Posts Tagged ‘BrightStar Duluth’

11 Ways to Make a Home More Accessible to Seniors

Presented by Scott Morrison, Certified Senior Advisor, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

 

Earlier this week, we posted a blog about the Determinators, an impressive group of young inventors who made The EZ Inflatable, a device to help get seniors out of chairs. The idea to create this ingenious device came from acknowledging that seniors can experience challenges with some activities of daily living: standing from a sit-down position, climbing stairs or even vacuuming or doing household chores. So how can caregivers or persons living with seniors help to make things easier and safer for them? (more…)

Video: Young inventors help seniors get out of chairs easier

Presented by Scott Morrison, Certified Senior Advisor, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

We’d like to introduce you to a group of eight clever 11-13 year-old inventors from Atlanta who created an ingenious device that makes it easier for seniors to get out of chairs. “The Determinators” as they’re called, is a FIRST LEGO League Team. As part of these teams, kids work together to solve real-life problems, design cool robots that accomplish certain tasks, and compete against other teams. Each year they have competition themes, and this year’s theme is Senior Solutions. (more…)

Key Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Seniors

Presented by Scott Morrison, Certified Senior Advisor, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

April is National Occupational Therapy Month. We looked at what occupational therapy is: helping people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, or occupations. More specifically, let’s take a look at seniors and how they could possibly benefit from occupational therapy. (more…)

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Presented by Scott Morrison, Certified Senior Advisor, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

Many of us have heard of physical therapy, massage therapy, even psychotherapy. We have also heard of occupational therapy, but we may not truly know what it means? April is National Occupational Therapy Month, and it is important to inform people of all ages exactly what occupational therapy is. (more…)

Adults and Seniors Cutting Sodium from Their Diets

Presented by Scott Morrison, Certified Senior Advisor, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

According to the American Heart Association, if Americans cut their average sodium intake by more than half, to an average of 1,500 milligrams per day, there would be a nearly 26 percent decrease in high blood pressure and a savings of more than $26 billion in healthcare costs in just one year. The AHA recommends foods with little or no salt to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It suggests eating less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. (more…)

Hypertension,what can happen and what causes it?

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and President of BrightStar of Duluth, GA

We all know what can happen if the water pressure to our house is too high. It can lead to damaged or busted pipes. It can also cause leaky or busted appliances – dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator – due to the increased pressure. As soon as you realize you have high water pressure in your home, you work to get it down to a normal range as soon as possible. Why would your blood pressure be treated any differently?

 Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition where there is elevated blood pressure in the body’s arteries. Blood pressure is simply the amount of pressure the blood is exerting against the arteries. Hypertension can lead to serious health problems like:

  • Damaged organs
  • Stroke (death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen)
  • Aneurysm (swelling of an artery or heart chamber)
  • Heart attack (death of heart cells due to lack of oxygen)
  • Kidney failure

The exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown, but there are many factors that can contribute to this common health issue such as:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle; lack of regular exercise
  • High levels of salt intake
  • Stress
  • Family history of high blood pressure

33% of Americans have no symptoms of high blood pressure, so they do not realize the damage that is occurring with every heartbeat. With an average of 100,000 heartbeats a day, your arteries get consistent high pressure 24/7 for 365 days a year.

 Just as there are many factors that cause hypertension, there are many treatments available as well. Only your doctor can advise you on what treatment options will work best for you. Once you and your doctor have your hypertension under control it is critical to get regular 6 month checkups to prevent relapse.

Elder Care: Tips for Preventing Macular Degeneration

Presented by Scott Morrison, Certified Senior Advisor, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

As an elder care consideration, staying in good general health as a senior is important. The elderly can be more susceptible to disease and health problems than younger people. An especially debilitating disease is age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD. It’s the leading cause of vision and blindness among Americans ages 65 or older. (more…)

Pet Therapy can be beneficial for seniors who suffer from depression

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and President of BrightStar Care of Duluth

We all know the joy that animals can bring to our lives and how they can be our forever loyal companion.  Did you know that animals can benefit seniors mentally, physically, and emotionally? Pet therapy utilizes trained animals to promote health and healing for patients, especially for seniors who are depressed, disabled, or chronically ill.  The pets provide affection and unconditional love to recovering patients, making it an excellent supplemental treatment. Pet Therapy can be beneficial for seniors who suffer from depression because it can help them forget about their problems and improve their overall quality of life. 

Seniors often feel isolated or suffer from loneliness which can lead to anxiety and depression.  Pets offer companionship which can reduce loneliness and they provide constant company to a senior. Science shows that as little as 15 minutes of bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. As a result this can reduce the heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels.  Pets can have an amazing impact on an individual’s life regardless of their age.  However, seniors can certainly benefit from pet therapy and the end result is an improved quality of life.

Seniors and the Health Benefits of Cutting Back On Meat

Presented by Scott Morrison, Certified Senior Advisor, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

The New Year is always a popular time when people resolve to make changes to improve their lives and, most often, these changes are health and fitness-related. And not too long after the New Year, many people, not just Catholics, use this time of the year to give something up for the Lent season. Regardless of the reason is that is prompting the change, there are usually some common themes about what people “give up” in these instances. (more…)

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and owner of BrightStar Care of Duluth and NE Atlanta

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!  Colorectal cancer may also be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer.  It is a disease in which the cells in the colon or rectum become abnormal and divide without control, forming a mass called a tumor.  These cells may also spread to other parts of the body and form new tumors. After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States among men and women.  Naturally, the exact cause of this cancer is unknown, but the following factors can put someone in a higher risk category: older in age, polyps in the colon, family history, ulcerative colitis or crohn disease, diet, exercise, and smoking.

Early screening and preventative measures are essential in aiding against this cancer.   This is one of the most preventable forms of cancer and could be prevented or successfully treated with regular colon cancer screenings.  The screenings can find precancerous polyps, lesions, or abnormal cell growth.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it is recommended that soon after turning 50 years of age you should begin screening for colorectal cancer.  Don’t hesitate….If you think you may be at high risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.

Reference:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening