Why is it important to get good sleep

tips to get sleep

Tips to getting good sleep

  • Go to bed the same time each night and get up the same time each morning.
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet, comfortable environment.
  • Exercise daily (but not right before bedtime).
  • Limit the use of electronics before bed.
  • Relax before bedtime. A warm bath or reading might help.
  • Avoid alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine late in the day.
  • Avoid nicotine.
  • Consult a health care professional if you have ongoing sleep problems

from article: The Benefits of Slumber

 

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Benefits of getting good sleep

  • Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy. ..
  • Sleep May Help Prevent Cancer. …
  • Sleep Reduces Stress. …
  • Sleep Reduces Inflammation. …
  • Sleep Makes You More Alert. …
  • Sleep Improves Your Memory. …
  • Sleep May Help You Lose Weight. …
  • Napping Makes You Smarter.

from article: 10 Top Health Benefits of Sleep – Verywell Health

 

Remembering Memorial Day

American Flag

What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25.

Was it always a day?

Originally Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900s it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. It wasn’t until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day.

Five Things not to do on Memorial Day

From PoliceOne.com:

  • Don’t wish anyone a “Happy Memorial Day” This is not Christmas – Memorial Day was not founded in joy with the promise of brining glee each year. …
  • Don’t thank the current troops. …
  • Don’t disregard its importance. …
  • Don’t forget it exists. …
  • Don’t let politics keep you from rendering respect.

Take a moment

Over the Memorial Day weekend, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who came before us. As we are sheltering in our homes right now, it can be easy to be too focused on daily life.  We know from our own life experiences that appreciating selfless acts of others can be greatly inspiring in our own lives. Then … inspire others to do the same. Talk to the kids and grand kids.  Pass on the best of your values to the next generations.

Resist the urge to leave your home

Spring is here!

spring dandelion

It is normal to want to go outside and enjoy the spring weather.  After winter, we are all looking forward to walking in the parks, seeing the leaves come out and watching the flowers start to grow.  And now, the government is telling us that we can slowly start to leave our homes.

Continue to stay home

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At the moment, there is still no vaccine.  You need to consider if you are in one of the high risk groups, which includes being 60 years or older.  Even though others may be able to enjoy resuming their normal lives, you must consider if that is best for you.  Remember the old chestnut: If all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?  Sometime in the future, it will be safe to go out again … maybe soon.  Make sure you know when that is.

Be strong and do you what’s best for you.

Five tips for seniors to keep mind active

As Seniors get older, there are some actions that you can take to help preserve mental abilities.  Mostly, it’s common sense.  While you cannot control everything, it is important that you put yourself in the best situation possible to keep a sharp and active mind.

Use it or lose it

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  • Read
  • Lean something new
  • Complete puzzles
  • Learn a new language
  • Start painting or coloring (yes, coloring books for adults are becoming very popular)

 

 

 

 

Get enough sleep

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  • Try going to bed at the same time
  • Create an environment that promotes sleep
  • Don’t look at computer or phone screens before bed
  • Turn off the TV or radio

 

 

 

 

 

Get Exercise

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  • Exercise two or three times per week (get medical advice before starting any program)
  • Do not exercise too close to bed time
  • Do an activity you enjoy
  • Do it with a friend

 

 

 

 

Eat Healthy

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  • Eat healthy foods
  • maintain a good weight
  • Reduce fatty foods

 

 

 

 

Stay socially connected

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  • Join clubs
  • Eat meals with others
  • Talk or Text family and friends
  • Keep making new friends

Four tips for Seniors exercising at home

Editor Note:  Always maintain your balance;  Start slowly; Don’t start any exercise without consulting your healthcare provider; if you get tired – STOP.

Chair Squats

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  • Stand in front of a chair – make sure it will not slide when you try to sit
    • Place your feet comfortably apart
    • Back up to the chair and feel it against the back of your knees
    • Bend with your knees keeping your head and shoulders upright and sit down slowly
    • If you cannot lower yourself slowly into the chair, do not do this exercise
    • Use your hands only to help make sure you are safe.  As you get stronger, use them less and less to lower yourself into the chair
    • Rest
    • Maintain balance the whole time.

