Using Technology to Age in Place

Ninety percent of older Americans want to live in their own home as they age, according to AARP.

It’s no surprise. Many adults have spent years or decades in their current homes, and the idea of leaving behind a place with so many memories can be too much to bear.

Thankfully, its easier than ever for older adults to stay in their homes. With a few upgrades in technology, seniors can make their homes safe and comfortable for years to come.

Medical Alert Systems

A medical alert system can deliver peace of mind by summoning help at the push of a button. Plus, these devices are getting more and more sophisticated. EasyCall’s Freedom Stands model features automatic fall detection, so seniors can get immediate help in the event of a fall without having to press the alert button.

Smart Home Technology

New technologies are letting us connect and automate the systems in our homes in new and exciting ways. These advances spell big benefits for seniors too. Already, there are systems available that can automatically control heating and cooling and lighting.

New sensors are available that can detect a senior’s sleep quality, breathing, heart rate, and daily movement to ensure they’re staying active and alert a loved one or health professional if anything changes.

Telehealth

Telenurse and teledoctor services have been around for a while, but these services have significantly improved with the introduction of smartphones and tablets. With video calling now commonplace, seniors can stay in frequent contact with care providers without having to travel to medical offices.

Regular contact improves general health and enhances communication between patient and provider, leading to better overall care and health outcomes.

Technology will play a major role in the future as more baby boomers retire and look for ways to stay in the homes. EasyCall will be there with leading medical alert technologies to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Caregivers: Follow these Steps to Relieve Stress

Last week we discussed signs that you’re stressed as a caregiver to your loved ones. It’s so important to take care of your own health and wellbeing to ensure you’ve got the stamina to be there for others.

Today, let’s explore some ways you can control your stress and ensure you’re putting your health as a priority.

EasyCall is your partner in managing the care of your loved ones. With help at the push of a button, you can rely on EasyCall for peace of mind.

1. Find a connection

Join a support group for caregivers either in person or online. There are care groups targeted at all sorts of issues, from Alzheimer’s patients to those caring for seniors.

2. Accept What You Cannot Change

You can’t change the fact that your loved ones are aging, but you can control how you react.

3. Reach Out for Help

Most cities have respite and healthcare resources for seniors available. Taking advantage of these aids can give you a much-needed break and can be one of the best ways to reduce stress.

4. Focus on Your Health

Visit your doctor for regular check-ups, stay physically active, eat a healthy diet and try to get enough sleep.

5. Take Time Off

If your loved one experiences a sudden change in health, it might be time to take a break from work. Employers covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for relatives.

EasyCall is committed to helping caregivers manage the stress in their lives. With an EasyCall medical alert system, your loved ones are never truly alone. Get peace of mind with EasyCall.

Caregivers: Learn To Recognize These Signs of Stress Before It’s Too Late

Let’s face it: It can be tough being the care provider for elderly parents.

Without taking care of yourself, that stress can put your wellbeing at serious risk.

Finding ways to deal with stress and getting the help you need is vital to making sure you’re at your best and take care of your loved ones.

EasyCall is your partner when it comes to taking care of the elderly in your life. With EasyCall, they’re never truly alone, and help is ready at the push of a button.

Here are 5 signs you’re experiencing caregiver stress. Next week, we’ll look at 5 ways you can develop a more relaxed approach to being a caregiver.

1. Exhaustion

A major sign of stress is waking already feeling exhausted.

2. Changes in Eating Habits

Sudden weight loss or gain are both signs of stress and can lead to illness.

3. Anger

If you’re stressed, it’s not uncommon to begin snapping at your loved ones or family members, especially if you feel like they’re not helping as much as they could.

4. Depression

A constant feeling of sadness and hopelessness are both signs you’re under major stress and experiencing depression.

5. Anxiety

If you’re worried about facing another day or what the future holds, you’re experiencing anxiety.

Recognizing these signs of stress is an essential part of being a good care provider. EasyCall can help you provide outstanding care.

With a customizable response plan, you can be sure your loved ones are never truly alone and can always summon help with the push of a button.

Learn more about EasyCall today.

Five Tips to Maintain Mental Sharpness

Did you know as we age, our brain shrinks resulting in a loss of connections between our nerve cells?

Researchers believe this shrinkage, accompanied by a loss of blood flow in the brain, are what causes a loss of cognitive function in older adults. As caregivers, we can help prevent this decline by taking simple steps to keep our loved ones’ minds active and sharp as they age.

Here are five ways caregivers can help the seniors in our lives stay mentally sharp.

Focus on Cardiovascular Health

Studies have shown having healthy blood pressure and cholesterol level is associated with better brain function. Be sure you’re regularly checking vital signs and making sure your loved ones are regularly visiting the doctor for blood work.

Schedule Regular Exercise

Exercise is a great way to stimulate blood flow to the brain, which is associated with lowering risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Even a few minutes a day, done consistently, can yield big results.

Commit to Life Long Learning

Playing a challenging game can improve brain function, plus it’s fun! Puzzles, challenging reading, and other mentally stimulating activities are all great ways to keep the mind working.

