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Stay Safe This Winter Category: Healthy Living

Senior woman with hot drink

The winter can be a magical time, but it’s also one that poses significant risk to older adults. The drop in temperature can lead to a higher risk of health problems and complications, such as hypothermia, frostbite, and falls caused by ice and snow.

However, these risks can be mitigated by taking precautionary steps and being prepared for how the changes will affect your body and routine. With that in mind, here’s our mini guide to how everyone, but especially older adults, can stay safe and secure this winter.

Why You Need a Lift Chair Category: Healthy Living

Reclining lift chair

When it comes to people who are dealing with mobility issues, it isn’t just a matter of how they get around when they’re outside their home, but also being able to navigate their own home with safety and comfort. 

For this, there are a number of different mobility aids that will be able to significantly improve their quality of life. In this post we’re going to look at one of those aids: the Lift Chair. We’ll cover what a lift chair is, and why you or your elderly relatives should have one in their home. 

Tips to Have an Accessible Halloween Category: Healthy Living

elderly woman and young child with witches hat

Halloween is one of the more exciting times of the year. A great excuse for people of all ages to immerse themselves in the spooky, the odd, and to bring out the inner child in all of us. It’s also a great time for families to get together, and if you’re thinking about hosting a party for friends and relatives this October, you’ll also want to make sure that everyone has a good time! 

Not all Halloween activities are completely accessible or suitable for elderly or disabled relatives, but with a little thought and planning, as well as this guide on how to make an accessible Halloween for people of all ages, you'll be sure to put on a memorable party. With that in mind, here are our tips for hosting an accessible Halloween party. 

7 Tips For Staying Safe in the Sun for Seniors Category: Healthy Living

Seniors in the sun

With the summer, comes glorious sunshine, but with that also comes the need for everyone to ensure they stay safe — and especially that they protect their skin so that they can make the most of the weather in comfort. 

This is even more important as we get older, as the risk of developing skin cancer increases, as well as other risks such as skin aging and eye damage. 

To ensure you’re well protected, read this list of the best tips and techniques for staying safe in the sun this summer. 

Gardening With Limited Mobility Category: Healthy Living

If you have mobility issues one of the most important things is to be able to get out and enjoy fresh air and stimulation without having to venture too far from home. This is why having gardening as a hobby can be a great activity, as it gives a place to relax, keep active, and enjoy the benefits of a mobile and independent lifestyle. 

With that in mind, this post is going to look at some of the best tips and advice to help anyone who has trouble with mobility to garden at home in a comfortable and enjoyable way. 

How to Exercise with Limited Mobility Category: Healthy Living

Senior Woman exercising

Being able to enjoy all of the freedoms is one of the most important things for anyone with mobility issues—and this includes the ability to exercise. Whether you’re a fitness buff or just someone who wants to add a little boost to their day, you don’t have to let mobility concerns stand in your way. 

Whether it’s due to health conditions or again, in this post we’re going to take a look at some tips and ideas for exercising for those with limited mobility.  

How to Help Combat Loneliness Category: Healthy Living

The last two years have thrown a lot of issues into the spotlight—including a number of things that people are often reluctant to talk about, and loneliness is one of the most important ones.

We know that many of our customers are older, and more at risk, and for these people, the last two years have often been difficult when it comes to isolation and being separated from friends and family. What’s more, as we get older, and mobility and independence become greater concerns, it can be hard to see people as often as we’d like, contributing to a feeling of loneliness. 

Not only does loneliness greatly affect our mental health and well-being, but these effects can also take a toll on our physical health. Luckily there are a number of steps you can take to help counteract this problem, some of which we’re going to explore in this post.

Tips For a More Comfortable Kitchen Category: Healthy Living

Kitchen with fridge and oven

When you have limited mobility, cooking can be a difficult and frustrating task. And if cooking and preparing food is seen as a cumbersome or even painful activity, then that really limits the availability of not only healthy foods, but causes dependency on others. 

Luckily, with the right accommodations anyone can still have fun in the kitchen regardless of any challenges that may be due to age, illness, or injury. You don’t have to spend a fortune structurally renovating in order to create an accessible kitchen. There are much smaller modifications that can be easily made to improve how your food is prepared. 

Tips for Seniors to Cope with the Cold This Winter Category: Healthy Living

Winter suburbs

As the colder winter draws in, and we move into January, it’s important to know how to care for yourself and your loved ones. These colder temperatures, and the unpredictable inclement and severe weather, can be especially difficult for seniors, who often have trouble regulating their body temperatures and are more susceptible to colds and other illnesses. 

Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to help make things easier for seniors throughout the winter, which we’ve detailed in this post. 

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet Category: Healthy Living

For many older adults, mobility limitations, health issues and low energy can keep them from the social engagement they once enjoyed. Especially in seniors who live alone, social isolation can lead to loneliness, depression and poor physical health. Pet therapy has been shown to benefit seniors by improving depression and anxiety symptoms, increasing self-care, and even improving heart-health. It turns out giving and receiving unconditional love is literally good for your heart!

If you find yourself needing a little companionship, you might consider adopting a pet. A dog or cat is the perfect roommate that won’t take up all your space or independence and will provide you with comfort and something cuddly to look after. If you do decide to adopt a pet, here are a few things you should do to get prepared for the new experience, to make sure you are ready to handle the responsibility of a new pet.