 

 

Wall Presses

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  • Stand facing the wall, close enough to place your hands on the wall with elbows slightly bent
  • Make sure your feet are apart to maintain balance
  • Bend your elbows to bring your body closer to the wall
  • Then end extend your elbows to push away from the wall.
  • Start slowly, close to the wall and do not worry about making your arms straight
  • Rest
  • Maintain balance the whole time.

 

Stand by Chair balancing

chair exercises

  • Stand behind a sturdy chair and grasp with both hands
  • Slightly lift one foot off the ground and put it back down
  • Slightly lift the other foot off the ground and put it back down
  • Rest
  • Maintain balance the whole time. 

 

 

Soup Cans for Strength Training

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  • Place some newspaper on the kitchen table or counter to protect them from scratches, particularly if you accidentally drop a can
  • Get two cans of soup and put them on the newspaper on the kitchen table or counter
  • Stand with feet apart at a comfortable distance
  • Pick up the cans of soup.
  • Slowly lift them a few inches or up to a foot off the surface of the table, start slowly by only lifting a few inches
  • Slowly lower the soup cans down to the counter
  • Watch out for dropping the cans.  Never put them over your head.  If you do drop the cans, make sure they do not hit your body or feet.
  • Rest
  • Maintain balance the whole time. 

 

Six tips for seniors getting groceries delivered during these trying times

Grocery Delivery

During these times, it is important to have ready access to food from the grocery store. Some stores will allow seniors to shop early in the day without having to contend with younger shoppers.  It can feel intimidating to have younger shoppers rushing around and making you feel you are in the way.  It can also be a little worrisome that you may be putting yourself at risk because someone else may be ill and not even know it yet or not care.

There are several ways to get the food you need without leaving your home.

  1. Talk to your family or friends.  Maybe they could pick up groceries at the same time they are shopping for themselves.
  2. Ask your church or other social clubs.  Many times, groups that include seniors will already have thought about this need and have suggestions how to meet your needs.
  3. Investigate delivery services.  In each area, there may be several delivery services available.
    • Ask the grocery store for delivery.  Some grocery stores have food delivery as an option.  Look at their website.  If you are in the store, talk to the cashier or customer service.  They should be able to tell you what options are available.
    • Instacart - You enter your shopping list and a person will pick them up.  If an item is unavailable, they will suggest an alternative, which you can accept or deny.
    • AmazonFresh - Amazon now owns Whole Foods and has access to some of the freshest fruits and vegetables.
    • Others - Here's a good article listing several more. click here
  4. Tipping.  Please remember to give a good tip.
  5. No Contact Delivery.  In the past, these delivery services would actually put your groceries inside your home.  You may want to consider having them dropped off in the garage or outside your front door.  You are the best judge if you should have the delivery put in your home right away.  If it is difficult for you to move the groceries because of their weight or bulk, you might want to consider having them put inside.
  6. Wipe down the packaging.  Once you get your groceries, remember to wipe down the packaging with disinfection wipes or at least soap and water.

Five tips to connect virtually with grandchildren

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When times are uncertain, we've always gone back to the basics including being with family.  While everyone can get sick, seniors are especially vulnerable.  If you don't live with your grand children, avoid getting together in person for now.

Tips to stay in touch:

  1. Use Texts You may try telephone calls and text messaging.  You may have better luck reaching the younger generations by sending a text.  Even though it may take you five times as long to send a simple text as it would to talk on the phone, the younger generation would rather communicate via text messaging.
  2. Less is more. When sending texts, less is more.  Instead of using complete sentences, try using two, three or four word phrases.  "wow", "nice", "You bet",  "Love you", "miss you lots".
  3. State the obvious first. If you are feeling fine, start your first of the day texts with that information:  "Feeling good today.  Hope you. do too.  Wanted to say Love You".
  4. Make it interesting to them.  Kids love YouTube.com and TikTok.com.  Watch a few videos. When you see something funny or interesting, share it.  Don't spend a lot of time describing it.  Just say, "really funny" (and add the link)
  5. Video is fun. Use Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime to get together with video.  Here's a good article:  Zoom, Skype, FaceTime: 11 tips for your video chat apps

Washing hands is the best medicine for Seniors

hand-washing

While there are many ways to stay safe, washing your hands is one of the most important actions you can take to stay healthy.  Wash your hands before you start making meals but remember to wash your hands before you start eating.  Since the virus can remain alive on various types of surfaces for hours or even days, washing your hands after touching food packaging can be very important.