Living Well at Home
Helpful and informative articles on healthy living, managing conditions, and caregiver resources.
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3 Steps to Getting a Good Night's Sleep
If you consistently don’t sleep well, you are at greater risk for chronic health conditions. So how do you get a good night’s sleep? It takes a little TLC—Timing, Limits, and Comfort.
Get Ready For Flu Season
There is no cure for the flu, so it is important that you take steps to avoid getting the flu. Prepare to fight the flu by taking preventative action and getting vaccinated. You can get your flu shot at your doctor’s office or at a local pharmacy.
Supplements and Healthy Diets
Eating many different kinds of foods is an important way to stay healthy. Food contains nutrients that our bodies need. Sometimes, people don’t eat enough foods that are high in nutrients. Supplements are an easy way to add nutrients to your diet. Daily vitamins, protein powders, or nutrition drinks are types of supplements.
Helping the Elderly Stay Cool in High Temperatures
Heat waves are never easy, but they’re very brutal in cities. Pavement and metal trap the heat, so cities can be 10 degrees hotter than suburbs! Heat waves can be very dangerous for people over age 65 or those with chronic medical conditions.
Facts About High Blood Pressure
When blood pressure is too high, the heart has to work harder than normal to get blood to all parts of the body, and there is also increased pressure on all of the blood vessels. What are the risks for high blood pressure and how can it be treated and controlled?
Care for Caregivers
Making Sure Household Chores Get Done
Every marriage sees a division of labor. The problem, of course, isn’t who does which job. It’s who will take care of a task when the person who has done it is too old, too sick, or too frail to do it. Sometimes it’s easy enough to take over a task or to learn a new skill. But if you’re faced with a job that’s beyond you physically or that requires a steep learning curve, here are some options to explore.
All About Cholesterol
Too much cholesterol (pronounced “ko-LESS-ter-all”) in your blood can lead to narrowing and blocking of the arteries. (Arteries are the vessels that carry blood from your heart throughout your body.) This problem, often called heart disease, is the leading cause of death in the U.S. So, it’s very important that you understand cholesterol and how you can help control it.
Helping Someone Who Fell
When a person falls, they may be embarrassed and want to get up as quickly as possible. And it's natural to help them up. But in some cases, this can make things worse. A fallen person should get up slowly, and caregivers should encourage them to be careful. Here are five steps safety experts recommend that anyone follow when they see someone fall.