Fall prevention is an important topic for seniors and their caregivers to discuss and implement. Aging brings about physical changes and health issues (not to mention the side effects of medications used to treat those issues) that can increase the likelihood of falls. Most serious falls happen in and around the home, and can result in serious even life-threatening injury. Therefore to stay safe and maintain a level of independence, it is crucial to take these simple precautions to ensure your safety and reduce your risk of falling. See your doctor Make a list of your current medications and supplements […]
Labor Day can signify many things. One of which is the end of summer, and the beginning of cooler weather, warm woolies, comforting and soul hugging soups, and steamy mugs of tea or hot cocoa. Its also the beginning of cold and flu season. The timing of flu is unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States in January or February. Vaccines are especially important for adults over the age of 65, as immunity […]
In this final installment of our series, we will take a look foods that help fight the onset of dementia. Alzheimer’s and dementia are some of the scariest and most emotionally-triggering degenerative diseases. But they are easier to prevent than previously thought. Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. In Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and insulin resistance injure neurons and inhibit communication between brain cells. Be aware of these 10 warning signs and symptoms […]
Although we’re still snug in summer’s golden embrace, before you know it we will once again be caught in the throes of a notorious Michigan winter. It’s always wise, particularly for seniors and caregivers to be proactive and prepare to wage war against flu season, and other immune system antagonists. People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with their younger counterparts because the immune defenses becomes weaker as we age. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. In […]
In this installment of eating well as you age, we will take a look at Osteoporosis. This degenerative disease decreases bone strength and increases the likelihood of broken bones. It’s the most common cause of this injury among senior citizens. Bone is a dynamic living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the development of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. This can cause your bones to become porous and brittle. Osteoporosis can creep up silently in its early stages, without any typical symptoms or warning signs until an […]
Everyone knows the importance of staying healthy and eating well. But did you know that as we age our body requires more and different nutrients to help stave off certain age related illnesses and maladys? A full and balanced diet can promote mental acuteness, help fight age related disease, help you recuperate faster from injury or surgery, and also help you to better manage any current health issues you might be facing. This is the first in a series of informational articles that will provide insight into the benefits of a healthy diet in relation to age. We […]
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Urgent Care or Emergency Department, it can be confusing!
Many people are unaware of the differences between the emergency department and an urgent care center, and when you should go to one over the other. The biggest difference is cost. An urgent care center is going to be much less expensive than the emergency department because the emergency department is set up for life threatening injuries or illnesses.
Urgent Care is designed to treat minor and non-life threatening injures and to take some of the pressure off of the emergency department. Due to this, wait times are often shorter at an urgent care facility as well. Most urgent care centers are staffed by one doctor and a few mid-level providers, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners, as well as nurses. An urgent care will also be equipped with some diagnostic equipment, such as an x-ray. Reasons to go to an urgent care are
People can often substitute a trip to an urgent care for a visit to a primary care physician, but this is strongly discouraged. The cost of a visit to the urgent care is much more than the cost of a visit to a doctor’s office. Some reasons to go to urgent care:
Emergency Department in a hospital, focuses on life-threatening medical issues. In other words, the emergency department is reserved for true emergencies. The emergency department is also staffed by more highly trained professionals and specialist. Technology is generally far more advanced and more readily available. Some reasons to go to the emergency department:
- Signs of a heart attack, such as discomfort in chest or upper body, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and lightheadedness
- Signs of a stroke, such as facial drooping, numbness or weakness in the arm, leg, or face, speech difficulty, blurred vision, dizziness or loss of balance, sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Severe, life threatening wounds or amputations
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
Here is a helpful infographic to help you remember when to go to the urgent care and when to go the emergency department
Physical and Occupational Therapy – What’s The Difference?
Occupational Therapists (OT’s) work in various ways to help people achieve the most independence possible. They conduct on- site assessments of home and work. Occupational therapist provide recommendations on what can help to be more independent. They also train patients on how to use these skills to improve their visual and cognitive functions, as well as general coordination. Anyone who has loss of strength or motion or decreased balance, memory or concentration, or difficulty performing daily tasks could benefit from occupational therapy.
Physical Therapists (PTs) specialize in body movement. They diagnose and treat all injuries related to movement, and provide treatment for the injury that is causing the patient’s movement problems. Anyone who has decreased range of motion, strength, or balance, pain, or neuropathy could benefit from physical therapy.
Both OTs and PTs have extensive training in anatomy, musculoskeletal injuries, rehabilitation, and are licensed by the state. Both also educate patients on avoiding injuries and the healing process. Often patients see both a physical and an occupational therapist as part of their treatment plan. Therapist treat people of all ages for a wide variety of issues and illnesses.
Physical and occupational therapy is key to our independence and quality of life.
If you or someone you know could benefit from physical or occupational therapy check out our website for more information!
Virtual Doctors and Nurses We’ve been hearing and reading this for decades, times are a changing, and we can hardly keep up, right? Well, virtual doctor visits are now a billion dollar industry, and can actually save time and money for the patient. We recommend educating yourself and also checking with your doctor’s office. Recently while shopping, comparing, and applying for health care coverage through our new Affordable Care Act option, I was once again reminded of an article I came across a few weeks ago in the Chicago Tribune called The Doctor is in …Your Mobile Device. […]