Walk event in your area or locate another volunteer opportunity to help end the disease.

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 Houston, 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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Assisted Living Communities Savor Seattle’s Best Java Treats

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s no wonder Seattle is home to the very first Starbucks, the city has a reputation for frequent rainfall, approximately 150 days out of the year. Loyalists who live in and around the city would not have it any other way though. What better environment could there be to enjoy a cup of brew while cozying up on a plump corduroy couch amid an electronic orchard? Actual rainfall in Seattle is not as bad as reputed. Most of the precipitation falls as drizzle or light rain. The city receives less rain than New York, Atlanta, Houston and most cities of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Seattle is not among those listed in a study that revealed the 10 rainiest cities in the continental United States. Overall climate is temperate and summers are usually dry. As of April 2009, the city’s population was approximately 617,000 within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants. The Port of Seattle and Seattle Tacoma International Airport are major gateways to Asia, Alaska and the rest of the world.

Seattle and its surrounding cities and areas is headquarters for JP Morgan Chase, Amazon.com, Nordstrom’s, Safeco, Costco, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Nintendo, biotech GlaxoSmithKline and of course, Starbucks as well as coffee companies, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Tully’s. Because the city treasures its community vibe, it is also home to a plethora of retirement communities, independent and assisted living homes. Assisted living residents enjoy the magic of the seasons with nature’s beauty at their doorsteps. Seniors have access to a reliable public transportation system giving them proximity to culturally diverse fabulous food, art, music and outdoor activities. Pacific Ocean breezes on a relaxing ferry ride in Puget Sound is just one of the many activities assisted living residents and their guests can enjoy. Seattle’s Public Library in downtown is considered an important community resource for assisted living residents and their guests, as are the year round free musical performances at City Hall. The city is home to a number of popular sightseeing attractions including of course, its famous Space Needle architectural wonder:

Seattle Center is the original grounds of the 1962 World’s Fair and has been transformed into a center of arts and cultural events.
Woodland Park Zoo is a conservation and educational institution that promotes the value, beauty and interdependence of all living things.
Seattle Aquarium is a see and touch exploration of the amazing underwater world located on the Seattle Waterfront.
Pike Place Market is dubbed the “soul of Seattle,” where people and products create a unique shopping destination.
One of the largest air and space museums in the world is the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight in Seattle.
The Port of Seattle is a major economic engine.

Despite the recession, Seattle has retained a comparatively strong economy and remains a hotbed for start up businesses, especially in green building and clean technologies. The organization, smartercity.org, ranks Seattle America’s #1 “Smarter City” based on its government policies and green economy. The Seattle housing market, especially in downtown neighborhoods, has not seen the sort of drop in value most housing markets around the nation have seen in recent years. The Seattle region’s economy is increasingly diverse and widespread throughout the surrounding area.  Seattle is a great place to live and the city’s economy is driven by a mix of older industrial companies, and “new economy” Internet and technology companies, service, design and clean technology companies and a large selection of residences to assist their senior population and their families.

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 Seattle 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.

Enjoy Assisted Living In The Culturally Rich Mid-Atlantic Region

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

55+ living in the Mid Atlantic region are gaining popularity as the area has many unique attractions.  For one, the climate is “in the middle,” neither too hot, nor too cold, and the states enjoy a bit of every season.  The area is also a very rich location of American history and culture. Although some agencies differ on exactly which states are included in the region, most include Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina as part of the Mid Atlantic region. In the northeastern corner, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787. It is the second to the smallest of states, but ranks sixth in population density. Delaware is approximately 96 miles long and ranges from 9 to 35 miles across. A large percent of the workforce is in engineering and it’s also home to a large amount of civilian scientists. Summers are relatively warm and there is a wide variation in snowfall and winter temperatures between the northern and southern parts of the state.

Maryland to the west was the first of the 13 colonies to revolt against the British rule in the American Revolution. On its eastern border, Maryland has warm to hot summers and short, mild to cool winters. In the more western areas, summers are mild and in the higher elevations to the north winters bring snowy weather. The state boasts the highest household median income in the country. There are approximately 350 biotechnology companies in a state that is rich in the life sciences. Baltimore is home to the John Hopkins University, a leading research institution in medicine and science. Maryland is also home to the Federal Food and Drug Administration. Virginia to the south is called the “Mother of Presidents” because it was the birthplace of eight United States presidents, the earliest being George Washington in 1731 and Woodrow Wilson, the latest in 1856. Many of their homes can still be visited today. Forests cover 65% of the state. Climate varies according to location with the southern areas being the warmest, but with an average 26 degrees low to 86 high in summer. Virginia is home to 8 million people with computer chips being their largest export.

West Virginia is known for its beautiful mountains and diverse topography. The entire state is located in the Appalachian mountain range. Popular activities include water rafting, skiing in some areas, fishing and hiking. The state is known for its sizable history in mining and logging. The acclaimed, retired basketball player, Jerry West was nicknamed  “Zeke from Cabin Creek” after the creek near his birthplace in Chelyan, WV. His nicknames include “Mr. Clutch” for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation when he played his entire NBA career with the Lakers. Weather is temperate varying again, based on location, but ranges from 26-41 degree winters to mild summers around 76 degrees. Virginia is also the least tornado prone state east of the Rockies. To the west is the Bluegrass state of Kentucky, so named for the native grass prevalent in pastures and the fertile soils of the state. It’s also home to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The state prides itself on the premise that it has produced the best horses, tobacco and whiskey. Climate ranges from highs of 85 degrees in summer to 23 degrees in wintertime. Kentucky characterizes a relaxed, slow pace of life and the state is laced with charming, narrow country roads lined with stone and wooden fences.

To the south is Tennessee, the 17th largest populist state. A most colorful political history includes the birthplace of Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston, who later became the controversial 19th century statesmen, politician and soldier in Texas, and has the city of Houston named after him. Tennessee is home to the beautiful Great Smokey Mountains National Park and of course, the late Elvis Presley, who was born in Memphis. The state’s major exports are cotton, textiles, cattle, and electric power. There are a number of major corporations located in the state including FedEx Corporation and the Eastman Chemical Company. The state is also the location of choice for a new Volkswagen manufacturing plant and the North American headquarters for Nissan. Climate is mild with warm, semi humid summer conditions and mild winters. The eastern boundary of North Carolina lines the eastern seaboard where the climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Although vulnerable during hurricane season, the frequency  of landfall is around every ten years. Originally known as the “rural” state with homes dotting farms and small towns, NC is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing states east of the Mississippi in the top three industries in the country:

Green Technology, Medical Science and Bio Chemical Engineering. Most residents of the state now live in urban or suburban communities. NC is home to the world famous Duke University, the fictional setting for the Andy Griffith Show in “Mayberry,” and headquarters of Krispy Kreme donuts. Tourism is big and golf is a main attraction for visitors and residents with some 350 courses around the state. In the higher altitudes, the production of Christmas trees is a growing industry and last but not least, the culinary staple of North Carolina, barbecued pork!

Many in the senior age bracket are choosing an assisted living location within the Mid Atlantic region as a way to stay close to children and grandchildren in the New England area. The region’s proximity to the northern states that also offer some of the nation’s most extraordinary collections of art, science and cultural history is also desirable, without having to live in the congested mix. 55+ communities in the Mid Atlantic Region frequently have assisted living environments designed in “village like” or neighborhood settings offering walking and resting areas to visit and chat with residents, swimming pools, tennis courts and activities to  bring it all together as an easy way to stay fit, stimulated and engaged.

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 Baltimore 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.

Where To Turn When There’s A Problem At A Senior Care Facility

June 28, 2011 3 comments

The word “ombudsman” is defined by Dictionary.com as follows :
om·buds·man – /ˈɒm bədz mən, -ˌmæn, -bʊdz-, ˈɔm-, ɒmˈbʊdz mən, -ˌmæn, ɔm-/ (om-buh dz-muh) –noun a government official who hears and investigates complaints by private citizens against other officials or government agencies. a person who investigates and attempts to resolve complaints and problems, as between employees and an employer or between students and a university.

If you reside in a senior care facility or have a family member who does, you may not know where to turn if a problem arises that cannot be resolved with the management or is believed to be of a criminal nature, a government Ombudsman Program is where you can go for help. The California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is authorized by the Federal Older American Act and its State companion, the Older Californians Act. The primary responsibility of the program is to investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, individual residents in long-term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes, residential care facilities for the elderly, and assisted living facilities. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program investigates elder abuse complaints in long-term care facilities and in residential care facilities for the elderly.

The goal of the program is to advocate for the rights of all residents of long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman’s advocacy role takes two forms :

To receive and resolve individual complaints and issues by, or on behalf of, these residents;

To pursue resident advocacy in the long term care system, its laws, policies, regulations, and administration through public education and consensus building. Residents or their family members can file a complaint directly with the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman or by calling the Crisis Line. All long-term care facilities are required to post, in a conspicuous location, the phone number for the local Ombudsman office and the Statewide CRISISline number 1-800-231-4024. This CRISISline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take calls and refer complaints from residents.

