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    8 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors and Those Who Love Them

    8 winter safety tips for seniors

    This winter has been crazy here in Michigan! A ton of snow and freezing cold temperatures. Ice, snow and cold temperatures can be a challenge for everyone - especially seniors. 

    Here are 8 helpful tips from our resident occupational therapist to help stay safe and happy this winter.

    1. Watch Out for Ice - Everyone needs to do all they can to avoid falls but ice and snow make it easier to slip and fall. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles. Stick to cleared sidewalks and parking lots to better avoid slippery spots. Use devices like a cane or walker as needed and always use hand rails when they are available. And never be afraid to ask for help! 

    2. Stay Warm - Seniors can be more susceptible to hypothermia due to decreasing sensitivity to touch and temperature. Don't let indoor temperatures get too low by safely heating your house - be careful with fire places and space heaters. Dress in loose layers when leaving the house and be sure to cover your head and wear gloves. In very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs.

    3. Fight Depression and Keep Your Spirits High - Between the bad weather and the constant darkness, seniors can be very isolated during the winter months. Schedule outings with friends and family to keep yourself active. If the weather gets too crazy, call someone up for an uplifting conversation about all the things you will do in the spring. 
    4. Check the Car - Make sure your car is in good repair- especially the tires and the brakes to handle the snowy roads. Recognize that reflexes may not be as fast as they used to be so be extra cautious when the roads are slippery. It is always a good idea to have a charged cell phone, a blanket or 2 and a bottle of water in the car in case you do get stuck and have to wait for help to get back on the road. 
    5. Be Prepared for Emergencies - Winter storms can lead to power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights, battery-powered radio, warm blankets and a supply of non-perishable foods don't need to be cooked. If the power does go out, put on warm clothes and keep moving. Never bring a grill or outdoor fire pit in to the house for warmth. This winter weather checklist from the CDC will help you make sure you have everything you may need.
    6. Eat a Varied Diet - It is easier to eat healthy in the summer with all the colorful produce available. It can take a bit more effort in the winter. Be especially careful of vitamin D deficiency which is especially common in colder climates. Eat foods rich in vitamin D or ask your doctor about a supplement. 

    7. Be Careful with Indoor Heating - Make sure your carbon monoxide detector works and has good batteries. Many indoor heating methods like fireplaces, gas heaters and lanterns can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning if in poor repair or not used properly. Also be careful with space heaters which can lead to fires if they tip over or are placed to close to blankets and curtains. 

    8. Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help! - Your friends and family love you and want to help! They would rather see you safe and happy then to have something bad happen. Hire a professional to clear snow. Arrange rides to the grocery store and doctor's appointments. Utilize delivery services and senior transportation that may be available in your community. 

    Spring time is coming! With these safety tips you will be healthy and ready to go when it (finally) arrives. 

     

    The Perfect Travel Product for Safe Mobility

    the rollz2 walker and wheelchair in one

    Want to get out and see the world?. Don't stop exploring just because you have a bit of trouble walking. In a new place, you might be unsure how much walking will be required or how many places there will be to rest. You don't have to choose between bringing a walker and a wheelchair on a trip. You can have it all with the Rollz2 or Rollz Motion Performance from Ease Living. 

    The Rollz products are both a rolling walker and a transport chair in one. When you feel like walking, your Rollz functions as a comfortable rollator with adjustable handles and easy to use hand brakes. When you need a break, simply lock the brakes and sit on comfortable seat for a rest. Need someone else to give you a ride? Turn your Rollz into a transport chair with foot rests and a comfortable seat. The conversion is so easy and literally takes less than a minute. This video shows how it is done:

    When it is time to get back in the car or on the plane, your Rollz easily folds for storage. It even stands when folded so it is easy to manage.

    The Rollz Motion Performance is a new addition to the Ease Living Fleet. Same features as the standard Rollz with the addition of pneumatic tires, a bit more padding on the arm rests and height adjustable foot rests- all features perfect for bumpier terrain. 

    All the needed accessories for your Rollz including a travel bag and cup holder are also available to make it the most useful travel product you own. 

    Bonus- you will turn heads.

    Enjoy,

    Alison 

     

    Heart Health Tips from Ease Living

    heart health tips


    It’s never too late to take care of your ticker! We wanted to share a handful of tips to help you keep your heart healthy!


    Eat a colorful and varied diet. Eating the same thing every day takes away some of the decision-making and food preparation, but to get the most out of your food, you should be eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables along with different sources of protein (think fish). Moderation is key, so keep processed foods and desserts to a minimum while enjoying whatever is in season.


    Stop smoking! We shouldn’t have to say this, but we will because it will make such a huge difference in the short and long-term. Need help? Here are some resources: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm or you can talk to your doctor. We’re sure he or she will be happy to help you kick the habit!


