Archive for February, 2011

Domino’s delivers…medical alert services

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We were struck by this story on NBC’s Today Show about a pizza delivery woman who came to the rescue of one of her elderly customers. Jean Wilson had ordered a pepperoni pizza every day from a Domino’s restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. When she hadn’t called in for a few days, Domino’s delivery woman, Susan Guy, got worried and went to check on Ms. Wilson. There was no answer at the house and none of Ms. Wilson’s neighbors had seen her in recent days, so Ms. Guy called 911. Police broke down the door and found Ms. Wilson on the floor. She had fallen a few days earlier and couldn’t get to the phone. Ms. Wilson was hospitalized, but fortunately her injuries aren’t life threatening.

Jean Wilson’s story illustrates why a medical alert system is so important for seniors living at home alone. She was fortunate that her injuries weren’t more serious and that Susan Guy is such a concerned and compassionate person, a real hero. It’s a wonderful story because it looks like everything is going to be okay in the end, but seniors and their loved ones should also consider it a cautionary tale.

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Funny Prayer about Getting Old at the Caregiver of the Year Dinner

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Real-world advice for women about heart disease

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Last week, the American Heart Association issued the 2011 update to its guidelines for preventing heart disease in women. Often thought to be a male disease, heart disease is the number one cause of death among women. More women die from heart disease than from cancer, respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s and accidents, combined.

Dr. Lori Mosca, the chair of the guidelines writing committee, noted, “These recommendations underscore the fact that benefits of preventive measures seen day-to-day in doctors’ offices often fall short of those reported for patients in research settings.” Dr. Mosca noted that patients in the real-world often don’t fair as well as patients in studies because they are “older, sicker, and experience more side effects.”

Most of the AHA’s guidelines are generally considered common sense these days, but they’re definitely worth reviewing and heeding. Some key guidelines are:

  • Don’t smoke and avoid environmental smoke.
  • Get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.
  • Women’s diets should be rich in fruits and vegetables and include whole-grain and high-fiber foods. They should eat fish at least twice a week, limit saturated fat and avoid trans-fats.
  • Aspirin should be taken by women at high risk, and it can also be useful for other women, including healthy women.

Visit the American Heart Association site to view the entire list and discuss them with your doctor.

Photo of Dr. Mosca courtesy: American Heart Association

Happy Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 14th, 2011

These Seniors Still Have All the Right Moves

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Our guess is that this couple has been working on their dance routine since Whitney Houston first released the song in 1986.

Save on LifeStation during American Heart Month

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only event in February that focuses on the heart. In fact, the whole month has been designated as American Heart Month by the President, as it has been every year since Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1963.

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. American Heart Month is meant to bring attention to how we can all maintain a strong, healthy heart. A lot of research is going into understanding and curing heart disease, but for most of us, the path to a healthy heart is based on very common sense principles:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity is a huge problem in the US…no pun intended. The New York Times The New Old Age blog recently had an insightful post that looked at the other end of the spectrum: seniors losing muscle as they lose too much weight.
  • Eat well: What you eat is as important as how much you eat. ElderCareABCBlog shares helpful hints on what foods to include in your diet.
  • Exercise: Along with a proper diet, being active can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 25 percent. has good info to help seniors create an exercise regimen.
  • Don’t smoke: It’s not just bad for your heart. Add colon and breast cancer to the list of diseases linked to smoking and second-hand smoke. Healthline has excellent information to help you or your loved one quit the habit.

Through the end of February, in recognition of American Heart Month, LifeStation is giving new customers $2.00 off their monthly service when you use code HEART2011. (If you’re an existing LifeStation customer and you refer someone to LifeStation, make sure they mention your name so that you receive your LifeStation referral bonus.)

Gifts Ideas to Make Valentine’s Day More Personal

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A Valentine’s Day present is always a good way to say “I love you,” to the people in your life (though it’s no substitute for the words themselves). While your loved one might want a Nintendo Wii or an Apple iPad, odds are, they want something more personal.

The web site, Innovative Nurses and Sitter, recently posted a list of gifts for the seniors in your life that really hit the mark. The list runs the gamut from the non-material (give the gift of a visit or a walk) to , Here are a few of the ideas:

  • 1) If you can, give the gift that seniors want most, your time…
  • 3) Make a tape recording or CD of the reasons you love your senior…
  • 10) How about a new walking device and an invitation for a walk?

Check out 14 Creative Valentine Suggestions for Your Senior on February 14 for the complete list.

What are you giving your loved ones for Valentine’s Day this year? Let us know in the comment box below.