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Ombudsman services are free and confidential. Contact your local LTC Ombudsman.

Program for the following resident services :

Questions or concerns about quality of care
Questions or concerns about financial abuse
Suspected physical, mental or emotional abuse of residents
Witnessing services for Advance Health Care Directives
Requesting an Ombudsman to attend a resident care plan meeting
Requesting an Ombudsman to attend a resident or family council meeting

Information provided by CA.GOV – California Department of Aging.

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 San Jose 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.

Watchful Waiting: Stuck In The Middle With An Aging Parent

June 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The process of family members observing the decline of a parent’s physical well being isn’t something that occurs overnight. It’s an evolution and although there is an abundance of information and resources out there that provide solutions for practical matters, it doesn’t make dealing with the emotional aspect any easier. As difficult as it is in its own right, unless you have a parent who dies suddenly or contracts a terminal illness that requires acute care in a hospital setting, you are bound to find yourself in the abyss of “watchful waiting.” This can turn into a long period of uncertainty dealing with intervention and assistance on practical issues and the emotional roller coaster ride that accompanies it.

I’m the middle child in the family and find myself in the position of not only attempting to provide support to my elder sibling, who because of geographical proximity has become our declining mother’s “caretaker” but also in the role of “buffer,” the one who has the “luxury” of addressing the emotional side. I admit it, since I’m not a psychologist or an expert on the subject; I’m going strictly on instincts and the miniscule bit of information out there that addresses this issue. And, it is an issue. How one must feel, and how they act out when they lose the ability to control their own life, is complex and painful. It’s not too difficult to figure out that denial plays a huge part, and emotions such as extreme sadness, anger and resentment can surface.

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For the children, it can be difficult to know when a parent’s decline in independence has become a serious problem. Keeping an eye on the deterioration of a parent’s activities of daily living — basic skills such as personal care and hygiene, mobility in the home, taking medications, eating and dressing, housekeeping, paying bills, doing yard work and scheduling appointments, but it’s even more difficult finding the time to address the emotional aspects. It very well may be impossible for one person to do it all. My husband and I recently paid a weekend visit to my mother, not just for the purpose of spending time with her, but also to give my “caretaker” sibling a break.

Although my mother verbalized her appreciation for “all the things” my sibling does for her, she also expressed a bit of denial about her even needing some of the services and features that have been set into place. She didn’t really think the installation of grab bars in her bathroom was something she needed, and said, “maybe when I get old” it might be helpful. Believe me; at this very point in time, the bars may very well prevent her from taking a fall. I decided at that moment it would serve no purpose in trying to reason or explain to her that she IS old, and her lack of mobility, balance and steadiness was obvious. Therefore, in order to keep her agreement to have them installed in place, I just agreed that it was an excellent idea.

Throughout the weekend, I listened to her lament the lost of her independence on many issues such as driving, managing her finances, etc. as I simultaneously agreed and disagreed with her take on the necessity of other practical “solutions” that are in place; home visits by a physical therapist, a medical alert system, a regimented prescription taking system, etc., etc. I guess caring for an elderly parent is a joint effort, and I’m okay with being the middleman.

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.

Assisted Living Facilities Help Preserve The White Matter In Senior Brains

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Imagine if we could peek through our skull to see what makes one brain smarter than another. Imagine what we would discover in regards to mental conditions such as Schizophrenia or learning disorders. The brain is made up of two components: grey matter (nerves) and white matter (Glial cells.) They support the nerves and produce myelin which wrap around and protects nerve extensions.

Many people residing in assisted living facilities across the country suffer from diseases of the brain, which primarily affect grey matter. Understanding the importance of “the other part” of our brain, its connection to grey matter and its development may be crucial in finding cures and preventing onset of certain conditions. Many assisted living facilities have been formed to specifically help patients of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

A new kind of imaging technique is helping scientists observe such evidence, and it is revealing a surprise: intelligence, and a variety of mental syndromes, may be influenced by tracts within the brain made exclusively of white matter. This type of magnetic resonance technology, called Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), has for the first time shown white matter in action, revealing its underappreciated role. Diffusion Tensor Imaging is a variation of the MRI. With DTI, white matter lesions can be found that do not show up on other MRI/imaging techniques, and can also be used to localize tumors. To do this, the brightness and mean diffusivity are measures used in a clinical setting. Diffusion Tensor Imaging data can also be used to track a fiber, or path, through which information travels in our brain. DTI can perform a tractography within white matter and track the path of our neural impulses from the brain, down to the spinal cord and into the peripheral nerves. This is an exciting development considering the possibilities it opens up for the study of our brain. Not only can it be used to find tumors, but also to study how we process information, control our muscles and develop during childhood.