    Get some exercise. Even 30 minutes of walking a day, five days a week will improve your cardiovascular health. You don’t even have to do all 30 minutes at the same time! 15 minutes in the morning and again in the evening will do it. In fact, even if you can’t fit in 30 minutes, ANY time you spend moving is better than nothing. Don’t think of exercise as something hard or intense—depending on your needs and abilities, a walk around your block or a few minutes on a treadmill will go a long way.


    Manage stress. Easier said than done, right? It’s possible, though! Exercise helps, but getting enough sleep and finding a good stress relieving activity are all ways to manage everyday stress. It can also help to get involved in some sort of group activity (club, exercise group) or even making sure you have someone to talk to when you feel overwhelmed. This is especially important if you are in a caregiving role, you’ll need support!


    As always, talk to your doctor about your particular risk factors (family history!) and steps you can take to keep your heart healthy!

    What is A Rollator Walker?

    what you need to know about rollators

    A rollator is a walker with four wheels and hand brakes- most also have a seat to take a rest. Rollators are a great choice for someone who needs a little help with stability but also likes to always have a place to rest and an easy way to carry things with them. There are a lot of rollators on the market. Which is the best for you? At Ease Living, I have searched the globe to find the best rollator walkers. This was not an easy search as I am not easily swayed by bells and whistles or cost.  Only the best for Ease's customers.

    Here are some details about my favorites:

    Rollz Motion Rollator Walker     

    The Rollz ia amazing.  I love the modern look and different colors. Functionally there are some great features. It really is a two-in-one: a wheelchair and a walker. The transformation from one to the other takes less than a minute with no tools. Truly ingenious. A lot of people buy the Rollz to travel because instead of bringing a walker and a wheelchair, only one item is needed. And, unlike most transport chairs, the Rollz features a solid seat that is much more comfortable than a sling seat. It also will stand when folded, making transferring from car to the rollator safer and much smoother.

    Carbon Ultrallight     

    My best selling walker! This rollator is made of carbon fiber which is one of the world's strongest and lightest materials. This makes the carbon ultralight rollator easy to transport and provides a smooth effortless ride. And it looks great at the same time. The Carbon Ultralight comes in 3 colors and in 2 widths and is height adjustable for the most comfortable fit. 

    There are two special features about this rollator that is available in grey and red:

    1. It comes in three different heights and each is adjustable beyond that. It will accommodate nearly anyone 4’7” to 6’7”.
    2. It is stable when partially folded. This makes it perfect for getting through narrow doorways, stores or restaurants, or navigating crowds. Standard rollators and walkers usually don’t fit through bathroom doors.

    The Escape Mini     

    A slightly smaller and lighter version of the Escape discussed above. And it is ORANGE!

    The EZ Fold N Go Rollator     

    The newest addition to the Ease rollator line up id the EZ Fold-N-Go Rollator. It is easy to fold with full locking brakes and a comfortable seat. This rollator weighs only 14 pounds and folds 3 times smaller than most for easy transport

     

    Do you have questions about rollators or need help picking the right one? If you aren't sure if a rollator or a standard walker is right for you, check out this post  to pick the best solution.

    Get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help!

    :)

    Alison 

    8 Tips for Summer Travel by Car with Seniors

    8 tips for summer road trips with seniors

    Millions of people will hit the road this summer. Whether it be a visit to family or a getaway for relaxation or adventure, there is no reason to let physical limitations restrict your travel. In addition to making sure your car is properly serviced and ready for the trip, here are more tips for traveling by car:

    • Check your cellular provider’s coverage map to assure your phone will work along your journey and at your destination. Make sure you have a car and a wall charger.
    • Pack extra water and snacks in case of a delay. If you will be traveling in warm weather, having plenty of fluids available is crucial. Many medications need to be taken with food so make sure there is a snack handy at pill time.
    • Keep medication in an easy to reach spot to help ensure you stay on schedule. 
    • Bring a copy of medication and any other important medical records just in case.
    • The Metro Car Handle make it easy to get out of the car by providing something to push on- like the solid armrest of a chair. As an occupational therapist, I get nervous when I see people grabbing on to the door to help themselves up. The door moves and could land you right back in the seat or on the ground!
    • Wear layers and plan for changes. The weather can change in a heartbeat here in the Midwest with summer storms. Allow for layers that can be put on or taken off and pack something for rain.
    • Allow extra time. Summer is construction season in many states. It may take you longer to get to your destination than you anticipate. Take the stress out of travel and allow extra time.
    • Plan for flexibility. Strict time tables and rushing around can cause unnecessary stress. Travel affects everyone differently so allow time for breaks if you or a travel companion starts to feel fatigued. Falls, illness and disorientation are common when elderly people get too tired.

    With these tips your summer journey will be fun and safe for everyone.


    Enjoy!

    Alison 

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