Here at Likas Nursing, we take pride in keeping abreast of the ever-changing public health guidelines and of maintaining standard hygienic measures to ensure that we keep you, our beloved clients, safe. In this article, we ask the Director of Care, Virginia Lasiste, RN, BSN, about her thoughts on this evolving pandemic.
During the peak of the pandemic, majority of the deaths were in seniors’ homes and long-term care facilities. This showed just how inadequate their living conditions were and, as a result, most of the population surveyed in this study declared that they would prefer to stay in their homes and access home care.
Exercise may seem daunting at first, especially if you haven’t had an active lifestyle. Also, age can make physical activities difficult. However, exercise has many health benefits for mind and body. You need not have a gym membership or fancy equipment to start an exercise regimen. You need only yourself and your motivation to bust some moves! Whether at home or outdoors, here are some exercises you can start with.
Food is fuel for the body and can also contribute to healing. In older adults especially, whose metabolism may have changed and who may be predisposed to chronic illnesses, nutrition is very important. In fact, a study has shown that malnutrition is often underdiagnosed and poorly managed in elderly patients. So what makes good food?
Osteoarthritis is the most common age-related joint disease that affects more than 80% of people older than 55 years of age. Arthritis of the knee and hip joints can make daily activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, and self-care, particularly difficult. Quality of life is therefore reduced, physically, emotionally, and socially.
Throughout life, there is continuous remodeling of bone, as bone is being lost and renewed. However, due to aging, more bone is lost than renewed, resulting in lower bone density than normal. This makes bones thin and weak, especially in wrist, spine and hip. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut warning signs for osteoporosis until your loved one suffers from a fracture or has a noticeable stoop and change in posture.