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Myelin is only partially formed at birth and gradually develops in different regions throughout our 20’s. The timing of growth and degree of completion can affect learning, self-control (and why teenagers may lack it), mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism and even behavior such as pathological lying. Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common diseases that affect white matter. In MS lesions, the myelin shield around the axons is destroyed by inflammation.

Changes in white matter known as Amyloid plaques are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other Neurodegenerative diseases. White matter injuries may be reversible, while grey matter regeneration is less likely. Other changes that commonly occur with age include the development of Leukoaraiosis, which is a rare faction of the white matter that can be caused by a variety of conditions, including loss of myelin, axonal loss, and a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier. Bacteria from urinary tract infections crossing the blood-barrier and causing dementia-type symptoms is a common occurrence in the elderly. Assisted living medical professionals are aware of these conditions and effectively can treat patients to provide them as much comfort and relief as possible. Senior patients suffering from mental conditions, diseases and illnesses can get the proper treatment they need by joining an assisted living facility.

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 San Diego 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.

Assisted Adult Living Centers Spread Alcohol Awareness Among Senior Citizens

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Senior citizens in the United States drink very little or not at all. The older we get, the effects of alcohol on the body become more damaging. Older people do not process alcohol as quickly as younger people do. As a result, he same amount of alcohol has a greater effect on an older person than a younger one. Assisted living communities regularly provide information to seniors in order to spread awareness about this issue. Assisted adult living communities spread awareness so that seniors understand that their ability to consume alcohol is not the same as when they were younger. By providing information about this Assisted adult living centers will hopefully prevent accidents or poor health conditions amongst seniors.

Our bodies takes longer to absorb calcium as we get older. Alcohol obstructs the absorption process even further causing calcium deficiencies amongst senior citizens. For those of us who are serious about looking younger and aging well, it’s important to understand that alcohol accelerates the aging process. Skin appearance is a concern as we grow older even without the alcohol. Nevertheless, alcohol contributes to the aging effect on the skin. Alcohol is also full of calories. Consuming a lot of alcohol results in stored fat around the abdomen. This gives way to the famous term “beer belly.” Some statistics have shown that one drink every evening adds 15 pounds of fat to your stomach in a year. Exercise is extremely important to keep this added fat at bay. Walking one mile will walk off the excess calories of one drink of alcohol. One can of beer, a single shot of liquor, or a small glass of wine or sherry equals one drink. Assisted living facilities provide fitness classes for seniors to make sure they stay active and healthy. Water aerobics, yoga, tai-chi are some of the activities assisted adult living communities offer for their more active seniors. Bed ridden and disabled seniors have nurses that will provide massages and move their limbs in order to reduce stiffness and improve their blood circulation.

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Processing and eliminating alcohol is a much different for women than men. This is because alcohol is stored in fat and women genetically are predisposed to having more fat than men. Prescription drugs, over- the-counter drugs, and herbal remedies are another problem because they can truly be deadly when mixed with alcohol. Reading the labels on all of your medicines will keep you well informed of which ones you do not use with alcohol. Taking aspirin and drinking alcohol can raise the chance of bleeding in your stomach. Cold and allergy medicines when mixed with alcohol can cause drowsiness. Check your cough syrups, many already have alcohol in them. Drinking alcohol while taking some sleeping pills, pain pills, or anxiety or depression medicine can be very dangerous.

Acetaminophen and other painkillers when mixed with alcohol can be damaging to your liver. Always check the warning labels on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies and of course always check with your doctor. If you drink 7 to 14 drinks per week, you are considered an “at-risk drinker. This amount of alcohol can result in adverse health and social consequences. Many seniors put themselves in serious risk by taking their medication along with alcohol. Assisted living facilities monitor the dosage of their senior patients to make sure alcohol and medication are not combined. Drinking small quantities of alcohol can prove beneficial to some. There are good things to be said about drinking alcohol if you drink in moderation. But it’s always a good idea to understand where your boundaries are. Every effort is made by assisted adult living facilities to make seniors feel as comfortable and healthy as possible.

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 Los Angeles 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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