[EasyCall] Muscles: Use Them or Lose Them

We at EasyCall are serious about senior health. That’s why our customizable medical response system is used by so many—people know they can rely on us in times of emergency.

But we want folks to be able to rely on their own bodies first. That means staying strong and healthy as we age.

Maintaining strong muscles is vital to our overall health for many reasons.

Strong, healthy muscles promote a functional immune system, help keep us trim, balances the mood, and reduces the risk for chronic diseases.

Seniors with strong muscles also have greater bone density, higher energy levels, and a reduced risk of injury.

Getting and staying fit leads to a better life! It’s easy too.

The American College of Sports Medicine says adults can get great results training each major muscle group just twice per week.

Now’s the time to get moving. After all, when it comes to muscles, you use ’em or lose ’em.

Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest older adult health and wellness event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

EasyCall supports health and fitness by always being there in the event of an emergency.

Getting fit at any age has many benefits. Seniors report feeling sharper, more energetic, and enjoying a sense of overall wellbeing. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, improves mobility, can improve sleep, and benefit digestion and immune systems.

To celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day here are four tips to help the seniors in your life get started on a health and fitness plan.

Get Medical Clearance

While it’s always important to get medical clearance before beginning a new exercise plan, it’s especially critical as we advance in age. Seniors should explain their exercise plans to their doctors and ask if any activities that should be avoided.

Start Slow and Build Up

For many seniors, it’s been a while since they’ve engaged in a regular exercise plan. Starting off with light and short workouts will help build a base level of fitness that can improve over time. Aim for 10-15 minutes 2-3 times per week for the first few weeks. Increase time each week after that until you can work out comfortably for 30-45 minutes at a time.

Commit to a Schedule

With exercise, it’s no good if you only do it once. Seniors should commit to a schedule of at least two sessions per week. More active seniors can aim for 4-5 times per week. Rest is essential, and at least two days each week should be rest days with no exercise.

Keep a Log

Watching yourself progress over time is incredibly satisfying. With exercise that can mean increasing weights in a weight lifting program, or walking longer or taking more challenging aerobics classes. With a logbook, seniors can see the progress their making and work toward more challenging goals!

Senior health and fitness are important. With these tips, you can help the seniors in your life live better, more fulfilling lives by focusing on exercise and committing a plan to get more fit.

Even the healthiest of us need help sometimes. That’s where EasyCall comes in. With our customizable medical response system, you can be sure help is always available at the push of a button. When it comes time to choose, choose EasyCall. You’ll be glad you did.

What They’re Not Telling You About GPS

“Why don’t you use GPS with your EasyCall medical alert system?” It’s a question we get a lot. After all, many of our competitors offer products that use the Global Positioning System (or GPS) to help locate people in case of emergency.

The answer is, we’ve done the testing and we just can’t guarantee a GPS-based medical alert system will work in the challenging geography of the North Coast.

We just have too many hills and forests to rely on GPS technology. And that’s why we don’t sell a product that promises something we can’t deliver.

We Tested, They Didn’t

Our EasyCall professionals tried dozens of GPS-based systems and every time we were near the redwoods we’d lose the signal. Losing a signal means not being able to communicate with you or your loved one when an emergency strikes. It means we can’t send medical help. And it means we can’t put the EasyCall name on a product that doesn’t work 100% of the time.

So the next time you see an ad for a GPS-based medical alert system, ask yourself whether you want a product that makes promises it can’t deliver or do you want a local product that’s been rigorously tested to ensure it works on the North Coast.

When the choice is yours, choose EasyCall. You’ll be glad you did.

Celebrate Older Americans Month 2018

This May marks the 55th annual Older American’s Month and we’re excited to celebrate!

Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.

We here at EasyCall salute Older American’s in Humboldt County and beyond!

This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

That’s why we’re proud to partner with all the individuals and organizations supporting older Americans. Your work is truly inspiring.

Thank you!

EasyCall: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

EasyCall is the perfect gift for mothers who want the peace of mind of living an independent life.

Spend less time worrying about her safety and more time enjoying each other. With EasyCall you get 24/7 support in case of emergencies and a customized response plan–we can call you or send help right away, the choice is yours.

