Archive for May, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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As Memorial Day approaches, we would like to honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep this great country safe and free.

Whether or not you personally know someone who has served, it’s important to acknowledge their sacrifice and there are many fun and unique ways to do just that. Many people choose to do that through arts and crafts. With mostly common household items, you can make an assortment of things like American flags, star wreaths or even just adding a bit of red, white and blue to your home or wardrobe for the extended weekend.

If arts and crafts isn’t your thing, a Memorial Day cookout is a great way to spend the day. As the unofficial start to summer, it almost seems like an American tradition to fire up the grill on what’s usually a beautiful day. So take the opportunity this weekend to gather up your friends and family and spend time together celebrating our troops and the sacrifices they made.

Of course, there are many other ways to spend the day and to honor our troops so no matter what you choose to do, we want you to have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

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Safety Tips for Gardeners

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

It’s that time of the year again. April showers have come and gone and May’s flowers are here. But if you’re a senior gardener and this is your favorite time of year, there are a few tips and tricks to stay safe in your garden.

Become reacquainted with the lay of the land before you begin.

Before you get started, take a moment to inspect your yard. Winter can take its toll on anyone’s yard, so make sure that there aren’t any new roots, rocks or unleveled areas that turn up in your yard. Basically, look for anything that can trip you up and cause a fall. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or loved one either. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can catch the things we miss.

Avoid pressure on your knees and lower back.

The quick and easy fix is to use things like stools, chairs, or a bench to prevent bending or squatting for long periods of time. If that doesn’t suit you, you may want to look into using a trellis or a raised flower bed. This allows you to enjoy gardening but in a more vertical position. Your knees and back will thank you for it.

You can beat the heat with planning, rest and plenty of ice cold drinks.

The heat can be harmful to any of us, but especially our kids and seniors. That’s why you should avoid gardening during the hottest part of the day, usually between 12 pm and 4:30 pm. Be sure to pace yourself. You don’t have to do everything in a day. Hydration is also key while gardening. Whether it’s lemonade, your famous iced tea or just ice cold water, make sure you drink plenty of it. We recommend taking a moment to cool off and rehydrate every 20-25 minutes.

Make sure you’re using functional tools.

When you’re out purchasing your gardening tools, stick with ones that are on the longer side. Longer tools give you better leverage and less need to bend over and risk injury. Grip is also an important feature and studies show that curved handles typically provide the best grip and most comfort. The right pair of gloves can be a huge help as well.

Stay connected

Having a way to call for help in case of an emergency is crucial. If you have a medical alert button, don’t forget to wear it. Although not as effective, a cordless or mobile phone could also do the trick.

Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts and Ideas

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Yes, Mother’s Day is almost here and if you haven’t already gotten your mom a gift here are a few of our favorite ideas. These are some simple yet meaningful ways to help make this day special for mom.

1. A nice meal with mom and all of her children.

Whether it’s a fancy restaurant or you cook and host the gathering yourself, mom’s favorite meal surrounded by her favorite people is an excellent way to spend the day.

2. Digital Picture Frames

You can actually scan and digitalize her old photos and add a ton of new photos as well. Best of all they’re small enough to place pretty much anywhere in mom’s home. If you add a few pictures of her grandchildren as well, your gift will be sure to put a smile on mom’s face.

3. E-Reader

Many seniors have been leaving behind their bigger and heaver books and switching to new e-readers. They are a lot easier for mom to lug around but also it’s something she can use every day. So if mom is a reader and doesn’t already own one, there’s no better time than now to get her one of these devices.

4. Flowers and Chocolates

If for any reason you just can’t make it to mom’s house this Sunday, there’s something to be said about sending mom a beautiful vase full of her favorite flowers. Not only that, but her favorite chocolates and a card with a heartfelt message would still help make this Mother’s Day a special one.

5. A LifeStation Medical Alert System

A perfect gift choice for any mother who may live alone, has a history of emergencies, or may just be getting up there in age. This gift will provide mom with a certain sense of safety, security, and overall peace of mind that no other gift can offer. The best part is, it gives you those same feelings and peace of mind as well. For more info on how it will all work for your mother specifically, please speak to one of us today at (877)478-3390.

Happy Mother’s Day from LifeStation.