Archive for July, 2012

Social Media and the Elderly

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Social media usage is increasing practically every day. More people are using social media every day, with over 800 million active Facebook users and over 100 million active Twitter users, and people are using social media more often.

Since 2008, the percent of people who use social networking sites/services several times per day has increased from 5% to 22%.

The Social Habit

While the younger generations are still significantly more likely to use social network sites, the fastest growth has come from internet users 74 and older. Social network site usage for that age group has quadrupled since 2008, from 4% to 16%.

Studies have found that social media use amongst the elderly can be beneficial beyond keeping them connected. One study found that older adults active on social media were a third less likely to suffer from depression.

Join the social media movement (if you haven’t already) by following LifeStation on Twitter or liking our Facebook page.

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Stay Active For a Longer and Happier Life

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Elderly people who are active in both mental and physical activities live longer and with a higher quality of life. To ensure your loved ones are staying both mentally and physically stimulated this summer, we’ve compiled some resources that provide mental and physical activities that seniors can do without leaving their home.

This broad overview gives a variety of different actives that elderly parents can do indoors. The next resource highlights the most popular indoor summer activities for senior citizens.

The National Institute of Aging also found that mental exercise helps maintain some seniors thinking skills. Here is a great resource for mind games that can help keep your elderly parents’ mental skills sharp.

However you do it, be sure to keep your elderly loved ones active and mentally stimulated to help them they remain healthy and happy for a long time.

Caregiver Notifications

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Medical alert systems from LifeStation are valuable to both the people using the systems and to their loved ones. LifeStation believes that our relationship is with both our users and their friends and family.

Friends, family and other caregivers can help seniors choose the right medical alert system and just as importantly help loved ones understand that they need a medical alert system.

Similarly, it is important for the caregiver to be involved in the set up process to ensure the system is working properly and to make sure that the user fully understands how to use the system.

Here at LifeStation we believe the caregiver can be involved even more, which is why we’ve developed a unique messaging system for caregivers. This messaging system is 100% free for LifeStation customers and any or all of their caregivers.

This system works particularly well for caregivers who may not live close to the user or who are out and about most of the day. The system allows caregivers to receive email notifications on the go when a variety of events occur, keeping them informed. The caregiver will receive email alerts when different signals are logged at our monitoring center, such as a user test, a lack of a signal, or an emergency.

With this new system, caregivers can become more involved in the process, helping ensure the safety and well being of your loved ones. For more information about our free caregiver alert system visit our caregiver alerts page.

Staying Healthy and Active: An Exercise Guide for Seniors

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

As you age, staying active is more important than ever. Regular exercise can have many positive effects on seniors as it can help increase energy, maintain independence, improve memory and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Whether you are healthy or sick, there are many ways to get active and improve both body and mind.

Be sure to get medical clearance from your doctor before you begin a workout routine, as different conditions and medications can affect the way you should conduct your workout. It is also important to start slow and remain extremely hydrated, especially during the summer heat.

Here are four types of exercises that seniors can include in their work out routine.

Stretching exercises: Increase freedom of movement

Balance exercises: Enhance stability

Strengthening exercises: Build muscles

Endurance exercises: Improve heart health and the circulatory system

Adding an exercise program to your weekly schedule is important for all seniors as it can vastly increase health and independence so long as you do it safely and responsibly.