Make Sure They’re Getting Enough Sleep

Often as we age, we don’t feel like we need as much sleep. But studies have shown, those who regularly get 7-8 hours of sleep are less likely to suffer from cognitive decline.

Encourage Limited Alcohol Consumption

Enjoying one drink per night is associated with beneficial health outcomes, but more than that can cause problems. To keep your mind functioning at its best, urge your loved ones to avoid excess alcohol and limit drinks to one per night if possible.

As your loved ones age, you can rely on EasyCall as your always-on medical alert system. With EasyCall, you can create a custom call list so we’ll immediately call emergency services, your family, or whoever you want, in the event of an emergency. Immediate help at the push of a button.

Learn more about EasyCall today.

4 Ways Tech is Helping Seniors & Caregivers

Technology is changing how we live our lives. For seniors and their caregivers, advances in tech can make life easier and safer.
Here’s a look at 4 ways technology can benefit today’s seniors and their loved ones.

1. Tech Keeps us Social

From video chat to social networks, we’re more connected than ever and this is great news for seniors. Studies show that our social lives are critical to our health and wellbeing.

Apps like Facebook, Apple’s Facetime, Skype, and more, are free, easy to use, and can keep us connected to friends and family and aware of community events.

2. Tech Keeps us Safe

The vast majority of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age, and medical response systems like EasyCall can help. A personalized medical response button is worn at all times and allows the wearer to summon help with the push of a button.

EasyCall is monitored 24/7 by professional dispatchers who will connect users to family or emergency services in an instant. This technology is keeping more people in their homes and helping them maintain their freedom.

3. Tech Helps with Meds

With smartphone apps and smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa, seniors can get help keeping track of their medication. Older adults often have a number of medications to keep track of, and juggling 5 to 10 different prescriptions can be a major challenge.

Smartphone and smart devices can give visual or audible reminders when meds are due and smart pill boxes can even keep track of medications and contact the pharmacy when it’s time to renew the prescription.

4. Tech Keeps us Active

It’s important to stay active as we age and technology can help us here too.

With video games like Wii Fit and smartphones tracking our steps, it’s easier than ever to make sure we’re getting enough exercise to keep us healthy and active as we age.

Seniors: Stay Safe & Active This Summer!

EasyCall is your partner in staying safe this summer. With so many fun-filled days, it’s essential to keep on top of our health as the weather heats up.

Get Active with Outdoor Activities

Studies show seniors who remain active lead more enjoyable lives and experience less depression and loneliness.

Look for water activities at local pools and private gyms; community events like fairs and festivals; or volunteer your time with local charities or other organizations.

Stay Healthy

 

Keep Cool

As we age, our bodies have to work harder to stay cool. Avoid heat-related stress and illness (hyperthermia), which can affect our brains and vital organs.

When it gets hot, turn on the AC. If you’re trying to save on your PG&E bill, visit air-conditioned public places, like the mall or library.

The sun is most extreme between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so schedule your outdoor activities to avoid the hottest part of the days.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids and fill up on fruits and veggies to stay well hydrated. When it’s hot, avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, which can rob the body of precious fluids.

Cover Up & Wear Sunscreen

Sunburns can be painful, and prolonged unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. Cover up with long sleeved but lightweight clothes and broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Whether you’re heading to the pool or relaxing in the garden, EasyCall is your always-on, always-ready assistant. With a durable water-proof enclosure you can wear your EasyCall medical alert system in all conditions. And with a customizable response plan, you can be sure help is never further than the push of a button.

Important Tips for Caregivers: Taking Care Of Yourself So You Can Care for Others

To all the caregivers out there, we at EasyCall salute you!

It’s a big responsibility to care for a loved one as they age. Your life can seem like it’s put on hold as you take on this vital duty.

Know that you’re not alone. More than 34 million Americans providing some form of care to loved ones. According to an AARP and Family Caregiver Alliance study, the average caregiver is 50 years old and is likely a member of the “donut” generation, meaning they’re providing care to a parent and their own children. Talk about a stressful situation!

That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself when you’re in charge of the care of others. And frankly, it can be hard to remember that if we’re not taking care of ourselves, we can’t give our best to those we love.

With that in mind, here are three tips to help make sure you’re getting the support and care you need to be your best.

Find Local Support

In Humboldt County, local church groups, the county library, the Adorni Center, the Fortuna Senior Center, and the Humboldt Senior Resource Center are just a few among many organizations that can help provide care and services for the senior in your life. Make the most of these opportunities and get involved today.

Get Social

Facebook and the internet are full of forums and groups for caregivers who share tips and give a space to share (and vent) about the joys and frustrations of caring for elderly loved ones. Don’t hesitate to get online and share your thoughts and feelings about this important task.

Take Care of Yourself

It can be hard, but putting yourself first is key to being available physically, mentally, and emotionally for your loved ones. Start with a stress-reduction practice like yoga, prayer, or Tai Chi. Get plenty of exercise and take a day off when possible. Most importantly, when you’re feeling run down or sick, take care of your own health first. The more you focus on yourself, the more ready you’ll be to be an outstanding caregiver.

EasyCall is your partner in caring for your loved ones. With our customized medical response plan, you’re in control and help is never further than the push of a button.

Learn more about EasyCall today.

[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.