You’ll know you’re in good hands with professional installation and a lifetime guarantee.

Call us today to learn more about EasyCall, you’ll be glad you did.

707-445-9911

Falls can be deadly for the elderly — here’s how to prevent them

The odds of recovering from a fall decrease as we age. That’s why it’s so important to avoid falling the first place. A good place to start is knowing what the most likely causes of falling are.

Common Causes for falls:
– Frailty and weakness
– Medications (causing lightheadedness or dizziness; drug combinations; taking medications at the wrong time)
– Tripping hazards such as throw rugs, clutter, and electrical cords
– Poor lighting
– Diminished eyesight
– Bad balance due to a lack of exercise
– Poor nutrition and dehydration
– Inner ear issues; impaired depth perception
– Fear of falling; taking tentative steps

A California Fall Prevention Task Force recommends eating well and drinking lots of water; tracking all medications and taking them when prescribed. And keep active to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

Finally, here are some practical steps you can take to prevent falls right now:
– Clear out the clutter and keep passageways open
– Remove throw rugs and errant power cords
– Install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet
– Install handrails on both sides of stairways
– Raise the toilet seat a few inches with an elevated seat, preferably one with arms
– Use night lights. Pay particular attention to the home’s key hazard zones: – the bathroom and kitchen

If you want even more protection in the event of a fall, get EasyCall. EasyCall is a customizable medical response system that can automatically alert dispatchers in the event of a fall.

Want to learn more? Visit us today.

[EasyCall] It’s An Alarm System–For Your Body

Your home, car, and money are all protected by an alarm system? Why not your body, too?

With EasyCall, you can get state of the art protection against falls and other medical situations at the press of a button.

With your customized call list, you choose how you want EasyCall to protect you. Just push the button and we’ll alert your family and medical providers.

Learn more about EasyCall today!

[EasyCall] What Does it Take to ‘Age in Place?’

“Aging in Place” is the new trend in senior health. As more Americans age, many are choosing to remain in their homes as long as they can, while maintaining dignity and quality of life.

As we age and experience the inevitable changes to our health, medical alert technologies like EasyCall play an important roll in ensuring we’re able to enjoy our homes as long as possible.

Other simple upgrades can make a big difference too. Adding a ramp to an entryway makes it easier to come and go in a scooter or wheelchair. Railings in the shower and a handheld showerhead can make bathing easier and safer.

Working closely with your home health provider is key to identifying ways to update your home so it’s safe and accessible for years to come. For added peace of mind, get EasyCall so you’re never more than a push of a button away from help.

[EasyCall] The True Cost of Falls

When our loved ones experience a fall, everything can change.

And it’s not only injuries that are harmful–the financial impact that can be devastating.

According to National Council on Aging, the economic toll for older adult falls is expected to increase, reaching $67.7 billion annually by 2020. That’s roughly $1,600 for every man and woman over 65!

It’s important to know you can protect your loved ones in the event of a fall and get the help they need in an emergency.

With EasyCall’s fall detection system, our professional dispatchers receive an instant notification of a fall and immediately respond with the help that’s needed.

Don’t let your loved ones go without the protection of EasyCall.

Harvard Medical School: Stay Social to Stay Healthy

Time spent with friends and family can make us feel vital and alive.

This week the Harvard Medical School shared tips to help caregivers find ways to keep their loved ones socially active.

As we age, a number of factors can impact our ability to stay social. Impaired hearing or sight, limited mobility are just a few things that can keep us from spending time with our friends and families.

The medical professionals at Harvard want to help. Here are their top ways to make sure the seniors in your life stay healthy and socially engaged:

– Plan visits at home and away with friends and family members.

– Teach your loved one how to use a computer and keep in touch by email or Facebook.

– Sign up your loved one for tai chi, water aerobics, or another fitness activity.

– Encourage him or her to volunteer in the community.

– Take day trips together to nearby museums, restaurants, or libraries.

– Enroll him or her in a group that shares a common interest, such as bridge, knitting, or books.

– Schedule regular phone or Skype calls with friends and family members who live far away.

Of course, staying healthy also means knowing that help is there when you need it. EasyCall is your always-on always-ready guardian. Visit us today to learn more about EasyCall.